“What is new is that there are old women wearing the hijab as well as young, bare-headed students"
Rowand Helmii is a student in Cairo, the Egyptian capital.
The footage that we see on the television shows an overwhelming male presence, as the media shows the more violent parts of the demonstrations. Each day though there are more and more women on the streets joining the marches.
The participation of women in protests in Egypt is not new but what is different this time is that women of all ages and social categories have rallied the movement. There are old women wearing the hijab as well as young, bare-headed students. It is not limited to a movement of the liberal youth fringe of the country.
A protestor in a niqab carries a placard reading "No to the vandalism!" posted on Flickr by Monasosh.
Although there are fewer women, they are on every front. Some are leading the marches; others attend the wounded [some even participate in identity checks
]. We are as useful and important as the men. We have no specific demands, our demands are the same as the demands of all citizens. We are fighting for one and all for the same thing; that Mubarak leave the country and be judged for his actions.”
A female protestor in Cairo. Posted on Flickr Monasosh.