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Campaigner produces nude calendar against repression of women


Denise Turner
WVoN co-editor

When Egyptian media student Aliaa Magda Elmahdy posted naked pictures of herself in a protest against Islamic extremism last November, she provoked outrage throughout the Middle East.

Last week, rights activist and campaigner Maryam Namazie published a nude calendar, designed by Sonya JF Barnett, the co-founder of the Toronto Slutwalk,  in support of Elmahdy’s protest against the repression of women in Egyptian society.

Namazie said that: “Islamists want us covered up, hidden, and not seen and not heard; we refuse to comply”.

A group of Iranian women have released a video on YouTube pledging their support, saying that women need to “scream against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy”.

But the initiative is not universally supported by women’s groups. Azar Majedi of the Organisation of Women’s Liberation in Iran, said that the calendar “used women’s nudity for profit just like the tabloids.”

Majedi added that feminist activists in the West have an easy life, since they do not face the same threats as Elmahdy.

Namazie said her initiative could not be compared to The Sun that sells “dehumanised women’s bodies for profit”, adding that: “threats or no threats, in Egypt or not, isn’t this the whole point of international solidarity?”

Proceeds from the calendar will go towards supporting women’s rights and free expression.

You can buy a copy here.

Join the ‘Scream’ on Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #NudePhotoRevolutionary.

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