The War on Women by Sue Lloyd Roberts

Who remembers the Arab Spring of 2011?
The beginning of the demonstrations in Tehrir Square saw a new attitude towards women in Egypt. They were allowed to walk unaccompanied by a male guardian, show their faces and talk to strangers. This was called ‘the ethics of the square’. It didn’t last long.
So, what followed?
The idealistic men of those days were arrested. Many were killed. Others reverted to the old ways: molesting lone women in public.
But there was much worse to come. Women who continued to protest in Tehrir Square were taken to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities where they were beaten and electrocuted. Some died. Others were permanently disabled. Those who survived were subjected to degrading treatment by doctors as well as soldiers. In The War on Women, Sue Lloyd Roberts gives details of the message being delivered: if you try to protest for freedom you will have your honour violated. That is the legitimised Egyptian stance on murder, misogyny and oppression.