Activism and Aspirations: Women’s Ground Experiences in Egypt
Egyptian activist, co-founder of the Women’s Revolutionary Coalition, owner of Dina’s Hostel
When: Wednesday, February 13, 12-1:30pm
Where: Room 505, 5th Floor
1957 E Street NW
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Washington, DC 20052Free and open to the public
Please RSVP to: http://bit.ly/XxsvQO
Dina Abou El Seoud is co-founder of Women’s Revolutionary Coalition and owner of Dina’s Hostel, the only Egyptian women owned and run hostel in Cairo, which also holds cultural events and exhibitions and is a hub for travelers, artists, journalists, and activists.
During the Egyptian revolutionary uprising, from January 25, 2011 until the ouster of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, women and men demonstrated together throughout Egypt. Women fought alongside men when they were attacked by the police and thugs, slept in Tahrir Square, and were martyred during these 18 days. In the days and weeks after Mubarak was ousted from power, women began to be sidelined as various groups were formed. Women were told that it was okay that they had participated in the revolution, but now it was time for them to go home and let men handle things. It was shocking for many women to hear this from their friends and people they thought to be quite liberal. As a result of such attitudes, Dina Abou El Seoud and others formed the Women’s Revolutionary Coalition in order to empower women. For many people, including Dina, the revolutionary uprising was the first time in which they had become politicized. Thus in creating this coalition the goal was to help women be politically active in the “new Egypt.” Over the past year, the Women’s Revolutionary Coalition has become active in organizing with different NGOs and human rights groups in Egypt in order to help carve a space for women in politics and society in general. Dina is originally from Alexandria, but has lived and worked in Cairo for the past 10 years.
This event is co-sponsored by George Washington University’s Global Gender Program which is part of the Elliott School’s Institute for Global and International Studies and by the International Studies and International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)