Government Oppression and Corruption: Women In Islam

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Government Oppression and Corruption
Groups demanding the enforcement and the alterations of laws dealing with sexual harassment have had difficulty maneuvering within political channels because of the government’s corrupt and inefficient state. Throughout his 30-year tenure, President Hosni Mubarak frequently rigged elections to remain in power. Specifically, in 2005, a Human Rights Watch report revealed that the government had actively submitted, “yes” ballots and disregarded “no” ballots during a national referendum on constitutional change. This dishonesty reflects the limited role that organizations concerned with the enforcement and the alterations sexual harassment laws have in Egyptian society. In the journal article, Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign in Egypt, Helen Rizzo states that “where competitive national elections are nullified, canceled, and/or perceived as fraudulent and meaningless, challengers see the futility of operating through routine political channels.” Here, Rizzo suggest that there is a fundamental lack of faith in the government that prevents organizations and groups hoping to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment from viewing the use of political channels as a viable and legitimate option. As a result, in contemporary Egypt, more citizens and groups concerned with the wellbeing of women have relied increasingly on nonpolitical channels. Specifically, organizations and initiatives like Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH/A),
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