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 […]

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 […]

Many Egyptian Women Prepare for Greater Role Behind Veil

Many Egyptian Women Prepare for Greater Role Behind Veil

Al Pessin – Voice of America – Friday, 12 August 2011 (originally published 09 Aug) As Egypt moves to write a new constitution, many are looking to secure more rights for women. That effort comes after decades of growing traditionalism in the country, including more use of Islamic veils. Many Egyptians do not see any […]

Egyptian women protesters forced to take ‘virginity tests’

Egyptian women protesters forced to take ‘virginity tests’

Amnesty International – Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 Amnesty International has today called on the Egyptian authorities to investigate serious allegations of torture, including forced ‘virginity tests’, inflicted by the army on women protesters arrested in Tahrir Square earlier this month. After army officers violently cleared the square of protesters on 9 March, at least 18 […]

The new Egypt: Leaving women behind

The new Egypt: Leaving women behind

On International Women’s Day, Egyptian women contemplate being overlooked in the formation of a post-Mubarak future Basma Atassi – Al Jazeera news – Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 (originally published 8 March) While the protests have been hailed for being harassment-free in a society infamous for widespread sexual harassment, Engy Gozlan, who works with HarassMap, an […]