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Egypt Toughens Penalties for FGM – Activists Remain Sceptical

Egypt Toughens Penalties for FGM – Activists Remain Sceptical

Most of the 28 countries in Africa where FGM is endemic have banned FGM, although enforcement is generally weak Egypt has toughened penalties for female genital mutilation (FGM), imposing prison terms of up to 20 years in a push to end the ancient practice. It is the second time Egypt’s parliament has cracked down on […]

Egypt Instagram Activist Hopes Jailing Sex Crimes Student Drives Change

Egypt Instagram Activist Hopes Jailing Sex Crimes Student Drives Change

An Egyptian Instagram activist welcomed a court decision on Sunday to jail a former university student for eight years for sex crimes after her campaign against his abuse and harassment of women sparked a MeToo movement in her country. Ahmed Bassam Zaki, aged in his early 20s and from a wealthy family, was detained last […]

Egyptian Women Oppose ‘Repressive’ Bill To Strip Them Of Rights And Freedoms

Egyptian Women Oppose ‘Repressive’ Bill To Strip Them Of Rights And Freedoms

Women’s rights could be rolled back 200 years in Egypt under a proposed law that would stop them from signing their own marriage certificates, registering their child’s birth or travelling abroad without a man’s consent, rights activists say. The personal status bill, which was approved by the cabinet in January, would also give fathers priority […]

Witness Detentions Cast Shadow Over Egyptian ‘MeToo’ Movement

Witness Detentions Cast Shadow Over Egyptian ‘MeToo’ Movement

 Student Seif Bedour wanted to support his friend, a witness in a high-profile rape case, by accompanying her to a Cairo police station when she was brought in by officers on Aug. 28 after offering to testify on behalf of the victim, his sister says. At the station, Bedour was detained and has been held […]

Egypt Student Jailed For 3 yrs For Online Sexual Harassment

Egypt Student Jailed For 3 yrs For Online Sexual Harassment

 A former Cairo student was jailed for three years on Tuesday for using social media to sexually harass women and will face charges of sexual assault next month in a case that triggered a #MeToo moment in the country. Ahmed Bassam Zaki, formerly at the American University in Cairo, will face the court again on […]

Life Like A Girl: A Documentary That Celebrates Female Weightlifters in Egypt

Life Like A Girl: A Documentary That Celebrates Female Weightlifters in Egypt

On a busy street corner in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, an open-air training camp for female weightlifters has been inspiring women to reach the top of the sport for two decades – smashing taboos in the process. It also inspired Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed to spotlight women’s success in the male-dominated sport in “Lift […]

Egypt Approves Law To Protect Identities Of Women Reporting Sex Abuse

Egypt Approves Law To Protect Identities Of Women Reporting Sex Abuse

Egypt approved a new law on Sunday to protect the identity of women who come forward to report sexual harassment or assault in a move that aimed to encourage women and girls to report cases of sexual violence. The law, which will give victims the automatic right to anonymity, comes as hundreds of women have […]

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Bill To Protect Sex Assault Victims’ Identity

Egypt Lawmakers Approve Bill To Protect Sex Assault Victims’ Identity

The government is under pressure to encourage more women to report assault after a slew of complaints on social media Egyptian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a draft law that would give survivors of sexual assault and harassment the automatic right to anonymity, under pressure to do more to encourage women to report such crimes. The […]

Egypt Jails Five Women Influencers Over Tiktok Posts

Egypt Jails Five Women Influencers Over Tiktok Posts

The women were accused of running online accounts that violated the values and principles of Egypt An Egyptian court sentenced five female social media influencers to two years each in prison on Monday after finding them guilty of promoting immorality and human trafficking by encouraging women to make money building social media followings. The women, […]

Egypt May Extend Its COVID-19 Evening Curfew

Egypt May Extend Its COVID-19 Evening Curfew

As coronavirus restrictions ease, business is rebounding in Cairo’s cafes, restaurants and shops. In the evenings, the sounds of street vendors plying their wares blend with the honking of horns, as the city gets back to normal. But the evening revival may not last long. To try to hold onto dramatic improvements in air quality during the […]

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