Having been under the radar in the past, Arab Women’s Day this year garnered the support of female media and film icons including actresses Yousra and Elham Shahin, who marched to show solidarity for refugee women.
We’re all very familiar with International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th every year. Arab Women’s Day, however, which falls on February 1st, is very much under the radar and garners little attention. This year, Arab Women’s day picked up traction by some of the country’s most iconic artists and media personalities. Egyptian actresses Yousra and Elham Shahin marched alongside other female powerhouses - including Arab Women’s Organisation (AWO) Director General Mervat Tallawy - at Cairo University to demonstrate their solidarity with displaced and refugee women in the Arab world.
The march was organised by AWO, an intergovernmental organisation that aims to empower women and raise awareness about their social, cultural, political and economic participation in societal institutions.
As the marchers held up signs to advocate for and express their support for refugee rights, Cairo University President Gaber Nassar also echoed their call. He stressed that Arab women should be allowed to access their full rights and that without the help and solidarity of other Arab women, progression of Arab societies will be impossible.
Translation: Asylum seekers and the displacement of people are the worst humanitarian crises since World War II.
Photos by Asmaa Gamal, Daily News Egypt.