Despite an increasing feeling of empowerment experienced by many Egyptian women during and after the revolution, they continue to be sexually harassed and abused by men in public on a daily basis, as recent coverage of events in Cairo—from “virginity tests” conducted by the military to male assaults on female protesters—illustrated.
Mozn, who will vote in the second round, is an Egyptian activist and executive director of grantee-partner, Nazra for Feminist Studies. Since the January uprisings, Egyptian women and girls have taken center stage in the country’s democratic revolution, challenging the common stereotype of Arab women as being powerless, submissive and isolated from political events. Nazra embodies the spirit of the Egyptian revolution. The group is bold, fearless, and hungry for justice and equality.
Preliminary reports from the first day of Egypt’s historic parliamentary elections suggest that women voters have turned out in high numbers to make their voices heard.
In a sea of local press coverage and media appearances of presidential nominees for Egypt’s upcoming election, Bothaina Kamel’s name is left out. As the country’s first woman to nominate herself for Egypt’s highest position, she is doing more on the ground than any of her male competitors.
CAIRO, Egypt- Despite the stigma attached to divorce, ending a marriage is still relatively easy for Muslim women in Egypt. All they have to do is file paperwork with a family court and the deed is done, as long as they're not seeking alimony or damages from their husbands.
During its elections, the Medical Syndicate saw for the first time 12 female doctors compete for the membership of the General Council. Among them is Mona Mina, the head of “the Doctors Without Rights Organization” who expressed strong opinions against the current council. The Brotherhood is considering including her on their list.
"I, a girl, am going down to Tahrir Square and I will stand alone." With these words, Asmaa Mahfouz put out a call on YouTube that went viral, helping to ignite Egypt's revolution. A 26-year-old business management graduate, Mahfouz helped rally Egyptians for the initial Jan. 25 protest, to "say no to corruption, no to this regime." But Mahfouz's activism had its roots in another protest led by another woman.
Among the most prevalent Western stereotypes about Muslim countries are those concerning Muslim women: doe-eyed, veiled, and submissive, exotically silent, gauzy inhabitants of imagined harems, closeted behind rigid gender roles. So where were these women in Tunisia and Egypt?
Cairo (Women's Feature Service) - During the recent people's revolution that led to the ouster of Egypt's dictator-president of over three decades, Hosni Mubarak, Sondos Shabayek, a professional journalist, used to spend a large part of her day tweeting about the goings on at Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the agitation.
For more than 30 years, the subject of political reform in most of the Middle East was largely a part of covert debates. In little more than 30 days, however, it has forcibly entered the realm of the overt.
The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights held a roundtable entitled "feminizing the Egyptian Revolution… the political future in Egypt." Male and female media workers and decision makers of the Egyptian media attended the roundtable.
In this interview, Egyptian blogger Noha Atef admires the courage and cohesion of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and marvels as the popular uprising in her country builds momentum.
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