Women Still Suffering in Egypt
“Another International Women's Day comes by, but Magda Abdel-Rahman, has little to celebrate. Abdel-Rahman, a married mother of four, is a government employee with a monthly salary of LE190 (Less than $ 35). She, like several of her colleagues has suffered verbal and physical violence from her husband over the past 16 years. Yet six month ago, his violence took a new form. He stopped supporting her and her children financially. In reaction to the current situation, Abdel-Rahman chose to offer her service as a house-keeper in order to support her family. Last month, she sold her television set to help pay the rent. Since her husband refrained from any financial obligations, she is seriously considering filing a law suit against him. Yet both, procedures and expenses remain grand obstacles. Isn't what's happening to me considered a kind of violence against women? I hear about those women NGOs but where can I find them and can they really help me?"
“To Fatemah Suleiman, a dentist's secretary, in her 20s, from a lower-middle class background, the idea of violence against women is quite obvious. "I am against the fact that women are beaten by their husbands except when they deserve it," Suleiman further explained, "if a woman goes out without his permission for example, if she disobeys him in anyway, then she deserves being beaten, after all her husband is the centre of her life and the one who provides for her." Suleiman is quite optimistic with women's present status. Believing that through education and economic independence, Egyptian women can defy any violence they are subjected to. "Yes I have heard about the women programs and the term violence against women. No I have never attended any seminars but the sheikh at the mosque highlights the fact that Islam puts women in a very high status," concluded Suleiman.”