Egypt launches first feminist comic-strip

The publication aims to break the silence about taboo topics in the Egyptian society

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Egypt launched its first feminist comic-strip magazine, aiming to break the silence about taboo topics in society, the London-based al -Sharq al-Awsat reported Friday.

The publication, produced by the organization Nazra for Feminist Studies, will be called al-Shakmagiya magazine and will focus on gender-based violence and women’s rights.

“Al-Shakmagiya is different from all other comics in Egypt because it pertains to women’s affairs and the daily events here,” Makhlouf, a cartoonist said.

“One of my caricatures was published in the first issue; it was a compilation of pictorial stories and caricatures,” he added.

The first issue of the magazine, which is due to be issued quarterly, will focus on sexual harassment and violence against women.

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