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.
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.
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.
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.
This article is about the launch of the first school women literacy school in the poor district of Bulaq. The author asserts that this nascent school will not be the last, and that more efforts will be exerted to eradicate women’s illiteracy.
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.
In this article, Doria Shafik talks about the difficult challenge that journalism was able to surpass. She discusses the important role freedom plays in the development of communities. Journalism allows for the expression of one’s beliefs and opinions which requires the existence of freedom.
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.
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.
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.
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.