The West chose the veil as a symbol of the oppression of Arab and Muslim women.
One of the arguments is that the veil represents the entry of the women into the public sphere.
The last thing I heard was "don't worry," followed by screaming ...At first they tried to rip my bag out of my hands; I then felt hands all over my body, tearing down my trousers and long jacket; they were undoing its clips. They pulled my trousers and pants down, but couldn’t get them all the way down because I was wearing boots that they couldn’t manage to get off ...Women have reported being groped, stripped, beaten, bitten, penetrated with fingers, and raped.Mass sexual assault has played a controversial role in Egyptian politics.Sexual harassment was barely discussed in Egypt before 2006.
The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights sought to draw attention to it, but the public's response was that it was an American idea wrongly applied to Egyptian society.
This is in contrast with the eight received between 25 January, the day of the first protests, and 11 February, when Mubarak stepped down. call this Egypt's "liminal moment," following the anthropologist Victor Turner's idea that, during political upheaval, people are liberated from their "cultural script." During those 18 days, a protester told them, men put aside their differences with women, and everyone was simply Egyptian.
Several more journalists were among the hundreds of women who experienced mass sexual assault over the following few years: French journalist Caroline Sinz in November 2011; British journalist Natasha Smith in June 2012; Egyptian journalist Hania Moheeb on 25 January 2013, along with 18 other women; and a Dutch journalist in June 2013.
According to Mariz Tadros of the Institute of Development Studies, the men's motives include pleasure, a desire to dominate women, and a "perceived sense of sexual deprivation" because marriage may be financially prohibitive.
Journalist Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel (2013), writing about sexual harassment in general (taharrush jinsi), blamed unemployment, social media and a "breakdown of family surveillance" because of overworked parents.
Mass sexual assault was first documented during the Egyptian constitutional referendum on , on what became known as "Black Wednesday," when women demonstrators were sexually assaulted by a group of agents provocateurs, groups of men who had arrived on buses, as police watched and did nothing to intervene.