BY Veronica Santos
on Mar 29, 2015
In Egypt and many parts of the Middle East, men do not speak their mother’s names aloud in public spaces. Doing so is considered wrong and makes the mother vulnerable to ridicule by others who may drag her name through the mud by making it a source of mockery and shame. Instead she is referred to as “the mother of (x),” and as time goes on, her name is forgotten and no one remembers it. She becomes literally defined by her status as a mother.
Thankfully, some are taking a stand against this habit. Read More
BY Sonia Edwards
on Aug 29, 2014
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy is only 23 years old and already she’s making headlines. An Egyptian feminist and internet activist, Elmahdy has amassed a substantial following on Twitter and Facebook, and has had no trouble making waves online and in the streets with her protests against the oppression of women in the Middle East. Her latest stunt, however, is by far the most shocking.
Elmahdy recently posted a photo on her blog of herself and another woman, whose face is hidden, menstruating and defecating on the flag of the Islamic State (IS). Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 29, 2013
The violence in Egypt is reaching its apex. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, voted into power barely a year ago after the Egyptian revolution of 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, are hiding out in mosques. History’s happening all over again in Tahrir square.
What Egypt needs, maybe, is a li’l inspiration.
My jaw literally dropped when I saw this video of 12-year-old Ali Ahmed explaining the problems with the Islamist constitution implemented by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 27, 2013
Women’s position in Egyptian society has become so dire that they are disappearing from the public sphere just so they don’t have to deal with men. The sexual harassment and assault that occurs everyday has dramatically increased within the past year, most likely due to interior instability.
After the Arab Spring, Egypt has really been in political and social limbo, and the women are suffering most of all - an environment with an undercurrent of indecision and ambivalence has made it socially acceptable to accost them. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 11, 2013
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of female genital mutilation.
Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is a problem that resonates with women everywhere. What some people may attribute to cultural practice, a ceremony, and a rite of passage, others see as an active form of female oppression. I would agree with the latter. It is an unnecessary, violent act preformed on young women without any medical reasoning or benefits. Read More
BY Intern Mary Ann
on May 23, 2012
While we here in the US continue to suffer through the latest ridiculous goings-on of our own election year politics, Egyptians head to the polls today and tomorrow to vote in what is their country’s first ever multi-candidate presidential race and the first major election since long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak took a hike last winter. With thirteen people in the running, Egyptians of course have an appropriately diverse array of candidates from which to select their brand new president, right? Well, maybe not so much. Read More
BY Intern Maura
on Apr 09, 2012
Last November, atheist Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahady posted a nude photo of herself on her blog, tweeting and tagging it #NudePhotoRevolutionary. She and her boyfriend were then criminally charged with "violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam" -- spurring activists to "take back the nude photo," as it were. When blogger and activist Maryam Namazie got wind of this, she decided to take on the project of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar -- and stand in solidarity with Elmahady. Read More
on Feb 25, 2011
Women have been playing a major role in Egypt’s quest for self-governance for a long time. Sixty years ago, Doria Shafik led 1,500 women into parliament, demanding the right to vote. This action let to Shafik’s arrest and garnered international attention. She staged hunger strikes, and various other protests, before being put on permanent house arrest and having her name banned from the press. She eventually committed suicide, a sad end to an inspiring activist. Read More
While the tension in Egypt was coming to a climax with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Lara Logan, CBS News correspondent and native of South Africa who has covered war zones for 18 years, stood bravely amongst the riotous torrent of celebrating people in Tahrir Square to cover this incredible, and significant event.
But then, just moments after the above photo was taken, while attempting to maneuver away from the crowd, Logan, her crew, and security team found themselves surrounded by a hysterical mob of more than 200 people. Read More
BY Intern Julie
on Feb 11, 2011
Former-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down today after 18 days of citizen protests. His vice-president, Omar Suleiman, held a short press conference where he announced that Mubarak was "waiving" his office and handing power over to the military. The statement prompted a a great cheer from Tahrir square; where many of the demonstrators were gathered. Live news casts from Egypt suggest the people have been celebrating since the official announcement. Read More