Prophet Yusuf gathers Egyptian women
BY ALYSSA CARTEE
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY
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CBS War Correspondent Lara Logan is back in the U.S. recovering from a brutal attack while covering the celebrations of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.
According to the network, Logan was separated from the rest of her crew and was then brutally beaten and sexually assaulted during the celebrations. A group of Egyptian women and soldiers reportedly saved her. Logan was later reunited with her crew and flown back to the United States to be treated in a Washington, D.C. hospital. (Video from: WACH)
The attack has sparked discussion around the world about the safety of foreign correspondents in war zones and other unsafe confines. ITN News reports this was not an isolated incident.
“According to Media Watchdog, a committee to protect journalists, at least 52 journalists were attacked and 76 imprisoned during the unrest in Egypt that lead Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power.”
The incident has sparked debate over the safety in women in war zones. CNN’s Kiran Chetry spoke with Columbia University Journalism Professor and former foreign correspondent Judith Matloff. The two women journalists discuss the dangers of their profession.
“I think if you will sit down with a bunch of female foreign correspondents who cover conflict over the bar in the evening, most of them will probably tell you this is a woman’s worst nightmare. I mean, I’ve had colleagues who have gone as far as to say that they’d rather be killed than have something like this happen.”
A columnist for The Washington Post points out that says violence against women in Egypt is a an near daily occurrence.
“This sort of story has a pernicious staying power: Not a faceless statistic, but a known, blonde, white woman. Fortunately or unfortunately, these are the stories that linger … In 2008, as Slate reporter Sarah Topol noted, a study by the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights reported that 83 percent of women experienced harassment - and that 98 percent of foreign women visitors did.”
Not everyone thinks Logan deserves sympathy. NYU fellow Nir Rosen caused outrage in the Twittersphere for comments he made about Logan.
"I'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she'll get."
“lara logan had to outdo anderson [Cooper]...”
“...at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger.”
Nir Rosen offered his resignation Wednesday morning. Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams notes, it would be easy to paint broad strokes as to “why” this happened, saying that would be a mistake.
“She was assaulted doing her job. It was a crime of unspeakable violence. And your opinion of how she does that job, the religion her assailants share with a few million other people, or the color of her hair had nothing to do with it.”
KATU News in Portland revisits an interview CNN had with Logan which shows she was fully aware of the risks of her job.
Anchor: “Why do you subject yourself to these risks?”
Logan: “I’m absolutely committed to this. I see this as my responsibility that if you’re going to send soldiers to war in other people’s lands, you have responsibility for the people of this country and the people around the world.”
The network says, she is now recovering at home with her family.
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Egyptian women might be free from Mubarak, but their fight is not over. A women’s rights demonstration in Cairo, celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, ended in shouting, violence and sexual harassment.
About one thousand women gathered on Tuesday in Tahrir Square to bring attention to gender inequalities. But CNN reports -- groups of men joined, chanting insults like -- "Men are men and women are women and that will never change, and go home, that's where you belong."
The organizers of the demonstration communicated mainly via Twitter. Their messages included reports of violence and sexual harassment directed towards women at the protest. After the rally, Women4Democracy tweeted...
"Some ask: 'Are you not disappointed with what happened today?' ... We believe that what happened today is - unfortunately - a surprise to no one."
Women were highly visible during the protests to oust former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. But now with the battle won, Egyptian women face still face discrimination. One of the main concerns is the high number of sexual harassment cases with almost 80 percent of women reporting abuse.
Al Jazeera also reports the new Egyptian cabinet has only one woman member - making women feel excluded from politics.
"Only days into the post-Mubarak era, many women's rights activists have begun to feel suspicious that the national umbrella they rallied under, whose slogan was democracy, equality and freedom for all Egyptians, may be leaving them out."
United Arab Emirates newspaper The National writes the political changes in Egypt may harm women’s rights if political parties use social issues to gain power.
"The danger for North Africa's women is that a pluralistic political system will, for the first time in decades, afford many political groups the opportunity to seek the ears of the people... [this] means women and the family could take centre stage in moral arguments made to gain political office."
But a correspondent for CNN says the Women’s Day protest was not altogether a failure, and it showed signs of progress towards gender equality.
“And I think even though there were these anti demonstrations today against the women’s march, I think the fact that the women were there and that there were men standing amongst them chanting for their rights, I think even that is still a big turning point here, Allie.”
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From a short documentary about Lotfia Elnadi, the first Egyptian female pilot.
Lotfia Elnadi was an Egyptian aviatrix (woman pilot) of Swiss citizenship.
At the age of 26, she became the first Egyptian woman to fly a plane between Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt and became the 2nd woman in the world to fly a plane solo at a time when men were still afraid of cars.
She had a strict upbringing. To achieve her dream -in a time when Egyptian women fought to obtain equal rights- Lotfia had to distract her father to be able to attend flying lessons twice a week without his knowledge or consent.
It is said that her first time in a plane was when she worked as a receptionist at Cairo airport and she had to hide in a 2-seater plane to try flying. When the plane took off, she popped her head up and told the pilot she only wanted to try the feeling! Later she learned to be a pilot. At one time she had to live in the dessert as part of a survival training course. The only women in that group were herself and another girl
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