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Excuse us for being sceptical

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict was held last week in London, the largest gathering to ever happen on the subject. Co-chaired by the UK foreign secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, the summit gathered delegations from 129 countries, including 79 ministers. This gathering aimed at bringing the international …

Rana Allam

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In Pictures: Demonstrators rally against sexual harassment

  Several hundred demonstrators—both men and women, Egyptians and foreigners—gathered outside the Cairo Opera House in Gezira to protest against the ongoing phenomenon of sexual harassment and sexual assault in Egypt’s streets. Dubbed “Walk Like An Egyptian Woman,” several anti-harassment groups were widely represented, including I Saw Harassment (Shoft Taharosh) and Dignity Without Borders. Other …

Aaron T. Rose

Egypt’s rule of law: Strong on paper, shakier on the ground

Earlier this month, Egypt’s cabinet passed a law confronting one of the country’s worst epidemics. The new sexual harassment law both increases fines against offenders and expands actions which are defined as harassment by law. In a country where it has been estimated that 99.3% of women are sexually harassed, the amendments to the Penal …

Basil El-Dabh

Egypt’s underground sisterhood

What the post-revolutionary Islamist and conservative onslaught against Egyptian women distorts is the growing strength of Egypt’s feminist counter-culture and grassroots female emancipation. Surveying Egypt’s political landscape, you might be excused for thinking that women are a minority. Only five members of the Committee of 50 tasked with revising the constitution are women. Unsurprisingly, this …

Khaled Diab