“Bravest Girl In Egypt”

And tonight’s video clip, in honor of the women in Egypt.
The video was posted on Jan. 30 to YouTube, but I’m not sure exactly when it was originally recorded.
(I’m unsure if there’s actually any audio with it, but if there is, it’s Arabic. The fact that it’s subtitled in Arabic makes me wonder whether it does have audio.)

[Audio: Arabic (?); Subtitles: Arabic, English]

As someone tweeted: My friend has decided he’s going to find this girl and propose marriage on the spot. 🙂

There’s a lot of reasons to sit up and take notice of the women participating in Egypt’s uprising. First, it changes the character of the protests quite a bit when the participants are (by some estimates) nearly 50-50 men and women. It also contradicts the common Western stereotype of women having little to no say in Middle Eastern (or indeed, any non-Western) countries. And yet the widespread and obvious signs of women participating in the #jan25 uprisings in Egypt are still often overlooked. The “Million Man” march, which Mona Eltahawy (whom I definitely recommend you follow if no one else on #Egypt in Twitter) tweeted should be Million March — plus you can see suggestions here such as Million Masri [Egyptian] March, etc. You can see Eltahawy here, though I’m afraid the autocaption is not the best:

[Audio: English; Caption: Auto (good in parts)]

Closer to (my) home, the repulsive Coulter and Hannity busily tell people no women are participating in the uprising — everyone should send them copies of the above videos!

I’ve posted some of these before, but see here as well:

Equal Rights Takes to the Barricades

Asmaa Mahfouz was celebrating her 26th birthday on Tuesday among tens of thousands of Egyptians as they took to the streets, parting with old fears in a bid to end President Hosni Mubarak’s three decades of authoritarian, single-party rule.

“As long as you say there is no hope, then there will be no hope, but if you go down and take a stance, then there will be hope.”

That was what Ms. Mahfouz had to say in a video she posted online more than two weeks ago. She spoke straight to the camera and held a sign saying she would go out and protest to try to bring down Mr. Mubarak’s regime.

This was certainly not the first time a young activist used the Internet — later virtually shut down by the government — as a tool to organize and mobilize, but it departed from the convenient, familiar anonymity of online activism.

More than that, it was a woman who dared put a face to the message, unfazed by the possibility of arrest for her defiance. “Do not be afraid,” she said.

To her surprise, her message spawned similar messages of people intent on marching in the initial January 25th.

Women Of Egypt. Ongoing collection of photos of women participating in the #Jan25 uprisings. Check out the albums. Here’s one I particularly liked:

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One Response to “Bravest Girl In Egypt”

  1. Laura says:

    The audio is in Arabic–and much of it rhymes and has a great rhythm. She is speaking from deep in her core–and male voices are echoing her; following her lead.