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Egypt’s embattled feminism: Fighting violence, harassment and FGM under Sisi

On a Wednesday in May 2012, inspired by snowballing social media discussions on sexual harassment in Egypt, a group of independent activists took the conversation to an offline public. They aimed to build support in Cairo and beyond, using the most simple of approaches: the countryÕs first Ôhuman chainÕ against sexual harassment. Photo Credit: UN Women/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

Somewhere in Cairo, on a women’s carriage of the metro, a girl wearing her dark hair in a thick plait and another in an emerald green headscarf are telling stories. They talk about the need for truth; they talk about being censured for speaking the truth; they talk about the …

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New project enlists Egyptian men to help fight violence against women

The Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development Center in Cairo launched a project May 15 to enlist men to fight violence against women. According to a study conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the end of 2013, Egypt is the worst country for women’s rights in the Arab world.

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Social Solidarity Ministry closes 75 NGOs, 121 childcare centers in Beheira

The Ministry of Social Solidarity has closed 75 NGOs and 121 childcare centers and nurseries in the Nile Delta Governorate of Beheira this week. Mohamed al-Deeb, a senior official from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, told the state-owned Al-Ahram news portal that the “75 NGOs were ordered to be shut …

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Egypt’s glaring rights violations once again in global spotlight

An Egyptian court will resume its deliberations May 23 in a long-running, on again, off again human rights case that has placed the country at the center of an international controversy — again. The controversy revolves around a case that began in 2011 and supposedly ended in 2013, but that …

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Leading rights activist warns of unknown future for NGOs in Egypt

CAIRO — Egyptian human rights organizations are facing a major crisis that threatens their very existence. A number of those affiliated with these organizations are being prosecuted for their criticism of the current regime’s policies, and the government is using various measures to limit their work. Chief among these is …

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NGOs Allowed to Receive Foreign Funding, Rules Egyptian Court

Following a long drawn-out legal process surrounding the issue of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt receiving foreign funding, an Egyptian administrative court on Tuesday issued a ruling saying that the NGOs in fact are legally permitted to receive funding from abroad.

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UN experts raise alarm at Egypt’s NGO crackdown

United Nations human rights experts warned against the mounting crackdown on civil society in Egypt in a statement issued Monday, calling on the government to put an end to all forms of persecution of human rights defenders and to take effective measures to protect civil society.

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New NGO draft law worse than previous laws due to National Security interference: Gamal Eid

A new 2015 draft law governing the work of NGOs in Egypt has been influenced by National Security, making it worse than the government’s 2002 law, Executive Director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) Gamal Eid told Daily News Egypt.

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