Libya: Zahra Langhi, women under attack, fight continues - Politics -

Langhi, whose movement was created in 2011 with over 100 women from various sector of civil society, said that the North African country, ''from North to South, from East to West'' is experiencing daily ''assassinations, kidnappings, abuse and rape'', also ''by ''Islamic militias''.

Libyan women, the activist said on the sidelines of the Aswan International Women Festival, which has just wrapped up, ''started the revolution but we did not fight to reach this''.

Today's Libya, she stressed, is a no man's land. ''There is no rule of law, no Constitution and the Serraj government - which is internationally recognized - is very weak and does not control the territory. And women pay the highest price''.

Many activists, including Langhi, had to leave the country.

16 March 2017 USIP publication

Libya’s Religious Sector and Peacebuilding Efforts 

Link re Justice for Salwa 

Justice for Salwa film

Justice for Salwa tribute video

Egypt ماتخليش ال’ة’ تربطك ال’ة

A campaign to empower women is launched in Egypt:

It’s time to stand up against inequality and chase your dreams. That is the message of a new campaign by the National Council for Women in coordination with Egypt branches of the UN Population Fund, UNDP, UN Women, and the Swedish Embassy in Cairo.

In a series of videos, Egyptian women are urged to not let their gender stand in the way of their dreams. Using the motto ‘ماتخليش ال’ة’ تربطك ال’ة’ (Don’t let the ‘Teh’ tie you down) and #‏سر_قوتك (#TheSecretofYourPower), women are also urged to stand up to sexual harassment and not be ashamed of their gender. ‘Teh Marbouta’ is an Arabic letter that is normally ended to word endings to make the word a feminine noun.

The campaign, which also consists of photographs and messages urging women to share their stories, is aimed at providing women greater confidence and showing that being a woman or being feminine (as shown by the Teh Marbouta) should not be an obstacle.

In one video, multiple women wearing different attire, are harassed by men as the walk down a busy Cairo street.

‘A lot [of women] face harassment everyday, and everywhere. What is the solution? Not going to work? Not going to school? Not going to university?’ asks the narrator in the video, which is among a series being aired on television.

‘No. Raise your head and don’t be afraid. You’re not [in the] wrong. You’re right. Don’t let the ‘Teh Marbouta’ tie you.’

The videos can be viewed at these pages:


Sexual harassment common for women in Knesset

Women in the Israeli Knesset complain of sexual harassment:

Israel's parliament, the Knesset, has 120 members.
Thirty-two of them are women - and almost all say they've been sexually assaulted or harassed.
A new report from Channel 2, a CNN affiliate in Israel, says that 28 female Knesset members from across the political spectrum have faced sexual harassment - a year after Israelis elected more women to serve in the Knesset than ever before.
A handful of male Israeli politicians and high-ranking members of the Israel Defense Forces have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent years.

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Hopes for change in Iranian parliament

Parvaneh Salahshouri, is a newly elected member of the Iranian parliament. She predicts that attitudes will change following an increase in the number of female members of parliament. 

Women’s role-making and their active presence led to a record of number of women being elected in the parliament’s history, Salahshouri added.
The next parliament is to review the possibility of studying different majors in universities by female students, adding that gender discrimination should be removed in some fields of study.

Update 7 June 2016 -

Turkish male MP calls female MP 'ugly' - part of gendered violence

Continuing a theme for this Friday on looks, a male politician in Turkey refers to female MP as ugly:

A lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has called a female opposition MP an “ugly thing” during a discussion in the Turkish parliament.

“Am I saying anything to your ugliness? You ugly thing,” AKP deputy Hakan Çavuşoğlu said repeatedly, while Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Meral Danış Beştaş was speaking. 

Another MP from the HDP, Filiz Kerestecioğlu, said Çavuşoğlu had tried to humiliate Beştaş, as she stressed that violence against women has many forms. 

“How can a lawmaker from the ruling party use his manhood via using words that reveal his mind’s ugliness over and over again when a female deputy is speaking?” asked Kerestecioğlu during a press meeting in parliament.