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Why Do Egyptian Men Refuse To Reveal Their Mother’s Name?

Why Do Egyptian Men Refuse To Reveal Their Mother’s Name?

By UN Women

For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one’s mother’s name in public, lest her name become a subject of shame and ridicule in public forums. Over time, her name becomes forgotten and she’s only referred to as ‘The mother of her eldest son’.

UN Women’s ‘Give Mom Back Her Name’ initiative is simple yet powerful and aims to take steps to eradicate this taboo and giving mothers in Egypt and the Middle East their names back in public fora.

Mohammed Naciri, UN Women Regional Director, says, “A woman’s name should never be associated with shame or embarrassment – this mother’s day, we are reclaiming that space and recognizing women for the incredible individuals they are, not only as the mother of her eldest son.”

The initiative is created together with IMPACT BBDO Dubai and aims to open a larger conversation of women´s rights and gender equality in the Middle East and the world.

While the region has many challenges to overcome to reach gender equality, such initiatives aim to change the fabric of society at community levels; including questioning cultural norms and ultimately striving towards building an inclusive, equal society.​

As a sign of appreciation for a lifetime of love, thank Mom with one small gift: give Mom back her name.

Change your twitter profile picture to your mothers name and #MyMothersNameIs …. Let the world know she gave her all to raise you.

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