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Empower women to end world hunger

By Dr Cesar Chelala A new report from the Bread for the World Institute entitled “When Women Flourish…We Can End Hunger” states that women and girls are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty because of discrimination practices against them. The report calls on the US government to prioritise gender analysis in all US global health and development programmes to …

Daily News Egypt

A woman fights against oppression in India

By Dr Cesar Chelala One can fight oppression with violence or with education. Hema Konsotia, a 34-year-old Indian woman, has chosen the latter. She is helping to change a situation affecting an estimated 165 million Indian Dalits. Also known as the “untouchables”, Dalits are a mixed population of numerous caste groups found all over South Asia. …

Daily News Egypt

The public health impact of domestic violence

By Dr Cesar Chelala Physical or sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women globally, as was established in a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. The findings of the report …

Daily News Egypt


In Pictures: Demonstrators rally against sexual harassment

  Several hundred demonstrators—both men and women, Egyptians and foreigners—gathered outside the Cairo Opera House in Gezira to protest against the ongoing phenomenon of sexual harassment and sexual assault in Egypt’s streets. Dubbed “Walk Like An Egyptian Woman,” several anti-harassment groups were widely represented, including I Saw Harassment (Shoft Taharosh) and Dignity Without Borders. Other …

Aaron T. Rose

The first step to solving a problem

You don’t need to read the United Nations report saying 99.3% of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed (and worse) to know how serious of a problem the issue is in Egypt. Half of Egyptian society is under constant threat in the public space — studies, reported cases, and anecdotes all make this very clear. …

Basil El-Dabh

Rape in Congo can be a death sentence to women

By Dr. César Chelala Rape as a weapon of war continues to take a heavy toll on women’s lives in today’s conflicts around the world. A high proportion of the women who are victims of rape end up infected with sexually transmitted diseases and infections, including HIV. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s rule of law: Strong on paper, shakier on the ground

Earlier this month, Egypt’s cabinet passed a law confronting one of the country’s worst epidemics. The new sexual harassment law both increases fines against offenders and expands actions which are defined as harassment by law. In a country where it has been estimated that 99.3% of women are sexually harassed, the amendments to the Penal …

Basil El-Dabh