09 Mar '11, 6am

A march by Egyptian women for equal rights was marred after they were heckled and shoved by men

A march by Egyptian women for equal rights was marred after they were heckled and shoved by men

A protest by hundreds of Egyptian women demanding equal rights and an end to sexual harassment turned violent on Tuesday when crowds of men heckled and shoved the demonstrators, telling them to go home where they belong. -- PHOTO: AP CAIRO - A PROTEST by hundreds of Egyptian women demanding equal rights and an end to sexual harassment turned violent on Tuesday when crowds of men heckled and shoved the demonstrators, telling them to go home where they belong. The women - some in headscarves and flowing robes, others in jeans - had marched to Cairo's central Tahrir Square to celebrate International Women's Day. But crowds of men soon outnumbered them and chased them out. 'They said that our role was to stay home and raise presidents, not to run for president,' said Farida Helmy, a 24-year old journalist. Sexual harassment remains widespread in Egypt, where women often are af...

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