During the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the impact of 20+ years of vital core support from Global Fund for Women played out in a big way. It helped build strong networks of womenâ€™s rights activists in the Middle East and North Africa, enabling women like Hoda and Mozn Hassan to mobilize quickly and lead during turbulent times. Today, these are the networks demanding democracy in their country today and standing against rape and violence as an intimidation tactic.
Seven men will be sentenced for 43 offences â€“ ranging from rape and conspiracy to rape to supplying Class A drugs to using an instrument to procure a miscarriage â€“ against six underage girls. But what about the police officers and social workers whose refusal to act enabled these rapes? Will they be prosecuted for aiding and abetting rape? Were they involved in other ways? Is that why they didnâ€™t act against rape? Or is it their bias against working class children and against rape victims generally?