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Egyptian rapper speaks for women’s rights

December 29, 2013
By MARIAM RIZK , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAIRO - As soon as the beat started, the young woman bobbed her head to the rhythm, raised her hands to get the crowd clapping and then unleashed a flood of rap lyrics that tackled some of the biggest social challenges women face in the Arab world.

With the Middle East's hit TV show "Arabs Got Talent" as her stage, 18-year-old Myam Mahmoud rapped about sexual harassment, second-class treatment of women, and societal expectations of how a young religious woman should behave.

The Egyptian teenager didn't win the program - she crashed out in the semifinals - but she did succeed in throwing the spotlight on something bigger than herself.

 
 

 

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