Under the Black Blanket

01/22/12

The Bravest Women in Egypt

I finally met Samira Ibrahim on a dusty highway outside a walled military court in suburban Cairo this week, where she was appearing in a court case she brought against the Egyptian army for performing a "virginity test" on her while she was in their custody. Ibrahim is a short, fierce young woman in a bright headscarf and blue jeans, avidly texting on her Nokia. From Sohag, a midsized town in upper Egypt, she sued the army because, after being arrested in Tahrir Square last March, she was fingered by a man in uniform, in an open room with soldiers standing around with cellphone cameras.

I interviewed Samira Ibrahim and other women in Egypt about what I think is the single most revolutionary act they've undertaken, speaking about sexual violence.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast here.
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