load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);Egypt mulls law to protect accusers’ identities as MeToo movement on riseSource: Reuters Published: 2020/8/10 19:13:40load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);Egyptian lawmakers are pushing for a new law to protect the identity of women coming forward to report sexual abuse and assault as the nations MeToo movement picks up speed.People enjoy their time during the holiday of Eid al-Adha in Cairo, Egypt, on August 2. Photo: XinhuaAn Egyptian parliamentarian committee has approved a draft law that would give survivors of sexual assault and harassment the automatic right to anonymity, with the law expected to go to vote at a general session of the parliament later in August.The move comes as hundreds of women have started to speak up on social media about sexual assault in Egypt, with the public prosecution and National Council for Women supporting the movement and offering legal and social protection. Spurred on by the growing MeToo movement, data entry specialist Bassant Abdel Wahab, 22, went public recently about being sexually abused by a human rights activist when she was 17 and reported him to the civil society group where he works.The man has now been suspended from his job while his organization investigates Abdel Wahabs complaint along with those of other female colleagues who accused him of assault.”Sexual assault incidents that have been hidden for years are continuing to surface and in a raging way,” Wahab told Reuters.”It is like a tsunami that could change attitudes and laws on sexual assault against women.”The frequency of such cases being reported in the conservative Muslim country began to rise after the 2011 revolution as reports of sexual assaults, harassment and rape in Cairos Tahrir Square made local and international headlines. But in 2020 there has been a spike in reporting about cases of sexual assault since early July, when an Instagram page revealed the case of a university student who is accused of sexually assaulting and blackmailing multiple women.The student was arrested and the case is currently being investigated by the authorities.Within five days of the case being disclosed, the National Council for Women said that it had received 400 complaints, mainly about violence carried out against women.Lawmaker Magda Nasr said the new law to allow anonymity of sexual abuse survivors will be a game changer for women in Egypt as it will give greater protection to report such cases.”There is an apparent political will to protect women rights and attempt to reduce as much as possible violence against women,” she told Reuters.The same Instagram account has also exposed a gang rape said to involve six men from wealthy and powerful families that prosecutors are currently investigating.Since then Egyptian actresses have spoken up against how they were subjected to sexual assault.One actress, Rania Youssef, who faced charges in 2018 that were later dropped after wearing a see-through outfit to a film festival, published photos of those responsible on social media.In other cases, two other human rights activists were accused of sexual assault against female employees and a Coptic priest was defrocked on sexual assault allegations.”It is a moment where women can have more gains in their fight against sexual abuse,” said lawyer Entessar El-Saeed, executive director of the Cairo Foundation for Development and Law.Newspaper headline: Women speak up on sexual assaultRELATED ARTICLES:Egypt calls for suspension of talks with Ethiopia over dam debacle Egyptian engineer invents robot for COVID-19 diagnosis, medical care Egypt arrests alleged serial sexual predatorPosted in: EUROPEvar wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1197286;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes/adv_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}
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