This article covers a visit to the Red Crescent ladies for a closer look at the efforts made by those ladies led by Princess Faiqa. Reference is also made to the role played by the President of the Egyptian Red Crescent and her two deputies.
The article talks about the Bint Al Nil (Daughter of the Nile) Party. The author explains that the party's mission is to advocate women's rights and to respond to their social discontents which were left intact by Egyptian decision makers. These discontents include inadequate laws regulating marriage, divorce and the custody of children, inheritance, education and political rights.
The article presents a review of the political events of November 1953. This includes a statement by Gamal Abdel-Nasser that the US will never help Egypt obtain its demands from the British Occupation without conditions.
The article features a report on a visit made by Dr. Doria Shafik, Chief Editor of Bint Al Nil journal to Lebanon to give a lecture on women and the Arab cause. During the visit, Shafiq met with a number of eminent figures including Kamil Shamoun, President of the Lebanese Republic.
This article is about a visit made by a delegation from the Bint Al Nil Union led by Dr. Doria Shafik to those injured during the British attack on Suez. Clothes, sweets, cigarettes and fruits were distributed over the injured.
This article demonstrates that Bint Al Nil caters for men and women alike. An underpayment complaint by a (male) worker at a glass manufacture factory drove Doria Shafik to pay a visit to the factory to investigate the complaint.
The article features a celebration organized by the Bint Al Nil Union and attended by high-profile statesmen. During the event, the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education commended on the Union’s efforts. Dr. Doria Shafiq followed by a great speech that received thunderous applause.
This article presents an example of Egyptian women who refuse injustice and colonialism. The article tells the story of a young woman who is a member of Bint Al Nil, and who carried arms on her shoulder and ran to defend her homeland without fear or cowardice. She fought side by side with men and healed the wounds of injured people. What is interesting is that more young female Egyptians were eager to be part of the struggle against colonialism.
This article is about women’s role in the fight against commodity price rise. Women are capable of serving themselves, their families and their community in many different ways. This would include a more economical consumption behavior as to winter clothing and domestic expenditures.
The article features details about the visit of Begum Liaquat Ali Khan to the headquarters of Bint Al Nil, where she was received by Dr. Doria Shafiq. The article also covers a press conference held by the journal on that occasion.
This article features a reception organized by Dr. Doria Shafiq, President of Bint Al Nil Union in honor of Edith Sampson, America's first African American female lawyer on her recent visit to Egypt where she was updated on the status of Egyptian women in all fields.
The article features the opening of the first women’s literacy school in the Bulaq district. A variety of food and drinks were served to the many guests who gathered in an amicable cooperative atmosphere.
This article talks about the 14th of November 1951. On that day, Egyptian men and women declared their rejection of British colonialism. Members of Bint Al Nil, were in the front lines of the peaceful protests in the name of their country. Women’s determination and strength will make them a key member in the country’s liberation movement against oppression.
This article is about a theatrical performance organized by the Bint Al Nil Union at the Cairo Opera House. Proceeds from the play were to be used to fund school all over Egypt. The play was extremely successful.
This article talks about Dr. Doria Shafiq’s reception of Dr. Sushila Nayar, Minister of Health for the Government of India at her house. Nayar was Gandhi's personal physician and spent her lifetime defending the Indian Cause and fighting for freedom.
This article is the Syrian Government’s invitation Doria Shafik, President of the Bint Al Nil Union to deliver a lecture series on the role of feminist movements in reshaping the Arab East. The article features an interview with Shafik over her activities in Lebanon and Syria.
This article features an interview by Dr. Doria Shafiq with General Mohamed Naguib, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Army at his office. His views about a number of issues are highlighted, including the Law of Enlistment and women, reform, and public demands to purge corrupt elements.
The article reviews the events of October, ‘the month of evacuation’ where Egypt’s dream of freedom has finally come true, a dream that persisted for 72 years. October also witnessed electoral battles in Syria and Jordan, in addition to other events that took place in different parts of the world.
The article presents coverage of a visit by Bint Al Nil journal to the Girls’ Education Institute (Mansoura, Egypt), formerly a girls’ orphanage, now an established institute similar to foreign boarding schools.
The article features an interview by Bint Al Nil with the president of the International Women’s Federation, Dr. Reed, during her visit to Egypt to meet with the heads of feminist organizations. In the interview, she touches upon a multiplicity of issues such as the goals of the International Women’s Federation and its relation to other feminist movements around the world, and her views on the political struggle and activism of Egyptian female students side by side with the male.
This article talks about a proposal by Doria Shafik, President of the Bint Al Nil Union through The New York Herald Tribune. The proposal is to build six TV stations in Egypt at a considerably low cost (not more than 10 US Dollars). Such stations would eradicate illiteracy within one year.
The article presents in a nutshell the key events and decisions of January 1954, including the League of Arab States Cairo meeting in which all Arab governments voiced their support of Egypt’s struggle against the British Imperialism.
The article is about a celebration held by the American University in Cairo to honor the girl who won the 1953university elections. In her speech, Doria Shafik hailed the first-time participation of female students in university elections as a step that would usher in a new era in which women will obtain their full rights.
This article talks about a visit of an Indian delegation of journalists to Egypt. The delegation met with members from Bint Al Nil, and they discussed the important political and social roles that women play in society. One Indian delegate talked about the significant participation of Indian women in liberating their country from colonialism. She advised the Egyptian women to stay away from political and social divisions and to support each other in order to liberate their country.
This article is about US efforts in March to forge military agreements with several countries in the Middle East and Balkan regions. The Soviet Union and India expressed deep concern over those alliances which constitute immediate menace to Russia by Europe and Turkey, and to India by Pakistan.
This article is dedicated to Zubaida, wife of Abbasid caliph, Haroon al-Rashid. She showed great interest in literature and science. The queen also had a passion for serving humanity which is highlighted in the article. Realizing the suffering of the people of Mecca and pilgrims who were struggling to get pure drinking water, she ordered that a canal be built up to Mecca to provide drinking water.
The article features the different activities of the Ladies Group, a modest independent philanthropy institute located in the busy suburb of Sayyida Zainab, Cairo. The Group aims at the promotion of women ethically, religiously and socially in all possible ways. The Ladies Group runs two houses: the Women’s Foster Care House and the Orphan Foster Care House.
The theme of this article is Indonesian women who are renowned for offering great support to their husbands. An example is a lady called Naya' Din who, after her husband's death, led the army until the last day of her life. In the past, Indonesian women tended to be strictly tradition-bound. However, successive national movements and revolutions drove them to regard their country as a family, one they should strive to make happy and proud.
The article calls on the Egyptian Government to issue a body of laws that regulate family matters, given that genuine community reform begins at home. The article also maintains that more attention should be given to young people.
The article reports on the success of a seminar featuring a number of Egyptian actors and actresses. The author explains that the reason behind the organization of that seminar was a friend’s strong opposition to his belief that an actress can be a good housewife.
Nurses and nursing in general tends to evoke images of humble service and caring for the sick and infirm through compassion and love. The author maintains that if a nurse lacks beauty, knowledge and delicacy, then the perfect place for her would be prison not a hospital. She argues that nurses receive training on how to best manage the psychological and thus, the medical care of the patients.
The article sheds light on a recent community service effort by the Egyptian Ministry of Education. High-school girls were divided into three groups sent to three different villages. There, the girls were asked to examine the living conditions and attempt to find solutions to the problems they encounter under teacher supervision.
The article focuses on the increasing rate of juvenile violence, maintaining that fragile family structure and marital family instability are strongly associated with juvenile delinquency. The author calls on women to engage in child-saving activities given the failure of the rehabilitative efforts of the juvenile justice system.
The article explores the history of the Cairo Ladies Club; its establishment, terms of membership, activities (such as sewing) and support given to some charity houses. The Club issues a monthly newsletter to highlight its achievements. It also holds a painting exhibition that brings Egyptian female artists together on an annual basis.
The article is about the New Woman Society, its establishment, contributions and activities. The Society launched a school for underprivileged girls. the article sheds light on the unmatched demand on carpets woven by the school girls who excelled in that industry. The Society’s activities were not limited to practical education. They also include arithmetic, science and hygiene.
The article presents a review of women-related political news of the month of November 1953 (or ‘women’s rights month’ as referred to in the article). In November, the issue of women’s rights was brought into the political arena amid fierce battles, some of which took part in the UN and the rest in Cairo.
This article addresses the men who oppose women’s rights and equality, although they are in great need of them. The working woman serves her community in a variety of ways; they are secretaries, doctors, nurses, teachers and lawyers. All these women are an example of sacrifice and dedication, and no man can live without their help.
The article features Egypt's first female engineers: Raouth Tadros and Amina El-Moghanni; both graduated from Fouad I University. The author maintains that the right place for women is at home, in the factory, field, school, hospital, and the community in its entirety. The article also features Gandhi's sister, Raliatbehn, relating the struggle story of that lady who was over eighty years of age.
The article delves into the history of Egyptian women’s involvement in military efforts, tracing their participation in armed struggles where they fought side by side with men in defense of their country. The article hails the women of Port Said as a model of female heroism as they stood in the face of violent enemy fire and inflicted great losses on them.
This article is about a library established by graduates of the American Girls College in Cairo. The library matches the standards of modern European and American libraries and holds a huge collection of mostly Arabic books.
The article is about the Egyptian woman renaissance that started in Egypt around 100 years ago and its evolution to incorporate leadership by both women, and men such as Ali Maher Pasha, Hussein Heikal Pasha and others. This renaissance, however, has been derailed, which calls for unity and effective communication among women groups and a return of the male leaders to join the forces of the renaissance.
This article talks about Egyptian women who took up journalism as a profession, one that is often referred to as the profession of “looking for trouble”. The article mentions a few names of Egyptian women who had a major impact in jorunalism. Of these women, Doria Shafik is one of the most prominent names. She founded three journals, including Bint Al Nil. This asserts women’s ability to serve their communities side by side with men.
This article presents a collection of women-related news covering the month of June, such as the end of service of two foreign ambassadresses to Egypt. It also features a brief coverage of three charity parties held in June.
The author argues that women should come to realize that gender equality means not only equal rights, but also equal duties and responsibility. The first of such duties would be to defend their homeland against menaces and assaults.
The article features Indira Gandhi, the only daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India. After her mother’s death, Indira was the manager of Nehru’s house which was a meeting place for India’s intellectuals and decision-makers.
This article presents women-related news covering the past month, including coverage of an event that took place at the Greek Embassy with only 18 invitees and a brief feature of the wife of the British Ambassador to Egypt and her passion for sports.
This article talks about the Egyptian lawyer Mofeeda Abd Al Rahman, who is a living example of a woman’s ability to create a balance between her career and her role as a housewife. Mofeeda Abd Al Rahman is a dedicated lawyer. Besides that, she is an excellent housewife, who helps her children with their education.
This article talks about the services that a number of associations, especially the Association of the New Woman which is headed by Princess Fayza, provide in order to improve the conditions of homeless children. The Association provides health care as well as educational supervision. The children are provided with food, shelter and they are also encouraged to develop an interest in music and sports.
The article covers a hunger strike organized by Dr. Doria Shafiq and members of the Bint Al Nil Union at the Press Syndicate headquarters in protest against women’s exclusion from the elections for a Constituent Assembly to draft changes to the Egyptian Constitution.
The article features details about the visit of Begum Liaquat Ali Khan to the headquarters of Bint Al Nil, a number of hospitals and organizations during her short stay in Cairo, the first week of November 1948. It also includes an interview with her by the journal.
This article talks about the struggle of Turkish women to gain their rights and equality with men. During the Turkish war of liberation, women fought side by side with men. After the war ended, liberation movements emerged calling for the elimination of old traditions and helping women become more educated. Thus, Turkish women gained equal social, political and voting rights, and women started to work hard in order to serve their country.
This article talks about women’s employment, arguing that in some cases girls are forced to work at the age of nine or ten in violation of the Egyptian Labor Law. The article blames labor syndicates for failing to fulfill their role in improving the conditions of female workers.
The article shows how schools in Spain bring up girls to be primarily good mothers, but if war breaks out between their country and another, they turn into soldiers fighting like men. The article describes a girls' school from the inside, noting the administrations special focus on ballet.
The article features two women; the first is a young British girl called Ursula Graham who led a tribe called Naga against a Japanese invasion in the Jungles of Burma; she protected the tribe, treated the wounded and fed the hungry. The other woman is Helen Jack, known as the woman that keeps a million secrets; all related to banking. She is the British manager of one of the four biggest banks in New York City and the first woman to hold this post.
Reflecting on the role played by Bint Al Nil in advocating for women’s rights, Doria Shafik states the need to use a different strategy in their advocacy. Since both the Egyptian Constitution and religion are not against women’s rights, Doria Shafik and other members of Bint Al Nil decided to protest in front of the Egyptian Parliament demanding equality between women and men.
This article reviews one of the artistic achievements of Bint Al Nil team. A number of university students presented, under the supervision of Yousef Beck Wahbeh, a play called (The Strange Kreiton) on the Azbakiyya stage. The performance has received great reviews as the actors successfully played their roles. This achievement is added to the successive efforts of Bint Al Nil in encouraging young university students to find part time jobs in their spare time that would make them more independent.
This article is about the General Assembly Meeting of the Bint Al Nil Union which brought together representatives of the Union from all over Egypt in an exquisite parliamentary ethos that matched the world’s finest parliaments.
The article comes in response to claims that Bint al Nil magazine encourages women to enter the labor market and engage in political life at the expense of their domestic responsibilities. The author maintains that the magazine urges women to seek their rights while dedicating their full attention to their families.
The article calls upon anti-feminists to heed the steep rise in divorce rates. According to newspapers, two thirds of marriages end up with divorce after only one year. The author maintains that Bint al-Nil magazine was established only to call for legislations that would safeguard domestic peace.
This article shares survey results and recommendations on the Bint al Nil (Daughter of the Nile) Association published in al-Masri (The Egyptian) newspaper. The author points out that feedback results show that supporters have outnumbered opponents. She describes how Egyptian women dazzled French journalists with their broad knowledge. The author looks forward to the upcoming Cairo municipal elections in which women will exercise their voting rights.
The article celebrates the third anniversary of Bint Al Nil, a journal which, according to its founder Doria Shafik, is non-profit and seeks to demonstrate that women can join men in serving Egypt and the entire Arab world. She also acknowledges the philanthropic effort of Princess Chevikar and her contributions to the journal.
The article affirms that the Bint al Nil Association has no intention whatsoever to violate religious and traditional norms. On the contrary, it is bound to the lofty teachings of religion. The author further explains that the Association’s claims have created opponents although its only goal is for “us to be pacesetters since Egyptian women surpass others in their wits and intelligence”.
The author maintains that, contrary to what politicians seem to claim, the Bint al Nil Organization does not count taking up politics as a business among its goals. She further explains that their main goal is equal political rights, such as women’s right to be candidates in parliamentary elections, given that no one can understand or advocate for women’s needs better than women themselves.
The article talks about a serious decision made by Bint al Nil Association, namely the eradication of illiteracy in both males and females. The author explains that the purpose is to shut off masculine grumblings that a woman should be literate before she can seek political rights; and to drive men to accept the fact that women are their partners in the good times and the bad
The article features a review of a message sent by feminist writer, Mai Ziada to Malak Hifni Nassef (better known by her pen name of Bahithat al-Badiya) in 1913 rejecting masculine reservations about women’s emancipation.
In this article, Doria Shafik writes in commemoration of Qasim Amin, who called for the liberation of women and their involvement in all aspects of life. Bint Al Nil followed the path of Qasim Amin and his desire to eradicate illiteracy among women; it rewarded several women who studied at the Bulaq School because they were able to balance their role as housewives with their role as educated women in society.
In this article, Doria Shafik presents the most important objective of Egyptian women, which is the demand of political freedom and representation as those enjoyed by women in civilized countries. In order to achieve these rights, Egyptian women have to be strong in asking for their rights and hold on to their knowledge and education. Therefore, members of Bint Al Nil, have established several schools to educate girls and fight the problem of illiteracy among women.
Doria Shafik talks in this article about an international conference that the Bint Al Nil Union was invited to attend in Athens. Doria Shafiq sees in this conference a great opportunity for the advancement of Egyptian women's movements and the refutation of a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about Egypt. The Union has succeeded in correcting many of these wrong beliefs and highlighting the significant role played by women in the renaissance of the nation.
The article features an article written in 1925 about Egyptian women marking an unprecedented event; a girl, Fathia Mohamed, was employed at the Telephone Company to be the only Egyptian among 3500 foreign employees.
The article features the late Princess Chevikar, first wife of King Fuad I of Egypt. It acknowledges her philanthropic efforts which include the establishment of numerous schools, hospitals in addition to charity houses.
The author, Doria Shafik, urges the Egyptian people to continue their struggle against the British Occupation and calls for solidarity among all Egyptians to free Egypt from the shackles of British Occupation.
The article presents a review of the December events, including women’s engagement in the armed struggle against the British Occupation, and the liberation of Egypt’s transportation system from all traces of occupation.