Political turmoil in Cairo has given rise to 'an epidemic of sexual violence' – over 100 women have been attacked this month
".....The reality is that many Egyptian men blame women for bringing attacks upon themselves with their conduct in public. Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, a radical Islamic preacher, suggested women protesting in Tahrir Square "have no shame and want to be raped". In February 2012, members of the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, also blamed women for the assaults being carried out on them in Tahrir Square. One member, Adel Afifi, said: "Women contribute 100% to their rape because they put themselves in that position [to be raped]."
Such comments reflect an arch-conservative belief that women should stay at home with their families rather than engage in the political process – a view that was given official sanction following the election of Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, as head of state.
Some have tried to legitimise male "guardianship" by equating gender equality with anti-religious liberalism. Mubarak was a friend to the imperialist US and it was Suzanne Mubarak, the detested and now deposed first lady, who pushed for pro-women legislation, including a wife's right to sue for divorce and a quota system favouring female election candidates. As the Muslim Brotherhood moved to reverse such measures, these policies became firmly associated with the rejected dictatorship........"