Envisioning and Defining a New Egypt: Women and Gender in the January 25th Uprising and Transitional Period
Ali Ramadan, Nada
On January 25, Egyptian protesters infamously toppled the Mubarak regime in a period of eighteen days. Similar to experiences of other Egyptian historical nationalist and revolutionary experiences, Egyptian women played a full role in the eighteen day Jan 25th Revolution. However, after the toppling of Mubarak, women's burden of representation and upholding society's civil and moral boundaries has made their bodies and movements policed, physically and symbolically. Women (imagined and real) become the sites of constructions of categories such as "nation" "state" and "citizenship" during the uprising and in the reconstruction of a new Egypt. The process of transformation and simultaneous reproduction of gender through symbols, discourse, and meaning have mirrored the changes seen in the revolutionary process of restructuring the state and attempts to transform old modes of powers and social inequalities. By examining debates and charged discourses on women's roles and rights in society rights, this paper will reflect the various visions of the ideal Egyptian nation as well as the changing realities in a post-revolutionary Egypt.
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