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Jenny Montasir – WNN Justice
(WNN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: In the past two years much has been said about how Egypt’s popular uprising has affected women. All too often Egyptian women have been portrayed in absolute terms, as victims of a revolution that is in itself still a fluid work in progress. But as the one-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s ascent to the presidency approaches, it’s clear that the struggle for equality will require new ideas.
The current threats to women’s rights in Egypt are significant. Speaking about her years of work on gender and human rights issues, Gihan Abouzeid, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) consultant and managing editor of Ikhwan Papers magazine notes, “We are actually facing two types of challenges. The first is on the policy level because of the conservative religious government and how they understand Islam, and the second is on the cultural level.”