The Women Human Rights Defenders program at Nazra for Feminist Studies is launching its manual on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) tailored specifically for an Egyptian context.
The manual includes sections on Egyptian legislation and military verdicts used to constrain public action; regional and international mechanisms that WHRDs can utilize to report violations committed against them; and security tips that can be of special use during perilous circumstances.
Nazra is a partner organisation to KVINFO.
Read more at Nazra for Women's Studies.
With the report 'She and Elections', Nazra for Feminist studies scrutinises 16 individual women's running for Parliament in Egypt in 2011. Nazra, a partner to KVINFO, aims at building an Egyptian feminist movement.
The report analyzes the social and political context in which these women had their electoral journey, and the different ways in which they dealt with their respective realities and challenges. It also covers the tools applied to support the women's candidatures, including Nazra’s so-called mentoring on the ground methodology.
Read the report at Nazra for Feminist Studies. Watch the 18 minutes video on the women's parliamentary journey.
“I never thought I would have fewer rights in my own country at the age of sixty than I did when I was twenty.” So said an Egyptian mother to her son – and it made him reflect.
Ahmed Kadry, a PhD student at Imperial College London, writes:
For all the arguing about constitutional clauses protecting women’s rights and all the media exposure on the countless incidents of sexual harassment we read and hear about daily, we are perhaps further away than ever from both understanding and preventing the continuation of Egypt being a “male dominated” society.
Read more at OpenDemocracy.
Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: An epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain.
Read more at the Daily Tribune.
Egyptian women who joined their male compatriots in the protest movement that brought down the Mubarak regime face the likelihood that a new national constitution will retain a provision making gender equality in the country conditional on shari’a (Islamic law). Egypt moved closer to a new constitution Sunday, when political parties reportedly reached agreement on remaining sticking points, including the role of shari’a and gender equality.
Read more at cnsnews.com
Majority of women who took part in a survey in Egypt said they have been victims of harassment. While 60 per cent of men responded saying they had harassed women. Some men resorted to abusing females at regular intervals - on a monthly or weekly basis.
Read more at emirates247.com