Egypt’s top Sunni Muslim authority has called for strong penalties against perpetrators of sexual harassment, following a recent increase in reports. Several incidents, apparently recorded by victims or bystanders during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday last week and posted on social media, left many Egyptians in shock. In a statement first issued, al-Azhar said sexual harassment in any form was deviant behaviour. Al-Azhar demanded the activation of all laws that punish sexual abuse and called for efforts to raise social awareness. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi ordered a crackdown on sexual harassment after he was elected for his first term in office.
Praise Report Praise God for those who are raising their voice against the atrocities levied against women. Praise God for the strong decision taken by the government to safeguard women’s privacy and safety (The Bible, Proverbs 31:25).
- Pray vulnerable women will find a safe living environment (The Bible, Ruth 3:1).
- Pray that the women, who have endured some sort of sexual abuse will overcome the struggles of the evil done to them (The Bible, Isaiah 61:7).
Call to Salvation Pray that the people will revere God and the women will call on God for their safety and believe in Jesus Christ, who can save their souls and protect their lives from harm (The Bible, Jeremiah 17:14)
Chief of State: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Head of Gov.: [Acting] Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab
Evangelical Christians: 3.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 16th
Life Expectancy: 73.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 73.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 25.2%
Refugees Living in Egypt: 261,741
The gateway from Asia to Europe, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country. The lucrative drug trade flows through this gateway, yet the country remains impoverished. Every autumn, the government requires over one million adults and children to pick cotton, ranking Uzbekistan second on the list for global modern day slavery. Uzbekistan, one of the harshest dictatorships in Central Asia, greatly restricts freedoms. Although it is a secular state promoting Islam, the government opposes Islamization. With an “iron fist,” Uzbek leaders push back against radical factions. With that same “iron fist,” Uzbek authorities target Christian Believers. Registering a church proves nearly impossible.
Praise Report Some young Christian leaders deliberately moved into a town that had no Christian pastor to encourage the small local church. Pray that they will grow in God’s Word together (The Bible, Psalm 119:105).
- Global leaders accuse the Uzbek government of human rights violations. Pray for President Mirziyoyev to rule the country with compassion, integrity, and justice (The Bible, Galatians 6:7).
- Many central Asian nations struggle with lack of employment and weak economies. Ask God to release creative solutions to see this situation change (The Bible, Genesis 22:8).
- Pray for the Church to grow in unity with each other, and love for one another and the world around them (The Bible, Romans 13:8).
Chief of State: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Head of Gov.: Deputy Prime Minister Ulugbek Rozukulov
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 17th
Life Expectancy: 73.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 17%
Refugees Living in Uzbekistan: 86,828