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The Arab spring was never about gender equality, but many women became alarmed when their uprisings went unrewarded and the men that were keen to have them crying for their freedom were not so happy to relinquish power once the dust had settled. Mona Eltahawey examines the position of women in the Middle East, and asks if the Arab Spring has forgotten them.
In this second episode, Mona visits her home country of Egypt where women, who stood side-by-side with men during the protests, now fear to walk the streets without being assaulted. Mona, who herself was arrested and sexually assaulted, hears from the women who are taking matters into their own hands, standing up to sexual harassers and saying ‘enough is enough’.
In Libya, Mona speaks to activists about the deteriorating situation and hears how the joint forces of the militias and the political Islamists are forcing women out of the political sphere and back into their homes.
(Photo: A Jordanian woman casts her ballot, Credit: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
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