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Is Egypt's #MeToo movement a boon or a bane for women?

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The #MeToo moment started as usual with stories on social media highlighting successful women's rights campaigns. Anonymous blogs were created, publishing testimonials of women, who fear public shaming and potential social and economic disadvantages.

The Egyptian government has passed a law which guarantees anonymity to victims who disclose sexual assault. The National Council for Women in the country has urged victims and witnesses to cooperate, guaranteeing protection. The power of social media, in a region with shrinking spaces for expression, has had a minute of glory. A rare victory for women's rights activists.

But now the narrative has shifted, after the arrests of the witnesses in the high profile gang rape case known as the "Fairmont rape." In this #MeToo wave, social media is being used as a shaming tool against the victim, the witnesses and their supporters. Threats to reveal the names of the victim were posted on social media, while videos related to the alleged rape, and other private videos of witnesses were published online as part of an attack on their credibility. Users traded the videos for........

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