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Strong Women of Egypt

Posted on 23 February 2014 by

Fifty five of those who drafted the new Egyptian constitution were women.

This was the climax of Egyptian women’s prominent participation in the two waves of Egypt’s revolution, January 25, 2011 and June 30, 2013. During the first wave, ex-president Hosni Mubarak was toppled, along with his police state. During the second wave, ex- president Mohamed Morsi was also toppled, along with his religious state. Egyptian women were fighters during both waves; they were shot, injured, and arrested.

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A New Constitution for the People: An Interview with Egypt Constitutional Committee Member Houda Elsadda

Posted on 23 January 2014 by

Established in September 2013, the 50-committee was entrusted with the task of drafting Egypt’s new Constitution. Dr. Hoda Elsadda, one of the five women members of this committee, an academic and a human rights activist, reflects on the highlights and key learning from this most interesting and complex journey which is undoubtedly a landmark moment in the history of Egypt.

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A Revolution, Not a Coup: The ability and power of the Egyptian people

Posted on 12 August 2013 by

Many Egyptians – not only the activists and protestors who worked against the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime – were astonished that it was toppled so very quickly. This occurred not only because of the Egyptian army’s role in the process. Rather, the main cause lay in the fact that, during one year of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s rule, his policies on all levels – social, economic, cultural and security – were a huge failure.

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Another revolution in Egypt: Insights from Egyptian feminist Amal Abdel Hadi

Posted on 29 June 2013 by

Interviewed by Lina Abou-Habib
CRTD.A / WLP-Lebanon

Cairo, 29 June 2013

Less than 24 hours separate us from the large scale demonstration planned tomorrow in Egypt, calling for the departure of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi. Mursi was declared president in June 2013 following elections which were hailed in many parts of the world as being the first “free” elections in Egypt. However, and only a few months after his reign, disillusion and anger have swept into the Egyptian population who is challenging this new ruler as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. The President and his entourage is accused of incompetence and of failing the demands of the revolution.

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As Instability Grows, IMF Loan Could Threaten Egypt’s Most Vulnerable

Posted on 29 June 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster, on behalf of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Saturday, June 29

CAIRO: The implications of an IMF loan package to Egypt were discussed in further detail on the second day of a regional conference on economic justice and women’s rights Saturday organised by CRTD.A/WLP-Lebanon.

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Amidst New Waves of Protest, Activists Consider Economic Justice & Women’s Rights

Posted on 28 June 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster, on behalf of WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

CAIRO: On the opening day of WLP-Lebanon/CRTD.A’s regional conference on economic justice and women’s rights, delegates representing women’s organisations from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco met in Cairo to discuss the implications of Egypt’s current IMF (International Monetary Fund) negotiations for women.

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Engaging in policy dialogue on gender equality with a public institution: Thoughts and reflections from Lebanon

Posted on 20 May 2013 by

**WLP spoke with Lina about CRTD.A’s experience conducting the Gender Audit:**

Click here to listen to WLP’s interview with Lina Abou Habib on her organization’s Gender Audit of Lebanon’s Ministry of Social Affairs (Audio File)

Nationality Campaign Protest for Women's Citizenship Rights in Lebanon with the Author

Nationality Campaign Protest for Women’s Citizenship Rights in Lebanon with the Author

During the past two years, CRTD.A concluded a very interesting and rich gender audit exercise in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs. This initiative came some time after CRTD.A had provided training on gender and leadership to most of the Ministry’s staff holding various positions within the institution.

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What do women want in the post-Arab spring era?

Posted on 26 April 2013 by

Two years after the start of the Arab Spring, women and girls in the Arab region seem to be the big losers of a process that promised much in terms of democracy and justice but has thus far delivered too little.

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IWDN Coordinator Presents on Women, Tech, and Democracy Panel During Social Media Week

Posted on 05 March 2013 by

On February 19, 2013, as Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) Program Associate and the International Women’s Democracy Network Coordinator, I spoke on the panel, “Women, Tech, and Democracy: The Next Frontier,” as part of Social Media Week in Washington, DC, at the National Democratic Institute (NDI).  I presented on WLP’s successful technology programs, WLP Partner advocacy campaigns that are bolstered by social media, the International Women’s Democracy Network, and WLP’s forthcoming Online Learning Portal, which will serve as a vehicle to build constituent’s capacities by hosting eCourses and webinars.

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Changing Attitudes on Personal Status Codes in MENA

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

by Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Two speakers from Lebanon each discussed how a unified, civil Personal Status Code would not only help protect the rights of women but that it would also combat sectarianism.

Manar Zeaitar spoke about the issue of civil marriage; recently in the news given the President’s vocal support for it after a couple announced they had held the country’s first civil marriage ceremony, in line with a 1936 decree.

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Learning Democracy: A Conversation with Egypt’s Amel Abdel Hadi

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

by Olivia Alabaster for CRTD.A WLP Lebanon

On the sidelines of the conference, Amel Abdel Hadi, one of the founders of the New Woman Foundation in Egypt, spoke about her work with the coalition and the situation in her own country.

While the women’s movement has been gaining more and more support over the years, the Arab revolts have given a new dimension to the cause, Abdel Hadi said,

This revolutionary era has also strengthened the Equality Without Reservation coalition, she added.

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Challenges in Reforming the Personal Status Code: Perspectives from MENA

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

By Olivia Alabaster for CRTD.A

On the second day of the conference, participants discussed the Personal Status laws, from the achievements gained so far, to the key challenges which lie ahead and how best to move forward.

3651463162_7c882e7ea3_oAsha al-Karib provided an insightful history of the Sudanese women’s movement, and explained how many of the freedoms and advances that women gained by the 1960s – equal pay, the first woman in parliament, the right to become a judge in the Supreme Court – began to disappear with the arrival of civil war in the early 1980s.

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