|By Yara Kassem|
The march comes after a bad series of sexual harassments started to take place in Tahrir square following the Mubarak’s trial verdict reaching to its climax on Tuesday when not less than 100,000 protesters were in the square at night.
I remember on that day my dear friend was reporting from the square and had to leave it because she was alone with no male companion from the amount of verbal harassment she faced. She had to stand at Kasr Al Nil bridge entrance and report from there
Personally I fear to go to Tahrir square alone now despite I used to go alone all the time there. I feel that I am defeated but one thing must be clear for sure I have not lost my faith in the revolution or in this country , I am not afraid despite my personal concern on my safety.
There is a huge social problem in Egypt called “Sexual harassment” no one can deny it but when it comes to Tahrir square , it is well known that this social problem is being used as weapon against the revolution ,it is no longer the revolution square but rather fights/drugs/harassments square and the revolutionary activists know that very well. After year and half , I tell you that this is not the Legendary Tahrir square.
During the 18 days of the revolution and what followed it from several sit ins in 2011 , it was considerable safe not only for protesters but for families yet now who will allow their young daughters to go to Tahrir square if it is not safe full of predators ?
If there are wild beasts chasing any female object walking down in Tahrir square or Mohamed Mahmoud street , I will not allow my girls to go nor I will go alone there except when it is safe. Mubarak's state security used that technique before during the infamous 2005 women's stand and they are using here again.
I knew that this would happen as soon as I saw how the Mainstream media began to idolize Tahrir square turning it in to a symbol , symbols are too easy to be brought down.
Now speaking about sexual harassment in general , well I do not know till we will avoid speaking about the roots of this problem and put the blame on women as usual !! I know it is a universal thing
It is not about religion or economy , it is about culture itself. I will not speak about the roots of this problem in the Egyptian society but let’s say I do not expect that it will be solved any time soon when there MPs who blame girls for sexual harassment or when I find an ad tell the Marriage agencies ads on National TV and how there are foreign grooms available for those ladies interested or even the new AXE Egypt’s campaign about the “hotties” of the Euro !!
Another thing to all those educated Egyptians on twitter from Upper and Middle classes from Mubarak and Shafk’s supporters who are happy and feel proud that the ugly protesters of Tahrir square are being harassed by the other tramps in the square : It is your country’s reputation , of course you do not give a damn for your country’s reputation but in the end you will pay a price for not standing for the right with your silence and your hate to the protesters of Tahrir square.