More controversy unfolding over the Reuters CEO’s survey regarding the status of women post Arab Spring in Egypt:

“Some activists questioned the methodology behind the rankings.

“The indicators they used are fairly reasonable but the sample is not representative. It’s not a survey and does not depend on quantitative data. This is called a convenience sample,” said Abdel-Hameed, who focuses on developmental gender programmes.

Some of the facts were just bypassed or not included in the survey, Kirollos said, giving the example of female-headed households, which she believes should have been taken in consideration when examining women’s participation in the economy. According to the state statistics body, 16 percent of Egyptian families are mainly funded by women.”

Source: Poll Labelling Egypt Worst for Women in Arab World is ‘Misleading’ : Activists (

Egyptian women losing rights at a fast pace: Reuters CEO

Egypt scored badly in every category, from violence against women, to reproductive rights, to the treatment of women in the family and their inclusion in politics and the economy. The poll clearly shows that – almost three years after the revolutions – three out of five Arab Spring countries are ranking at the bottom of the list.”

A different piece suggests that women are retaking some of the rights especially in public life:

“Across Egypt, women are increasingly challenging the tradition of veiling their hair. For some, it means switching from the niqab — or a nearly full face covering — to a hijab, or veil that only covers the hair and usually most of the neck. For others, it means going bare-headed for the first time in their lives.”

  • More and More Egyptian Women are Casting Aside Their Veils []

About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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