Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Egypt´s women wear black .... & white

One week after the demonstrations on the day of the referendum on article 76, Egypt´s women are organizing two manifestions. The first was started by Heba Rauof Ezzat, political Science Professor at the Cairo University, one of the people behind the highly successful, and islamist feminist, who launched the initiative - Egypt wears black, on friday, by e-mail and sms. The silent vigil will take place on 1 June at 1 o clock in front of the press syndicate, just as one of the two demonstrations(the other near the shrine of freedom icon and politician, Saád Zaghloul in Mounira) that were attacked by NDP thugs, who specically targeted and sexually harassed women.
The idea is that mothers across Egypt shall wear black as a sign of mourning today. The organisation is not connected to Kifaya or any other party, according to Heba Raouf Ezzat.
There is only one demand - The resignation of Egypt´s minister of Interior, Habib al Adly.

The other initiave is taken by Kifaya member Ghada Shahbandar togheter with a housevife and a television presenter. They are starting the official white ribbon campaign at the manifestation. They have prepared 4000 ribbons for the vigil. Both initiatives has gained a lot of positive reaction in a very short space of time.


Blogger Eisenreich said...

Hey, could you tell me what all this "Fustat
Feysal, Marg and Shoubra al Kheimah, as Sitt Qawkab al Sharq, Shaában Abd al Rahim who loves everybody, including Rafiq and al Raís. Salah ad Din, Bonaparte, and Ramses II, Nasser they all lived and walked in the proximity of this marvelous city, and was being watched by Aboulhoul." in your blog means?

9:18 PM  
Blogger Ibn ad Dunya said...

Hey eisenreich,
Sorry for the delay.
Fustat was the first settlement built after the Muslim conqest of Egypt in the year 640. It became the Capital of Egypt(Alexandria was the capital before that) Fustat is gographically very close to modern Cairo. Feysal , Marg and Shoubra al Kheimah is differnt parts of greater Cairo. As Sitt, Qawkab ash Sharq - is Oum Kalthoum , the legendary singer , the Nightingale of the East, the fourth pyramid, etc with a carrier spanning over 50 years , and still 30 years after hear death, she sells more CD´s than any other artist. Shaában abd al Rahim is a very unlikely ironer turning popstar, wearing dreadful creations , rumoured to be selfmade, hughly popular with a mix of Shaábi music and mostly texts that speaks to the average man on the street , sometimes political , sometimes social issues. The reference to Rafiq and al Rais, is for two of his latest songs, about the slained former Prime Minister of Lebanon, and about Egypt,s President Hosni Mubarak´s good influence on Egypt. As for the rest , youré probably familiar with them, except the Arabic name for the Sphinx - Aboulhol. In short this blog is dedicated to the people that makes the marvelous city of Cairo, past and present, such a dynamic City and indeed the fantastic Country of Egypt.

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Anonymous almodrg said...

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