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Egyptian Women on the Frontlines of Change


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Egyptian women celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Credit: Ruba Obaid/rab00sh on flickr

Youth and their use of social media have been cited as leading factors for Egypt’s January 25th revolution. But women also came out in force to protest Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years of dictatorial power.

On this edition, we look at the role women played in the 2011 revolution that successfully brought down a regime.

What’s been the history of women in the Egyptian liberation movements, and what’s the role women will play in politics going forward?


Nawal El Saadawi, author activist and re-founder of the Egyptian Women’s Union; Melanie Tanielian, Ph.D. candidate in history of the Middle East at UC Berkeley; adjunct professor at University of San Francisco; Omar Suleiman, Vice President of Egypt.


Egyptian Queer Activist Maher Sabry speaking with KPFA’s Kate Raphael about queers, feminists and the Egyptian Uprising — (7 min)

Professor Dorothy Kidd speaking at University of San Francisco teach-in on The Role of Youth and Social Media Tools in Egypt — (20 min)

A passionate poem by USF student Sara Masoud — (3 min)

Professor Steven Zunes speaking on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East — (3 min)

Professor Shalendra Sharma talks about Egypt Before the January 25th Revolution — (13 min)


For more information:

The Arabist

Foreign Policy in Focus

Jadaliyya E-zine

Nawal El saadawi’s website

Articles, Blogs, and Reports:

Egyptian Chronicles

Meet Egypt’s most Radical Woman

Nawal El Saadawi: Religion is All Politics

Nawal El Saadawi: 50 Pounds and a Chicken (Newsweek)

The Revolution Isn’t Over for the Women of Tahrir Square

Women in Egypt Claim Their Rights


Alf Lila wa Lila by Oum Kalthoum

Author: Radio Project

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