After the Spring: the regression of women’s rights in Egypt

After the Spring: the regression of women’s rights in Egypt

Following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Continuing political instability in Egpyt has thrown women’s liberties into a state of limbo. Amy fleming investigates their mounting repression and the difficult road ahead.

Anti Sexual Harasment March to Tahrir
Women on an anti-sexual harrassment march to Tahrir Square in February 2013. (© Gigi Ibrahim/Creative Commons)

The initial optimism surrounding the Arab Spring has faded fast in Egypt, but nowhere more so than in the case of Egyptian women. Their situation has deteriorated to the extent that the country has won its self the title of “worst place for women in the Arab world”, according to research recently published by the Thomas Reuters Foundation.

The rate of sexual assaults and gender violence on the streets has rapidly increased since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime in 2011. On July 3rd 2013, when protesters were out it force in Cairo, over 80 cases of mob sexual harassment, assault and even rape, were reported in Tahrir Square alone. In some instances even foreign female journalists have been publically sexually assaulted, which put the issue in the spotlight internationally. Keep reading →


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In the Shadow of a Man – film review

Last month, DocHouse Documentary Festival screened In the Shadow of a Man, a film about four Egyptian women and their lives both before and after the revolution.  Here, DiA blogger Saara Jaffrey-Roberts reviews the film

Post-revolution, has the situation changed for the women of Egypt? Photo by  Gigi Ibrahim/ Creative Commons
Post-revolution, has the situation changed for the women of Egypt? Photo by Gigi Ibrahim/ Creative Commons

“As the old saying goes… better the shadow of a man than that of a wall…”

In the Shadow of a Man, directed by Hanan Abdalla, turns its lens towards Wafaa, Suzanne, Shahinda and Badreya: four Egyptian women from distinct socio-economic backgrounds who span different generations. The film presents a series of intimate conversations with these women, and we learn that, despite their differences, they are all connected in trying to determine their own destinies and break from traditional codes of Egyptian society.

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Egypt: a second revolution?

Tahrir Square c.Ramy Raoof

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The events in Egypt of the past six days have not failed to shock the western world and have prolonged our fascination with the Arab Spring. As the country goes ahead with its election next week in the wake of national protests met with military violence, Sophie Nodzenski considers whether the recent uprisings signify a second revolution for Egypt – or merely a continuation of the first.

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Fall of a(nother) tyrant

In the aftermath of Muammar Gadaffi’s death, Josephine Forster considers a disturbing pre-occupation with the gory details of death. Josephine is a freelance journalist studying MA Newspaper Journalism at City University.

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Women in Egypt: ‘Why Not?’

In the second part of DiA’s exclusive coverage of International Women’s Day, Cardiff University Journalism students Sara Maranon and Sandhya Kannan investigate how the revolution in Egypt is transforming the role of women within society. They spoke with Aya Faissal Abdel Dayem and Islam Sharaf, both of whom work for the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women, an NGO based in Cairo.

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