El Sawy Culture Wheel: “We Closed Our Doors, with Our Hands on the Handles”

El Sawy Culture Wheel: “We Closed Our Doors, with Our Hands on the Handles” A live concert at el Sawy Culture Wheel. Image courtesy of El Sawy Culture Wheel official Facebook page. Lights, laughs and applause would always flood one of Zamalek’s most beloved and well-known cultural venues, El Sawy Culture Wheel (or El …

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PM Approves Law Amendment to Conceal Identity of Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Victims

PM Approves Law Amendment to Conceal Identity of Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Victims On Wednesday,  Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly approved a legislative amendment in the criminal code as to protect the identities of victims of harassment, rape and assault during court cases. Accordingly, the amendment would enable legal prosecutors to conceal the …

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Illustrating the Middle East: 5 Female Digital Artists Tackling Social Change

Illustrating the Middle East: 5 Female Digital Artists Tackling Social Change Illustration by Nour Flayhan for Gucci Beauty via Grazia ME. Illustration is one of the cornerstones of Instagram, featuring motivational comics, drawings of public figures, educational graphics and more. The medium is used to integrate visuals in text-based content across disciplines, from activism …

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Accused Sexual Predator Ahmed Zaki Confesses to Blackmail, Intimidation: Egyptian Public Prosecution

Accused Sexual Predator Ahmed Zaki Confesses to Blackmail, Intimidation: Egyptian Public Prosecution The Egyptian Public Prosecution announced on Monday night that accused rapist and sexual harasser Ahmed Bassam Zaki’s detention was renewed by an Egyptian court for a further 15 days pending further investigations into allegations he raped, sexually assaulted and sexually harassed dozens …

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Modeling as an Art: Exploring Beauty, Feminism and Identity with Egyptian Model Mariam Abdallah

Modeling as an Art: Exploring Beauty, Feminism and Identity with Egyptian Model Mariam Abdallah Egyptian model Mariam Abdallah (@cactellah) “I am beautiful because I am black,” is a statement once said by supermodel Iman Abdulmajid. These few words carry a lot of power for three reasons: it reveals a woman taking pride in her …

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Egypt’s Minister for Military Production Mohamed El-Assar Dies at 74

Egypt’s Minister for Military Production Mohamed El-Assar Dies at 74 Egypt’s Minister of Military Production Lieutenant-General Mohamed El-Assar passed away on Monday evening, announced the Egyptian cabinet in a statement. El-Assar, 74, had earlier in June been awarded by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi the Nile Sash, the third highest award that can be …

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Multiple Egyptian Women File Official Complaints Against Accused Rapist Ahmed Bassam Zaki

Multiple Egyptian Women File Official Complaints Against Accused Rapist Ahmed Bassam Zaki Multiple Egyptian girls and women filed official complaints against accused rapist and sexual harasser Ahmed Bassam Zaki on Sunday morning. The women and girls filed their complaints with the support of the National Council of Women (NCW) and in the presence of …

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Centuries of Activism: Influential Feminist Books You Should Know

Centuries of Activism: Influential Feminist Books You Should Know If you felt distressed, deeply disturbed and agonized by just some of the stories that were published on the Instagram page (@assaultpolice), which published stories of harassment and rape by Ahmed Bassam Zaki, it is important to know that these emotions were felt by activists …

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Gems of Netflix: A Selection of Revived Youssef Chahine Films

Gems of Netflix: A Selection of Revived Youssef Chahine Films From left to right: Alexandria… Why?, The Land, An Egyptian Story “Because we are men, and we took the stance of men,” goes the famous phrase from internationally acclaimed Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine’s film El Ard (The Land). As late Egyptian actor Mahmoud …

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