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Controversy erupts over women’s role in political life in Egypt

“The partisan experience has been denigrated.” With these words, the secretary of the Nasserist Party media committee, Mahmoud al-Asqalani, responded to the head of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW), Maya Morsi, who has opposed female party leaders from maintaining membership in NCW branches.

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20.1% of Egyptians are illiterate, says new report

Some 20.1 per cent of Egypt’s total population are illiterate, the state-run Central Agency for Public ‎Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced yesterday in a new report. Marking International Literacy Day, CAPMAS said that in 2016 some 14.3 million Egyptians above the age of ten years could not read and write; …

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Egypt’s parliament to discuss bill that criminalizes domestic violence

The Egyptian Parliament is considering a discussion of a suggested draft bill by the National Council for Women that puts punitive sanctions, reaching one year imprisonment, for fathers, brothers and husbands who are proven guilty of physically or verbally assaulting women in their family.

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Banners in Cairo Urge Men to Prevent Women from Wearing Tight Clothes

Banners have appeared in Cairo streets urging men to prevent their daughters, wives, and sisters from wearing revealing and tight outfits. The banners were spotted after multiple social media users in Egypt launched a campaign called “Man up and don’t let your daughters wear tight clothes” on Facebook.

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Leaked recording sparks debate on harassment at Egypt universities

In a recently leaked audio recording that went viral on social media, Cairo University media professor Yaseen Lasheen allegedly is heard sexually harassing an anonymous student and trying to blackmail her. The case is not the first accusation against Lasheen, who was already under investigation by the university for other reasons, and it brings the subject of sexual …

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‘Women in Egypt’s Army’: A Demand Aiming for Equality Usually Met With Sexism

Campaigns calling for military service to be available for Egyptian females are in constant growth each year. In Egypt’s Fourth National Youth Conference, held in Alexandria in July, the calls were renewed on Egypt’s minister of defense Sedky Sobhy.

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Mystery shrouds disappearance of first female mayor in Egypt’s Sharqiyah

July 16 marked the fourth month since Nahed Lashin, the first female mayor in Egypt’s Sharqiyah governorate, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, raising many questions about whether her disappearance or abduction was related to her being a female mayor and whether such a hypothesis would prevent women from running for positions …

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Women in Egypt’s prisons: ‘I know I’m stronger. I went through the worst already’

“If there is one thing that this prison experience has taught me, it is that I know I’m stronger; I went through the worst already,” said Asmaa Hamdy, a dentistry student at al-Azhar University.

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