UN `concerned` about beatings of women in Egypt

Last Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 12:37

United Nations: The UN women`s agency has
expressed "great concern" over the recent attacks on women
protesters in Egypt and called on military to respect their
civil rights.

"Women, along with men and children, have been victims of
the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters over
this past weekend and this week," Michelle Bachelet, head of
UN Women, an entity that addresses issues related to gender
inequality and women`s empowerment, said yesterday.

"We call upon the political and military authorities in
Egypt to guarantee women`s political and civil rights, and to
offer the government support in ensuring these rights are
respected."

Videos have surfaced over the past week showing Egyptian
soldiers savagely beating women with truncheons, throwing them
to the ground and, in one case, tearing off a woman`s clothes
during recent protests in Cairo.

The beatings sparked a backlash, with thousands of women
marching through Cairo`s iconic Tahrir Square on Tuesday in
protest against the military junta that assumed power after
the fall of president Hosni Mubarak in February.

On Tuesday the military said it strongly regretted the
violence against women during the recent protests and vowed to
hold accountable those responsible.

The military statement came the day after US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton accused Egyptian authorities of failing
women as she denounced the stripping and beating of the female
protester as "shocking."

In unusually strong language, she accused Egypt`s new
leaders of mistreating women both on the street and in
politics since the revolt brought down Mubarak.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 12:37

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