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The coverage of violence against women

Egyptian women experience various forms of discrimination in public and private life. One of the biggest results of discrimination is violence. Although the media condemns violence and raises awareness about its enormity in some outlets, it has been accused of accidently perpetuating violence as well. Daily News Egypt investigates how violence against Egyptian women is covered in both printed and televised media.

Sarah El Masry

Brotherhood’s attack on women bodes ill

By Hussein Ibish No more illusions. No further evasions. Tolerate not a single additional apologetic explanation. Admit no further concessions to a false moral and cultural relativism. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has now fully exposed itself as what many of us have been trying to explain it is: paranoid, chauvinistic, reactionary, retrograde, and, above all, …

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That’s not your mother, it’s a MAN, baby!

(Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, in case you’re wondering about the title.) In our patriarchal, unfortunately chauvinistic, society, many of the words or phrases used to denote positive qualities have a distinctly male flavour: gada’ or dakkar, for example. The brilliant Cairokee, right at the end of their song Matloob Za’eem (Wanted: A leader), …

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In Egypt, it helps to have the ‘right’ parents

By Farah Halime, Rebel Economy Circumstances beyond our control, including our parents’ job titles, have become more important in deciding the fate of young Egyptians in the job market, World Bank data shows. The type of job a young person ends up with is heavily influenced by the occupations of their parents, underscoring the inequality …

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Samira Ibrahim and the plaque of courage

Samira Ibrahim is a young Egyptian woman, fed up with Hosni Mubarak and his regime; fed up with  the life she hopes for and knows she will never get in a country infested by corruption and favouritism; fed up with  an education she earned and is unlikely to use. She probably knew as little politics …

Rana Allam

Sexual harassment, the Ikhwan and castration

“Suddenly I found my pants down, a hand between my legs. I did not know how he unbuckled my belt without me feeling him…” This is a typical statement beginning Egyptian women’s tales of sexual harassment. They almost always focus on “the belt” the first time they tell their stories as if the belt was …

Sara Abou Bakr

Tahrir’s Tattered Trophy

By Philip Whitfield How long would it take you to vent your spleen? Me? An hour a column if I’m not distracted. This one’s been stewing, nay boiling, for months. The headline should have been The Rape of Egypt, but I toned it down not to offend the squeamish. If you don’t care to read …

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Women of the Arab Spring, beyond objects and subjects

By Natana DeLong-Bas Boston, Massachusetts – The Arab Spring introduced us to the strength and determination of the many Arab women who took to the streets and the internet to call for change in their governments and societies. Gone were the stereotypes of oppression and passivity. In their place were voices and faces of hope, …

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