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Gender representation in Egyptian media

Project Description:

The research project aims to examine and analyse women’s and men’s(gender) images in the Egyptian drama and their effect in shaping and reinforcing gender stereotype and discourses among young Egyptians. It will further examine the obstacles facing drama producers and directors in presenting non-conventional gender images.

Project Partners:

  • Tadwein Gender Research and Training Center was founded in 2014 to fulfill the needs for a more evidence-based approach to gender based violence (GBV) in Egypt. To achieve this, Tadwein has been working with several partners to implement different initiatives/programs on domestic violence, sexual harassment, FGM and empowering women at the political level.
  • “Wlaha Wogoh Okhra” (she has another faces) is an online feminist platform dedicated to Egyptian women’s issues. It discusses via various journalism arts women’s issues, and present and discuss alternative through its media platforms.
  • HRDO Center founded by a group of Egyptian youth, who is concerned with human rights and community development, and who believes in media role impact of spreading human rights culture and strengthening mechanisms to defend it.

Final Conference

The final conference, held in Giza (Egypt), discussed the portrayal of women and men in Egyptian drama, rates of violence, stereotyping and discrimination against women, and general trends during Ramadan seasons 2017 and 2018.

Participants included representatives of the Egyptian government, representatives of the Ministry of Education, representative of the Ministry of Awqaf and representative of National Council for population and development and the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood. It was also attended by many representatives of civil society from local and international organisations, academic researchers from the Faculty of Information, the Higher Institute of Theater and the American University in Cairo and individual artists (screen writers, cinematographers, directors, members of theatrical teams and actors) A large number of journalists specialised in women and cultural affairs attended the conference. The conference hosted 2 of Egypt’s prominent cinema critics (Tarek El Shinewey and Madga Maurice) and 2 young screen writers (Mohammed Suleiman Abdul Malik and Mostafa Zayed).

Have a look at the video documenting the processes of the project and the main findings here!

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