Women in Egypt: Ongoing crackdown stokes solidarity
26 January 2022 | 8:41 am
Persecution, prosecution and public shaming have led to a new wave of solidarity among women in Egypt. Could this kind of grassroots movement gain enough power to change the difficult situation on the ground?
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