Today I join the world in switching off the lights in celebration of Earth Hour, and write about it basking in the quiet of candle-lit home.
A call to tear down the Qasr ElEini wall – a street blockade by state forces made of cement blocks – is fulfilled today. Much as I wanted and had planned to, I couldn’t be there, but here’s the story of a people bringing down a wall through their city.
A 1895 don’t-list for female cyclists gives rise to this post about transport, cycling, and women in Egypt. Are bikes really agents of change? Is the level of bike-ridership among women an indicator of their state of emancipation? How much so in Egypt?
Driving for the first time in a very long while through Garden City and neighboring areas during these past days, I experienced first-hand the impacts on traffic of the eight walls erected by state authorities across various downtown Cairo streets. This gave rise to this post with some reflections on how these walls affect our civic consciousness and lives in our city.
Some rather quickly formulated thoughts on the current developments and implications on women’s rights in Egypt.