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The weak, the strong and the boys: Female street children in Egypt

Children wearing dirty clothes and begging from pedestrians have become part of the daily impressions of the streets. With the rather recent increasing awareness, there are more and more debates about street children, how they live, what they need, what one should do when seeing them in the street. Girls are either pitied for not being able to conform to the gender norms, or despised for the exact same reason. Amira El Feky interviews a group of female street children, digging deeper into the different personalities and stories of those who take refuge in Egypt’s streets.

Daily News Egypt

Street children: Gender matters

Street children are mostly discussed as if they were a homogeneous group, as if they had no age or gender, although it is evident that the experiences of a 5-year old boy in the street strongly differ from those of a teenage girl. Street children are not ageless, and they are not genderless. They have different backgrounds and experiences, different problems and certainly, different needs. The difference in treatment between genders is a good place to start.

Daily News Egypt

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