‘The Daily Show’: Middle East women should create their own state, ‘Shegypt’ (video)

April 7, 2011

Women protest then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in downtown Cairo during the Egyptian revolution in February. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)

Although Schaal’s solutions are hilarious, the situation for women in the Middle East and North Africa trying to take part in the political process is pretty grim. In March, women in Egypt who participated in International Women’s Day had anti-feminist statements shouted at them. CNN quoted some of these demonstrators as saying, “Men are men and women are women and that will never change and go home, that’s where you belong.” In Ivory Coast, six women were killed in March when security forces opened fire during a protest to oust President Laurent Gbagbo. Seventeen female U.S. senators, led by Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), have introduced a resolution that aims to honor and support “women in North Africa and the Middle East whose bravery, compassion, and commitment to putting the well being of others before their own have proven that courage can be contagious.”

“Essential to the success and stability of any government is the equal voice and participation of women,” Snowe said in a news release. You can read the whole resolution here.

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Watch videos of women protesting around the world. Please be advised that some of the footage contains graphic violence.

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