National Report: Egypt – Bodily Integrity in the Family System in Egypt: Perspectives from young people

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The current paper explores the concept of “Bodily Integrity” for young Egyptian women and men primarily within the family system and the effect of religious fundamentalism and social conservatism discourse that seeks to limit the control of young women and men over their bodies and rarely hold parents accountable for harmful practices. Due to traditional religious and family values which creates social taboos, knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are often considered unnecessary before young people are married. This study also provides a set of recommendations that seek to resist and alter the patriarchal structure of the current family system that might uses religious interpretations and false justifications to control the lives of family members.

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Doaa Abdelaal