Tunisian President Calls for a Secular End to the Story of Gender Inequality

Tunisian President Calls for a Secular End to the Story of Gender Inequality

  Amidst presidential election campaigns in Tunisia, current president, Beji Caed Essibsi, has called for equality between men and women in all fields, including those of heritage and marriage. To say Essibsi’s proposal has caused a media frenzy would be an understatement.   Last Sunday, on Tunisia’s National Women’s Day, the Tunisian president called the […]

Egyptian Parliamentarian Proposes Lowering Legal Marriage Age to 16

Egyptian Parliamentarian Proposes Lowering Legal Marriage Age to 16

  For years on end, ‘child marriage’ has been a serious issue in Egypt.  According to a study published by the National Council for Women in 2013, 22% of girls are married before the age of 18. Another study – conducted by the International Population Council, the National Council for Population and Development, and Assiut University- […]

Marital Rape Is Legal, and Here Is What You Need to Know About It

Marital Rape Is Legal, and Here Is What You Need to Know About It

I will not beat around the bush with this topic nor write some creative introduction. This is because the issue at stake will not bear the kind of confusion that may occur due to wordy introductions.     I was watching a popular Egyptian talk show once, and the topic was marital rape. I remember […]

‘A Wedding Dress Doesn’t Cover Rape’: Activists Campaign Against Lebanon’s Rape Law

‘A Wedding Dress Doesn’t Cover Rape’: Activists Campaign Against Lebanon’s Rape Law

Lebanon activists ramp up pressure on reviled rape law Lebanese activists ramp up their campaign to scrap a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, with a dramatic art installation of hanging wedding dresses along Beirut's sunny seaside Posted by AFP News Agency on Saturday, April 22, 2017   It is […]

35% of Egypt’s Population to Get Free Medical Treatment, but What About the Rest?

35% of Egypt’s Population to Get Free Medical Treatment, but What About the Rest?

Ahmed Emad, Minister of Health and Population, stated that the new Health Insurance Law, debated and passed during these last few weeks in Egypt’s Parliament, will guarantee free treatment to low-income individuals.     Those who qualify for this free treatment represent an approximate 35% of Egypt’s total population. The percentage remains approximate because the […]

Why Egyptians Need to Change How They View Abortion?

Why Egyptians Need to Change How They View Abortion?

When I was 16-years-old, I thought abortion should be made legal because I truly believed in the slogans of the pro-choice movement. The determining factor for me was some sort of slogan that I often heard from pro-choice activists: “My body, my choice!”     I am 6-years-0lder now, and I realize that if one […]

Marsa Alam Carries out This Amazing Program to Spay and Neuter Its Stray Dogs

Marsa Alam Carries out This Amazing Program to Spay and Neuter Its Stray Dogs

by Raghda Elsayed

With countless stories of dogs being brutally poisoned in the streets of Egypt, it’s quite refreshing to see that other places are opting for something safer. In an attempt to control and manage the stray dogs’ epidemic in Marsa Alam, the Red Sea governorate has decided to neuter stray dogs.     In collaboration with “Bluemoon […]

Reading During Working Hours: Sheikh Mohammed Announces New Reading Initiative

Reading During Working Hours: Sheikh Mohammed Announces New Reading Initiative

by Charley Parker

  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter on Monday to announce the details of a new law issued by President Sheikh Khalifa to allow reading during work hours and removing taxes and fees from reading materials.   قانون القراءة أقر إنشاء الصندوق الوطني لدعم مبادرات القراءة، وألزم وسائل الإعلام […]

Cigarette Taxes to Fund Universal Healthcare in Egypt

Cigarette Taxes to Fund Universal Healthcare in Egypt

  The Egyptian government is planning to introduce new healthcare legislation, Deputy Finance Minister Mohamed Moeit told Al Borsa yesterday, and income from taxes on cigarettes is expected to cover nearly 30% of the cost.   Supposedly, the new Universal Health Insurance Act would require the government to upgrade and modernize over 500 hospitals, and […]

Crimes of Honor: When Gender Inequality Takes It as Far as Losing Lives

Crimes of Honor: When Gender Inequality Takes It as Far as Losing Lives

By Merna Aboul-Ezz

In Egypt, crimes of honor, along with female circumcision and incestuous rape, are appalling results of the male-dominated culture we live in. The fact that a man’s honor is judged according to his wife’s or sister’s or mother’s choices is an issue we still suffer from. The United Nations estimates that more than 5,000 honor […]