By: Alexandra Kinias — Defamation of religion is a phenomenon that is practiced in societies where religious extremism is rooted. In such societies, zealots condemn, prosecute and kill those who speak out against their faith, while giving themselves the license to do and say the exact same against other religions. With the rise of Islamists to power, Egypt is aggressively following in the footsteps of countries that have been labeled amongst the worse in human rights, freedom of expression and religion. The detention of 24-years old Coptic school teacher Demiana Abdelnour on May 8th is another reminder to where the … Continue reading Egyptian teacher Demiana Abdelnour is the new victim of blasphemy case
Article written by: Alexandra Kinias The six day war in 1967 between Egypt and the State of Israel changed the course of Nasser’s leadership, the map of the ME, the fate of Egypt, and subsequently her women. The turmoil in the Egyptian society had been brewing for a long time prior to that, and to be precise, the road to change started in 1928 with the formation of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). Nasser came to power with the blessings of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1952. They supported his coup d’état and in return they anticipated that Nasser would run the … Continue reading Women of Egypt: Victories and Defeats in the Last 100 Years – Part Two
Written by: Alexandra Kinias — The rise of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to power exposed their misogynist and chauvinist faces, which they had concealed with masks of modernity for too long, to convince the west that they represent a moderate view of Islam. The fall of these masks left no doubt that the road to resurrect their Islamic empire is paved with the bodies of women, minorities and their opponents. Their last episode of denouncing the UN’s declaration on women’s rights revealed the organization’s true beliefs and principles. Rejecting this declaration that focused on urging an end to violence against women … Continue reading Muslim Brotherhood against gender equality in Egypt
By: Alexandra Kinias Egyptian women have been portrayed recently in the news as being oppressed, victims and helpless. I cannot fully agree with these labels, but neither can I totally discard them because the situation of the women in Egypt is quite paradoxical when compared to other women in the Middle Ease. No one can discredit the role that they played in the 2011 revolution to topple the regime of Mubarak. They took the streets side by side the men to end the rule of the tyrant, but certainly not to replace him with another dictator who would steal their … Continue reading Women of Egypt: Victories and Defeats in the Last 100 Years – Part One
By: Alexandra Kinias Summer; it is the time of the year when news media and NGOs, in Egypt, remember to write about the underage marriages of Egyptian girls to wealthy men from Arabia and the Gulf area. Not that the rest of the year the girls are safe, but it became a seasonal phenomenon that escalates during the summer holidays, and remembered especially after the annual U.S. State department report about trafficking in person is released. The 2012 report classified Egypt, again, as a Tier 2, which means that Egypt is among the countries whose governments do not fully comply … Continue reading Childhood Interrupted
By: Alexandra Kinias A women’s march on June 8th demanding the end of sexual harassment in Egypt took a wrong turn when a mobs of men violently assaulted the women and caused injuries and mass chaos. Eyewitnesses from Tahrir square reported on their twitter accounts that they were groped, beaten and humiliated by the angry thugs who were out there to break the march. Sexual harassment can only be described as an epidemic that has been wildly spreading in the streets of Egypt without control. A survey conducted in 2008 by The Egyptian Council of women reported that 83% of … Continue reading Egyptian women sexually harassed at anti-harassment march!!!
By: Alexandra Kinias Parliamentarian Azza al-Garf is among nine other women elected (out of 498 deputies) in the first parliamentary elections after the ousting of Mubarak’s regime. It is worth noting that her party, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood‘s political arm that won by mudslide, neither played any role in the revolution nor supported it. With the dominance of the Islamists in the Egyptian parliament the civility of the country and the rights of its women and minorities are at peril. In the few interviews after she became a public figure, it became obvious that with her … Continue reading Feminism according to Azza