Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women’s Lives in Modern Times Edited by Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang. Oxford University Press, October 2019
Chapter on “The Silence of Women’s Voices in Egypt” by Gayle Kimball
“Women’s Voices in Egypt and Globally” reports on Egyptian feminist activism to make their experiences and thoughts heard and empowered. The chapter quotes brave women who spoke up for gender equality from 1919 to 2018, in opposition to the censorship of state feminism, Islamic extremists, or traditional beliefs that women’s place is in the home subordinant to her father or husband. Following Feminist Standpoint Theory, the author interviewed grassroots feminist organizers, including a teenager who participated in the front lines of the revolution of January 2011 that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Interviewees are currently pessimistic about freedom under current president General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi whose government jails activists, even for social media posts. However, groups like Girls Revolution and Young Egyptian Feminists League rely on the relative safety of social media to lobby for equal rights. The Internet and the cell phone provide women with the ability to organize from the safety of their bedrooms, without scrutiny from police or family—a global phenomenon. With increased access to education and the Internet, a “social nonmovement” is occurring, described by Iranian Asef Bayat as lifestyle rebellions that gradually create real change.
Feminist Visions of the Future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJszKFyJ08&t=52s
The Changing Family https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QLXwtlxLBE
Men’s Changing Roles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdYjjkN11dA
Dual-Earner Families https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwlkudBDeVQ&t=73s
These videos were produced at CSUChico in the early 1980s.
Also on Gayle Kimball’s YouTube channel, recent interviews with young women activists, women politicians, etc.
Lo Hiu Pan, who composed “Raise the Umbrella,” said on Thursday that while his song benefited from the work with celebrity singers, a new song did not have to be a poppy ballad fit for the mainstream to become popular in Hong Kong. Just speaking to the political experience of the moment is enough to catch fire and connect people, he said, adding that he thought “Glory to Hong Kong” was “powerful.”
“Sometimes a photo, comic or a song can spread out the message even more usefully than a long article,” he said.
World Pulse suggests: The greatest force for global change is growing up before our eyes. This Youth Day speak out in support of your daughters, your nieces, and girls everywhere. Let’s ensure that the voices of our future are poised to lead and thrive.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Write a letter to a girl in your life—or to your younger self. What advice would you give her?
- Are you an advocate for girls? Tell us about your work, your successes, and your challenges.
- Share a story about the challenges girls in your community face, and how we might address them.