Over the last two weeks, the whole world has been thrown by the strength, courage, and persistence of the thousands standing strong demanding change in Egypt. I couldn’t help noticing the number of women who continue to be a loud and clear voice, standing strong shoulder to shoulder with their brothers demanding their rights.
To name a few, we were all motivated by the vlog by Asma Mahfouz as one of the initial calls for the Jan. 25 protest. Her courage and strength encouraged thousands to come out.
Esraa Abdelfatah is another young woman who has been calling for change since the April 6 protests in 2008. Even after her incarceration, she continues to call for Egyptians to demand their rights.
The Egyptian journalist Nawara Nigm is a familiar voice from Tahrir Square who has been reporting the incidents since day one.
And we must not forget 23-year-old Sally Magdy Zahran who passed away on Jan. 28 after thugs beat her on the head with bludgeons.
In addition, I have seen many women in Tahrir square and all over Egypt, young and old, leading the protests, managing the logistics of the square, and camping out, promising that they will not leave before their demands are met. Even on the days of the most aggressive clashes the women did not sway.
Throughout history, Egyptian women have been known for their strength. Again, over the last two weeks they have proven to be among the front lines. Today, I hold my head up high as an Egyptian woman and thank my sisters for setting such an honorable example for women all over the world.
Sarah Attia, sister of Eaman Attia of the Islamic Center of Maine in Orono, is a Canadian of Egyptian decent. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Toronto, with a Masters of Chemical Engineering. Sarah and her family have been living in Cairo, Egypt, for the past five years, where she works in education.