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Sexual Violence in Conflict
Women Human Rights Defenders
Sexual violence in the Arab world: Egypt case shows the struggle for women’s rights Financial Times Feb 14, 2021
In Conversation with Egyptian feminist activist Mozn Hassan Sania Farooqui Show Jan 24, 2021
Women in Egypt thronging to social media to reveal sexual assaults, hold abusers to account CBC News Oct. 12, 2020
Social media users inspire outrage against Egypt’s alleged sexual abusers The Guardian Aug 12, 2020
Women Fight to Maintain Their Role in the Building of a New Egypt New York Times March 5, 2011
Mozn Hassan (@Mozn) is the founder and executive director of Nazra for Feminist Studies. In 2011, Nazra had an active role in the protests at Tahrir Square, providing a coordinated response to sexual assaults. Since 2012, Nazra has supported survivors of rape and women’s rights activists under threat.
Under Mozn’s leadership, Nazra successfully lobbied for the 2014 constitution of Egypt to address women’s rights, introduce laws against sexual harassment, and expand existing laws to cover more sexual crimes. Mozn helped establish the Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa to provide a common response to women’s rights breaches in the region. In 2016, she also helped set up the Caucus for Women Politicians in the Arab Region.
She is head of the Board of Directors at Doria Feminist Fund, launched in 2021 to provide support for feminists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She had pledged to establish the Fund in 2016 when she and Nazra received a Right Livelihood Award, often called the ‘Alternative Nobel Peace Prize,’ for “asserting the equality and rights of women in circumstances where they are subject to ongoing violence, abuse, and discrimination.”
Mozn holds an MA in International Human Rights Law and is currently pursuing an MA in Community Psychology, both from the American University in Cairo.
She received the Global Fund for Women’s inaugural Charlotte Bunch Human Rights Award in 2013.