Marwa Rakha

Latest posts by Marwa Rakha

Egypt: Campaign Against Abusive Publishers

  17 October 2009

An Egyptian blogger and author has had it with dealing with unscrupulous publishers and is taking the initiative to make the voices of authors not given a chance a a sounding board. Check out what Marwa Rakha is up to and how successful her initiative is.

Egypt: Niqab Ban Stirs Controversy

Egypt's top leading Islamic leader, Sheikh Mohammed Tantawi told a 13-year-old student to uncover her face, saying it was not part of the religious obligations of Muslim women. A few days later, Egypt banned female undergraduates from wearing the niqab in the country's public universities. Bloggers join in the debate.

Egypt: Amending the marriage certificate to protect rape victims

Group blog Bikya Masr reported: Prominent Egyptian female religious leader Soad Saleh has called on the country ministry of justice to amend its current marriage certificate regulations where women must write “virgin” or “divorced” or “widow” – the latter two considered one category. She said that the ministry should allow a...

Egypt: Blogging Farouk Hosni's Defeat

  24 September 2009

Egypt's Culture Minister Farouk Hosni has kept bloggers busy over the previous few days. His failed bid to secure a seat at the helm of UNESCO has polarised the blogosphere, with some even cooking up conspiracy theories to justify his defeat.

Arab Women… Minors Until They Die

  11 September 2009

Though blessed with inner strength that enables them to deal with the shackles of their culture, some Arab women are dealt with as minors who will never reap the fruits of adulthood. Marwa Rakha brings us the voices of two bloggers who dared to speak up.

Egypt: Cairo Airport Security Strikes Again

  10 September 2009

Bikya Masr reported: “First, an American citizen was barred from entering the country last week and sent back to London. Now, a Palestinian-Norwegian mother of two was stopped by security as she attempted to board her flight to Amsterdam on Monday morning, being told she was a “national security risk”...

Egyptian translators call for a syndicate

Egyptian blogger Ahmed Al Sabbagh says in his post that there are more than 100,000 translators in Egypt. Around 1,000 translators joined forces on Facebook, others created EgyTranslation blog, and many are calling for a syndicate and for a body that protects their rights.