“I Am Untouchable!” Egyptian Women’s War Against Sexual Harassment

  • Nahed Eltantawy


This chapter discusses the dual struggle that women had to carry out in the context of the Arab Spring—namely, the political struggle to secure civil rights and political rights, and the social struggle to secure gender equality. While the former can be enshrined in constitutions and enforced through the judicial branch, the latter is much harder to pin down, and even harder to enforce, because it deals with cultural mindsets and diehard social norms. This chapter uses the example of Egypt to show how within the very struggle for political rights, women experienced the worst forms of sexual violence, highlighting the long struggle ahead. It also highlights the relentless efforts which are exerted by Egyptian women to continue their parallel sociopolitical struggles, as evidenced in their tireless attempts to fight sexual harassment.


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  • Nahed Eltantawy
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  1. 1.High Point UniversityHigh PointUSA

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