Asmaa Mahfouz (b. 1985) is an Egyptian activist, responsible for sparking the mass
uprising that led to the 2011 Egyptian revolution. She is one of the founders
of the April 6 Youth Movement.
After her video which encouraged Egyptians to stand up for their basic
human rights and fight the Mubarak regime, over 50,000 protesters followed her
lead in Tahrir Square, Cairo. She received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of
Thought for her contributions to “historic changes in the Arab world”.
I chose feminism because I believe in equality between genders. because I’m against gender roles, men who need a woman to get their shit done are not “cute” and are nothing but spoiled little brats because my virginity, my body hair and how I dress up are none of your business I chose feminism because I’m not a sex machine nor a baby producer I value much much more than that because I don’t need a man to validate my self worth, I already know what I’m worth because in some countries raped women are forced to spend the rest of their life under the same roof as their assaulter I chose feminism because a woman who speak up and raise her voice is a whore because in my city a woman was beaten by her husband the night of their wedding because she didn’t “bleed” in the intercourse I chose to speak up because an 8 year old Yemeni girl dies of internal injuries at hands of 40 year old husband on their wedding night because vagina is not a dirty word and my periods are not disgusting because more women need to speak up and speak for their rights I chose feminism and everyone should do the same