Making Contact

Making Contact – Egyptian Women on the Frontlines of Change

Youth and their use of social media have been cited as leading factors for Egypt’s January 25th revolution. But women also came out in force to protest Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years of dictatorial power. On this edition, we look at the role women played in the 2011 revolution that successfully brought down a regime. What’s been the history of women in the Egyptian liberation movements, and what’s the role women will play in politics going forward?


Nawal El Saadawi, author activist and re-founder of the Egyptian Women’s Union. Melanie Tanielian, PhD candidate in history of the Middle East at UC Berkeley; adjunct professor at University of San Francisco. Omar Suleiman, Vice President of Egypt.

 Producer/Host: Kyung Jin Lee

Producer: Andrew Stelzer

Producer/Online Editor: Pauline Bartolone

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham

Production Interns:  Shaunnah Ray and Courtney Supple
Organizational Volunteers: Judy Huang, Dan Turner, Ron Rucker, Alfonso Hooker & Alton Byrd


For More Information:


Nawal El saadawi’s website


Jadaliyya, an independent Ezine produced by Arab Studies Institute


The Arabist


Articles, Blogs, Reports and Videos:

Egyptian Chronicles


Meet Egypt’s most Radical Woman


Women in Egypt Claim Their Rights


The Revolution Isn’t Over for the Women of Tahrir Square


Nawal El Saadawi: Religion is All Politics


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