The Fifth Estate: Egypt, the Arab World and the War on Women
Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy has been one of the most visible reporters of the dramatic events in Egypt in recent years. Feminist website Jezebel has called her ‘the woman explaining Egypt to the West’ – and she’s combined her coverage of radical politics with calls for both social and sexual revolutions.
In this special spotlight edition of The Fifth Estate, series host Sally Warhaft speaks with Eltahawy about her experiences as a journalist and activist in Egypt, her thoughts on the rapidly changing human rights situation in her home country, and her call for women’s revolution in both public and private spheres.
‘The most subversive thing a woman can do is talk about her life as if it really matters.’
No voice coming out of the Arab Spring was as urgent and essential as Mona Eltahawy’s. Her new book, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls, is an incendiary call to arms from a journalist defined by her wit and her power. She is also the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.