I was thinking that I might take a week’s foreign holiday this year. You know somewhere in the sun. Somewhere myself and the children could relax and enjoy ourselves and why not I have not been away for several years. I have a list in my head of possible places that are in the sun but the list just got shorter..by one nation. That nation is Egypt and while that country has had it share of troubles during the Arab Spring I had thought that visiting the more remote areas in a place like Sharm Al Sheikh but no more. Go along and read this article being carried by all of the major news networks today and if you are a woman or a man who cares for his other half just don’t go. Don’t.
You can give other cultures a lot, you can make allowances for languages and indeed you should for that and for other cultures and systems of living but not always. It seems Egypt is far from a nice place especially if you are a woman. You might complain that walking about in normal (for western countries) clothes is not an invitation to be physically assaulted but in Egpyt it really is. Even in the grounds of the finest university in the land which you would expect to be a beacon of progress. Was I surprised, well a bit, but sadly not really; but what I did learn is that in Egpyt sexual assault is not even a crime. A UN report finds that nearly 100% of the female population has been harassed in one way or another. Yuch!
I will not be giving money to this nation. Not until it enlightens itself…which might be a really long time. I wonder what St Andrews is like for a summer break? Might not be as warm, might be raining but it will be freedom for all.