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.