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Educate girls to alleviate poverty

By Dr Cesar Chelala  Inequality and unequal access to education holds millions of girls and women back across the world. While the “gender gap” in education has narrowed over the past decade, girls are still at a disadvantage, particularly in getting access to high school education. And women still constitute two-thirds of the world’s illiterate …

Daily News Egypt

The dirty word

By Nesreen Salem On behalf of the Egyptian Women’s Union, I flew to Sweden to give a speech about Egyptian women’s plight in Egypt after the “spring”. I was a keynote speaker on a panel in the very heart of Swedish parliament. My audience included representatives from every political party in Sweden as well as …

Daily News Egypt

The land of few men

This is what I have dubbed Egypt years ago, to the chagrin of some of my guy friends and agreement of others. Egypt-mostly- is not a very healthy society with regards to interaction between women and men. A clear example is simply walking down the street; cat-calls, sexual insinuation and at times groping are the …

Sara Abou Bakr

Managing editor Rana Allam

There will be no progress

There will be no progress, as long as we keep repeating the same mistakes, as long as hypocrisy and lies are the name of the game, as long as no real change happens. There will be no progress in the Tourism industry, as long as our government continues to believe that it is a “marketing” …

Rana Allam

JUSTICE IN INDIA

By Dr Cesar Chelala The conviction of four men in India, accused of gang rape and the murder of a young Indian woman was widely celebrated throughout the country. Although the conviction is seen as a just and necessary punishment of the young rapists, many women are sceptical that it will lead to a new era in …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt’s underground sisterhood

What the post-revolutionary Islamist and conservative onslaught against Egyptian women distorts is the growing strength of Egypt’s feminist counter-culture and grassroots female emancipation. Surveying Egypt’s political landscape, you might be excused for thinking that women are a minority. Only five members of the Committee of 50 tasked with revising the constitution are women. Unsurprisingly, this …

Khaled Diab

Moving forward to end violence against women

By Lakshmi Puri Last year, as rebels captured the main towns in Northern Mali, UN Women registered a sudden and dramatic increase of rapes in the first week of the takeover of Gao and Kidal, places where most women never report this kind of violence to anyone, not even health practitioners. We heard stories of …

Daily News Egypt