We Will Bring Down the State of Oppression.

A couple of weeks ago, I have been through the trying experience of being subjected to sexual assault while participating in a demonstration to end sexual harassment. The post (which also links to my written testimony about what happened) presents my thoughts and views on sexual harassment in Egypt, and more importantly gives me a platform to speak up about and against what happened.
I am still healing, but I am not broken, I will be stronger.

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The Case of Samira Ibrahim–and I had dreamt of bigger victories

An old draft about the case of Samira Ibrahim originally written in the wake of the State Council Administrative Court ruling condemning and suspending the carrying out of “virginity tests” on female detainees in military prisons, and now revived, refined and expanded. Published as part of the “Blogging Week for Egyptian Women” initiative. #EgWomarch

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December 17 – Beyond the Rage: How the rhetoric may affect the feminist cause in Egypt

During the violent dispersal of the #OccupyCabinet sit in, a female protestor is brutalized, dragged down, her torso stripped naked by military forces – a photo showing her ordeal becomes an iconic symbol of SCAF violations and sparks wider and stronger outrage than any other accounts or images of its prior atrocities.
While the outrage is definitely justified, in this post I discuss how the focus on the protestor’s gender and her exposed body may misplace its cause, how the (excessive) highlight of the added vulnerability to sexual violence of female protestors over any other risks and violations can become an impeding protective frenzy over women rather than a condemnation of SCAF and its crimes against the protestors.

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