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Photography – Rawiya

An group of uniformed soliders drag a woman over the asphalt so violently that her shirt tears apart and reveals her blue bra. One of them treadles on her chest, while others hit her with with their truncheons. 

The video of this scene taking place in Cairo during the protests in 2011 was shared all over the world. It confirmed that women were an active part of the protests on Tahrir Square. But now, five years later, women are hard to spot in the political sphere in Egypt.

Hania is an ateist, while Sara is an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Amal decents from the poor neighbourhood Batn el Bahara in the Cairo suburbs, while Faisal lives in the posh neighbourhood Zamalek. Faisal is 76 years old, Alyaa is only 21 years old. 

For this project, I have met twelve Egyptian women and asked them what they see as the opportunities and challenges in a changing Egypt. 

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