In the midst of protests, Egypt’s forgotten women

Women protesting in Tahrir Square, also known as Martyr Square, in Cairo.

Women protesting in Tahrir Square, also known as Martyr Square, in Cairo. (Photo via BuskFilms)

BY JOSEPH MAYTON
dot429

As women across the world take to the streets in front of Egyptian embassies, consulates and on streets in Egypt against what many are describing as sexual terrorism against female protesters in and around Tahrir Square in recent months, let us not forget those in Egypt who remain silent, for their very existence is illegal: lesbians.

With numerous women’s rights organizations and activists in over 30 cities across the globe take to demonstrations to voice their frustration at the rising violence directed toward women in the country while protesting, it is sad that the LGBT community is not being included in this discussion. For lesbians in Egypt, it’s a double-whammy being a woman and gay. The threats to their physical safety are that much greater.

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