Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type



International Relations

First Advisor

Kimberly Gamble-Payne

Second Advisor

Jean Krasno


CEDAW, gender-based violence, gender stereotypes, femicide, harassment, discrimination


Social behavior is constructed through values, traditions, and culture that influence film and media. Film and media are products of the culture; film is an art form. Media are platforms for expression of values, traditions, and culture. Storytelling conveys the attitudes of a society and transmits them from one generation to the next. Using Egypt as a case study, I will highlight the importance of film and media in changing social behavior; specifically, this study will show that gender-based violence in Egypt can be attributed to trends in film and media. The representation of women in film and other media such as music videos and television shows highlight the problems in the way women are treated in Egypt. As a signatory country to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Egypt is obligated to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. Although the Egyptian government has initiated many efforts to end discrimination against women in the Egyptian society, discrimination still prevails. This paper will describe the importance of gender stereotypes in Egyptian film and media and discuss to what extent these stereotypes affect Egyptian women in society. It will also discuss the magnitude of media and film in normalizing gender-based violence and even femicide.



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