Aliaa Dawoud


Egyptian media’s treatment of introducing the khula law which gave Egyptian women unprecedented divorce rights was overwhelmingly negative. However, the treatment of other more recent legal changes that granted women more rights has on the contrary been overwhelmingly positive. This paper analyzes this change and considers whether it can be explained using the theory that media’s criticism of government policy is in reality a consequence of and reflects divisions within the political elite regarding the issue at stake. It also analyzes the discourse utilized by feminists to call for women’s rights and argues that Egyptian feminists are drastically shifting the discourse that they utilize to call for women’s rights.

Author Biography

Aliaa Dawoud is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Westminster. Her PhD thesis is entitled Utilizing Mass Media in the Political Empowerment of Egyptian Women. She is a holder of a BA and MA in media from the American University in Cairo.