One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating human rights violations in our world today. This violence is severely underreported, mainly due to the pervasive impunity, silence, stigma, and shame surrounding these crimes.
In Egypt, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains rampant, despite legal and constitutional measures that—in theory—should increasingly protect women from such abuses. In 2021, the Egyptian government passed several new laws to address various facets of gender-based violence and to bolster women’s rights in Egypt, yet too often there exists a significant gap between these measures on paper and in practice.
On December 9, 2021, the 15th day of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, TIMEP hosted a conversation with Habiba Abdelaal (TIMEP), Amel Fahmy (Tadwein), Nada Nashat (CEWLA), and Lobna Darwish (EIPR), moderated by journalist Suzanne Gaber, examining how advocates for women’s safety and empowerment can build upon new and older legislation in Egypt and improve upon measures that fail to sufficiently protect women, closing the gap between law and practice.