The author, Doria Shafiq, explores reactions to her hunger strike, considered by international media as a historical event. She affirms that the strike was on behalf of the Egyptian people, men and women, yearning for a true “full democracy”. She warns that the strike is but a first step on a long road toward achieving women’s rights.
The article highlights the philanthropic role of Princess Faiza in supporting the New Woman Society, financially and with personal effort. She organized a ceremony under the auspices of King Farouk the First; funds raised during the ceremony were used to establish a school for 400 girls. Following Princess Faiza’s directions, the Society will establish housing facilities for poor mothers.
In this article, Abdel-Meguid Badr Pasha expresses his views on women’s political rights. Badr Pasha is in favor of settling for suffrage for the time being, maintaining that women’s representation in parliament should be through appointment to the Egyptian Senate.
The article sheds light on the accomplishments of the New Woman Society since its establishment in 1919. These include a school for girls and a sewing school to qualify top students to become fashion designers that match their western peers. The New Woman Society has allocated proceeds from the sewing school to support their girls' school and to launch other facilities.
The author refers to her recent visit to a number of Arab countries where she sensed consensus on the need to regard national and feminist struggles as two sides of the same coin so as to win the Arab cause. She finally calls for the establishment of a league for all the Arab peoples.
This article relates the story of Um-Salma. A woman of noble descent, Um-Salma was the widow Abu-Salma to whom she had borne several children. Abu Salma died as he was mortally wounded in the battle of Uhud. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) consoled and married her for humane reasons. She was a woman of great wisdom that the Prophet consulted her on important issues.
This article highlights celebrations of Egyptian Theater Day. It also touches on Egyptian celebrities who took part in mercy trains which delivered foodstuffs and goods to people all across Egypt. The author urges the state to grant those artists the Order of National Service and to officially recognize their vocational syndicates. The article also features a critique of the movie “Lahn El-Kholoud” (or Immortal Song).
The author maintains that the era of freedom has brought along great responsibilities for women. Mothers are responsible for raising a generation of good-doers . Wives are expected to urge their husbands to remain honest and refrain from accepting or soliciting bribes. Women doctors, on the other hand, should demonstrate that medicine is a humanistic profession not a trade; whereas teachers bring up the new generation, tomorrow’s wives and mothers.
This article talks about Ms. Nabawiyya Mousa, who presented a great example of woman’s dedication and ability to serve her society and country. Ms. Mabawiyya opened several girls’ schools in Cairo and Alexandria, which became some of the best and most prestigious schools in Egypt. Ms. Nabawiyya played an important role in the development of feminist movements in Egypt through her dedicated work and effort.
The author, Doria Shafik, argues that women’s rights seem to have turned into a mirage given parliamentary indifference despite Egypt’s great leaps of progress. Shafik poses the question: If Egyptian men were asked in Paris about women’s status in their country, what would be their reply? The article winds up with a call on Egyptian parliament to grant women their deserved rights.
The article is about promoting Egypt abroad. The world must see us through adequate promotional material that would help change the negative stereotype image of Egypt. Given the role journalism can play, the author launched La Femme Nouvelle magazine for French speakers and is planning to launch an English version, thus everyone within Egypt and beyond would see that Egypt is not lagging behind in the march toward progress.
Doria Shafik published this article on her return from a trip to Syria. She maintains that liberation movements should not be separated from feminist movements in the Arab World. Women make up one half of society and a society will never be free if one its two halves remains paralyzed. The author makes special reference to Syria where women joined men in their struggle for freedom from French imperialism.