Men must play a role to stop sexual harassment of women in Egypt

Men must play a role to stop sexual harassment of women in Egypt

Nihal Magdy – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) London, UNITED KINGDOM: Reports of sexual harassment in Egypt have risen drastically in the past few months. The problem, while not new to Egypt, has become an epidemic seriously affecting the lives of millions of women in the country. Whether incidents of sexual harassment have risen or whether more women […]

Political diversity and tolerance is key to a new Egypt

Political diversity and tolerance is key to a new Egypt

Nada Zohdy – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Cairo, EGYPT: In recent weeks, speculations about Salafis have erupted in headlines as people try to understand the role they played in the tragic episodes of violence associated with an incendiary video ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad. Salafis are a broad group of conservative Muslims who typically have a literal understanding […]

Online advertising may be only funding doorway to keep Egypt’s bloggers going

Online advertising may be only funding doorway to keep Egypt’s bloggers going

Nadine El Sayed – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Cairo, EGYPT: Social media and blogs play a crucial role in maintaining a diversified, vibrant and well-rounded public sphere in Egypt. Social media clearly played a large role in the Egyptian uprising and political bloggers and online activists helped create a dynamic public sphere online during and after the […]

Hunger strikes give Egyptians non-violent tools against prison injustice

Hunger strikes give Egyptians non-violent tools against prison injustice

WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Cairo, EGYPT: Cairo – On 20 May, a symbolic 24-hour mass hunger strike began in Egypt to protest the continued detention of Egyptian activists in military prisons. The success of the recent Palestinian hunger strike garnered attention internationally and has inspired similar movements in other countries – a sign that non-violent resistance […]

New Cairo film shows secret burden for those with AIDS in Egypt

New Cairo film shows secret burden for those with AIDS in Egypt

Rasha Dewedar – WNN Opinion   (WNN/CGN) Cairo, EGYPT: In the year following the Egyptian revolution, a new found freedom of expression is breaking the silence about crucial issues in Egypt that were previously considered taboo. A recently released feature film is a practical example of how art in Egypt can be an effective tool in […]

Politicians not women part of the ‘new’ Egypt

Politicians not women part of the ‘new’ Egypt

Joseph Mayton – WNN Opinion (WNN) CAIRO: Helping drive the January revolution in Egypt were women: young, old, married, single, mothers, daughters and sisters. Their contribution to the cause could not be overstated. They were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in droves, creating the change that had eluded Egypt for decades. It was not just a […]

New laws and attitudes on honor violence show progress in Middle East

New laws and attitudes on honor violence show progress in Middle East

Rasha Dewedar – WNN Opinion (WNN) Cairo: Women in Arab countries have become increasingly visible in demonstrations for democracy, especially in Egypt and Tunisia. However, they still face several hurdles, many of which were discussed at a recent training program in Stockholm for opinion makers from the Middle East and North Africa. As a journalist […]

US must understand the constructive role of faith in Egypt

US must understand the constructive role of faith in Egypt

WNN Opinion – Commentary by Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies – Dalia Mogahed (WNN) Abu Dhabi: During my visit to Cairo last month, I witnessed an incident that today seems almost prophetic. At one of Cairo’s posh coffee shops, I saw a customer screaming at the young man serving him, claiming […]

New, Independent Media Empowering Women

New, Independent Media Empowering Women

Joseph Mayton – WNN Opinion Commentary by WNN journalist and Bikya Masr news founder Joseph Mayton Cairo – All too often, it seems that it’s a man’s world, especially in the Middle East. And even in the world of media, men continue to push the agenda in the direction they see fit. But it doesn’t […]