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Fighting for inclusion

A few weeks ago I was invited to a UNDP-sponsored forum on “women’s participation in post-revolutionary parliamentary elections.” Policy makers, legislators and opinion leaders from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia had gathered to share their experiences in legislative elections held following the mass uprisings in their countries and discuss ways of ensuring increased participation of women …

Shahira Amin

Most read columns in 2012

Daily News Egypt would like to thank contributors to the Commentary page who provided us and our readers with insight, analysis, hope and in some cases laughter to pull us through the stressful times

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It’s the harasser who’s responsible for harassment in Islamic Law

By Musa Furber “Oppressing women and justifying it using Shari’a is more offensive to our Prophet than a cheap film.” Al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri Fear of sexual harassment is a fact of life for women in Egypt. Many have posited that women themselves should bear responsibility for such harassment, with even seemingly religious arguments being deployed …

Fady Salah

On turning 30

So I am turning the big “three-oh” in a couple of days. I have been itching to reach this age since I was 17 and just starting college. For me, it was the magical number, the age of finally knowing who I am. I was never keen on being a teenager. Childhood was a wonderful …

Fady Salah

Egyptian women and Morsy

You have to have lived in Egypt to understand what I am writing about now. Many foreigners would say that it is a failed attempt to empower Egyptian women, but the few who have spent years over here fully get it. Women run Egypt. Even one of the Lonely Planet guides advises their readers to …

Fady Salah

Fasten your seat belts please

The mood was tense last Thursday as anti-Islamist protesters continued their sit-in in Tahrir Square, demanding that President Mohammed Morsy annul the constitutional declaration he had issued a week before. Liberals and leftists had all come together to adopt a common stance: “No to absolute powers for the president.”They vowed to continue their sit-in until …

Shahira Amin

Is the Muslim Brotherhood’s sowing the seeds of its own destruction?

It is not an exaggeration or act of slander to say that the Muslim Brotherhood has always been the fascist alternative to what has been a reactionary regime. In the beginning of the 20th century, it entered into alliances with Egypt’s minor parties against the Wafd, who ruled the country and represented the people’s desire …

Fady Salah

Women marching to the Shura council on the International day of women Women’s march

The proliferation of women initiatives

After the revolution, strolling around the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura or other big cities is never boring. Now like never before, you might run into marches, graffiti, posters and video projection that women political parties, groups and activists hold. Women activists have created many initiatives and campaigns to campaign for their rights. Daily News Egypt speaks to some of these emerging initiatives, their goals and activities, evaluates their impact and what it takes for them to reach their aims.

Fady Salah

Men don’t cry

Egyptians are prone to touch each other during conversations and often call each other habibi, while dude seems to be as far as foreign men are willing to go.

Fady Salah

Women picking cotton in rural Egypt

The white gold of Egypt

Egyptian cotton is renowned the world over for its quality. It is transformed into sumptuous bed sheets or into made to measure, button-down shirts and that are worn by the worlds rich and famous are sold in glittering high-end stores for small fortunes. The cotton starts much more humbly though and this time of year …

Adel Heine