It is one of the great tragedies of Egypt’s revolution that every step “forward” has seemingly been accompanied by a brutal ordeal for the women of that country. More than a year after the toppling of Mubarak, the women of Tahrir Square occupy a radically different, and more degraded, place than they did last February. The BBC reports:
[As Mubarak fell] the state subjected them to humiliating “virginity tests” and now in the square, where Nisreen had once felt so safe, gangs of men are preying on young women like packs of animals; stripping them naked, sexually assaulting and then dumping them in the gutter.
And now the problem is becoming institutional:
If women have found themselves driven from their public space the revolution has also pushed them further out of the political arena. The now dissolved parliament, which was formed after the revolution, had fewer women in it than during the time of Mubarak.