Women Resisting Sexual Violence in the Egyptian Revolution

An Arab Feminist Perspective

Manal Hamzeh

Women Resisting Sexual Violence in the Egyptian Revolution

Manal Hamzeh

Distributed for Zed Books

272 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786996213 Published September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Women were at the forefront of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, with the Arab Spring protests providing an unprecedented opportunity to make their voices heard. But these women also faced an intense backlash from Egypt’s patriarchal authorities, with female activists subjected to sexual violence and intimidation by the regime and even fellow protestors.

Centered on the testimonies of four women who each played a significant role in the protests, this book provides unique insight into women’s experiences during the Egyptian Revolution, and into the methods of resistance these women developed in response to sexual violence. In the process, Manal Hamzeh casts new light on the relationship between gendered and state violence, and argues that women’s resistance to this violence is reshaping gender relations in Egypt and the wider Arab world. 
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