Yesterday women in Egypt showed what Sisterhood can be about, taking to the streets of Cairo and calling out, "Tantawi stripped your women naked, come join us” and “Egyptian men, do not strip Egyptian women”. This is in support of the woman protester who was stripped to her bra and jeans and kicked and stamped on by members of the Egyptian army.
Hillary Clinton condemned the army’s treatment of women, saying it dishonoured the revolution, “Women are being beaten and humiliated in the same streets where they risked their lives for the revolution only a few short months ago.”
These women and men in Egypt will not be deterred in spite of such treatment.
Yolande Knell reported from Cairo to the BBC that, “Hundreds of female protesters soon turned to thousands, with men linking arms to form a human chain around them. These women came from all walks of life - some with flowing hair and designer sunglasses, others in the niqab or full-face veil.”
The women activists also handed out flyers, on which a military uniformed hand reaches towards a frowning woman. The flyers say “Liars, stop the violence”.
If you want to read more about the women in Egypt who are out protesting I suggest you read Mariz Tadros’s Tahrir Square experiences in We, the women who revolt. As Tadros explains:
“Within and outside Tahrir Square, many are saying: a second revolution is going to happen so watch this space.”