LIANE HANSEN, host – NPR National Public Radio – Monday, 25 April, 2011
About a month after Egypt’s protests, hundreds of Egyptian women returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to rally for equal rights and an end to rampant sexual harassment. They were attacked by men shouting at them to go home where they belong, and at least 18 women were arrested. Host Liane Hansen speaks to Mona Makram-Ebeid, a professor of political science at the American University of Cairo and a former member of the Egyptian Parliament, about the political role of women in post-Mubarak Egypt.
Egypt’s revolution this year drew thousands of men and women to the streets for protests that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year reign. A month later, hundreds of Egyptian women returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to rally for equal rights. They were attacked, shouted down by men, and 18 were arrested by the military. As the new government begins to take shape, women are conspicuously missing from its makeup.
Mona Makram-Ebeid joins us to discuss women’s rights in Egypt. She’s a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, a former member of the Egyptian parliament and currently on the Council of Trustees of the Revolution. She’s also in our (NPR) studio. . .