5 July 2013
Our partners are monitoring the situation in Egypt after the army removed President Morsi from power.
Protests lead to president deposed
Protests in Egypt over the past few weeks have culminated in the removal of President Mohammed Morsi of the Islamic Brotherhood on 3 July.
Many Egyptians were frustrated with President Morsi’s perceived failure to tackle Egypt’s economic situation.
Since 2011, unemployment levels have risen and now stand at 12.5%. The World Food Programme reports that 13.7 million people now suffer from hunger, and infant malnutrition is rising.
Millions have faced increasing poverty, food and fuel shortages – all of which are likely to worsen in the short term following recent developments.
Our partners are poised to respond if necessary.
The situation in Egypt is extremely unstable and developing rapidly.
We are concerned about the potential for violence and insecurity like that seen after President Hosni Mubarak stood down in 2011.
We are particularly concerned about the high rate of sexual violence against women, which has increased in Egypt over the past two years.
During the recent protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo, female protestors were intimidated and abused.
Over just four days, at least 91 women were sexually assaulted, including some who were raped, the NGO Human Rights Watch reports.
Protection of civilians
We call for the protection of civilians, including the prevention of sexual abuse against women, and maintenance of the rule of law.
Egypt needs calm, stability and the peaceful expression of the plethora of voices that make up this diverse and vibrant nation to achieve sustainable development and the protection of rights.
Our response – building on our work
We work with five Egyptian partners in country.
Our work since 2011 has included work with communities to improve local economic development; supporting farmers and small businesses, and running cash for work schemes, which have simultaneously provided an income for the poorest while rebuilding or improving damaged schools and buildings.
Our partners are in touch with communities, assessing levels of insecurity and food and fuel shortages. We are ready to respond with humanitarian or community support if necessary.
Over the past two years, we have also run citizenship training, which has increased people’s awareness of their rights, the importance of political processes and public debate.
This will stand people in good stead in the continuing political uncertainty and help them to make their voices heard in the debate over Egypt’s future.
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