I was born in Cairo and I live and work in Cairo as a researcher and founder of Nazra for Feminist Studies.
I call myself a feminist because I have been through incidents in my life that proved to me that equality and egalitarianism is basic right for everyone, I believe that women suffered and are still suffering from patriarchal system, so I believe that if I want to live my life, I would adopt feminism as part of my identity such that it will enable my to see the world through just perspective
One of the main challenges facing women is radicalisation. Extremists are prevailing in many African countries, not only hindering any advancement to the status of women, but also negating their acquired rights. One of the greatest lessons that I, and others have learnt through organised struggle is that people all over the world can make a difference, and so solidarity and support are essential for the success of any legitimate call for justice and human rights. In situations when it seems as if potential allies like the international media is reluctant to confront or upset those in power, we as people can use whatever is at our disposal to achieve our objectives. Whether that is new-fangled ways of mobilization and creating awareness such as social media, or whether it is using age-old methods of protest and resistance, we can make a difference. Ultimately, my activism not only in Egypt, but across borders is inspired by the notion that we are all in the same trench, so regardless of nationality, we must seek freedom for others, just as we do for ourselves.
In terms of feminist struggle, we our broader objectives can be achieved when we create platforms for networking and also recruiting more young women to join our efforts. Information is key as a means to facilitate dialogue, but also propel us to action and ultimately reflection so that we are able to renew our strategies, that we are able to confront and overthrow oppressive forces of power.
Personally, I have been brought up in a very conservative family; however they were enlightened persons who have trained me to dare to question. I tried and I am still trying to claim my rights. Professionally I joined feminist movements in their endeavour to counter the rise of radical voices in the Egyptian society.
I am inspired by the struggles of women for voice and justice in difficult and often dangerous circumstances.