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On Social Networks, Anonymous Testimonies, and Other Tools of Feminist Activism against Sexual Violence in Egypt

On Social Networks, Anonymous Testimonies, and Other Tools of Feminist Activism against Sexual... Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/18/2/301/1621731/301abuzaid.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 THIRD S PACE On Social Networks, Anonymous Testimonies, and Other Tools of Feminist Activism against Sexual Violence in Egypt REEM AW NY ABUZ AID and YO SRA S U L TA N n June 2020 a new wave of feminist activism emerged in the Egyptian public I sphere. Building on almost two decades of mobilization and organization against sexual harassment and assault, the new organizers are upper-middle- and upper- class Egyptians in their early twenties who politicize social networks to push the problem of sexual violence and women’s bodily integrity back into public discourse (Fayed 2021). Inspired by the global #MeToo movement, they built on its feminist discourse against sexual violence and its model of organization, relying heavily on social media as a tool for action to revitalize feminist activism in authoritarian Egypt (Khorshid 2021). Nadeen Ashraf, a student at the American University in Cairo, started it all when she founded the Instagram account @assaultpolice. Her intention was to provide a space for people to share anonymous testimonies about Ahmed Bassam Zaky, an elite college student who had left a trail of victims of sexual harassment and rape http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

On Social Networks, Anonymous Testimonies, and Other Tools of Feminist Activism against Sexual Violence in Egypt

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Copyright © 2022 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
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1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-9767968
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Abstract

Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/18/2/301/1621731/301abuzaid.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 THIRD S PACE On Social Networks, Anonymous Testimonies, and Other Tools of Feminist Activism against Sexual Violence in Egypt REEM AW NY ABUZ AID and YO SRA S U L TA N n June 2020 a new wave of feminist activism emerged in the Egyptian public I sphere. Building on almost two decades of mobilization and organization against sexual harassment and assault, the new organizers are upper-middle- and upper- class Egyptians in their early twenties who politicize social networks to push the problem of sexual violence and women’s bodily integrity back into public discourse (Fayed 2021). Inspired by the global #MeToo movement, they built on its feminist discourse against sexual violence and its model of organization, relying heavily on social media as a tool for action to revitalize feminist activism in authoritarian Egypt (Khorshid 2021). Nadeen Ashraf, a student at the American University in Cairo, started it all when she founded the Instagram account @assaultpolice. Her intention was to provide a space for people to share anonymous testimonies about Ahmed Bassam Zaky, an elite college student who had left a trail of victims of sexual harassment and rape

Journal

Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2022

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