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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Nadia Ahmed Abdou is the first female to be appointed governor in Egypt after she was sworn into office on Thursday as the head of the Nile Delta Governorate of Beheira. Abdou’s appointment is part of a limited cabinet reshuffle of nine ministers...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Local rights groups criticized on Tuesday the legal provision on female genital mutilation (FGM) in its current format, proposing several amendments besides those put forth by the health ministry. Since its issuance in 2008, the legal provision...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
When the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Regional Coalition for Middle East and North Africa met last month in Beirut, one seat was noticeably empty. While completing departure procedures at Cairo International Airport, authorities informed Mozn...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) has slammed MP Ahmed al-Tahawy, member of the parliamentary health committee, for saying that it is not appropriate to halt the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), which he describes...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Dear Mr. President, We as women human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa, civil society organizations, NGOs, and INGOs are deeply concerned with the deteriorating situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt. We request that...
Friday, August 19, 2016
A few months prior the UNESCO elections for the post of Director-General, Egypt decided to nominate the Egyptian ambassador and diplomat, Moushira Khattab to the post. The elections for a leader to fill the shoes of Irina Bokova (who has set her...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Executive Director of Nazra For Feminist Studies center, Mozn Hassan, was banned from traveling last month. Nazra published the following statement: “The Passport Administration at Cairo International Airport banned this morning feminist...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Different organizations published a solidarity statement with Nazra for Feminist Studies. The following manifesto was originally published here. The undersigned organizations, affiliated to the Egyptian Feminist Movement, condemn what Nazra for...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Arab Consultancy Office (ACO) in cooperation with the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights (ECWR) has concluded a conference “Egyptian Woman in Parliament 2015” that was held in partnership with the European Union and the Spanish Agency for...
Thursday, April 23, 2015
This position paper on women's political participation in Egypt was presented by the New Woman Foundation at the 2015 CSW in New York. Thw two strategic goals outline din the report are: 1- Increasing the representation of women in parliamentary...
Women in Egypt
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Egyptian women have been using a number of hashtags — among them #Idon’tFeelSafeOnTheStreet, #AntiHarassment and #ExposeHarasser — on social networking sites to speak up about the daily sexual harassment they experience. These campaigns are part of...
Egypt Beijing +20 review
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
 Cairo– At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action...
Friday, December 12, 2014
  Campaigns to end violence against women in Egypt often focus on sexual harassment, though violence also extends to exclusion and stereotyping in political life.  Every year, the world joins in a worldwide and national campaign between 25 November...
Maissan Hassan
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Maissan Hassan is the Programs Manager at the Women and Memory Forum;a nongovernmental research centre in Egypt that focuses on gender issues in Arab cultural history. She is an adviser in the MENA Region for FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund and a co...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
On August 19 at 9 am EDT iKNOW Politics organizes a webinar on Women's Participation in Constitution-Building processes in Egypt and Tunisia.  A country’s constitution provides the framework for its legal system, which shapes not only the political...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
On August 19 at 9 am EDT iKNOW Politics organizes a webinar on Women's Participation in Constitution-Building processes in Egypt and Tunisia.  A country’s constitution provides the framework for its legal system, which shapes not only the political...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Following David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle, the UK government has moved from having three women in the cabinet to five: and these two new members are working mothers, a presence not there before. This still fails to improve the overall gender...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Egyptian diplomat and politician Mervat Tallawy is the former Minister for Insurance and Social Affairs of Egypt and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). She spent six years...
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The United Nations in Egypt has been following with deep concern the recent reports and statistics indicating the high prevalence of sexual harassment in Egypt. The UN calls upon authorities, civil society and stakeholders to join forces and take a...
Friday, June 06, 2014
Geneva, 6 June 2014 – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed a new Egyptian decree punishing sexual harassment as a first but crucial step to tackle the growing problem of violence against women and urged other countries to do more on the...
Thursday, May 29, 2014
They were euphoric during the first months that followed the fall of Zine Al-Abedine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak. The Arabs had regained their pride. But that pride has long since ebbed away and hope turned into disappointment. In the countries where...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Shaheer George Interview with Egyptian political activist Shaheer George
Monday, May 19, 2014
Egyptian political activist Shaheer George speaks about the 2014 constitution, the role of civil society in advancing women's rights after the 2011 revolution and the different perspectives on women's political empowerment across generations.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Egyptians are scheduled to head to polls on 26-27 May to elect a new president for the second time in three years.The official results of the vote will be announced on 5 June. If no candidate garners more than half the vote in the first round,...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
IPU has kick-started its priority support to Egypt in its efforts to establish democracy by providing advice and expertise on the drafting on a new electoral law. The law would have to be in place before parliamentary elections can take place, the...
Friday, April 25, 2014
Egyptian women today still suffer from cultural, social and political discrimination with no indication from policymakers for progress. Though women attained the right to political participation in 1956, significant development has been minimal. The...
Friday, March 21, 2014
A year ago, Egyptian politician and women's rights activist Mervat Tallawy defied the Muslim Brotherhood to spearhead the adoption of a U.N. blueprint to combat violence against women. Now she's back campaigning against conservatives to ensure that...
Monday, March 10, 2014
A new effort is under way in Egypt to engage more women in political life, to try to prepare them for future electoral contests. There have been longstanding complaints about the lack of female representation in Egypt's parliament and cabinet.   We...
Monday, February 24, 2014
A flicker of hope for women across Egypt may have been sparked on Friday, after the first female to head a political party in the country was elected. Breaking through Egypt's political glass ceiling, Hala Shukrallah succeeded former Egyptian Vice...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Hala Shukrallah is the most sought-after politician by the Egyptian media. On Friday 21 February, her political party, the Constitution, held its general assembly and elected her as president. In that moment, she became the first woman to be elected...
Monday, February 10, 2014
Egyptians masses took to the streets inside Cairo and outside it, on June 30 2013 to express their demand of deposing president Mohammad Morsi in a new wave of the Egyptian people's revolution against the ruling authority, which had started on the...
Monday, January 13, 2014
On January 14-15, 2014, Egypt will hold a constitutional referendum marking the first major step in the nation's most recent political roadmap outlined by interim President Adly Mansour following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi from power in...
Friday, December 20, 2013
Interim President Adly Manosur called upon Egyptian women to participate in the referendum on the draft constitution set to take place on 14 and 15 January 2014. In a conference organized by the National Council for women, Mansour’s speech which was...
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Egyptian Feminist Union (EFU) announced Sunday the initiation of a 16 week campaign to raise EGP 30m to support female candidates running for the 2014 House of Representatives elections. The campaign’s aim is to help 100 female candidates. The...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Muslim Sisterhood, which remains under-reported, is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. But is it an organization that has a weight similar to that of the Brotherhood, or does it merely support the Brotherhood in times of need? The Muslim...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Egyptian women were at the heart of the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Their contribution ranged from work in the labour movement to a female journalist breaking taboos by suing the government for harassment. They walked shoulder...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the...
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
“Women do not represent women in my country. They represent the voices of the men, the families that surround them, and their political party: but not women. They are not feminists,” according to Basma Soudani, from The League of Tunisian Female...
Women in Egypt
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood in response to the UN Commission on the Status of Women draft Agreed Conclusions on violence against women, is nothing short of an assault on their most basic rights as citizens and human beings, says...

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