Egypt Listed As ‘One of Least Safe Countries For Solo Female Tourists’

Egypt Listed As ‘One of Least Safe Countries For Solo Female Tourists’

  For endless decades, Egypt has been one of the biggest touristic countries in the world. At one point, the Pyramids were on everyone’s bucket list. The country had an endless flow of incoming tourists, that is until the January 25 revolution took place, followed by a damaging political turmoil.   The economic and political […]

Egyptian Man Brutally Assaults Woman and Blames Her for It

Egyptian Man Brutally Assaults Woman and Blames Her for It

Written By: Abdulhameed Afifi

    There is an increased number of Egyptian who are trying to forcibly enforce their own definitions of morality. This is especially true when it comes to monitoring the behaviors and interactions of Egyptian females. Indeed, some people feel like they are allowed to punish women who do not follow the aforementioned narrow definitions […]

These Are the Punishments for Being a Non-Veiled Woman in Egypt

These Are the Punishments for Being a Non-Veiled Woman in Egypt

There is a trend that has recently hit social media: this trend involves posts, comments, and tweets, surrounding the ideal of manhood, and what it truly means to be a man in Egypt. Specifically, there have been posts circulating online that describe modern Egyptian and/or Arab men as “Ashabah Regal” (Shadows of Men). This term […]

Why Is Sexual Harassment Still a Legitimate Way of Celebrating Eid?

Why Is Sexual Harassment Still a Legitimate Way of Celebrating Eid?

With the Eid upon us, we must face the unfortunate reality of disproportionately high rates of high sexual harassment that will surely take place in the streets of Cairo. While we are all celebrating Eid, let us not forget that this will surely happen, as it has been happening every other Eid for the past […]

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

by Marwa Saadawi — Licensed Child Therapist

  As our society in the Arab world slowly and quietly begins to whisper about mental health illness, the latest Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, is a viscerally real, enlightening and at times uncomfortable perspective of what adolescents are struggling with today.     The show touches on a number of taboo issues that teenagers […]

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

  One of the most Egyptian things a person could do is to give unsolicited advice (mostly in a derogatory way) to shame the person for saying something or stand up for themselves. It could be from loved ones to complete strangers who think they’re collecting bonus points by giving you their two-cents. Women, especially, […]

Mona El-Shazly Encouraging Sexual Harassment on Live TV Is NOT Okay

Mona El-Shazly Encouraging Sexual Harassment on Live TV Is NOT Okay

by Nouran Samer

  I don’t usually watch Mona El-Shazly’s show on CBC, but almost every single time that I do she never ceases to blow my mind, in a totally negative way. I stumbled upon a video today that made me question how her show is still being aired.   On November 3rd, the Egyptian TV host had […]

I Experienced Physical Sexual Harassment for the First Time and It Destroyed Me

I Experienced Physical Sexual Harassment for the First Time and It Destroyed Me

By Christiane Khouzam

  We stay quiet about the things that we need to raise our voices most about. For the first time today, I experienced physical sexual harassment in the unwelcoming streets of my country. I was walking with my friend, and out of the blue, he touched me. I swear, my mind went blank, empty. I […]

Al Masry Al Youm Caricature Makes Fun of Sexual Harrasment and It’s Not OK

Al Masry Al Youm Caricature Makes Fun of Sexual Harrasment and It’s Not OK

  One day after El Shorouk News published an article with the N-Word in the front page headline, Egyptian publications continued to surprise us as Al Masry Al Youm published a caricature on Sunday that is nothing but very sexist and offensive.   The caricature shows a guy talking to a girl’s dad about proposing […]

An Open Letter to the Fasting Sexual Harassers

An Open Letter to the Fasting Sexual Harassers

Its common, expected even,  disgusting nonetheless but sexual harassment in the Middle East is something myself and many women in the region have unfortunately become accustomed to. We all have our own ways of dealing with it: ignoring the harasser, talking back, or a good slap to the face. The thing is we thought we’d […]

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