Egypt

High birth rates are at times a subject of mockery in Egyptian media, with women being blamed and shamed for succumbing to the cultural pressure of having large families.

June, Amr Adeeb – a TV personality known to be close to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s regime – lambasted women for giving birth on his show.

“Four children born every minute, that’s one every 15 seconds,” he cried at the camera. Amr looked at his watch and shouted “here, another one was just born”.

“What, have you got nothing better to do?” he added, smirking at the camera.

Women often cannot access birth control and men make most of the family decisions. But women get the blame.