Egypt Tries Doctor for Female Genital Mutilation in Landmark Case

Female genital mutilation (FGM)—the horrifying practice of modifying or removing various parts of female genitalia for non-medical purposes that are somewhere in the no man's land between cultural and religious reasons—has been outlawed in Egypt since 2007. Given the prevalence of the practice, however, many families… » 3/16/14 12:00pm 3/16/14 12:00pm

21 Egyptian Women Released from Jail After Harsh Sentences Appealed

Following news earlier that a court in Alexandria would be hearing the appeal of the 14 Egyptian women sentenced to 11 years in jail for their peaceful pro-Mohamed Morsi demonstration, Egyptian authorities released those women, along with seven girls who were initially ordered to be held until they turned 18. » 12/08/13 12:30pm 12/08/13 12:30pm

Egyptian Women Sentenced to 11 Years for Peaceful Protest Get Appeal

On December 7, a court in Alexandria is scheduled to hear an appeal from fourteen women who were sentenced to 11 years in jail following their participation in a peaceful pro-Morsi demonstration. Another appeal by seven girls who were arrested at the same protest — all of whom are under 18, the youngest of whom is 15 — … » 12/02/13 12:30pm 12/02/13 12:30pm

Writer/Activist Mona Eltahawy Speaks about Sexual Violence and Healing

Egyptian-American writer, activist and public speaker Mona Eltahawy — a strong, inspiring, fearless women who became known for her work bridging the hermeneutic divide between Egypt and the West — gave a TED Talk yesterday on the topic of healing. Specifically, she discusses the process through which she physically,… » 11/07/13 4:00pm 11/07/13 4:00pm

Despite Decline, Female Genital Mutilation Is Still a Horrific Reality

Though the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is seeing a global decline, a new report by the United Nations Children's Fund has found that it is "almost universal" in certain countries, with 98 percent of girls and women from ages 15-49 having undergone the torturous "tradition" in Somalia. As many as 30 … » 7/23/13 1:50pm 7/23/13 1:50pm

Grassroots Group Fights Back Against Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square

As the massive protests against Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi continue, one group has emerged in response the shocking number of sexual assaults that have been reported out of Tahrir Square since the beginning of the most recent wave of uprisings. Tahrir Bodyguard was formed in December 2012 as coalition of men and… » 7/04/13 12:00pm 7/04/13 12:00pm

Nearly 100 Women Were Sexually Assaulted in Tahrir Square This Week

Almost 100 women were sexually assaulted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the past four days of protests against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, according to Human Rights Watch. It's unclear whether most of the rapist mobs are trying to scare women off from joining the protests and give the anti-government… » 7/03/13 9:40am 7/03/13 9:40am

Female Foreign Journalist Gang-Raped in Horrific Tahrir Square Attack

Egyptian media are reporting that a Dutch journalist was raped by several men in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday. According to a post from Sunday on the Facebook page of Dina Zakaria, an Egyptian journalist, "her condition is severe and she is hospitalized." Ynetnews reports today that a state hospital issued a statement … » 7/01/13 1:20pm 7/01/13 1:20pm

Jon Stewart on Egypt's Daily Show Might Be the Answer to World Peace

Jon Stewart might be absent from the American version of The Daily Show, but that doesn't mean he's missing from the franchise entirely. Stewart recently found himself on the other side of the desk (and the other side of the globe) when he was a guest on Bernameg — Egypt's own version of The Daily Show, hosted by the… » 6/24/13 12:05pm 6/24/13 12:05pm

Summer Was the Official Fuck Season for Ancient Egyptians

A sexy new study involving beautifully preserved corpses at an ancient Egyptian cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis revealed some sexy insight into the sex lives of sex-crazed Egyptians: they enjoyed having procreative, penis + vagina = new person sex in July and August, when the temperatures in the Dakhelh Oasis can soar… » 5/19/13 12:00pm 5/19/13 12:00pm

Egyptian Women Taking Up Martial Arts, Learning to Kick Ass

It is virtually impossible to be a woman for a day in Cairo, Egypt without some form of sexual harassment. Whether it be cat-calling or actual pinches and grabs, 99 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, according to a report by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality. 99… » 5/08/13 11:55am 5/08/13 11:55am

2,000-Year-Old Carving of Princess Reveals She Was 'Stylishly…

A 2,000-year-old image of a royal woman has been found in the ancient city of Meroë, in Sudan. When the artwork was created, Meroë was the center of the Kingdom of Kush; the Kushite lived along the Nile and, at times, invaded Ancient Egypt and ruled as Pharaohs there. But back to the image: She is, as Owen Jarus writes » 1/07/13 4:40pm 1/07/13 4:40pm

Egypt's Cairollers Have Best Name Ever, Are Super Rad Rollergirls

Have you ever been in a Roller Derby rink? I have, and it's fucking terrifying. I lasted two minutes into tryouts before I sidelined myself for being a big baby who was more interested in eating hot dogs and gossiping. So anyway, all the props in the world to the ladies who get out there and circle that big-ass,… » 11/27/12 9:30am 11/27/12 9:30am