–By– Alexandra Kinias Misogyny, practiced for thousands of years in patriarchal societies is still widely spread in Islamic countries where women are viewed and treated inferior to men. In Egypt, a country with male dominance, misogyny is deeply embedded in the culture and forms the base for women oppression. Not only practiced by men for control, but also by women against their own kind and well being. Brainwashed from a young age that inferiority is their source of empowerment, some women advocate for their own submissiveness. On a televised religious show where audiences ask live questions, Suad Salah, Islamic scholar … Continue reading Are Women Their Own Worst Enemies?
–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