25th of April: Sinai Liberation Day

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Egyptian women participated in all stages of the struggle of Egyptian people against Israeli occupation, starting with the tripartite aggression. Their duties ranged from helping the wounded and injured, to being trained to take up arms. Among the most famous women to take up arms were Nadia Lutfi and Tahia Karioka. After their service, there […]

First Woman in Parliament in the Arab World

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Rawya Ateya took her seat in the National Assembly on 14 July 1957. Although another woman (Amina Shukri) was elected in the 1957 elections, her victory was only announced on 22 July, thus making Ateya the first female parliamentarian in Egypt and the whole Arab world.During her time in Parliament, Ateya championed women’s rights. She […]

The New Arab Man

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Sexual harassment in Egypt has reached such epidemic proportions that it has even infiltrated the campus of the country’s oldest secular university. At the heart of this plague, I have argued, are toxic, unrealistic and demeaning gender ideals and stereotypes. In recent years, and especially since the eruption of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, women […]

Androcentrism and Egyptian Society

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The term “masculine centrality” or so-called androcentrism is defined as the consideration of things in society and history from the point the view of absolute manhood, and this view is the fundamental theoretical point of view of the judgement on many subjects. It may be practiced consciously or unconsciously. Male centrality exists both in the […]

Women’s History Month Day 21: Noura Shalaby

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Noura Shalaby, graduate of “Raise Your Voice” workshop for documentaries. To learn the basics of making movies, Noura Shalaby, the 22 years old economics graduate, decided to join “Raise Your Voice” workshop after she saw its advertisement on Facebook. After finishing this workshop, she is looking forward to join cinematography and editing workshops to develop […]

What is Feminism?

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Feminism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the recognition of women’s rights and opportunities as equal to men in various scientific and practical levels of life. If you stand for equality, you’re a feminist.

Women’s History Month Day 20: Asmaa Hosny

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Asmaa Hosny is a 35 years old street vendor in the town of Ras El Bar in Damietta. She was born and raised in Cairo and that’s where she obtained her commercial secondary school (high) certificate. Her father was a street vendor in the coastal town of Ras El Bar. After his death 15 years […]