Tag Archives: women rights

Women with or without headscarves should be accepted and respected in Egypt

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram A call by Egyptian journalist Cherif Choubachy for veiled Muslim women to take off their headscarves (hijab) has stirred widespread controversy in Egypt. Choubachy has also proposed a “take off the veil” rally to be held at … Continue reading

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Egypt and Working Mothers

 ( Photo of journalist Lamia Hamdin via Twitter) On the streets of Cairo, Lamia Hamdin, an Egyptian journalist for private Egypt station ON TV, was photographed holding her baby while doing interviews. The photos went viral on social media and … Continue reading

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Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

I wrote this piece for the Harvard Journal of Middle East Politics and policy, hope you enjoy it. (Victim of FGM, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al-Bataa- Photo via AP) In a landmark verdict handed down last Monday, an Egyptian doctor was convicted … Continue reading

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Women at Forefront Of Egypt’s Revolutionary Wave

This piece initially published in  Al-Monitor On June 30, the thunderous chanting of Egyptian women protesting against Mohammed Morsi, demanding that he leave office, echoed through the streets. Their voices were louder than their fellow men, adopting a collective firm, … Continue reading

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s treatment of women reveals its agenda for Egypt

(photo, EuroNews) This piece was initially published in The Globe And Mail On Saturday in Cairo, a young Egyptian female activist, Mervat Moussa, was slapped to the ground by a member of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. Her only crime was demonstrating in … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment: The myth of the dress code theory.

  Egyptian women demonstrate infront of presidential palace 5th of October 2012 This piece was initially published as part of the sexual harassment response by Fikra Forum “Silly girl, why did you take the metro when you saw that it was … Continue reading

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