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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

Jordan’s women celebrate success

Eman Hylooz is a Jordanian Computer Science graduate and a successful young entrepreneur. The company she started in June 2012 is steadily growing and is expected to make a net profit of 114,108 Jordanian Dinars in its first year of operations. Hylooz recalls that the idea for her business start-up first came about when she …

Shahira Amin

Egyptian women struggle for equality and freedom

Nearly twenty months after last year’s mass uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s women are again taking to the streets, demanding “bread, freedom and social justice,” the same demands made by pro-democracy activists protesting in Tahrir Square during the 25 January revolution. A women’s rally outside the Shura (Consultative) Council headquarters on Qasr Al-Eini …

Shahira Amin

Morsy tweets from Mars

President Mohamed Morsy recently said on Twitter, “respect for human rights in all dimensions: faith, culture, social, economic, and political must be a key component in all our work”. In another, he said, “we do not have minorities; all Egyptian citizens are treated equally.” I wonder if Mr President has read the news lately or …

Rana Allam

A pointless piece of cloth debate

Few hours after Fatma Nabil has read the 12 o’clock news bulletin in her full cream-colored veil, the Egyptian media sphere has quivered with endless controversial discussions on the extent to which the entire country is deliberately being ‘Ikhwanised’. Being the first Egyptian female newsreader ever to appear on Egypt’s state television, the move assuredly …

Daily News Egypt