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There You Go Man: Portrayal of gender imbalance in Egyptian society

A story-telling performance entitled ‘There You Go Man’ will be held on 24 October on the stage of Rawabet theatre in Downtown, organized by Nazra for Feminist Studies (NFS) in collaboration with Look Project.
Named in Arabic, ‘Ash Ya Wahsh’, which is an expression giving praise or encouragement to men, the event sheds light on masculinity through in-depth, different perspectives in Egyptian society.
The stories are based on real experiences as well as fictional stories that were produced during a three-month workshop, organized by NFS, tackling the social construction of what it means to “be a man.”
“The event aims at addressing the issue of how society attributes to shaping a patriarchal persona that results in marginalizing women’s role and becoming structurally and systematically disadvantaged to men,” said Nada Rayad, Ash Ya Wahsh project manager.
She pointed out that the performance is not about taking sides, but representing the ramifications of social pressures that have led to gender inequality taking its toll on women and men alike.
“Some parents need to raise emotionally healthy children who are not shackled with society’s biased insights and customs, including preventing boys from showing open affection such as crying or instilling male superiority over women,” Rayad explained.
The 50-minute event will be running for two consecutive shows on this Friday at 6 pm and 8 pm.
Rawabet Theatre address: 3 Hussein El Me’mar Street,off Talaat Harb Square, next to Townhouse Gallery.

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