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The Secretariat of Women for the Egyptian Democratic Party held the second annual conference of women of the party called “Women and Parliament.” The President of the Egyptian Democratic Party asserted at the conference that political Islam does not impose any impediments on women. For his part,...
Munā al-Tahtawī’s new book “Headscarves and Hymens” calls for a revolution in the Middle Eastern women’s mentality. The book begins with a discussion of the women’s body, asserting that the Middle Eastern woman is attacked by Arab culture and traditions which function as a prison to women not just...
Jawzīf Malāk a human rights delegate for the state of minorities with the United Nations reported that there is a fear that the Wādī al-Riyān Monastery crisis is escalating between the two parties and the rights organizations that are becoming involved in the matter. Malāk demanded that the state...
Calls on women to protest and take off their hijabs are stirring up a broader debate surrounding the hijab in Egypt. Some women support the idea that women in Egypt should take off their hijabs while others outright refuse it. One woman said that she took off her hijab because of the importance of...
Opinion: Egypt direly needs to promote a culture of accountability and instill it in daily life so that the government is forced to provide services to its citizens. It is incumbent upon everyone in society to actively engage and promote such a culture through government, civil society, the media...
 Israeli newspaper, Jewish Journal, drew attention to a report published by Amnesty International on World Press Freedom Day confirming that there are at least 18 journalists being detained in Egyptian prisons only because they are journalists. The report asserts, “if anyone challenges the...
The American television network Fox News reported that even under President Sīsī, Copts in Egypt still feel isolated and persecuted. One Coptic activist said “we are always the weakest group in society, so when anything happens in any country we are always the first victims.”  (7 May, 2015, ...
 Recent reports of unknown actors financing NGOs have begun to surface in the media. These elements reportedly finance NGOs and use them as a façade for political activities that stir up problems in street alongside efforts that are nominally engaged in development work.  (2 May 2015, al-Wafd,...
 A brother of one of the Coptic Egyptians killed by ISIL reported that extremists outside of the village are causing problems in his village due to the building of the ‘Egyptian Church of Martyrs in Libya.’ He added that the church has not been built yet, saying that the Diocese was busy building...
An American report drew attention to the deteriorating state of religious freedom in Egypt since the election of President Sīsī while conceding that he was by far a better alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood. The report went on to praise the tone of religious tolerance that President Sīsī...

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