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Egypt rise in violence due to subsidies, media, poverty
Egypt rise in violence due to subsidies, media, poverty
An Egyptian governmental report issued by the National Council for Services and Social Development of the specialized national council, titled “Social dimensions of the phenomenon of violence,” concluded that in Egypt there is “a spread of the manifestations of violence in schools [and] the media plays a negative role in the spread of violence and its incitement.”
Tuesday, March 30,2010 08:28

Th report also  said that the rise in violence was due to the gradual removal of a number of government-run subsidies.

“Society is suffering from despair and frustration, it is impossible to eliminate violence, relying on legislation and laws that wouldn’t face violence alone,” the report stated. It also said that Egyptian women are the majority victims of violence and Egypt is “suffering from poor economic conditions, which enhance the spread of violent crimes.”

The report pointed out that the consolidation and continuation of the phenomenon of violence in the community has spread widely “due to the negative role played by some institutions and bodies, including the media, including its published content on violent incidents, including programs dominated by the nature of violence and provocation, and will grow fiercer during the coming period a result of changes in the world, which help family disintegration.”

The report also highlighted the existence of poor conditions across the country that leads to “despair and frustration and leads [people] to resorting to violence.”

It pointed to social and economic inequality and the “absence of good role models, the abuse of power and control in the fortunes of others” as the major causes of this rising violence.

The report added that relying on law and legislation in the face of violence would not be enough “because a lot of these legislative restrictions might lead to opposite results.”

The report identified a number of reasons that have helped the spread of violence such as the deterioration of social life, the problem of unemployment, low wages, increasing population, the presence of defects and shortcomings in the construction of the Egyptian family and the high incidents of divorce and the absence of the mother and father for long periods away from their children and negligence.

The lack of channels for expression have led to clandestine groups resorting to violence, the report stated, “in addition to the failure of development projects and poor distribution of wealth, some government practices lead to the growth of violence, such as policies that support the abolition of the subsidies and the slow pace of litigation, forcing some to achieve their rights using force.”

The report showed that the spread of slums and the large spread of drug abuse and bullying “are the most socially damaging and lead to increased violence in society.”

The report pointed out that violence resulting in damage to property and sabotage were becoming “commonplace” in Egypt.

The report presented a set of proposals for religious institutions to help address violence, such as providing “enlightened preachers and work on the eradication of sectarian violence.” It did not elaborate further.

It did give a number of proposals to the government, including the need to “provide equal opportunities in employment and the criminalization of monopolies and anti-patterns and consumer advertising and work to bring social inequalities” down.

The report also highlighted the activation of the role of civil society in the slum and the expansion of interests in providing services in the area of maternity and childhood, as the report recommended the development of an “information strategy to address violence and the presence of an aware media.”

Republished with permission from Bikya Masr

tags: Corruption / Poverty / Subside / Violence In Egypt / Poverty In Egypt / Corruption In Egypt / Unemployment In Egypt
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