Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. This blog entry is dedicated to the women of Egypt's revolution. I took these photos and videos in Tahrir Square during the protests since January 25, 2011.
I met the three women in the next photo in the entryway of a building on January 28 as we were all fleeing the tear gas that the security forces were shooting at the protesters. They came inside for shelter for a few minutes to recover and stop coughing, then they returned to the tear gas filled streets with the other protesters.
This video is available at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwU4pdDDh7w
This video is available at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZp7z6u7zpA
Here is a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiJ-DVOQjo8
Here is a link to this video:
Here's a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm-SaMfWxKE
This video was taken at one of the many street celebrations on the night Mubarak resigned:
Here is a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oS8XfWZ7Y0
Here are photos of tomorrow's women who were brought to Tahrir Square by parents who wanted them to be part of history.
Here's a picture of me in Tahrir Square on the day Mubarak resigned, this photo taken about 6 hours before his resignation was announced.
Here's a video of a young woman I interviewed a couple weeks after Mubarak resigned:
Here's a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qICMPxAJG0
This next photo is one that I found on Wikipedia. It is of Sally Zahran, who was killed during the protests.
Here's a link to a brief biography about her. She was 23 years old when she died on January 28 after being hit on the head by security forces during the protests in Upper Egypt. A recent college graduate majoring in English, she worked as a translator in Cairo. She was not an activist. This was the first day she'd gone to the protests which started on January 25. She had been part of online groups advocating for economic reform and minimum wage. She believed in nonviolence and had been part of a choral group that was singing about the need for socio-economic reform in Egypt. If you would like to read more about her, here is a link to her biography: http://1000memories.com/sally-zahran/biography
Here's a video I shot last weekend of a young woman helping children internalize the values of the revolution:
Here's a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMJAUV6Uyxo
Here's a video from Tahrir Square two weeks after Mubarak resigned:
Here's a link to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHEEfNIIuGE
While there is still much to be done to promote equality for women here and around the world, for today, I would just like to say Mabrouk! (congratulations) to all the Egyptian women who have been part of the amazing changes that have been taking place here. History will remember that you were there.