Hoda Elsadda is an academic and women’s rights activist. She is professor of English and comparative literature at Cairo University. From 2005 to 2011, she held a chair in the study of the contemporary Arab world at Manchester University and was co-director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (http://www.casaw.ac.uk/). She co-founded and co-edited Hagar, an interdisciplinary journal in women’s studies published in Arabic. Elsadda also co-founded and currently chairs the board of the Women and Memory Forum (http://www.wmf.org.eg/), a feminist research organization based in Egypt, which focuses on gender and Arab cultural history. She is a widely published scholar whose work has focused on Arab and Muslim women’s history and narratives, comparative literature and feminist issues. She also serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women (http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/).
January 25 marks the anniversary of the onset of protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Here, Hoda Elsadda, an Egyptian women’s rights activist and professor at Cairo University, assesses women’s gains, potential losses and determination to move forward—as evidenced by last month’s 10,000-woman strong protest march. More »