By Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Program
The streets are empty. The prisons are full. The fourth anniversary of Egypt’s “25 January Revolution” is passing largely in silence, with many of the young activists who led it now firmly behind bars.
For many women in Egypt, this Sunday will bring back particularly bitter memories – of a brief moment when it seemed that a better future was finally within reach.
Women stood alongside men throughout the 2011 uprising. However, in the years since they have faced a rising tide of violence and discrimination.
And nowhere is safe.
Shocking testimonies uncovered by Amnesty International show women enduring violence at the hands of their partners, the public and the police.
Women are not safe at home. One woman told Amnesty International of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband: