The Cairo Public Library has hosted the Freedom Princesses and Conscious Mothers symposium, which was organised by the Strategic Forum for Development and Social Peace.
The symposium was moderated by Samia Abu El-Nasr, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram and Secretary General of the Forum, and was held as part of the celebration of the Egyptian Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Mothers of the martyrs of the Egyptian police and army were honoured in the event. Egypt celebrates Egyptian Women’s Day on 16 March every year.
The symposium shed light on the success of its female participants, whether in their private lives or in public work. Women do not represent a homogeneous sector or group, but rather vary in terms of age group, geographical and professional affiliations, and the degree of their education, as well as their interests and needs.
As a result, it is important to formulate and adopt policies that are comprehensive and complementary to all segments and groups of women to meet their different needs.
The speakers in the symposium called for raising women’s awareness to confront the fourth generation wars that target the country’s youth, and that they should have their own strategic imprint for development.
Abu El-Nasr indicated that the symposium was keen to link the past and the present in terms of women and their history of struggle over a hundred years. It also presented the most important female figures who played a prominent role in the history of the Egyptian women’s movement, including Hoda Shaarawy.