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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

On the social stigma of divorce

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued a report on 19 May that revealed the number of formal divorce cases from 2011 to 2012 had risen from 151,900 to 155,300 cases. Despite its increasing prevalence, divorce still evokes social stigma for women that differs depending on their socio-economic level. This stigma is said to be shifting in certain classes. Women shared their stories with Daily News Egypt on how the stigma of their divorce has affected their lives.

Sarah El Masry

Running with women

Being a feminist almost always involves criticism of male thinking or male domination and this makes sense. In many ways, we are still a male-dominated society; we are not free nor are we truly equal, not yet. Even in first-world countries, women are still paid less than men and professions objectifying women, such as prostitution …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

Dude looks like a lady

Recently, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women published a report stating that 99.3% of women in Egypt had experienced harassment. This included all forms of sexual harassment: verbal, physical, and via electronic devices and telephones. Women commented that the remaining 0.7% probably never ventured outside their homes. If you …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

Op-eds on women and Hesham Qandil

One columnist assesses what it means to be a woman in Egypt today, while another discusses Prime Minister Hesham Qandil and his cabinet. The Difficulty of Being a Woman Gamal Abou Al-Hassan Al Masry Al Youm Columnist Gamal Abou Al-Hassan tackles the subject of being a woman. He first mentions his daughter Lila, who seems …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

The multi-talented Pakinam El Sharkawy

On 21 April, the internet exploded when an “untrue” (as far as we know) piece of news was revealed. It was that President Mohamed Morsi’s aide, Pakinam El Sharkawy, would be assigned to the post of vice-president of our glorious (ahem) nation. Instead of it being a joyous event over the possible rise of women …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

The story of Om Hamada

Like every day, she wakes up at the break of dawn. Sending her children off to school, she heads off to her new job in the city of Zagazig, the capital of Sharqeya governorate.

Sarah El Masry