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Egyptian Women Brave Crowds to Protest Morsi

24-year-old Salma walks down the streets of Heliopolis, a neighborhood in Cairo where protests against President Mohammed Morsi are taking place on June 30. Like a lot of other women in Cairo, she had been assaulted when she took part in previous protests.

Read the report from the Tahrir Square at Al Monitor.
 

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International Pressure Mounts on Morsi

UN and Obama call on Egypt's leader to engage in dialogue as ministers quit and army-imposed deadline approaches.

Read more at Al Jazeera and watch the video.

 

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Anti-Morsi Protests Sweep Egypt

Hundreds of thousands rally in Cairo and elsewhere seeking president's ouster on first anniversary of his inauguration.

Read more at Al Jazeera.

 

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Violence in Egypt Aims to Exclude Women from Public Life

The wave of attacks against women in Egypt is part of a new pattern of calculated and organized violence, aimed to exclude women from public life, writes Iman Bibars, an Egyptian female activist.

Read more at Fair Observer.

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Egyptian Women’s Groups Ready for June 30 Protests

After complaints of sexual harassment during previous mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a women’s rights group is urging women to prepare to defend themselves at demonstrations expected to take place on the anniversary of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election on June 30, a local newspaper reported.

Read more at Thomas Reuters Foundation.

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Actor Dressed as Woman Feels Egypt's Sexual Harassment

Would men stop sexually harassing women, or at least understand what it feels like to be verbally and physically abused, if they were to experience it themselves?

One TV programme in Egypt has looked at the issue of sexual harassment by doing just that.

Read more at Thomas Reuters Foundation.

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Young Women Differ over Post-Spring Egypt

“I participated in the revolution from Day 1 and was very proud of it,” recalls Aya Tarek, a young Egyptian woman.

“People were negative about Egypt, but thanks to the revolution I started loving Egypt. Many think that nothing changed, but we need to give it time and effort.”

Read more at Metro.

 

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Violence Against Women in Egypt Continues

Sexual violence against women in Egypt has increased in the post-revolutionary rule, according to official reports and rights activists.


 
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality said in a recent report that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual violence.
 
Read more at Saudi Gazette.
 
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Artists in Egypt Protest Before Morsi's 1 Year Anniversary

June 12 marks the one-week anniversary of an ongoing sit-in by prominent Egyptian writers, filmmakers, performers and intellectuals seeking the removal of Minister of Culture Alaa Abdel-Aziz. They broke into the ministry building on June 5 to protest what they see as efforts to 'Ikhwanize' the arts.

Read more at Al Monitor.

For more on this, read Al Monitor's Minister of Culture Wages Campaign Against Egyptian Artists.

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Egypt Sentences NGO Staffs to Prison

While Egypt is still discussing its future NGO law, which may hinder e.g. human rights organisations in working freely in the country, a court in Cairo has sentenced 43 people to between one and five years in prison for working for unregistered NGOs in Egypt.

Twenty-seven defendants, all of whom were tried in absentia, received five-year jail sentences. Eleven received one-year suspended sentences, and five received two-year sentences.

Read more at Ahram Online.