Egyptian female activists form 'anti-coup' coalition

CAIRO – Nine Egyptian pro-democracy women's groups have united to form a coalition with the stated aim of stepping up efforts to end what they describe as last summer's "military coup" that unseated elected president Mohamed Morsi.

"The alliance aims to encourage more activity by women in resisting the military coup," alliance head Hoda Abdel-Moneim told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Launched on Wednesday, the "Revolutionary Coalition of Egyptian Women" includes nine pro-democracy women's groups.

"The coalition aims to mobilize women in the upcoming period to resist the coup and provide them with a unique experience fighting injustice," the coalition's founding statement reads.

Abdel-Moneim said the alliance would attempt to document human rights violations against women.

"We're preparing major surprises across the country," she said.

Female Morsi supporters have played an active role in ongoing demonstrations against last summer's military ouster of the democratically elected president.

Last November, an Egyptian court sentenced 21 female Morsi supporters – including a number of minors – to 11 years in jail each, which led to an international outcry. The girls were later given suspended sentences, however, after their lawyers appealed the ruling.

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