February 9, 2011
Egypt's women Re "Protests raise hope for women's rights," Feb. 3 It's wonderful to see women, who have been treated as second-class citizens in Egypt, surprisingly being treated with respect during the protests. The story of a group of men repeating the chants of a woman yelling into a megaphone, without objection or criticism, is amazing. It shows that women too have strong opinions and need to voice them. This could be a very small step toward something big. Considering the circumstances, women could be viewed as brave demonstrators who lead the way during these protests.
February 2, 2011 |
Of all the astounding things that Rihab Assad has witnessed during these days of tumult, one stood out for her: the sight of a woman with a megaphone leading a crowd of demonstrators in chants. "And all of these men just chanting after her, repeating what she said," said Assad, an office manager in her 40s who lives in Cairo. "To me, this was something entirely new. " For many Egyptian women, the massive street demonstrations that have shaken the authoritarian rule of President Hosni Mubarak have also raised hopes of a more personal brand of liberation.
April 5, 2009 |
Dressed in karate uniforms and track suits, the young women break off in pairs and begin sparring, with one kicking and punching while the other tries to block the attacks. The nearly two dozen women and girls gathered in a small gymnasium in this city of 1 million north of Cairo are learning to fight off assailants -- a rarity for most women in the Arab world. Such self-defense classes have popped up in the last year across Egypt as the conservative Muslim country for the first time turns major attention to the issue of sexual harassment.
November 7, 2007 |
She sits in a cafe, her laptop unfolded, while at the next table a young man in a suit discreetly reaches for the hand of his fiancee, who blushes and laughs against a window in the night. The couple whisper, almost conspiring. Mai Hawas knows what that's like. She has been engaged twice, but neither romance lasted -- one man was preoccupied with work, the other consumed with money.
August 2, 2000 |
It is 1:30 in the morning at the packed Al Rashid nightclub, and the scene is "Arabian Nights" crossed with Studio 54. A private nurse wearing an Islamic veil attends to a heavyset Saudi man in robe and kaffiyeh, giving him an injection at his stage-side table. Some women in the audience are in full hejab, covered in black scarves, veils and robes. Others drip diamonds from their ears and necks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1997
Upon reading John Daniszewski's article, "Egyptian Woman Scarred by Hate" (May 3), I was outraged. It was, of course, the plight of these women that originally angered me. My outrage came, however, when I read the words of Ahmed Magdoub, a professor at the National Center for Sociological and Criminal Research: "To prevent these crimes, mothers should teach their sons that women have the right to reject men, as men have the right to reject woman, and...