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Egyptian Women in Protests

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Egyptian Asmaa Mahfouz posted two weeks ago a video of herself holding a sign saying she would go out and protest to try to bring down President Hosni Mubarak; now she is one of tens of thousands of protestors who were out on the streets this week, reported the New York Times Feb. 1. When Mahfouz posted the video, she said she was worried about the reaction it might generate in a society that expected women to behave in a more subdued and reserved manner. In the video Mahfouz says "do not be afraid." Many other people followed suit and started to post their own pictures, holding similar signs to their chests that declared their intent to take to the streets on Jan. 25 in what turned out to be a momentous national day of rage.

Images of Women in Egyptian Protests Posted on Facebook

Hundreds of images of women actively involved in the political strife throughout the Arab region became available on the Facebook page Women of Egypt, created by Leil-Zahra Mortada. Meanwhile, Global Voices Online, an Internet-based community of bloggers and media from around the world, did a round up Feb. 1 of bloggers discussing women's roles in the Egyptian uprising.




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