Statement by Nawal El Saadawi on the occasion of
the International Women ' s Day
8 March 2012
From Cairo , Egypt
The new Egyptian Women' s Union , formed in Tahrir Square by revolutionary
young women and men , has been struggling , since our revolution
in January 2011 , to unite the feminist and progressive groups in
Egypt , and fight collectively , for a new system in Egypt , based
on real freedom ( not false capitalist patriarchal democracy ) real
dignity , social - economic justice and equality for all , regardless
of gender , religion , class , race or other
We were able , by the power of the united millions , to remove the
head of the regime ( Hosni Mubarak ) on 11 Februray 2011 , but the
body of the regime is still in power , supported by the American
colonial government and its Egyptian allies
in the High Military Council , in the post revolutionary government
, in the big business and ultra rich elites , in the big media ,
in the old liberal political parties and the new fanatic religious
groups , which gained more and more power since “ Sadat “ era during
the seventies , and his submission to Israeli regime and and the
American military and economic Aid .
Since then poverty and women's oppression increased under increasing
powers religious fundamentalism and class exploitation .
Women are half the society . They cannot be liberated in a country
which is not liberated .
We combine our liberation from patriarchy with the liberation of
our country from both colonialist and religious oppression , under
the name of God , love and peace and democracy .
Ben Ladin and G Bush were twins working together against the poor
then they had interest conflicts and tried to kill each other
. Today B . Obama and the Muslim Brothers are friends , negotiating
their own joint interests . There are no principles in such politics
and changing interests .
Today most peoples of the world , North and South , are revolting
against the capitalist patriarchal system , from Tahrir Square in
Cairo to Occupy Wall Street in New York and all over the world .
Women and men are fighting together in Egypt as in other countries
It is not enough to be a woman to be against patriarchy and it is
not enough to be a liberal or a socialist man to be against capitalism
and colonialism . It is not enough to be an athiest to fight against
religious oppression .
We have women who are more patriarchal than men , and we have socialist
men who are more capitalist than right wing leaders , and we have
athiests who are more fanatic than fundamentalists .
The counter revolution in Egypt is still killing revolutionary young
men and women ,
Since January 2011 , thousands have been killed , thousands have
been maimed , thousands have been jailed , but the revolution is
going on .
We do not lose hope in spite of harsh back lash against us ,
Women in Egypt are excluded , more and more , by the counter revolution
powers , from important posts , political activities and high councils
, formed after the revolution . The so called democratic elections
in Egypt after the revolution resulted in 2 % women members in the
parliament and a good majority of Muslim Brothers and Salafi groups
, who are more backward than other religious fanatics .
But the struggle in Egypt is going on
We should join forces globally and locally to fight back
We should not separate between the global - local , Glocal struggle
We live in one world ( not three worlds ) dominated by the same
oppressive system ,: the capitalist imperialist patriarchal military
racist religious system
We will liberate our selves together sooner or later .
We never lose hope , because hope is power
Nawal El Saadawi