Egypt was deemed the worst country to be a woman in – two ranks lower than Saudi Arabia, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 336 gender experts from 22 Arab countries,
When it comes to war and conflict, women are always dealt the cruelest hand. A breakdown in security sets off a sequence of dangerous events that render a woman the most vulnerable member of society. Rape, harassment, trafficking and violence almost always ensue.
Egypt is no exception.
Here are some astounding facts.
- 99.3 percent of women and girls are subjected to sexual harassment.
- 91 percent of the female population - are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).
At least in the Kingdom, women have 20% of government seats. After Mubarak was ousted and elections ushered in a new kind of government, women no longer enjoyed a quota in parliament. Female representation in parliament has fallen from 12 percent to just 2 after the quotas were abloished.
Experts and academics agree that Egypt’s revolution has worsened the state of women’s rights in the country.
Egyptian columnist and feminist Mona Eltahawy told The Independent that “we removed the Mubarak from our presidential palace but we still have to remove the Mubarak who lives in our minds and in our bedrooms.
“As the miserable poll results show, we women need a double revolution: one against the various dictators who’ve ruined our countries and the other against a toxic mix of culture and religion that ruins our lives as women.”
Other conflict-ridden Arab states such as Iraq (21) and Syria (19) ranked in the top 5 worst countries for women along with Saudi Arabia (20) and Yemen (18).
Comoros, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar came top of the survey as the countries where women are better off.
The factors used to determine ranking were violence, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and attitudes towards a woman's role in politics and the economy.