The Arab Spring and the Sexual Violence Movement in Egypt

By: Habiba Abdelaal  

This research paper traces the development of the new anti-sexual violence movement after the Arab spring by analyzing different research papers, articles, and organizational reports with particular attention to what called the "NGO-isation" (Jad, 2004) of the social movement. To highlight this process, the paper will examine the changing structures and discourses of The Egyptian sexual violence movements. The growing number of Egyptian NGOs in general and women’s NGOs, in particular, must be seen in the context of a broader development drift that views NGOs as an important channel for social change. That paper will discuss the NGO as a form is different in various ways from other kinds of the organization aimed to social change, namely the social movement. This is not to say that the role of NGOs is not beneficial but rather to differentiate between the ideology of the grassroots organizations and transforming it into a donor-driven NGOs. That will be shown using a case study, of a volunteer-based initiative that started as a reaction to fight different sexual assaults incidents during the uprising and later became a registered NGO.

NGO-isation, Grassroots Organizations, Anti-sexual Violence Movement
Change Management
Poster/Exhibit Session

Habiba Abdelaal

United States
United States

I believe, the revival of nations could only happen if there are equal opportunities for everyone in society to participate in social change. Therefore, I directed my whole personal and professional experience to activism. I even pursued an academic path in Development Studies guided by this belief. I have been volunteering and working in many NGOs, civic initiatives, and social institutions in Egypt. Years of experience have made me more passionate in managing programs in a way that they serve the community and advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.