Thursday 22 March 2018

We should now heed the Islamic sisterhood

The bravery and determination of Muslim women in their fight for equality has Carol Hunt in awe

'I love the new social," said Nawal El-Saadawi in an interview with the New Yorker last week. "Things happen so fast." And certainly the nature of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools provide the perfect context for women to connect and to mobilise quickly in times of political crisis.

Saadawi is the infamous 80-year-old Egyptian political and human rights activist whose iconic presence recently in Tahrir Square was an inspiration to so many. During the protests, which led to the fall of the Mubarak-led government, women were front and centre, often accompanied by their children, and bloggers such as Leil Zahra Mortada with journalists like Jumarad Youngis risked their safety by telling the rest of the world what was going on in Cairo.

Watching the scenes brought to us daily from Tahrir Square made it impossible to deny that women were crucial to the success of this revolution. Yet they are now being betrayed by the very men they supported and protested with.

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