Some Egyptian Women in this Revolution.

It’s 8:45 am, Tuesday in Cairo.

There’s been quite a bit of back-and-forth about the involvement of women in the Egyptian protests.  Some say not; some say so.  In the first couple of days I saw predominantly men, young/younger men. Then I started looking for veils, head coverings and began finding and seeing more and more women.  Some of those faces have been captured in a slide show from the Global Post.

Then there’s this young woman leading some men in cadenced ‘cheers.’

Democracy Now! had this interview with “Egypt’s most renowned human rights activists, Nawal El Saadawi.  A well-known feminist, psychologist, writer, former political prisoner in Egypt, she lived in exile for years due to numerous death threats.”  It’s an amazing 6 minute interview.

And you remember, Mubarak is the continuation of Sadat. And both Sadat and Mubarak, you know, their regime worked against the people, men and women. And they created this gap between the poor and rich. They brought the so-called business class to govern us. Egypt became an American colony. And we are dominated by the U.S. and Israel. And 80 million people, men and women, have no say in the country.

And you see today that people in the streets for six days, and they told Mubarak to go. He should have gone, if he respects the will of the people. That’s democracy. Because what’s democracy? It’s to respect the will of the people. The people govern themselves. So, really, we are happy.

Sounds a tad familiar.  “They brought the so-called business class to govern us.

A compilation of some of ‘best protest signs’ of the Egyptian protests with one of my favorites below.  Please note the woman over the sign holder’s left shoulder.

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One of the most thought provoking was a quote attributed to JFK: “Those who make peaceful protest impossible will make violent protest inevitable.”

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2 Responses

  1. I am an Egyptian student studying in the United States and I have to say I am really infuriated by the very nature of this question. Egyptian women from all wakes of life had been an integral part of the revolution from day one. There are thousands of pics, interviews and evidence of this all over the internet. I left the US and flew back to Cairo on the 2nd of February. Before I left, people were asking me where the Egyptian women were? I would point them to the many stories run by the guardian, al jazeera english and the New York Times about this.

    Here are a few links that highlight this:

    I have to wonder why this question seems to be so relevant during such a time and I have to also wonder about the mainstream american media’s coverage of this. It seems to me that some people wish to continue to cling to a particular image of Egypt and other Arab and Islamic countries as places where women are abused, Islamic fundemnatlism and anti-western attitudes are prevalent. This revolution is about social justice, human diginity and democracy. Islamists played very little role in it and women participated widely in it. I hope this message gets across to the American public.

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