Cannot BELIEVE that people are skeptical about this. First of all, the first time I read this was through Amnesty International immediately following the day women marched in Egypt.

Amnesty International updated report:

You may have heard that a senior Egyptian general admitted to CNNthat women protesters had been forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’ in March.  Even more outrageous than this admission?  He justified the abuse saying the women:
“were not like your daughter or mine.  These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters.”

This admission is an utterly perverse justification of a degrading form of abuse.  The women were subjected to nothing less than torture!

Now is the time to ramp up our call for justice for the victims.  The Egyptian authorities must bring those responsible for ordering or conducting forced “virginity tests” to justice.  The Egyptian authorities must condemn these discriminatory, abusive and insulting attitudes which have been used to justify torture of women protesters, and which are clearly present at the highest levels.

Amnesty International in March gathered the testimonies of women protesters subjected to forced “virginity tests,” then wrote to Egypt’s Supreme Council for Armed Forces requesting an investigation. However, no response was received.

The general also told CNN that the reason for the ‘tests’ was “[w]e didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place.”
This general’s implication that only virgins can be victims of rape is a long-discredited sexist attitude and legal absurdity. When determining a case of rape, it is irrelevant whether or not the victim is a virgin.  The army must immediately instruct security forces and soldiers that such ‘tests’ are banned.

When army officers violently cleared Tahrir Square on March 9 – the day after International Women’s Day – 18 women were detained, beaten, and given electric shocks, of which 17 were then subjected to strip searches, forced to submit to ‘virginity tests’ and threatened with prostitution charges.
The women were brought before a military court on March 11 and released two days later. Several received one-year suspended sentences for charges including disorderly conduct, destroying property, obstructing traffic and possession of weapons..

Amnesty International fears that discriminatory and patriarchal attitudes towards women in Egypt are standing in the way of women’s full participation in the reform process.

Although women were on the frontline on the mass nationwide protests that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, no women were chosen to be part of the constitutional reform committee, and they have received little representation in the new government.

Egypt’s government needs to uphold the rights of all of the nation’s women who are working for the country’s freedoms, especially those struggling for gender equality and rights for women.


And you can find the CNN link here to the report that came out a few days ago. 

The women of Egypt need to stand in solidarity with those who were abused and stand up for THEMSELVES because they have all been subject to inequality in some form at least once in their lifetime. And stop believing these chauvinist men who claim that the women were "prostitutes" and discrediting their political right to protest. 

Oh and the reaction from sarrahsworld here:


The way the fabric moves...

You can already tell from the title what I love about this picture. In addition to the fact that it was also completely taken by mistake. Lets forget for a moment what she is wearing and all the politics that come behind it and admire the movement in the photo.


Ancient History

I don't know what it is about this picture, but it leaves me speechless. I took it two years ago in Luxor and I have yet to find the words to describe it. His body language speaks volumes.


What we're famous for...

How do you expect to find a blog about Egypt but no Pyramids?

You don't.

Long exposure photography is amazing. How else would you be able to take a picture of something that would otherwise be pitch black?

These pictures were taken during the "Light and Sound" show. I may have grown up right next to them, but the Pyramids never cease to amaze me. 


Just throw it in the bag

I just love the colors on these bags from Khan-al-Khalili, otherwise known to tourists as the bazaar. 
In fact, the whole bazaar itself is culturally colorful. People who barely know how to read and write can speak English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Greek and any other language you can imagine. Its pretty funny since as you walk by they try to judge where you're from and say "Hello, we have bags, papyrus...etc" in three different languages until you respond.
Welcome to an extremely tourism-based country. 

What do you think of the bags?