The role of women has become a central theme following the January 25 popular uprising. Tens of thousands of women participated in the protests, dozens were killed; dozens more were briefly incarcerated.
How society views women came into full focus when the "virginity tests" scandal made headlines.
Samira Ibrahim, one of the female protesters who had to endure a "virginity test", filed a case against the military, which eventually resulted in the acquittal of the doctor who performed the tests.
The American University in Cairo's Women Empowerment Club (WEC) will be conducting its first Debate Night this Monday, April 30. This public debate session will discuss topics pertaining to issues that women in Egypt face.
The WEC, founded last year, strives to improve the status of women in the region by raising awareness of women's issues both on and off campus. According to their Facebook group, the club attempts to "encourage the AUC community to volunteer and eventually become a tool to empower disempowered women in the Arab world."
Around 200 women gathered in Tahrir Square on March 8, 2011 fighting for equal rights. They were pushed aggressively, shouted at and asked to go home. They were opposed by men and were told that they were going against Islam. This concluded Women's International Day march in Egypt last year.
"Last year, one thing for sure is that the numbers were very small.
A Seminar course at the American University in Cairo aims at gathering students from around the world to explore a diverse set of issues related to the Arab Spring and the Global South.
Efforts are exerted in an attempt to outline the commonalities as well as the differences that exist within this global conglomerate of nation-states. There is also another section that revolves around an Arab-American dialogue.