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Until all women prevail, our voice is the voice
of many women.
Peaceful Supporters of Egyptian Democracy
January 29, 2011
Photos by Ellie Van Houtte
Responding to calls for global solidarity for the Egyptian people, mothers, fathers, families, and energized youth gathered for a four-mile peaceful march from the Egyptian Embassy to the the White House in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2011. Unexpected, and unprecedented, the volume of supporters and the empathy as witnessed through the tears, chants, and emotion of the supporters was testament to the spirit of humanity that can impact each of us. The Washington, DC rally photos in this slideshow embody this passion.
Throughout the Middle East, women have been eagerly joining their male counterparts to stand up for democracy and human rights. The freedoms that many American girls and women take advantage of every day---traveling without a husband’s permission, driving cars, and expressing political opinions in public, are distant realities for some women in Egypt and many other countries.
Although our work as women philanthropists in the US may seem worlds apart from the direct citizen activism occurring around the globe, the commitment we make to worthy causes locally exemplifies the critical role that women play in supporting their communities. Like the brave women who took to the streets to make their voices heard across Egypt and across the Middle East over the past few weeks, our actions speak volumes in promoting a world where every women’s voice matters. Whether you raise money for an organization that inspires you or simply help a friend make phone calls about an upcoming event---do something, because you can!
Ellie Van Houtte is a freelance photographer and communications professional based in Washington, DC, who collaborates with nonprofit organizations locally and abroad to promote cultural diplomacy through visual storytelling.