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Egypt: New child marriage laws are a step backwards

May 3, 2012

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02 May 2012 20:46Source: member // Plan International Plan considers child marriage a ‘violation of human rights.’ PLAN Child rights organisation Plan International has expressed deep concern at new marriage laws proposed by the Egyptian parliament. An Egyptian MP has confirmed the drafting of a new law to lower the permitted age for girls to […]

Why Do They Hate Us?

April 25, 2012

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The real war on women is in the Middle East. BY MONA ELTAHAWY | MAY/JUNE 2012 In “Distant View of a Minaret,” the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a […]

Q&A with Hanan Abdalla, director of a new film that explores the lives of Egyptian women since the Arab Spring

April 11, 2012

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Posted on April 9 2012 This week, “In the Shadow of a Man”, a film commissioned by UN Women, is taking the compelling stories of four Egyptian women to the Istanbul Film Festival, as part of a string of international screenings. The documentary premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and will […]

Fears of female genital mutilation revival in Egypt

April 2, 2012

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Posted on 02 April 2012. Auveen WoodsWVoN co-editor Azza El Garf, a prominent member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of just 11 female parliamentarians in Egypt, has publicly denounced the 2008 ban on genital cutting (or female genital cutting, ‘FGM’) for Egyptian women. “It is […]

Fact Sheet: U.S. Work for Abandonment of Female Cutting

February 22, 2012

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18 February 2012 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 18, 2012 2011/254 FACT SHEET The U.S. Government Working for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice that ranges from nicking to total removal of the external female genitalia. An estimated 100 to 145 million women […]

Iranian women warn Egyptian women not to make same mistakes

February 1, 2012

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01 February 2012Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The message of the Youtube video from Iranian women to Egyptian and Tunisian women is clear: don’t let what happened to us happen to you. From the days of jeans-wearing working women and the first female group of officers in the navy in 1963, the video depicts how women’s […]

Iranian women warn Egyptian women not to make same mistakes

February 1, 2012

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01 February 2012Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The message of the Youtube video from Iranian women to Egyptian and Tunisian women is clear: don’t let what happened to us happen to you. From the days of jeans-wearing working women and the first female group of officers in the navy in 1963, the video depicts how women’s […]

Lara Logan still suffers nightmares, PTSD from attack in Egypt

January 25, 2012

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By Michael Santo on 2012-01-24 Almost a year after the brutal attack and rape by a crowd of some 200 men in Tahrir Square, reporter Lara Logan says she is still haunted by the nightmarish assault. The sexual assault by a celebrating mob on the night Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak resigned has left a deep […]

Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence

January 22, 2012

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Jan 21, 2012 10:26 PM EST When the Egyptian army performed a “virginity test” on Samira Ibrahim, she sued, sparking both support and threats of death. How she and others are changing life for women. Egyptians call the Sphinx “abu hol,” the father of terror. But the real father of terror for women in the […]

Egypt’s Women Find Power Still Hinges on Men

January 11, 2012

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Ed Ou for The New York TimesSamira Ibrahim filed a case against “virginity tests” by soldiers.  CAIRO — At first Samira Ibrahim was afraid to tell her father that Egyptian soldiers had detained her in Tahrir Square in Cairo, stripped off her clothes, and watched as she was forcibly subjected to a “virginity test.” But […]