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I mötet med en kvinnorörelse i förändring: En artikelserie om kvinnorörelsen i Kairo efter  januarirevolutionen 2011
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The women movement in Egypt played an important role within the revolution in 2011 and still do in the supplementary work proceeding right now. It has also been discussed that the eighteen days on the Tahrir Square created a utopian mini-society and that in comparison with everyday life gender equality existed.

However after the first democratic election 2011/2012 only two per cent of the parliament’s members were women. And within the delegation that developed Egypt’s new constitution only seven in a group of one hundred participants were women. In November 2012 several women demonstrators also got raped in demonstrations against the new constitution.

Many people started to talk about a backlash for women’s rights in Egypt. At the same time Egypt have a quite strong women movement. The purpose of this journalistic work is therefore to investigate how women organizations in Cairo after the revolution is working and proceeding with gender issues. How is their every day life and what kind of challenges are they now facing?

And the women movement in Cairo is changing. New initiatives and organizations are now starting. Young volunteers working on the ground against sexual assault within the demonstrations and sexual harassment on the streets is creating a new scene within the women movement in Cairo, who traditionally primarily have worked for advocacy change and within already existing power structures in the Egyptian society.

This journalistic work is presented in four in-depth articles where three women rights activists within three women rights organizations and initiatives are the leading characters.

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Key words: Arabic spring, revolution, women movement, Egypt, women’s rights
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90908OAI: diva2:628342
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-13 Last updated: 2013-06-14Bibliographically approved

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