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An Ode to My African-Arab Vagina: I’m Sorry for Not Embracing You

As an Egyptian woman, I’m writing this as an ode to my body – specifically my vagina. I grew up in an extremely patriarchal society where men are given free passes to act out as sexual predators, scratch themselves in public, and freely stick their penises out to urinate in the streets or […]

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In Egypt, I was called ‘rebellious’ for resisting sexual abuse as a child

Every morning, I remind myself that my body is mine, and I do not owe anyone anything. I really wanted someone to remind me of this when I was young, vulnerable and innocent. I grew up with a very strong and determined character. I was always the kind of girl who knew what […]

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AWRA calls on Mali to protect women and girls from FGM and gender violence during times of conflict

AMSTERDAM, JUNE 28, 2021- African Women Rights Advocates (AWRA) calls on the government of Mali to take immediate action to protect women and girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender-based violence, particularly during times of heightened political conflict. Over a span of nine months, Mali has seen two military coups that have […]

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“A New Dawn for Children”: FGM Survivor Writes Her Second Children’s Book

This blogpost was written by Ruth Harley, and first appeared on the website of Global Media Campaign to End FGM. AWRA founding member Sadia Hussein has written her second book about children’s rights to educate youth by sensitizing them against harmful cultural practices especially female genital mutilation, child marriage, teenage pregnancies, rape, sodomy, child […]