After the Arab Spring, a Feminist Summer?

Egyptian-American columnist and activist Mona Eltahawy has been writing about Islam, the Middle East and women's issues for many years. She was covering the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square last year when she was detained, beaten and sexually assaulted by Egyptian security forces. For the latest issue of Foreign Policy, Eltahawy authored a provocative and controversial essay entitled "Why Do They Hate Us?" about violence against women in Arab countries. She sat down with Odyssey Networks last week to discuss the Arab Spring, political Islam and the need for Arab society to continue its revolt with a "revolution of the mind" on gender issues.

Patricia Whitsett
May 15th, 2012 09:05 am

I had an opportunity to meet and speak with Mona last month. Her compassion and strength are gifts
which want other women to rally around her for the cause. When you speak the truth of a situation
people eventually can no longer ignore your efforts. Like Dr. Martin Luther King in the US, Mona is
the voice of reason in the Middle East. The women of the Middle East will see peace and political
fairness in time I am sure. For this I pray.

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