News

30 Percent of Egyptian Married Women Suffer from Spousal Violence

30 Percent of Egyptian Married Women Suffer from Spousal Violence

Egyptian women line up to vote in 2012. UN Women/Fatma El Zahraa Yassin/Flickr
Egyptian women line up to vote in 2012. UN Women/Fatma El Zahraa Yassin/Flickr

A new survey has revealed that 30 percent of married women in Egypt are subjected to domestic violence carried out by their spouses.

The results came from the Egypt Demographic and Health Survey 2014, which covered violence in the household in 2014, said that the abuse ranged from physical and sexual abuse, to psychological abuse and other violence.

According to the report, 25.2 percent of married women are victims of physical abuse inflicted by their husbands. Meanwhile, 18.8 percent of married women suffer psychological violence and 4.1 percent suffer from sexual violence.

The report said that low education is linked to making women more receptive to violence. The statistics agency found that women who had achieved secondary educational degrees or higher suffered from less violence than those who had achieved just primary education.

However, the issue appears prevalent across Egypt, with percentages varying to a small extent between urban and rural areas.

It was also found that younger women face more violence than older women. Up to 35.3 percent of married women between the ages of 15 and 19 suffer from some sort of violence at home, while 39.9 percent of women aged between 20 and 24 are victims. This can be compared to women who are between the ages of 40 and 49, where the percentage of those suffering from violence drops to 33.8 percent.

CAPMAS released its report on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which was held on 25 November.

Combating Violence Against Women

amwomen (1)

Showing solidarity with women and promising to tackle the issue, Egypt lit the ancient Abu Simbel Temples in orange. The government has previously promised to increase awareness campaigns and educational programs to reduce violence against women.

Earlier this year, Egypt’s Ministry of Interior commenced a new national strategy aimed at combating violence against women on all levels.

The police force’s new strategy includes an increase in the number of patrols for quick intervention and response to emergency calls regarding any violence against women. Moreover, more female physicians have been hired and new sections within police stations have been formed to receive victims of violence and assault.

Recognizing that this strategy would not work without greater awareness of women’s issues, the Ministry of Interior has added a section in the Police Academy’s curriculum about human rights and violence against women. The section in the curriculum will include information on the implications of violence against women and mechanisms to confront it.

Two Egyptians Killed in Libya
Earth to Paris Summit Seeks Collective International Action Against Climate Change

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Egypt’s National Council for Women Visit Women’s Prisons to Ensure Quality of Care

Egyptian StreetsJuly 15, 2019

Cairo to Begin Planting Gardens on Rooftops

Egyptian StreetsJuly 15, 2019

Egypt Launched ‘Decent Life’ Initiative to Assist People Living in Underprivileged Villages

Egyptian StreetsJuly 14, 2019

Surveillance Cameras Installed After Animal Abuse at Cairo’s Birqash Camel Market

Egyptian StreetsJuly 11, 2019

Pro-Mubarak Facebook Page Admin Arrested for ‘Spreading Fake News’

Egyptian StreetsJuly 11, 2019

EgyptAir Begins Experimental Operations in the New Administrative Capital Airport

Egyptian StreetsJuly 10, 2019

Entreprenelle and the British Council Collaborate to Encourage Women Entrepreneurs in Upper Egypt

Mirna AbdulaalJuly 9, 2019

Egypt Holds First Ever National Figure Skating Championship

Egyptian StreetsJuly 8, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.