Mona Eltahawy

Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Mona Eltahawy is a columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism based in Cairo and New York City. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, a columnist for The New York Times opinion pages, and a guest analyst on television and radio shows. Previously, she was a news reporter in the Middle East, including almost six years at Reuters.Eltahawywasnamedone of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women of 2012, Arabian Business magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women of 2012, and TIME’s 2011 People of the Year along with other activists from around the world.

Videos/Audio of Mona Eltahawy

The idea that investing in girls is the single most effective investment available to spur economic development and end... See more
Attitudes toward gender are a cultural signature. Women’s bodies and their dress are subject to ideological... See more
This panel will explore the current state of female empowerment in the Arab world in the wake of the Arab revolutions.... See more
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins comes Girl Rising, an innovative feature film about girls... See more
This panel focuses on the ongoing struggle between Islamists and liberals in capturing the heart of the Arab... See more