As Twitchy has reported, women protesting Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood face threats of sexual assault and rape. The police forces can’t be counted on to protect the women, so citizens have taken it upon themselves to combat sexual violence. In addition to using social media to offer support, volunteers are now constructing watchtowers in Tahrir Square to keep an eye out for potential assaults.
Sexual harassment watchtower in Tahrir. twitter.com/Sarahcarr/stat…
—أبو كار (@Sarahcarr) November 30, 2012
— shadi rahimi (@shadirahimi) November 30, 2012
— Bel Trew – بل ترو (@Beltrew) November 30, 2012
— kabretism كبريتـزم (@kabretaa) November 30, 2012
— Nada Iskandar (@nadaskandar) November 30, 2012
— Egyptocracy (@Egyptocracy) November 30, 2012
Twitterers are quite impressed, and rightly so:
— Dina Hussein دينا (@Dina_M_Hussein) November 30, 2012
— Micha ميشا (@michabalon) November 30, 2012
— Samah Hadid (@samahhadid) November 30, 2012
— Nora Younis (@NoraYounis) November 30, 2012
— Julie Tomlin (@JulieTomlin) November 30, 2012
Super impressed by these looking posts volunteers set up in Tahrir to keep a lookout for sexual harassment, theft etc. The spirit I miss.
— سَلْمَى Salma(@Salmanellaa) November 30, 2012
Awesome. Egyptian citizens’ efforts to fight back against sexual assault are certainly commendable. Let’s hope these towers indeed help to keep them safe.