It is common to hear stories from Egyptian women in their twenties, thirties and forties about the many arranged marriage attempts each of them have been through. Yes, there are arranged marriages where it all ends happily ever after, but there seem to be many heartbreaking tales.
The constitution will be the key guarantor of women and minority rights in a future Egypt. It is essential that the group drafting the document reflect the diversity of Egypt's many political, social, cultural, and gender views.
How can a functional democracy, one in which all people have a voice and the ability to influence and advocate on behalf of their interests, be implemented when women, an important part of this revolution and country, are being silenced in despicable ways?
In Egypt, and other nations, Indonesia and Turkey among them, certainly the Gulf States, doctors or midwives are sometimes asked to perform "virginity tests" to ensure that a man is getting a bride untouched by a previous male appendage.
Too many still equate the soundbites describing women under Taliban rule with the teachings of our faith throughout the Muslim world. But the oppression of women in parts of the Muslim world is not because of Islam, but contrary to it.