Youssra el-Sharkawy

Traditional Ramadan lanterns hang from a stall ahead of the Muslim holy month in Cairo, Egypt, May 24, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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Enterprising young Egyptians seize Ramadan business opportunities

Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

The festive atmosphere and nightly feasts of Ramadan represent a unique commercial window for young Egyptian entrepreneurs.

Empowering Egyptian women by turning homes into factories

Wednesday, May. 24, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

A personal tragedy led Gamal Talaat to start a project that boosts the economic power of women and keeps the Egyptian handicrafts industry alive.

Sinai festival tackles Egyptian issues through theater

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

The second annual Sharm el-Sheikh International Festival for Youth featured theater performances covering topical issues in Egypt such as illegal immigration, the Islamic State, terrorism and war.

Why Cairo’s canines may soon be ditching the kibble

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

After a successful career in marketing and public relations, Heba Ahmed has opened a fresh dog food delivery service out of her home.

First Aswan international film festival supports women, boosts tourism

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

A women's international film festival in Aswan put Upper Egypt and ordinary women in the spotlight.

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Youssra el-Sharkawy is an Egyptian journalist. She has been a feature writer and columnist covering cultural issues, human rights, empowerment of women and social problems since 2008. Her work has appeared in various local and international news outlets. On Twitter: @YoussraSharkawy

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