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Egyptian women wait to cast their votes during parliamentary elections, Alexandria, Egypt, Oct. 19, 2015 (AP photo by Hassan Ammar).

Economic and Security Issues Sideline Women’s Rights in Egypt

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the world.

Last week, an Egyptian court upheld a decision to freeze the assets of three women’s rights activists. The three are charged, along with five others, of using illegally obtained foreign funds to “destabilize Egypt.” In an email interview, Marwa Shalaby, the director of the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Center, discusses women’s rights and gender equality in Egypt. ...

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