17/06/201311:13Sexual 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.
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.
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.
11/06/201312:09Throughout the last three decades, Egyptian women in music have been mostly limited to the mainstream Arabic pop scene. But that seems to be changing.Bosaina II, Rasha Shaheen, Dina El Wedidi, Maii Waleed, and Omnia are just some of the new young, independent female musicians to influence Egyptian music and society. But pioneering new music and being a woman takes guts, patience and endurance.Read more at Al Monitor.
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.
08/05/201310:50The Egyptian revolution appears to present a “gender paradox.” On the one hand, women have been marginalized in many formal political institutions since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. On the other hand, representations and images of women and women’s bodies have been everywhere.Nicola Pratt, Associate Professor at The University of Warwick writes representation and realities of Egyptian women.Read more at Jadaliyya.
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.