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‘Female graffiti’ commemorates first anniversary of virginity tests

Activists have created a Facebook page entitled “Noun al-Neswa,” which aims at breaking some social taboos related to women in Egypt through graffiti drawings.

The page is part of a youth initiative and will kick off in Cairo on 9 March, one year after the military performed virginity tests on female activists. The page described the drawings as “female graffiti.”

The page included graffiti drawings for several well-known Egyptian actresses.

One of them showed actress Shadia in a drawing with the writing “I opened the sluice,” which refers to one of her film roles. Another showed actress Soad Hosny with the words “Girl is Like Boy,” a famous song of hers.

Noun al-Neswa

Another drawing depicted actress Faten Hamama with the writing “Long live free Egypt,” and others were of singer Om Kalthoum and dancer Taheyya Kariokka.

After military officers arrested a group of protesters in Tahrir Square on 9 March, seven women were subjected to virginity tests by the army, according to Human Rights Watch.

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