Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 03/08/2011

International Women’s Day Egyptian march met by men

<div style=”float:center; width:454px; padding-left:4px; padding-bottom:4px;”><img alt=”women protest” src=”” align=”bottom” width=”454” border=1/><br /><span class=”blog_caption”> Women protest at a rally against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo on Feb. 1. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)</span></div>

Linda Davidson


Women protest and an anti-Mubarack rally in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt on February 1, 2011.

Less than three weeks ago, an article appeared in The Washington Post discussing the achievements of women in Egypt during the revolution.

“Women think as differently as they dress here, but they have emerged from the barricades agreeing on one thing: This is their moment in history, and they cannot afford to lose it,” wrote The Post’s Kathy Lally from Cairo.

The tentative advancements Egyptian women thought they had made during the protests faltered Tuesday. According to Twitter reports from Cairo, a march planned for Tahrir Square in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day was met by an even larger crowd of men deriding the women for being there and harassing them.

An Egyptian journalist, Ethar El-Katatney, wrote on Twitter, “Was just ranted at by a ‘sheikh’ telling me to go home and raise my kids.” She reported that only a few hundred women had come to what they had been calling the Million Woman March but that thousands of men appeared in the square.

Across the planet, and before the news of the counter protest broke, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a message for Egypt: “They have now insisted that their voices be heard. And in the coming months and years, the women in Egypt and Tunisia and other nations have just as much right as the men to remake their governments - to make them responsive, accountable, transparent.”

Here’s other responses from Twitter:

So, anti demo logic was as follows: Women aren't allowed on the streets, but if they are then touch and grab them. #iwd #Egypt #WomensRightsless than a minute ago via web

They chanted a variation of a revolutionary slogan: "The people want to bring down the women." Classy, guys.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

Participation of women in continued protests & strikes will secure their rights in this revolution. What happened today shouldnt set us backless than a minute ago via Echofon

I am so disgusted by the news about wht happened in Tahrir today, this is totally against everything we have been fighting for #jan25 #Egyptless than a minute ago via web

Encircled by men, yelling "out." Told me I'm "spreading lies." Cam almost taken. @ShereefAbbas and @hishamkassem got me out safely. #Egyptless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Got to #Tahrir 30 minutes ago - to catch a group of women being massively harrassed by the mob. Will #Egypt ever change? #a7aless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

(H/T Carl)

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