The East African nation of Kenya, like many other African countries, has a long history of performing female circumcision—also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)—on girls as young as nine years old. Recent years, however, have seen efforts to eradicate female circumcision as a cultural practice not just in Kenya, but throughout the world. Despite these efforts, each year approximately three million girls face the prospect of female circumcision—the practice remains difficult to remove from local communities due to the traditional significance it has to people’s lives.
When Egyptians went to Tahrir Square in late January 2011 it was not only a people’s revolution against the Mubarak regime, but also a women’s revolution. Both Muslim conservative and liberal women stood alongside men as the uprising eventually led to the deposing of Mubarak. Many hoped that women’s rights would improve as a consequence of the revolution. One year has passed since Mubarak stepped of the throne, and not much has changed for Egypt’s women.
INTERVIEW WITH SAHAR EL-NADI
Sahar El-Nadi, an internationally known Egyptian journalist with an impressive CV, is rushing into the lobby of Hotel Concordia. She smiles and is in a good mood, even though her schedule is hectic. She complains about the cold weather but emphasises how beautiful Lund is. This is her first time in Scandinavia and yesterday she was in Malmö.
Yulia Tymoshenko was the Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2005 and from 2007 to 2010. In October 2011, she was sentenced to seven years prison by a Ukrainian court. Everybody important in international politics has formed an opinion on the case – and on the character of the ex-PM herself. These opinions, just like the images transmitted by different news sources can sometimes differ greatly from each other. Here are some examples of “the faces of Tymoshenko”.