Women’s rights are given substantial weight in this article. It discusses the quest for women’s rights and the global recognition they receive being a vital theme of UN deliberations . Particular reference is made to the great views of the Grand Sheikh of Islam on the matter, as he maintained that Islam is the religion of science, development, understanding, and freedom, and held no objection whatsoever to women’s rights.
This article talks about the feminist conference that was held at Ewart hall on the 19th of February, 1951 and brought together a number of influential feminists. Doria Shafik stated that the conference is the first parliamentary conference for Egyptian women. After the conference, many women and men raised their voices and demonstrated in front of the Egyptian parliament, demanding justice and equality between men and women.
The article discusses the beginning of an Egyptian parliamentary session without an acknowledgement of the role of women in any of the speeches delivered. This, according to the author, denies half of the Egyptian people the life that the other half leads. Moreover, the article mentions the important role played by women in running the household and supporting their men. Sooner or later, women’s rights will be a reality, not a mirage.
Doria Shafik talks in this article about two problems that face the Egyptian family. The first of these problems is the low standard of living which is closely tied to denying girls from education and preventing them from going into the work field. The second problem is the problem of marriage, which is seen as a business deal rather than a relationship between a man and a woman.
The article tackles one of the important problems facing the Egyptian people, which is the problem of the rise in prices. It asserts the important role women should play in combating this problem. A number of housewives have founded an association that fights against high prices through finding solutions to force the traders to reduce their prices. Despite the great efforts of the association, neither the press nor the other housewives have supported them.
The article urges women to seek employment, arguing that women’s employment does not have any negative effects on their femininity nor freedom. The author maintains that women can work in many different domains. They even took part in the war; they kept serious confidential documents and lived up to the trust that was placed in them. The author calls on men to rest assured that women have no intention whatsoever to take their jobs or compete with them, they only wish to be their partners in development.
The article sheds light on al-Khansa who established an abiding reputation for being a strong-willed woman. She was so proud of her tribe that she rejected the marriage proposal of a very famous knight in favor of her cousin. This refutes claims that pre- and post-Islamic women had no say in marriage. The dramatic deaths of her two brothers in battle threw al-Khansa into deep mourning. Her elegies on these deaths made her the most celebrated poet of her time.
This article tackles one of the aspects in the conflict between women's movements and obsolete traditions that attempt to suffocate women's ability to compete with men in all walks of life. One of the most important examples of the insistence of women to refute the reactionary ideas is their role in the field of law. The article lists several stories of Egyptian women who have stood before the court under eyes of astonished judges and audience. Naima Al Ayoubi for example was the first female lawyer to stand in front of the Egyptian judiciary in 1934.
In this article, Doria Shafiq presents one of the most important events that took place in the month of November of that year. She describes November as the greatest of months, when a great number of young Egyptians went out to demonstrate against the British injustice and despotism with the collaborations of the Iranian Mohammed Mossadak who refuted the foreign control on the east. Women had a primary role in these demonstrations and stood side by side with men. This confirms the central and important position women have in their society.
The article defines supporters and opponents of women’s cause. The author maintains that it is absolutely anti-revolution when politicians and MPs—all belonging to the 23 July Revolution—deny women their rights. The Revolution was a struggle to free the minds from the shackles of old paradigms. Opponents to women’s cause also include intellectuals who launched a fierce attack on the author in the aftermath of an article she published about fashion. The author argues that fashion borrowing poses no obstacle to women having their longed-for rights.
In this article, Rawhiyya Al Kileeni, discusses the central role that a mother plays in her son’s life. In addition to the attention that a mother gives to her son’s health, appearance and role in society, she must guide him to what is beneficial to him in life. Thus, she should encourage him to read and teach him the true meaning of dignity, ethics and integrity. She should also direct him towards proper manners of dealing with women to learn that the relationship between men and women is based on equality and understanding thereby raising a man who would be a great asset to his country.
In this article, Rawhiyya Al Kileeni, addresses young Egyptian women to motivate them to achieve higher goals at their universities through active engagement in the Egyptian community, in order to assert the equal and strong role that educated women can play, compared to men, in moving the community forward. She emphasizes the vital role played by educated women in raising the awareness of other women, who do not enjoy the same level of knowledge. In addition, educated women need to employ their education and cultural awareness to act as ambassadors to Egypt in international forums and to change any misconceptions about their country.