Journalist Natasha Smith assaulted in Tahrir Square

Article courtesy to The Independent A student journalist has described how she was the victim of “a horrific sexual and physical attack” by an Egyptian mob. Natasha Smith, a student at University College Falmouth, said she was attacked in Cairo’s Tahrir Square while filming a documentary. It is not the first time women journalists working in the area have been attacked – last year US correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in the square while working for CBS television. Writing on her blog, Ms Smith said: “I have been forced to leave Cairo prematurely following a horrific sexual and physical … Continue reading Journalist Natasha Smith assaulted in Tahrir Square

Silencing the voice of Pakistani singer Gazala Javed

From CNN: A popular female Pakistani singer who defied the Taliban’s decree against singing and dancing was shot and killed in northwest Pakistan Monday night, police and hospital officials told CNN. Authorities described the singer’s ex-husband as a suspect in the case, and said early indications were that the Taliban were not involved, according to police official Imtiaz Altaf. Ghazala Javed, who recorded scores of songs in her native Pashto language and became a household name among young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns in northwest Pakistan, had just left a beauty salon and was driving home with her father when gunmen on … Continue reading Silencing the voice of Pakistani singer Gazala Javed

Egyptian women sexually harassed at anti-harassment march!!!

By: Alexandra Kinias A women’s march on June 8th demanding the end of sexual harassment in Egypt took a wrong turn when a mobs of men violently assaulted the women and caused injuries and mass chaos. Eyewitnesses from Tahrir square reported on their twitter accounts that they were groped, beaten and humiliated by the angry thugs who were out there to break the march. Sexual harassment can only be described as an epidemic that has been wildly spreading in the streets of Egypt without control. A survey conducted in 2008 by The Egyptian Council of women reported that 83% of … Continue reading Egyptian women sexually harassed at anti-harassment march!!!