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The uprising in Egypt which began on 25 January 2011 called for freedom, dignity and social justice. It was full of potential opportunities and challenges for Egyptians who had been deprived of their political, social and economic rights. The revolution gave women a sense of freedom and empowerment, and seemed like the perfect opportunity to claim their rights. However, while many groups, including women, overcame their fear to speak out against violations of their basic rights, the change in power relations threatened to ignore women’s rights or even reverse gains that were won in the past. Oxfam’s partners in Egypt have increased their efforts during the last year to collectively formulate priority demands on women’s rights and bring these demands to the forefront.


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