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EGYPT: Women in Graffiti: A Tribute to the Women of Egypt

January 7, 2013

Pharaonic women in battle by Alaa Awad

Pharaonic women in battle by Alaa Awad

It’s a battle, being a woman in an Arab country, but perhaps the dire conditions makes us fighters. Since January 25, so many foreign reporters have waxed on about the awakening of Arab women in the Arab Spring; and how the revolutions liberated us/made us wake up and smell the coffee/made us throw off our headscarves and run happily through the meadows. Read the rest of this entry

EGYPT: علياء المهدي: حريّة الجسد في مواجهة الذكوريّة

2011/11/24 من تأليف Hanibaael

علياء المهدي. هذا الإسم لن يغيب، على الأقل للفترة القادمة، عن التداول في الأوساط المصرية (والعربية).


Article by Hanibaael, about Alia Mahdi, the Egyptian blogger who defied social norms by posting nude pictures of herself on her blog.
(Tahrir-ICN summary in English follows the Arabic original)

على طريقتها،  تحدّت علياء كل السلطات الذكوريّة التي تتحكّم بمجتمعها، معلنة رفضها لها، عبر نشر، صورها عارية على مدونتها،  خلال الشهر الماضي. طبعاً، هذا الحدث شكّل صدمة للمجتمع المصري الذي تصرّ الحركات الدينيّة على “تديينه”، وفَتَحَ نقاشاً واسعاً حول الحريّات الجنسيّة، على صعيد عالم ما بين الأزرقين. Read the rest of this entry

In Egypt, Women Lead Fight Against Mob Sexual Assaults

By: Sarah El Sirgany. Posted on Fri, Dec 7.

Cairo — In the crowd, a group of men surround a woman. They close in on her, with hands groping every inch of her body, stripping her of her clothes and raping her with their fingers. The unstoppable frenzy of invading hands intensifies as the mob grows in size. Read the rest of this entry

Iraq’s unveiled women face rising crackdown

By Dina al-Shibeeb, 22 Nov 2012


Hanaa Edwar, General Secretary of the non-government organization, Iraqi Al-Amal Association, says Iraqi women who choose not to war the headscarf are facing increasing discrimination. (Photo courtesy local Iraqi media)

Iraqi women who do not wear the Islamic headscarf, commonly known as the hijab, are increasingly coming under crackdown as conservative Islam gradually permeates the Iraqi political scene. Read the rest of this entry

On Sexual Poverty

A society based upon concentrated power and economic exchange impoverishes every area of life, even those that are most intimate. We hear a great deal of talk about women’s liberation, gay liberation and even sexual liberation within anarchist circles. And analyses of male domination, patriarchy and hetero-sexism are not so hard to find, but the reality of sexual impoverishment seems to be largely ignored, questions of sexual expression being largely limited to those surrounding monogamy, non-monogamy, poly-amory and other such issues of the mechanics of loving relationships. This limitation is itself, in my opinion, a reflection of our sexual impoverishment – let’s limit ourselves to speaking of such relational mechanics so that we can avoid the question of the quality of these relationships. Read the rest of this entry

Online trafficking of Syrian women shames all involved

Sep 10, 2012

Women and girls continue to be the worst affected by Syria’s conflict, but their suffering rarely makes the headlines. Among the men who have died in the conflict, many will be honoured as martyrs. Those who have survived suffering at the hands of the regime will return to their homes as heroes. But women, including victims of sexual assault and refugees, will remain permanently stigmatised in conservative societies that simply do not see their suffering as equal. Read the rest of this entry



MOROCCO: Article 475: When Marriage Becomes Punishment

At 16, Amina committed suicide after a Moroccan judge sentenced her to marry her rapist. This film is about who and what let it happen.

La Tunisie sera-t-elle un second Iran ?

Il y a de troublantes analogies entre les révolutions iranienne et tunisienne : révoltes de la liberté et de la dignité, fuite des dictateurs, retour d’exil d’un guide religieux et dérive vers une nouvelle dictature théocratique.

Par Moez Ben Salem

Women’s Rights and Revolution in Yemen: A Local Perspective

Saleem Haddad

The role of women in Yemen’s Arab Spring has shocked international observers. In a country where the cultural, political, and economic gaps between men and women are some of the largest in the world, women did not simply ‘join’ the protests but were a leading force behind the cultural evolution that powered the revolutionary movement.

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