Fighting Back Against Sexual Harassment in Egypt

December 07, 2016

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Alia Soliman, the communications manager of HarassMap, an anti-sexual harassment organization in Egypt. When events of May 25, 2005—a day when female protesters against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were sexually assaulted as the...

Feminism After the Arab Spring

November 07, 2016

Women have served as indispensable agents of change during and after the Arab Spring and have made significant gains but have a long road ahead. It was not uncommon to see news of the Arab Spring accompanied by photos of women on the frontline. Women participated, organized and even led many of...

A Woman’s Work is Never Done

October 04, 2016

Shaping the future is a daunting challenge for girls and women in the Middle East and North Africa. There is so much attention over what women can’t do in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that it is hard to imagine how their societies would function with at least some greater degree of...

Beyond Business Plans: Women Entrepreneurs in MENA

September 30, 2016

Greater support for female entrepreneurship will help the MENA region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region that is more often in the news for bombs and bullets than booming businesses, is experiencing a startup revolution. Nearly...

Women Hold the Key to MENA’s Future

September 30, 2016

Investing in women creates the sustainable change that the Middle East and North Africa urgently need. BACKGROUND When visiting a home in the Middle East or North Africa (MENA), it is the women who always appear to welcome the guest with a streaming cup of tea or coffee. While outsiders might...