The idea of an ‘Ultras’ group came about during protests against the army. Some women began to bring drums, while others composed protest songs, and so on. So we said to ourselves, why not create an Ultra group? We started a Facebook page, and now there are ‘Ultra girls’ in several regions of Egypt, such as Giza and Helwan.
A student protest at al-Azhar University in Cairo.
We created this group mainly for practical reasons: during protests, the women’s group is always behind the men’s group. As a result, the women’s group is not close enough to hear the songs and the slogans and to share them with others further behind. So, we, the ‘Ultras girls’, place ourselves at the front of the women’s group during the protests, so that they can follow our lead and sing our protest songs.
Female supporters of Mohamed Morsi playing drums during a protest in Cairo.
“I believe that a woman can show her enthusiasm while remaining virtuous”