11 thoughts on “Egyptian women protesting

  1. Thanks for this. The photos add an important dimension to the standard news.

    As usual, I find Robert Fisk’s (daily, continuing) coverage of the uprising(s) in the Independent particularly good. From his most recent piece today:

    The old lady in the red scarf was standing inches from the front of a[n] American-made M1 Abrams tank of the Egyptian Third Army, right on the edge of Tahrir Square. Its soldiers were paratroops, some in red berets, others in helmets, gun barrels pointed across the square, heavy machine guns mounted on the turrets. “If they fire on the Egyptian people, Mubarak is finished,” she said. “And if they don’t fire on the Egyptian people, Mubarak is finished.” Of such wisdom are Egyptians now possessed.


    Interested readers might want to check out Fisk’s other pieces on this and other matters. Does anyone else know of, or believe in, any particularly good coverage (in addition to the great photos provided in original post)? Please do share…

  2. Amy Goodman interviews Nawal El Saadawi on Democracy Now!

    “…Women and girls are beside boys in the streets. They are—and we are calling for justice, freedom and equality, and real democracy and a new constitution, no discrimination between men and women, no discrimination between Muslims and Christians, to change the system, to change the people who are governing us, the system and the people, and to have a real democracy. That’s what women are saying and what men are saying…”


    Where are Egypt’s Women? Right here.


  3. Much more incredible stuff out there. Below is a sample:

    “Bravest girl in Egypt” translated into English

    Interview with protester

    Gender Barriers Break In Egyptian Protests


    Egypt: Protesting Women Celebrated Online


    Egyptian Women On The Front Lines, Arms And Voices Raised


    More on Egypt, by Stephanie Dahle


    …I still highly/most recommend Robert Fisk’s coverage in the Independent. Please share other pictures, clips, recommendations, links, news, stories, …

  4. I fear you are correct, J. dammit is certainly correct, or how I feel too.

    The video clips and news stories with photos in comment 5 (and comment 3, and the original post! of course) are still very striking, moving, inspirational, and important, in my opinion.

    If only more social change, or important steps toward social change, could take place without this violence…

  5. Protests raise hope for women’s rights in Egypt, by Laura King

    Reporting from Cairo —
    Of all the astounding things that Rihab Assad has witnessed during these days of tumult, one stood out for her: the sight of a woman with a megaphone leading a crowd of demonstrators in chants.

    “And all of these men just chanting after her, repeating what she said,” said Assad, an office manager in her 40s who lives in Cairo. “To me, this was something entirely new.”

    For many Egyptian women, the massive street demonstrations that have shaken the authoritarian rule of President Hosni Mubarak have also raised hopes of a more personal brand of liberation. Long treated as second-class citizens, the women say they have found an unexpected equality on the front lines of the protest….


    I believe the woman described in the first two paragraphs from the news story above might be the protest leader here:

    In case you missed it from a previous comment, I find this clip notable as well:

    Thousands of Men and No Groping! by Sarah A. Topol
    Egypt’s protests were a safe space for women. Until things turned violent.

    “…Back in the square, as we hear shouted reports that pro-Mubarak protesters armed with sticks are approaching, Samia, a young woman no older than 20, calmly smokes a cigarette. We can’t see the clashes from where we are sitting. The last I checked, they were concentrated in one part of the square, but rumor has it they’re heading our way. Samia has spent four nights sleeping in the square, and though she seems alert, she doesn’t appear visibly shaken.

    “I’m not leaving,” Samia tells me. “I’d leave if I thought this was what the people really wanted. But they don’t represent Egyptians. These are paid people—thugs. We are the majority.”

    As I try to find an exit point from the square, as the shouts of pro-Mubarak mobs continue to sound, Samia takes my arm and leads me to the nearest back alley. Then, she squeezes my arm, tells me to be safe, and returns to the center of the square.”


    [Please take special note of the comment by “Lando” in the comments to the slate news piece above on the Muslim brotherhood.]

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