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About Hoda Elsadda

Hoda Elsadda is an academic and women’s rights activist.  She is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cairo.  She is co-founder  and current Chair of the Board of the Women and Memory Forum , and is author of Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel :Egypt 1892-2008 (Syracuse University Press and Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

Articles by Hoda Elsadda

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Article 11: feminists negotiating power in Egypt

Faced with unequal power relations at the negotiating table and authoritarian consolidation, a member of the 50-committee explores how feminist voices achieved leverage when drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution to include article 11. 

A war against women: The CSW declaration and the Muslim Brotherhood riposte

The statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood in response to the UN Commission on the Status of Women draft Agreed Conclusions on violence against women, is nothing short of an assault on their most basic rights as citizens and human beings, says Hoda Elsadda ,

Narrating the Arab spring from within

What are the evolving narratives of the Arab Spring? Hoda Elsadda reports from a conference in Cairo examining the conflicting narratives of and about the Arab revolutions, and the geopolitics of these narratives

Egypt: the battle over hope and morale

The deliberate attempt to discredit women's rights by associating them with the ex- first lady Suzanne Mubarak is a key challenge for women's rights activists in Egypt, so too is the battle not to surrender to the prophets of doom and gloom, Hoda Elsadda tells Deniz Kandiyoti

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