Hoda Shaarawi

Topics: Egypt, Feminism, Women's suffrage Pages: 2 (807 words) Published: October 20, 2008
You cannot change your life in a day; you can however decide to change your life in a moment. Our life is like a ship. It has inertia. You can decide to turn the ship but it doesn't happen immediately. There have been times I have wanted to turn my life for the better, and I expected somehow to wake up and things find things to miraculously to be back on the right track. Hoda Shaarawi a legend that every Egyptian women should remember, and main reason on personal level that mad me afferent person.

Hoda Shaarawi was an icon, leader and a true role model to all Egyptian women in modern Egypt and around the world. She was born in Minya, a daughter of Muhammad Sultan, the first president of the Egyptian Representative Council. At thirteen, she was married as was customary to a much older, wealthy cousin. Her early life was spent in the "harem", a social institution, since both wealthy Christian and Muslim women were veiled and secluded. Politics brought women like Hoda out of the harem. She caused outrage against the Egyptian authorities and traditions by throwing her veil into the sea. This act caused a particular scandal for Hoda because she was the wife of an eminent leader at that time and an act like that was not accepted by the Egyptian society. However, she was able to inspire other women to cast off their veils as a symbol of their freedom and their right to live an equal life like men. She also supported the nationalist cause, which demanded equality for men and women, regardless of class or faith.

Hoda Shaarawi and EFU were concerned with education as well as social welfare, also social problems in Egypt, such as poverty, prostitution, illiteracy, and poor health conditions. Hoda sharawi was well known for her hard work and dedication. She accomplished allot in her life time at many levels, nationally and internationally. As the new member of the International Alliance of Women Hoda Shaarawi and the EFU joined forces in Rome with the...
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