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The 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March this year on the economic empowerment of women

Proposed Legislations amendments measures for the action on the issue in Egyp International Conventions Issues raised in CSW 61 –March 2017 on Economic Empowerment of Women   ·         Article (11) in the Egyptian constitution, namely the paragraph that states: “The State shall ensure the achievement of equality between women and men in all civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights ...

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Saudi Arabia: King issues decree loosening some guardianship regulations, but women remain under control of men in most areas

On 17 April 2017, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz issued a Royal decree instructing governmental entities in Saudi Arabia to provide services for women without requiring the permission of their male guardians unless mandated by a legal regulation. Yet, two women are currently imprisoned under the Guardianship system. The decree listed four specific orders to that extent: 1) For all governmental ...

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Feminist Economics in Egypt

Dr. Salwa Elantary Is there gender sensitive economic research in Egypt? My answer is yes. Is there feminist economics in Egypt? My answer is: not yet. It is still “work in progress”! In order to clarify the difference between the two concepts, let me first define the term “feminist economics”. Actually, this term refers to the part of economic research ...

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Bahia Shehab, first Arab women to win UN prize for culture

Egyptian-Lebanese visual artist Bahia Shehab has become the first Arab woman to ever receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture for her innovative use of Arabic calligraphy in street art. “The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will award the 14th edition of the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to an Egyptian artist, Bahia Shehab, the first woman from the Arab ...

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Bodily rights – Feminist testimonies from Egypt

Mada Masr- I’ve been working on bodily rights since the revolution. Before 2011, I was a really ordinary woman. I wondered when I’d get married, when I’d have kids, that kind of thing. But since I was young, I always had questions, things I wanted to know and understand and most of these were to do with being a gendered ...

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Personal status laws – Feminist testimonies from Egypt

Mada Masr: Over the years of my long journey working with personal status laws, I’ve experienced many changes on the personal and professional levels, as I continue to listen to stories of women that expose the injustice of laws that back the state in enforcing control of women by men under the pretext of familial unions. I found the law ...

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Politics as a path – Feminist testimonies from Egypt

Mada Masr : Like most young men and women of my generation, my involvement in public affairs began with the January 25 revolution in 2011. It was for me the starting point for change and liberation. Perhaps one of the greatest moments of my life was the cheering and the realization that my voice can be heard and have an ...

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New Woman Foundation Boycott the CSW 61 session and call upon United Nation to take Necessary Action to confront the Racist Attack on Women

The 61 session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets this year within the growing exploitation, marginalization and violence against women because of the rise of the conservative right-wing forces in all over the world and the wars and internal conflicts in many countries. Facing such challenges, the United Nations should have taken all necessary measures to ...

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