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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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Workingwomen and policy assessment – Feminist testimonies from Egypt

I decided to focus on issues related to workingwomen, because I believe they show the extent to which a society believes in the principles of social justice, citizenship and the affordance of equal opportunities. It also reflects whether there are effective policies in place that address these principles. While there are, of course, other factors to take into account, when women ...

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Statement: March 8th, 2017 .. Not a Celebration, But a Renewal of Vows of Struggle and Solidarity

This year, International Women’s Day is concurrent with a dramatic deterioration of discourse of justice and gender equality, and the rise of conservative retrograde discourses that prioritize conflicts and wars at the expense of progress, equality, and development. In the midst of these events, the situation of women has relapsed to a point where the gains of their struggle are ...

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On sexual violence – Feminist testimonies from Egypt

By Mada Masr: When I was asked to write a testimony on working in the women’s rights and gender field, I wanted to talk about what has been shrouded in silence within so-called progressive circles. I wanted to talk about the emotionally and physically painful traps set in patterns of relations that we fall into without either being aware of ...

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Cairo – Finding Women at Work Should Not be this Hard

By UN WOMEN : In  preparation  for  International  Women’s  Day,  UN  Women  Egypt  launches  new  print campaign titled “Finding Her” under the umbrella of UN Women’s global campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030-Step it Up for Gender Equality” which calls upon governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full ...

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Tensions arise between Al-Azhar and presidency over verbal divorce debate

Recent calls by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to reduce Egypt’s escalating divorce rate by ending verbal divorce have been met with resistance from Al-Azhar, feeding into an ongoing standoff between the state and the country’s largest Islamic institution. During a speech at the Police Academy on January 24, Sisi referenced a 2015 report published by the Central Authority for Public Mobilization ...

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