Stories about RV in Egypt
As part of the Rising Voices grantee project Women of Minya Day by Day, women living in the rural village of Dawadeyya in Minya, Egypt continue to share their thoughts about the ongoing changes in Egyptian society, as well as personal stories about their life at home.
Egypt is going through turbulent times especially since the January 25 revolution. The Rising Voices Grantee from Egypt - Exploring Taboos project has completed its third round of workshops during 15-17 March, 2011. It was basically a story telling workshop by both genders and people of different sexual orientations on the revolution and about documenting these stories.
Many Egyptians continue to promote the expansion of rights for women in post-Mubarak Egypt. One participant in the Exploring Taboos project wrote about his participation in the Million Woman March held on March 8, 2011, and which attracted rival protests and harassment from those that did not agree with the demands.
RV has held a special relationship with Egypt because of the three grantee projects that we have been supporting. For those of us who have gotten to know those individuals associated with the projects, the information, thoughts, experiences, and feelings expressed by them helped make their revolution much more personal. Here we'll take a look at some of the content created during those historic weeks.
This continues the three-part series of commissioned videos created by Egyptian filmmaker Mahmoud Saber that takes a closer look at each of the projects as part of the Rising Voices in Egypt initiative. This video features the Mokattam Blog Tales project.
This continues the three-part series of commissioned videos created by Egyptian filmmaker Mahmoud Saber that takes a closer look at each of the projects as part of the Rising Voices in Egypt initiative. This video features the Women of Minya Day by Day project.
This is the first in a three-part series of videos developed by local filmmaker Mahmoud Saber, which focuses on the Rising Voices grantees based in Egypt. This first video features the Exploring Taboos project in Cairo.
Blogger and filmmaker Randa AbulDahab is part of the coordination team from the Women of Minya Day by Day project, and has been leading the video and photography workshops with the women. In this audio podcast, she discusses her hopes for the project.
Sexual harassment is a very serious matter in Egypt, a country where 83% of its women have reported being the target of harassment. Another study found that 80% of men between the ages of 25-29 say that women bear the responsibility because of their lack of modesty in their dress. A blogger from the Exploring Taboos project has been writing about this phenomenon.
The stories emerging from the Women of Minya Day by Day project are ones of hardship, yet resilience in overcoming these challenges. The workshops provided by the New Woman Foundation allows the women of the Dawadeyya village to express themselves about issues that concerns them, especially health-related topics and their legal rights.
Participants from the Women of Minya Day by Day project recently took part in a workshop where they learned ways to tell their own stories. They received tips on the best way to narrate their experiences for future recording in audio and video. These are some of those stories.
“Exploring Taboos” project, organized by Cairo-based Nazra team, is one of the newest grantees of Rising Voices. Ahmed Awadalla participated in the first workshop of the project and is now one of the leading bloggers. We have talked with him recently to learn more about him and his work.
Blogger Ahmad Awadalla conducts sexuality education workshops in Egypt, and has been using his blog to share some of his experiences in this field. As one of the participants of the “Exploring Taboos” project, Awadalla has been documenting these experiences in his blog A Rebel with a Cause, where he wrote about discussions about the topic of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with his students.