There is no room for doubt that violence against women is a worldwide phenomenon that is not exclusive to any specific culture or race. The phenomenon merely manifests itself in varying shapes and degrees in different parts of the world and strikes different nerves in the respective societies. In Egypt, perhaps one of the most glaring indicators of the growth of this phenomenon is sexual violence and the politics of “shaming” Egyptian women.

‘It is appalling that virtually the only references to women relate to the home and family’ - Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

In the evening of June 2nd I found myself heading to Tahrir Square, in the heart of Cairo, with no interest in protesting. I really just wanted to check out the scene – by this point, I was frustrated by the fact that the Egyptian people were not united. Everyone seemed to be looking out for their own interests, rather than the interests of the country and its people.

أم الشهيد".... مازلت أتحسس مكان نومك، لازالت أسمع صوتك المتقطع تأتي قافزا درجات السلم مسرعا "الغدا يا ماما بسرعة عايز ألحق مشواري"، شايفاك وانت بتتخرج، وانتا بتتجوز، لسه ملمس صوابعك على خدي وانت بترضع.


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Mother of the martyr. I still feel the place where you used to sleep, I still hear your voice rising as you skip up the stairs quickly, "I need to have lunch quickly before I go out again,” I still feel your little fingers on my cheek…

After the revolution, strolling around the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura or other big cities is never boring. Now like never before, you might run into marches, graffiti, posters and video projection that women political parties, groups and activists hold. Women activists have created many initiatives and campaigns to campaign for their rights. Daily News Egypt speaks to some of these emerging initiatives, their goals and activities, evaluates their impact and what it takes for them to reach their aims.

أطلقت الصفحة الرسمية لانتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي حملة ''احكي قصتك''، لكشف معاناة المرأة في العالم العربي.

تتمخض النكبات والكوارث في حياتنا‏,‏ أو ما تسمي أحيانا أحداث مؤسفة‏'‏ عن أمهات فقيرات ينتحبن علي دماء أولادهن المراقة‏ , تشرب الارض الدماء, ترتدي النساء الحداد, ثم تخلعه أولا تخلعه, وتتكرر الأحداث, تعود الأمهات المنكوبات الي النحيب, وتشرب الأرض الدماء.

رغم الحظر القانوني إلا أن ختان الإناث في مصر عاد لينتشر مجددا بشكل يثير الدهشة. كما يعمل الإسلاميون على إعادة إضفاء الشرعية على ختان الإناث،تعالي الأصوات التي تطالب بمنعه .

WLUML-ICO team recently had the opportunity to meet with Samira Ibrahim, a brave young Egyptian activist. Our conversation with Samira was inspirational. She opened up about her background - where it all began - and about her exciting current work. Samira also spoke to us about the many forms of state violence that she has faced along the way.

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