Harassment Across Arab World Drives Women Inside

More and more I see Western women converting to Islam. They are conned into believing that women are treated well in Islam. Now I am not saying that the sexual harassment mentioned in this article is part of Islam, but it shows us the basic diminishing attitude towards women that many Muslim men and Islam have.  Muslim womenHere is one example of the mistreatment of women in Islam.

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m10.4 The husband may forbid his wife to leave the home (O: because of the hadith related by Bayhaqi that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to allow someone into her house if he is opposed, or to go out if he is averse”).

Harassment across Arab world drives women inside
By SARAH EL DEEB, Tue Dec 15

CAIRO – The sexual harassment of women in the streets, schools and work places of the Arab world is driving them to cover up and confine themselves to their homes, said activists at the first-ever regional conference addressing the once taboo topic.

Activists from 17 countries across the region met in Cairo for a two-day conference ending Monday and concluded that harassment was unchecked across the region because laws don’t punish it, women don’t report it and the authorities ignore it.

The harassment, including groping and verbal abuse, is a daily experience women in the region face and makes them wary of going into public spaces, whether it’s the streets or jobs, the participants said. It happens regardless of what women are wearing.

With more and more women in schools, the workplace and politics, roles have changed but often traditional attitudes have not. Experts said in some places, like Egypt, harassment appears sometimes to be out of vengeance, from men blaming women for denied work opportunities.

Amal Madbouli, who wears the conservative face veil or niqab, told The Associated Press that despite her dress, she is harassed and described how a man came after her in the streets of her neighborhood.

“He hissed at me and kept asking me if I wanted to go with him to a quieter area, and to give him my phone number,” said Madbouli, a mother of two. “This is a national security issue. I am a mother, and I want to be reassured when my daughters go out on the streets.”

Statistics on harassment in the region have until recently been nonexistent, but a series of studies presented at the conference hinted at the widespread nature of the problem.

As many as 90 percent of Yemeni women say they have been harassed, while in Egypt, out of a sample of 1,000, 83 percent reported being verbally or physically abused. A study in Lebanon reported that more than 30 percent of women said they had been harassed there.

“We are facing a phenomena that is limiting women’s right to move … and is threatening women’s participation in all walks of life,” said Nehad Abul Komsan, an Egyptian activist who organized the event with funding from the U.N. and the Swedish development agency.

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9 comments for “Harassment Across Arab World Drives Women Inside

  1. Raya
    March 2, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I pray for their salvation! Mr. Logan… you have a great site! ^_^

  2. March 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I am from Sweden and have seen those problems from inside and I dont like them at all. We in my country have worked hard for us women since my grandma was a kid and when we have come so far i am not going to give up my freedom and do hope that women in Sweden should have the same opinion as I have in this matter.

    • March 23, 2010 at 1:03 am

      If not stopped, Islam will destroy Western Civilization.

      • irfan
        May 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

        what do u know by islam. islam first religion who give women rights and calling peace and love

      • Jimmie King
        September 17, 2010 at 3:23 am

        Raya, it appears you have been listening instead of ready and studying yourself. Not only does History prove you wrong, but so doea the Qur’an and Hadith-Sira. ,, God Bless

        • September 17, 2010 at 4:16 am

          When does history prove him wrong? You koranimals constantly abuse women. History proves this.

  3. Jacob
    July 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I praise this article on “Western women converting to Islam. They are conned into believing that women are treated well in Islam.”

    What in the good name of humanity is “fairly treated well” when women are seen everyday concealing their femininity to be free?

    What form of “treated well” is when marrying 4 wives is okay by religion?? So treatment first, true love and loyalty later? Why aren’t there any feminists protesting against this monstrosity?

    This article is solid proof that wearing whatever veil won’t save your life – it’s up to willpower, not materials!

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