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SQUASH: Egyptians dominate Hong Kong Open quarter-finals

The Egyptians have continued their brilliant form, qualifying for the Semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open squash tournament. After defeating her compatriot Nour El-Tayeb in an all Egyptian game in the previous round, Raneem El-Weleily was once again successful to overcome her Kiwi opponent Joelle King 3-2 in a dramatic game [11-8, 17-15, 7-11, 8-11, 14-12]. “I have no idea how I ...

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#MeToo: Egypt Joins The Global Trend To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

Egyptians have joined the global hashtag #MeToo that exposes the scale of sexual harassment, that both men and women are subject to, to encourage people to come forward and speak up about their experiences with sexual abuse. On this hashtag, people are sharing their stories of sexual harassment and incidents of sexual assaults they have been subject to, in a ...

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Egyptian women’s rights lawyer Azza Soliman honored by committee of Allard Prize for International Integrity

The committee of the Allard Prize for International Integrity has honored Egyptian women’s rights lawyer and co-founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), Azza Soliman, for her “life dedicated to fighting corruption and injustice faced by Egyptian women in both the private sphere and the judicial system.” Soliman’s honoring came as she placed among three finalists for ...

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On the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe Abortion: the Egyptian government should sign the Maputo Protocol and take action to protect the life and health of women

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the feminist global alliance Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ) call on the Egyptian government to amend the abortion law and to ratify the protocol on the rights of women in Africa. The Maputo Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights guarantees safe medical abortions for women whose lives or ...

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Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, to the joy of activists. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Praise for the move has been ...

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Lebanon: Wadad Halawani chosen as Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Defender for September 2017

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, in cooperation with IFEX, chose the prominent Lebanese human rights defender Wadad Halawani to be the Defender of Human Rights and Freedom of Speech for September 2017, as part of the campaign “Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Freedom of Expression.” Wadad Halawani is a civil ...

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Ramy Ashour, Nour El-Sherbini lift 2017 China Squash Open titles

Egyptian duo Ramy Ashour and Nour El-Sherbini have won the 2017 China Squash Open after beating compatriots Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar respectively. The tournament took place in Shanghai, China from Thursday, August 31 to Sunday, September 3. READ: El Sherbini maintains World No.1 spot, Ashour drops out of Top 10 Ramy Ashour started the tournament against Mexico’s Cesar Salazar and the Egyptian beat him 3-0 to face Daryl Selby in the ...

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Discrimination and violence against women consecrated by the Egyptian legislation

Prepared by Lawyers Niyazi Mustafa and Maha Youssef 2 Contents Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4 Women in the Constitution …………………………………………………………………………………………..6 International conventions ratified by Egypt related to women’s rights……………………………….7 The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7 Comments on Egypt’s reservations to CEDAW……………………………………………………..11 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women ……………………………………….11 Women and the Egyptian Criminal Code ...

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International Youth Day 2017 commemorated by UN Youth Envoy in Iraq

International Youth Day, commemorated around the world under the 2017 theme “Youth Building Peace” was celebrated today with a special event in Baghdad, Iraq, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake.  The event marked the first international mission of the new Envoy and the first ...

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Tunisia: Landmark Step to Shield Women from Violence

New Law Offers Protection, but Needs Funding (Tunis) – The law on violence against women, including domestic violence, approved by the Tunisian parliament on July 26, 2017, is a landmark step for women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Tunisian authorities should ensure that there is adequate funding and political will to put the law fully into effect and to eliminate discrimination ...

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