Ancient, magical spells of love, subjugation and sex: It may sound like a "Game of Thrones" episode, but these evildoings are also found on two recently deciphered papyri from Egypt dating to around 1,700 years ago.
One spell invokes the gods to "burn the heart" of a woman until she loves the spell caster, said Franco Maltomini of the University of Udine in Italy, who translated the two spells.
I found that not only does prostitution seem to have expanded following the revolution, it appears to have settled into stark social and economic layers.
When young men don't earn enough to get married, physical intimacy with women in their network of friends is out of the question.
Miss Baines said she was ’emotional, confused and stressed and believed the story’.
Eventually, the mother was able to establish from Egyptian immigration officials that the girls had not left the country and – after ten days – a relative of her husband’s said ‘the girls had been found’. The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on his return to the UK and is now in prison awaiting sentence after admitting child abduction.
With men being the superior gender in all aspects of life, Egyptian women often face suppression, violence and injustice.
This is a country in which 92 percent of females have had to endure female genital mutilation and is considered to be “the worst Arab state for women.”As a foreign visitor in this country, I am spared from family pressures to marry a man I've never met and feeling the need to hide my hair underneath a head scarf.
As a blonde, visibly foreign individual, my life as a woman in Egypt has been challenging in a way no other country could be.
The blatant sexual harassment and a lack of equality opened my eyes to the work that still needs to be done in Egypt to become a comfortable living space for women.
Hull Crown Court heard the mother feared her young daughters would be circumcised while in Egypt where their father had left them with relatives before returning to the UK.
Prosecutor, Charlotte Baines, told the court that when the girls’ mother flew out to find them, she was told ‘a Libyan couple had taken the girls’.
In no part of the world has society been able to eradicate discrimination against women, but Egypt has largely failed to even make attempts to create gender equality.