This week, a cover story in Foreign Policy magazine, “Why Do They Hate Us?”, ignited an explosion of praise, criticism and feverish discussion about women’s rights and gender equality in […]
Tag: Arab Spring
Moroccan Spring Kindles Push for Women’s Rights
Rabat, Morocco. Zineb Belmkaddem hadn’t ever given much serious thought to political activism. She didn’t believe she could really change things. Then came the uprisings in nearby Tunisia. “I was […]
A Muslim Sister in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: Feminist Friend or Foe?
Azza El Garf, a prominent figure in the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, offers a profile in political contradiction. She shares her party’s family-first view of a woman’s place, but at the same time plays a pioneering role in the minuscule minority–just 1 percent–of women serving in the country’s post-revolution houses of parliament.
Egyptian Women Rally Around “The Girl in the #BlueBra”
This week, the world saw just how brutal the Egyptian military can be towards women who dissent. A video, which has gone viral, shows military police dragging a hijab-clad woman […]
Sexual Assault of Mona Eltahawy Marks Uncertain Times for Egyptian Women
At dawn on Thursday in Cairo, award-winning Egyptian American journalist and feminist Mona Eltahawy tweeted: Beaten arrested in interior ministry And then… silence. After hours of #FreeMona trending on Twitter, […]
How Will Women Fare in Morocco’s Pivotal Election?
In Morocco’s closely watched legislative elections today, polls have closed and votes are being counted. The results will prove a critical test of the new constitution, passed in July, which […]
Egypt’s First Woman Candidate Begins Campaign
When post-revolution Egypt holds presidential elections next year, Bothaina Kamel is set to become the first woman in the country’s modern history to run for the highest office. Although she […]
And the Nobel Goes To … Women’s Rights
When it comes to honoring women, the Nobel Peace Prize committee has some catching up to do. Since 1901 when the first Peace Prize was given, only 12 of the […]
Newsflash: King Abdullah Grants Saudi Women the Right to Vote–In 2015
On Sunday, 87-year-old King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced plans to allow women to vote, run for office in local elections and serve on the Shura Council, the 150-member king’s […]
Women @ Africa’s Tech Revolution
Much digital ink has been spilled on the cultural impact of technology. People have been, ahem, atwitter about the use of social media in the so-named “Arab Spring.” Technology companies […]