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Study by the National Council for Women in Egypt confirms that 47% of married women are subjected to violence

The branch of the National Council for Women in Alexandria, the work of a research study entitled "forms of violence against women and its consequences", where the study confirmed that violence against women is diverse and widespread in Egypt, also saw a lot of international researchers and Egyptians alike.

The study showed that there are a variety of forms of violence against women, including physical violence, sexual, psychological, economic, pointing out, that sometimes what starts violence against women with early beginnings of life, and continues to childhood, and during the marriage, and when progress in Age.

The study showed that violence produces results also psychological and behavioral, such as strikes after trauma, depression, fears and phobia, stress myself, smoking, alcohol, drugs, overeating, and drew the study, the effects of violence psychological, and that is to carry non- desirable, gynecological disorders, unsafe abortions, complications during pregnancy, abortion unintentional.

The study found that violence leads to female infanticide, suicide, maternal mortality, death associated with AIDS, and divided the study of violence to against women according to stages of life, in the stage of pre-natal comes form of violence in the abortion based on preference for male, female infanticide, in health care, nutrition .

In childhood study pointed out, that the violence comes in the form of violation of the girl child, including poor nutrition, and female genital mutilation, and sexual abuse of children and violence against girls in schools, child marriage, sexual Oalatjar, child labor.

And sexual violence, noting the study, that includes rape, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and includes violence by their husbands

This story was written for World Pulse’s Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign.

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I am saddened by this news about married Egyptian women suffering from domestic violence. I can relate to it because I too was a victim. Although I was not hurt physically, the death threats from my husband was nerve wrecking for me and my little boy for 10 years! I was so stupid to stand the agony but I felt so helpless at that time. I feared that my husband would actualize his threats. I was also ashamed to tell my parents and siblings because I made the wrong choice for a husband.

But that fear and shame ended in 2010 when one evening, my husband and I had a disagreement. To win over me, he chased me with a knife as he shouted nasty things about me. I grabbed my son and we ran into our bedroom locking the door behind. I called up my sister with cell phone and she also called up my brother using her other cell phone.My sister was talking to me for comfort and assurance that help was coming soon.

Since my brother was living in the town proper 2 kilometers away he arrived in 10 minutes. My husband calmed down when he realized that my brother was the Municipal Judge of our town. He listened to a long lecture about family life and responsible parenthood from my brother who also left him a warning: "He would put my husband to jail if I get harmed or threatened again".

And so my husband left the house that night and stayed with his friend in the next village. He said he would be back after 3 days and so I was still fearful. Therefore, I went to the police and filed a report at the Women's Desk first thing in the morning the next day. I used this police report to file a 30-day protection to prevent my husband from getting near me, my son or our house within 50 meters.

I was still worried because after 30 days, my husband could come near us again. I prayed hard with my churchmates and friends and our pleas were answered. Praise Jesus! Before the 30-day was over, my husband decided to leave our town for good. Since then, I have never heard from him.

My realization from this personal experience is that some men take marriage as a license to harm their wives. During the courtship period, they would put their best foot forward because they know women fall for suitors who are gentle, sweet, caring, thoughtful, respectful, honest, jolly, humble, and so on. But after the wedding, some grooms change after a few days or weeks but some change in years.

In my husband's case, it was fast. He was a gentle Dr. Jekyll from January-March 1999. But starting April 1999,, he was already the hideous Mr. Hyde! He became extremely jealous and paranoid, accusing that I was having illicit affairs with all the men I was talking to - my male friends, my pastor, our janitor at the office, anyone!

I suggested one time that he should see a psychologist (not even a psychiatrist because the idea would offend him). He replied that it was I who needed help because he was OK while I was not. All he saw in me were my faults and weaknesses. But if he made a mistake, he would not admit and apologize. He would always rationalize his faults, even his joblessness (he lost his job in 2004).

That was the past and was able to overcome it. Now I am confident to help other battered women through World Pulse and I thank God for this chance.

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

lobna sedky's picture

Thank God! You are able to

Thank God! You are able to get rid of that awful husband, I hope that you may be in the best case now. Unfortunately, your story like many stories here in Egypt or more hardness.

In addition to violence from men in their lives, whether father, husband, brother, son, or a work colleague, violence directed by the community, and in Egypt in particular our situation very bad in the new constitutional declaration.

With my love,
Lobna Sedky

lydiagcallano's picture

Grateful

I deeply appreciate your concern, Lobna. I pray that more women would take the challenge to stand up and fight for their right to be free from violence.

When God made the Earth, it was peaceful and blissful to live in. But due to the evil works of Satan, it is now filled with tears and fears. But there is hope for the Earth to be renewed. The Bible says, Jesus is coming again and will rule for a thousand years (Millennial Kingdom). Under His reign, there will be peace and goodwill everywhere for Jesus is a God of peace, love, unity, order and justice. There will no longer be sickness, poverty or pain. In short, it will be Heaven down here on Earth.

People may not agree with my religious dispensation but I will share my hope and bright vision anyway.

Thanks again for caring! God bless you and your family!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

lobna sedky's picture

I greet the optimistic point

I greet the optimistic point of view in your words, and I hope the best for this world.
But I disagree with you because the impossibility to verify the paradise on earth, the situation in the world changed for the worse always and not vice versa.

Regards,
Lobna Sedky
lobnapress@yahoo.com

lydiagcallano's picture

Hopeful

Lobna, my friend, you have a point too. The world today and in the near future is just getting gloomier and unsafe but we have hope in Christ Jesus that one day, He will come down on the Earth again and defeat Satan who is causing pain and sorrows in the world. Just be hopeful.

More than two thousand years ago, Jesus came in the form of a baby, born in a manger in Bethlehem a little town in Israel. He lived for only 33 years, teaching mankind about His Kingdom. For that, He was punished by the Romans thru the prodding of the Jews themselves (Jesus was a Jew), was crucified, died. and was buried in a tomb.

Even before the 3rd day, Jesus resurrected from the dead, spoke, went fishing and ate broiled fish with His disciples. After being with His followers, assuring them that He would come again, Jesus He ascended into Heaven. These events were witnessed and experienced by many people as written in the Bible. A certain Mark Copland made the effort of outlining these facts based on the Holy Scriptures at http://executableoutlines.com/why/why_10.htm.

If people do not believe that Jesus came and will come again, they should read not only the Bible but the Torah of the Jews and the Quran of the Muslims. Archeologists also say that they have found evidences on the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are a lot of references on this topic. They just have to search them.

Shalom, my Friend!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thank you for being brave

Dear Lydia thank you for such an inspirational story. You have shown women that anything is possible and all situations can be over come. Continue with the good work. Stay blessed my dear

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

melanief7's picture

Lydia's response to you

Lydia's response to you illuminates the global issue of violence against women and how seriously women are affected by such violence. I am very thankful that Lydia was able to free herself from an abusive relationship and become the strong mother that she is today but as you have mentioned the study shows that many women suffer from post-traumatic stresses and difficulties once they have been abused. This means that as women we must be there for each other (especially after someone has been abused) but it also shows us that we must work to change the minds, legislation and expectations about how women are to be treated around the world.

Ladies. Thank you for sharing and know that we are in solidarity.

lobna sedky's picture

Thank you for your support,

Thank you for your support, I'm agree for your opinion.We fight for change bad cultures towards women, we are trying to change the image of women themselves and changing the look of women by men.

Greetings,
lobna sdky

lydiagcallano's picture

A million thanks to you all!

I praise Jesus for you women who have affirmed my decision and action, and have encouraged other battered women to take action on their plight. Your words are enough to give us the boldness to face our greatest enemy - FEAR. Sometimes it takes only a little push and a few soft words to enable the fallen to rise, the weak to be strong, and the hopeless to dream. While my boy and I are practically safe from our tormentor, I still need your affirmation and you had given it.

Thank you and God bless! Mabuhay kayong lahat na mgagigiting na babae sa World Pulse (Long live the brave women of World Pulse!)

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

Encouragement for each other is the one who brings us to safety together.

I'd send greetings to women of World Pulse !

lydiagcallano's picture

Amen!

Yes, let us all rally behind each other as we unitedly move forward, listening and supporting human rights across the globe!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

We have to think big

Dear Lobna, We have to think big and know in our hearts that one day there will be no violence against women, whether this will happen tomoro, ten years down the road or in 100 years time, we are not sure. BUT what we are sure of is that we have to try as hard as we can to ensure that change will come and when it comes there will be no turning back. So my dear sister keep that light burning bright and continue with this good fight for the rewards are big. Thank you for sharing with us this research and be strong the whole world pulse sisterhood i behind you and all women in the world. Stay blessed.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

lobna sedky's picture

Thanks Anita

Thank you for your support, through your words I feel strong about the difficult conditions experienced by the status of women in Egypt.

I hope always to keep you by my side!

With Love,
Lobna Sedky

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