Study Shows Women in Egypt Face Intense Rights Gap

A study by Egypt’s National Population Center has produced some stark statistics regarding the treatment of women and girls in that nation. The study shows that 35% of Egyptian wives polled were victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Of the 35%, 70% were attacked for refusing to have sex. The study also reported that 97 percent of married women had undergone female genital mutilation, a process which removes some or all of a woman’s external sex organs. Though the mutilations are illegal, they are still commonly practiced, often in unsanitary conditions.


United Press International - February 7, 1997

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