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Happy Egyptian Women’s Day 2018! What’s the history behind this day?

Friday 16/March/2018 - 12:40 PM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Egyptian Women's Day is marked today، Friday، occurs annually on March 16، and coinciding with the anniversary of the first female demonstration by Hoda Shaarawy to protest the British occupation of Egypt.

This year's day witnesses a remarkable period in this country’s life، as the world is witnessing the presidential elections in Egypt marathon in general، and in particular women's participation in them، since they were the champion of the previous presidential elections، where her participation in the voting process was the most impressive، where she represented 49% from the voting bloc in Egypt.

The presidential elections 2018 are witnessing the running of current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Head of al-Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa، in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 16-18.

-History behind this day -
The 16th of March was chosen as a day for Egyptian women، which commemorates the Egyptian revolution against colonialism and its struggle for independence، heck، the martyrdom of the first Egyptian woman for the homeland.

On the 16th of 1919، more than 300 women، led by Hoda Shaarawy، demonstrated on that day، raising the flags of the Crescent and the Cross، as a symbol of national unity، and denouncing the British occupation and colonization.

Also، on that day، it also witnessed first female martyr. A group of female Egyptian martyred which included Naima Abdel Hamid، Hamida Khalil، Fatima Mahmoud، Nemat Mohammed، Hamida Suleiman، Yemna Sobeih.

-Women’s right-
On March 16، 1923، Huda Shaarawi called for the establishment of the first women's union in Egypt، uprising the level of women، was on the top of the demands، to achieve the political and social equality with men، in terms of laws and the necessity of obtaining the right for public high school and college education، and to reform laws regarding marriage.

In 1928، the first group of females to enrolled into the Cairo University.

On March 16، 1956، Egyptian women won the right to vote and for candidacy، one of the demands that Egyptian women fought for.

-Present time-
The Egyptian women demonstration was an unprecedented event، since then، Egyptian women were always ahead of the pace، from the 1919 revolution to the June 30 revolution.

Today، the Egyptian women and girls of all social، economic، educational and cultural levels are concerned with the political future، for their concern on the security and stability of the homeland.

And the role of women in building the society rises، for which the country has adopted many important initiatives and policies.

Women have obtained their political rights and participated in the political and parliamentary life form the female candidates for parliament and women voting in the referendum، to the presidential and parliamentary elections، members and heads of committees and committees، and superiors of the committee، it is no longer that the woman’s participation in the political life a luxury or a burden، but it is a primarily right and duty.

Egyptian women continued to participate in various aspects of life، both politically and socially.

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