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Maria Munoz


Maria S. Muñoz holds an M.A in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and a B.A in Oriental Studies from the University of Sevilla. She works for women’s rightsand writes about society and politics.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

10 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

Not everyone can start a company, that’s not to say that this or that idea is not brilliant. It simply means that starting your own business is stressful and usually demands your complete focus. Are you motivated? Self-confident and passionate? Resilient? Are you nuts? Then go ahead, you are the definition of an entrepreneur. Don’t […]

Slickr Launches Online Shopping

Slickr Launches Online Shopping

Over the past year, our circular, yellow logo has been everywhere in Cairo, from events to social media, and now our homegrown fashion social network Slickr has launched an online shopping feature. Slickr.co has been active and open to users for about six months. Since then, we have built a network of users who curate […]

The Visual Theatre Of Terrorism

The Visual Theatre Of Terrorism

A visual culture of violence and shock has become omnipresent thanks to the ubiquitous and intensifying presence of media and technology. The Internet and 24-hour news shows are devoted to represent again and again images associated with terrorism and horror. This visual representation integrates raw violence into our daily audiovisual dose. It subtly normalizes the […]

On Charlie Hebdo, Islamophobia And ISIS

On Charlie Hebdo, Islamophobia And ISIS

It is still too early to have a complete picture of the attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. At this point, all we can do is to reaffirm again and again that no terrorist attack can be justified, that all of them are illegitimate and that freedom of expression must be always defended. We […]

Power and Social Discipline in Egypt

Power and Social Discipline in Egypt

New arrests of peaceful protesters in Cairo undermine the alleged efforts by the new government to commit to freedom and human rights in Egypt. The anti-protest law is a flawed piece of legislation that should be revised and amended so that citizens can exercise their most basic liberties. Saturday’s demonstration against the recently passed protest […]

Egypt’s Presidential Elections A Mere Formality

Egypt’s Presidential Elections A Mere Formality

More than three years have passed since the onset of Jan. 25. Three years in which Egyptians have fought for their rights, protested against corruption and dictatorial regimes and gone to the polls ten times, twice to elect a president. Following Jun. 30 2013, what many called a coup d’état against the democratically elected Morsi, […]

For the First Time in Egyptian History, a Doctor Will Stand Trial on FGM Charges

For the First Time in Egyptian History, a Doctor Will Stand Trial on FGM Charges

For the first time in Egyptian history, a doctor will stand trial on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM) on a schoolgirl who eventually died. Raslan Fadl, a doctor in a Nile Delta village of Diyarb Buqtaris, is accused of killing thirteen-year-old Sohair al-Bata’a in a failed FGM operation last June. The Egyptian Medical Syndicate […]

Worker at Wadi Degla Club Accused of Molesting 5-Year-Old

Worker at Wadi Degla Club Accused of Molesting 5-Year-Old

A male worker at Wadi Degla Club, located in the Fifth Settlement, has been accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl who was spending the day at the club with her parents. Allegedly the worker, recently hired, had taken the girl inside the toilet where he pulled down his pants and molested her. According to her […]

Shortcomings of Lebanon’s New Domestic Violence Law

Shortcomings of Lebanon’s New Domestic Violence Law

Lebanon’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by women’s rights groups responding to the deaths of several women allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic abuse sparked a number of protests in Beirut on March 8, also International Women’s Day. On that day, […]

International Women’s Day: A Day to Celebrate?

International Women’s Day: A Day to Celebrate?

Since 1911, International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the globe. Different activities and programs to inspire women have tackled almost all corners of the planet where change is needed. Much improvement has been made; but, is this a day a to celebrate? Today, nowhere in the world can women claim to have equal rights […]

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