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Cartoons 360 degrees, women's rights in Egypt
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Hilversum, Netherlands

360 Degrees - women’s rights after the revolution

Published on : 25 January 2013 - 10:44am | By RNW Arab Desk ((C) Cartoon Movement)
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Did the Egyptian revolution help or hinder  women’s rights? That was the latest question in RNW Arabic’s 360 Degrees project, organised in partnership with Cartoon Movement and media partners in the Arab region.  

The project aims to encourage people to look at the world from different perspectives. People are invited to tweet their views using a common hashtag: #360D. Artists from Cartoon Movement then create drawings based on the tweets that inspire them. 

Of course (NOT)!
Of course women’s rights increased, said several participants on Facebook and Twitter. Of course they decreased, said others.  Several people mentioned the new Egyptian constitution which virtually ignores women’s rights . But, say others, the revolution has people much more aware of the question.  

High expectations, nothing gained
The pessimistic view was the one most cartoonists chose to depict. For example @Hazem_Azim’s tweet: “After two years, we did not get the rights of those who died nor the rights of those who live.” This tweet inspired two cartoons by Anne Derenne: 

Cartoon Anne Derenne
Cartoon Anne Derenne

Cartoon Anne Derenne
Cartoon Anne Derenne

Not only women were pessimistic , many men who commented agreed that women’s rights decreased after the revolution. According to reader “Ehap Elbrolosy” neither total and unlimited rights for women nor total control are the solution. He concludes that women have not obtained the rights they deserve after the revolution. 

Iraqi cartoonist Saad Murtadha  was inspired to draw ‘Ladies first’ by Omar Ammar’s comment : “The rights of women have become a dream we all wish to come true"

Cartoon Saad Murtadha
Cartoon Saad Murtadha

Egyptian cartoonist Doaa El Adl was inspired by a very cricital Facebook comment from Rona Elgebaly: 

The new constitution’s articles do not talk about women’s rights or freedoms and do not respect the international treaties that protect her dignity. Therefore I see that if the constitution is implemented the woman will go backward again and things will get worse. There are articles that the constitution should have addressed and freedom should have been given to women in many issues. The new constitution does not give rights to the divorced woman nor the woman as the only breadwinner, and did not guarantee the female worker equal rights. The only thing it leads to is allowing 13-year-olds getting married. Many rights have been wasted that should have been protected.” 

Cartoon Doaa El Adl
Cartoon Doaa El Adl

Some readers angrily responded that a lack of women’s rights was not unique to the Islamic world. Another reader saw both sides of the discussion:
“They excluded women’s rights in the constitution and diminished her role in the parliament and shoura council, but despite that, women gained a lot after the revolution. The proof is the political and cultural participation that increased a lot after the revolution […] The more they repressed her the more active she got, in working and hoping for the better… the women of Egypt have come forward, keep an eye on them!”

Cartoonists: “Muslim woman = burqa” 
But whatever the opinion, for cartoonists from both Western and Arabic countries, it seems the simplest way to depict a Muslim woman is as a black burqa – here are a few of the burqa’ cartoons:


  • Cartoon by Bernard Bouton<br>&copy; (C) Bernard Bouton -
  • Cartoon by Joe Mohr<br>&copy; (C)Joe Mohr -
  • Cartoon by Zina Saunders<br>&copy; (C) Zina Saunders -

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dina salama 8 July 2013 - 3:56pm / Egypt

I just want u to understand something .. just to prevent this huge mixing up .. yes women are treated sometimes unfairly .. but this is not because of Islam .. not real Islam .. Iam a muslim and I knw exacatly what I am talking abt .. I am not here to argue .. I just want u to knw the ultimate truth .. which is noooo unfair in treating women in Islam .. it is just the whole society gentlmen .. it is going blind and more and more ignorant .. despite of the contineous trials of youth asking 4 change right now.. I advise u to read abt Islam from trusted sources cause our prophit said once that women are men's partners .. and it was his last will bfr his death to protect women and fair them ... these pics ur displaying are attacking clearly the appearance of Islam .. and sometimes I excuse u cause alot of those people really forget Islam's principles .. I recommend knowing more bfr publishing and thank u

Anonymous 25 January 2013 - 10:46pm / Lalaland

Don't worry! The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

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