100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Sun 04 Mar 2012 11:26 AM
Samira Ibrahim
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Samira Ibrahim

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Activist

Country: Egypt

Today, 25-year-old Samira Ibrahim is regarded as the woman who has put an end to virginity testing for female prisoners in Egypt. During protests last year, Ibrahim, who was one of 17 women arrested at a rally and later abused, filed a lawsuit against the military-led government for the practice. She won her case and an Egyptian court subsquently banned virginity testing for female detainees.  Ibrahim says she has received death threats for her actions, but believes she made the right decision to speak up.