Youssra el-Sharkawy

Performers take part in the Sharm el-Sheikh International Festival for Youth in this undated photo.  (photo by Sharm el-Sheikh International Festival for Youth)

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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.

Male belly dancers break taboos in Egypt

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

While being shunned by conservative Egyptian society, male belly dancers are claiming their right to participate in the art form.

Egypt's new public service mandate has some women wanting more

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 | Youssra el-Sharkawy, Contributor

The Egyptian government has just mandated that Egyptian youth perform a year's worth of public service, but some Egyptian women say the government's decision doesn't go far enough.

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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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