30 Apr 2015

Muslim women's rights, headscarves and hymens with Mona Eltahawy

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 30 April 2015

Mona Eltahawy and book cover

Mona Eltahawy's essays on Egypt, women's rights and the Islamic world have been published in the Washington Post, The Guardian and the New York Times. In November 2011, Mona Eltahawy came to worldwide attention when she was assaulted by police during the Egyptian Revolution. She responded by writing a controversial piece in Foreign Policy entitled Why Do They Hate Us; 'they' being Muslim men, 'us' being women. In 2012 Newsweek named her as one of its 'Fearless Women'. Although born in Egypt, Mona Eltahawy has spent many years living in the West, she has now returned to her homeland to fight for women's rights. Her book, Headscarves and Hymens is described as a passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world. It draws on her years as a campaigner and commentator on women's issues, and also explores what is ahead for women in the Arab world following the Arab Spring. The book's subtitle is Why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution.