Her name is Asmaa Mahfouz, a 26-year-old Egyptian, a breath of fresh air, a balm to the heart of the oppressed, an inspiration to men and women alike!
Asma recorded her video on January 18th, uploaded it to YouTube, and shared it with the world. Within days, the video went viral within Egypt and beyond.
“If you have honour and dignity as a man, come and protect me, and other girls in the protest. if you stay home, you deserve what’s being done to you, and you will be guilty before your nation and your people. Go down to the street, send SMSes, post it on the internet, make people aware.”
“Whoever says women shouldn’t go to the protests because they might get beaten, let him have some honour and manhood and come with me on January 25th” she says in the video, “They don’t even have to go to Tahrir Square, just go anywhere and say it: that we are free human beings.”
“Sitting home and just following us on news or on Facebook leads to our humiliation — it leads to my humiliation!”
“As long as you say there is no hope, then there will be no hope, but if you go down and take a stance, then there will be hope.”
“I, a girl, am going down to Tahrir Square and I will stand alone and I will hold up a banner, perhaps people will show some honour”
“Do not be afraid,” she repeated
Her calm, spirited and powerful words helped inspire fellow Egyptians to participate in protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, they flocked by the thousands calling for an end of the 30-year dictatorial regime of Hosni Mubarak.