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This Egyptian TV Host Was Sentenced to 3 Years In Prison For 'Promoting Single Motherhood'

Egyptian TV host, Doaa Salah, has been sentenced to three years in prison for "encouraging single mothers" on her talk show.

An Egyptian talk show host has been found guilty of "inciting infidelity and morality," and sentenced to three years in prison after being accused of "promoting single motherhood" during a segment.


In a segment of the "Dodi Show," entitled "Buy a Man," which premiered back in July, Doaa Salah, can be seen wearing a prosthetic baby bump and talking to women about ways that they can choose to have babies outside of a conventional marriage. Salah discussed a number of alternatives, including using a sperm donor, or getting married for the sole purpose of having a baby and splitting up afterwards. She also asked members in her audience if they had considered sex before marriage.

"You can chose to be a single mother before you get married," she said during her opening. She also noted that she chose to discuss the topic after viewing the film "I Buy A Man" in which a woman seeks out a sperm donor, reports The Loop.


The short sparked a public outcry, as many in the socially conservative nation, found her comments "adulterous" and "sexually immoral." In January, Hadir Makaqi, a woman married under "customary law," which is considered a non-legally binding union, was subject to online abuse after her husband abandoned her upon discovering she was pregnant. The incident caused a social media frenzy and the hashtag #ISupportHadir was created in support of the young mother.

The countries strict morality laws, also led to the arrest of 33 people accused of "inciting homosexuality" after waving rainbow flags during a concert. According to The New York Times, more than 65 people have been arrested in what is being called a crackdown against LGBT Egyptians.

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Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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