–By:Alexandra Kinias — Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world was ruled by a woman. Megawati Sukarnoputri served as President of Indonesia in 2001. Bangladesh, the third populace Muslim country, had been ruled as of 2016, for the past 25 years by women; Khaleda Zia and Sheikha Hassina Wajed, respectively, were both elected as prime ministers. The list of Muslim countries that were ruled by women includes Pakistan, Turkey, Senegal, Kyrgyzstan and Mali. Kosovo and Mauritius have female presidents. In Afghanistan, two female candidates ran for president against Hamid Karzai. Out of these eleven Muslim countries, none is an Arab, … Continue reading How the Tribal Culture of Arabia is shaping the Political Life of Muslim Women
–By: Alexandra Kinias — Slander, humiliation, and ridicule of women are the active ingredients for jokes and humor in Egypt, and the shortest way to fame and financial gains. In a society where misogynists thrive, the blend of these ingredients produced the notorious Facebook page “Diaries of a Suffering Man.” Founded and administrated by Taymour El Sobki, the page attracted more than one million followers. With no substantial material to offer, but jokes with sexual contents demeaning and ridiculing women, – the magic blend to attract followers in a conservative and male dominant society – Sobki’s fame surged. It brought … Continue reading A man in Egypt could be sent to three years in jail for slandering women
— By: Alexandra Kinias — Women in Egypt live in perpetual struggle , both internal and external. To explain the internal struggle she was going through, a young single woman borrowed the Cherokee tale of the two wolves to demonstrate her point. The Tale of the Two Wolves One evening, an elderly Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said “my son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, … Continue reading Struggles of Egyptian Women
By: Alexandra Kinias — Polygamy, a medieval practice, is still alive today in societies where sharia rules. And even in countries where the laws don’t permit it, the imams in the mosques perform polygamous religious matrimonial ceremonies. As the powers of the imams are stronger than secular laws, these religious marriages are valid without the need to register them with the authorities. So, an immigrant to a western society can have a registered wife in front of the law, and another one or two who are not. Even though polygamy is legalized in Islam, the most faithful women strongly stand … Continue reading Polygamy: Infidelity with a License
By: Alexandra Kinias — Marriage is a partnership with shared responsibilities. But in Egypt, women’s share exceeds that of their partners’. Most Egyptian men, pampered and spoilt by their mothers, expect a wife’s role to be an extension of their mother’s, but with benefits. So, while many proceed with their immature bachelor lifestyle, women take responsibility of the house and kids, and work a full time job. As the concept of family is distorted in the minds of many men, most women complain that their husbands rarely, if ever, help with the house chores or spend time with the kids. … Continue reading Why marriages in Egypt are becoming disposable?
— By: Alexandra Kinias — The concern by many over the soaring divorce rates between young couples in Egypt may be argued by others as a healthy phenomenon. Shocking as it sounds to some, but these rates suggest that young couples are rebelling against the obsolete rules and regulations that had once governed and shaped the fate of their parents and grandparents, and forced women to stay in dysfunctional marriages against their wishes. And with the increasing rate of divorce, marriage counselling, a novelty to the society, is thriving. Marriage counseling is also a positive indication that marital problems that … Continue reading Divorce in Egypt may actually be a healthy sign
By: Alexandra Kinias — I watched the movie Iron Jawed Angels. As an immigrant who had not grown up into American culture, I always admired how women of this great nation were enjoying their rights. However, this movie was an eye opening to the events of what really happened. There was no shred of doubt in my mind that women did in fact demand their rights to everything they are enjoying today. But I never imagined that these rights were achieved after a fierce and long battle. I wasn’t aware of the struggles that women had to go through to get … Continue reading Egyptian Women Fight for their Rights