There was a new wave of sexual assault against women in Tahrir Square last week, but women refused to let the assaults on their bodies silence their voices. These attacks were commensurate with the pattern of politically motivated sexual violence that emerged, and grew, under the Muslim Brotherhood’s reign, argues Mariz Tadros, fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.
Read more at OpenDemocracy.
Women's rights activists have reaffirmed their goal to “remove all gender discrimination from the Constitution” during a conference held in Amman, Jordan.
The main issue for the My Nationality is My Family’s Right coalition is the right of Jordanian women married to foreigners to pass on their nationality to their children.
As it stands now, Jordanian men married to non-Jordanian women can pass on the citizenship to their wives and children, a right that is denied to women with foreign husbands.
Read more at Jordan Times.
24-year-old Salma walks down the streets of Heliopolis, a neighborhood in Cairo where protests against President Mohammed Morsi are taking place on June 30. Like a lot of other women in Cairo, she had been assaulted when she took part in previous protests.
Read the report from the Tahrir Square at Al Monitor.
Syrian military and pro-government forces known as shabiha have arbitrarily detained female opposition activists as well as female relatives and neighbours of pro-opposition activists and fighters, and in a number of cases, subjected them to torture and sexual abuse.
Yesterday, Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) launched a campaign to free what SEO describes ad ‘women prisoners of conscience’.
Read more at Human Rights Watch.
Also read Al Arabia’s coverage and watch video.
Read Syrian Expatriates Organization’s campaign Freedom for Syrian Women Prisoners of Conscience.
After complaints of sexual harassment during previous mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a women’s rights group is urging women to prepare to defend themselves at demonstrations expected to take place on the anniversary of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election on June 30, a local newspaper reported.
Read more at Thomas Reuters Foundation.
At the G8 Deauville Partnership meeting in London, a new Arab Women in Business Challenge Fund was announced. It is to support “practical projects that are both commercially viable and which have a positive economic impact on women.”
The British development agency Department for International Development (DfID) contributes initially with 4 million pounds. UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, has asked for additional funds from other donors, including the private sector.
DfID also announced plans to establish a pool of experts who can advise governments on potential legislative reforms to help improve women’s economic participation.
Read more at Devex.
Read more on the G8 Deauville Partnership conference The role of Arab women – supporting open economies and inclusive growth.
Two French and one German woman with the protest group Femen apologised on Wednesday at their appeals trial for their topless protest in Tunis in May. The three women have been jailed in Tunisia since June for indecency.
"We didn't expect to shock Tunisians to this extent," Pauline Hillier, one of the French women implicated in the case, told the AFP News Agency. "It is out of the question that we would do it again."
Read more at All Africa.