Sunday, July 21, 2013


We kindly ask Arab feminist and women's organizations, in particular, and human rights organizations, in general, to sign on this declaration in solidarity with women protesters and activists in Egypt who are breaking the walls of silence and violence that engulf all our bodies
and lives.

No to exclusion and intimidation of women protesters in Egypt!

To begin, we salute Egyptian women who did not remain silent about the flagrant violations they are suffering. Second, we extend our good wishes to the survivors and extend our total solidarity and support.

Since the start of the revolution, women protesters have suffered the worst types of violations and systematic sexual violence aiming to exclude them from the public space and from their right to effective political participation, and thus from the right to free expression ,engagement in the successive revolutionary waves, working towards changing their situation, and from demanding all their rights.

The signatories below, who also suffer the impact of the patriarchal society and its total strive to exclude women from political participation. We know that what happened to our sisters in Egypt are not individual incidents, but an approach of sexual terrorism that seeks to humiliate women and exclude them from Egypt's streets and squares.

We, women ,activists, and rights organizations in the region, add our voice to that of our sisters who stand alone in face of these vicious attacks, while political forces and revolutionary groups turn their back to the physical and moral bloodshed. More than 186 women were subjected to gang sexual harassment and rape in Tahrir Square and surrounding areas, in the period between June 30 and July 7, 2013. We also condemn the media blackout against sexual terrorism against Egyptian female demonstrators and the attempts by political forces to walk over our sisters' wounds to settle scores with the Muslim Brotherhood, which in turn unashamedly had used the attacks against its opponents.

Therefore, we call on national and revolutionary forces, political parties, and movements ,
especially the National Salvation Front and the Tamarrod movement to bear its revolutionary and national responsibility in placing this issue as a priority in the next phase. We stress our support to the join demands of several women's organization on 3 July 2013*, mainly:

-Egyptian authorities are responsible for investigating incidents of sexual assault and rape and guaranteeing that perpetrators are brought to justice

-Providing adequate, effective, prompt, and appropriate remedies, including the rehabilitation of survivors; which entails providing psychological care as well as legal and social services ,
according to international human rights law.

The Egyptian authorities must immediately bear its legal responsibility towards the survivors of sexual violence. Long live all those who survived harassment and all women who were steadfast and who courageously work towards exposing harassers and violators.

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5) If you don't know where to begin, The uprising of women in the Arab world is a great place to start!


1.Kayan Feminist Organization – Haifa
2. Women Empowerment Organization – Iraq
3. Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association – Turkey
Association Mauritanienne pour la Santé de la Mère et de l'Enfant- Mauritania
4. Social Development and Gender Equality Policies Center Association – Turkey Arab Women Organization – Jordan
5. Association el Amane pour le Développement de la Femme [El Amane Association for Development of Women] – Morocco
6. SOS Femmes en Détresse – Algéria
7. Muntada: The Arab Forum for Sexuality Education & Health - Palestine
8. Association Femmes Algériennes pour le Développement- Algeria
9. Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates - Tunisia
10. Federation de la Ligue Demorcatique des Droits des Femmes – Ouarzazate -
11. Women Democratic Gathering –lebanon
12. The Palestinian Feminist Forum – Haifa, Palestine
13. Association Nationale Femmes en Communication
14. Union of Palestinian Women Committees- Palestinian
15. Adala Center for Human Rights – Saudi Arabia
16. TOBE for Rights and Freedoms – Yemen
17. Royaa For Feminist Studies – Sudan
18. Nisaa and Watan Association – Tunis
19. Horiya Center for Democracy and Human Rights – Egypt
20. Algerian' Women Demanding their Right- Algeria
21. Omani Group for Human Rights – Oman
22. Bahrain Center for Human Rights – Bahrain
23. Moswa Organisation- Syria
24. Sawtalniswa Community
25. Project for Documentation and presentation of Egyptian women's stories- Egypt
26. Nasawiya Collective – Lebanon
27. Kafa (enough) Violence and Exploitation- Lebanon
28. Collective for Research on Development Action- Lebanon
29. Together We Build It / Libya
30. Women's committee in the union of Yemen Sons-Adan- Yemen
31. Baghdad's Women Association- Iraq
32. Institute for Women's Studies- BerZeit University- Palestine
33. Uprising of Women in The Arab World
34. Center for Women's Legal Research and Consulting - Gaza /Palestine
35. Women's Affairs Center - Gaza /Palestine
36. Filastinyat / Palestine
37. Woman Choufouch / Morocco
38. Al Mara'a Qadiat Watan / Jordan
39. The Yemeni Feminist Movement / Yemen
40. Center for Feminist Studies- Palestine
41. Women Human Rights Defenders- Morocco
42. Democratic Women's association – Morocco
43. Aquarium Theater – Morocc0
44. Syrian Women's Network- Sweden
45. Cultural Resource Association
46. Association for Women's Rights in Development ( AWID)
47. Women's Mediterranean fund - Middle east
48. Women's Learning and Partnership Organization
49. No Honor in Crime – Jordan
50. Janobiya Horra Association - Aswan- Egypt
51. Zoqaq Cultural Association- Lebonan
52. Legal Agenda- Lebanon
53. Bayhiya ya Masr Movement- Egypt
54. Women for Women Human Rights- New Ways – Turkey
55. Assiwar - The Feminist Arab Movement in Support of Victims of Sexual Assault;
56. Amal Femmes en Mouvement Pour un Avenir Meilleur
57. Union de L'Action Feminine [Union for Feminine Action] – Morocco
58. Sosyalist Kadın Meclisleri [Socialist Women's Councils] – Turkey
59. Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) – Regional
Turkish Women Organısm - Turkey
60. Syrian Women League – Syria
61. Coalition for Women of Tunisia – Tunisia
62. Fe-male Organization-Lebanon
63. Signatures of Kurdish woman organizations which are members of Democratic Free Woman Movements(DOKH)
64. Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Woman Assembly
65. peace and demacrayc party( bdp woman assembly)
66. berfin woman center
67. dersim life woman center
68. binaevş woman center
69. jinwar woman center
70. maya woman center
71. iştar woman center mizgin woman center
72. nujiyan woman center
73. nujen woman center
74. peljin woman center
75. gülşilaw woman center
76. sitiya zin woman centermeya woman centerkardelen woman center
77. berjin amara kadin woman center
78. ekin ceren woman center
79. urfa life house center
80. woman support center (kadem)woman education - psychological ve
81. rehabilitation center (epidem)
82. gökkuşaği woman associationkibele woman association
83. batman selis woman association
84. diyarbakir selis woman association
85. ergani selis woman association
86. zilan woman association
87. ceren woman association
88. adiyaman life center association
89. kibele woman association
90. van municipality woman issues researc center (vakasum)
91. diyarbakir metropolitian woman issues researc center (dikasum)
92. baglar woman cooperative
93. Social Forum - Lebanon
94. Women Against Violence Organization – Palestine
95. Salma- Network of Women Against Violence in the Arab Region

Iranian women rights activists endorsing the statement:
1. Azadeh Faramarziha
2. Zeynab Alsadat Peyghambarzadeh
3. Raha Askarizade
4. Nikzad Zangeneh
5. Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh
6. Rezvan Moghaddam
7. Kaveh Kermanshah
8. Nahid Mirhaj
9. Leila Asadi
10. Masoumeh Zamani
11. Sima Hosseinzadeh
12. Ali Abdi
13. Ayda Abrufarakh
14. Mona Mohamadzade
15. Maryam Ahari,
16. Elahé Chokraie
17. Nayereh Tohidi
18. Maryam Rahmani
19. Firoozeh Mohaje
20. ,Ehtram Shadfar
21. Arsalan Kahnemuyipour
22. Kaveh Rezaei
23. Razi Razavi
24. Mali Ansary
25. Mitra Saffari
26. Mehri Malaekeh
27. Maryam Zandi
28. Raha Bahrein
29. Haydeh Tabesh
30. Sarah Arshadi
31. Mani Arshadi Shamsi
32. Farnaz Kamal
33. Soudeh Rad
34. Osez Le Féminisme
35. Sabri Najafi
36. Sholeh Irani
37. Magazine Avaye Zan,
38. Fataneh Farahani
39. Saghar Qyasi
40. Parvin Ardal,
41. Sahar Sadjadi
42. Amir Yaghoubali
43. Leyli Behbahani
44. Khadijeh Moghadda
45. , Nariman Rahimi
46. Mahboubeh Mohebbi
47. Fatemeh Masjedi
48. Nahid Jafari
49. Delaram Ali
50. Elnaz Ansari
51. Ensieh Salmani
52. Sabra Rezae
53. Niloofar Ensan
54. Hoda Aminian
55. Roja Bandari
56. Hamideh Nezami

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