Yesterday, was truly a historic night. With millions in Tahrir, asking for our country back. For people asking for freedom, social justice & food. One thing though, that also debated yesterday in Davos, is Women’s Right, that usually within these protest are not highlighted as much. Well yesterday a group of ladies of all ages, from Gezira club, decided not to sit on the sidelines. Voice their opinions that women’s rights is important too within this revolution.
What better way to do it than the use historical egyptian icons on display
- Doria Shafiq (Arabic: درية شفيق, IPA: [doɾˈɾejjæ ʃæˈfiːʔ]; December 14, 1908 – September 20, 1975) was one of the women who led the women’s liberation movement in Egypt in the early 1950s. As a result of her activities, Egyptian women now have the right to elect and nominate in the Egyptian constitution. She founded literature patrols, and served as a freedom fighter against the British occupation in Egypt.
- Umm Kulthum (Arabic: أم كلثوم ʾUmm Kulṯūm; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [omme kælˈsuːm]), born Fātimah ʾIbrāhīm as-Sayyid al-Biltāǧī (فاطمة إبراهيم السيد البلتاجي[ˈfɑtˤmɑ (ʔe)bɾˤɑˈhiːm esˈsæjjed elbelˈtæːɡi]; see Kunya) on an uncertain date (December 30, 1898 or May 4, 1904?) and who died February 3, 1975, was an internationally famous Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress of the 1930s to the 1970s. She is known as Kawkab al-Sharq (“Eastern Planet”) in Arabic. More than three decades after her death in 1975, she is still widely regarded as the greatest female singer in Arabic music history.
- Huda Shaarawi (1879-1947), a feminist nationalist activist, is considered by several Western scholars to be a central figure in early twentieth century Egyptian feminism. Born into a very wealthy family, Shaarawi was involved in philanthropic projects throughout her life. In 1908, she created the first philanthropic society run by Egyptian women, offering social services for poor women and children. She argued that women-run social service projects were important for two reasons. First, by engaging in such projects, women would widen their horizons, acquire practical knowledge and direct their focus outward. Second, such projects would challenge the view that all women are creatures of pleasure and beings in need of protection.
- Shahenda Maklad was active in student and nationalist movements, running as a candidate in parliamentary campaigns. She continues her tireless fight for peasants’ rights and other populist causes. Her husband, Hussein Salah was politically assassinated on 30 April 1966 in the town of Kamshish.
Soad Mohamed Hosny (Arabic:سعاد حسني January 26, 1943 – June 21, 2001) was an Egyptian actress born in the Bulaq district of Cairo. Hosny was known as the “Cinderella of Egyptian cinema” and one of the most influential actresses in the Middle East. She ascended to stardom in the end of the 1950s, performing in more than 83 films between 1959 and 1991. A majority of her films were shot in the 1960s and 1970s. Her final screen appearance was in the 1991 film The Shepherd and the Women, directed by her ex-husband Ali Badrakhan.
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