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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.

An expert on Egypt and women’s issues in the Arab world, she’s also unafraid to use her own experiences to bolster her arguments for badly needed change. Beaten, sexually assaulted and detained by riot police in Cairo in 2011, she called for a holistic campaign against sexual violence in Egypt. A self-described ‘liberal Muslim’, she’s attracted controversy for her views on misogyny in the Arab world and what she describes as ‘the Islamist hatred of women’. For her, political freedom and radical freedom for women are linked. What does the future hold for both of these revolutions?

A former Reuters Middle East correspondent, Eltahawy’s work has appeared in publications all over the world, including the New York Times, Washington Post and the Guardian. She’s also been an incendiary guest on ABC TV’s Q&A. Newsweek named her one of its 150 Fearless Women of 2012.

Join series host Sally Warhaft in conversation with Mona Eltahawy in this special spotlight edition of The Fifth Estate.


Portrait of Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American journalist, essayist and commentator based in New York City.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. 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.

The Fifth Estate

Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.


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