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WE CAN DO IT... OR CAN WE?: A Radical Feminist Analysis on the Strategies and Challenges of Female Political Participation in the 2011 Revolution in Egypt
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyse female political participation in the 2011 revolution in Egypt with the help of a radical feminism theoretical framework, which effectively ensures that the female participation is analysed from an intersectional point of view. The research will be conducted as a desk study. In order to do this, the research will specifically look at the means of mobilisations used by female protesters, as well as examine the reasons why women chose to join the protests throughout Egypt between January 25 and February 11, 2011. Furthermore, the strategies used to overcome challenges and obstacles in and after the revolution will be analysed. The main result of this research is that women to a large extent used and benefited from ‘online activism’ on websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube both in the lead-up to and during the revolution. The research will show that women gained legitimacy during the protests by not pushing for a gender-specific agenda, but instead joined the protest under the common battle-cry of ‘bread, freedom, and dignity’ as well as taking up traditionally female roles during the protests. Moreover, the thesis will argue that the wide spread practice of female genital mutilation as well as the staggeringly high prevalence of sexual harassment and gender-based violence are severe hindrances for women to access the public sphere, and will show how the post-revolutionary government in Egypt effectively worsened the socio-political climate for women.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
2011 Revolution, Egypt, Online Activism, Social Media, Radical Feminism, Women
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35960OAI: diva2:732718
Subject / course
Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Work, Master Programme, 60 credits
2014-06-12, K3041, Linnaeus University, Växjö, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-07-05 Last updated: 2014-08-12Bibliographically approved

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