President of the National Council for Women (NCW), Maya Morsy (L) with Algerian fighter ‘Djamila Bouhired’ (R) - Press Photo President of the National Council for Women (NCW), Maya Morsy (L) with Algerian fighter ‘Djamila Bouhired’ (R) - Press Photo

Egypt’s National Council for Women honors Djamila Bouhired

Sun, Feb. 18, 2018
CAIRO – 18 February 2018: President of the National Council for Women (NCW) Maya Morsy met with Algerian activist Djamila Bouhired, who arrived to the National Council for Women in Cairo on Sunday.

In a ceremony set to be attended by Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem, Ambassador of Egypt in Algeria Omar Abu Aish, some actresses, media professionals and members of the Council.

The NCW will honor Bouhired in recognition of her long history of resistance against the French colonization and of the role she played in the Algerian revolution.

It is also worth mentioning that Bouhired is the guest of honor of the second session of the Aswan International Women's Film Festival, organized under the auspices of the National Council for Women, in cooperation with the ministries of culture and tourism.

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The Algerian activist was born to an Algerian intellectual father and a Tunisian mother who was the first to plant the love of the homeland in Djamila, reminding her that she is Algerian, not French.

Djamila continued her school education and then joined the Institute of Tailoring.
She joined the Algerian National Liberation Front when the Algerian revolution broke out in 1954 to fight against the French occupation at the age of twenty. She joined the ranks of the “Fedayeen” and was the first female volunteer to plant bombs on the path of the French colonial soldiers.

She was shot in the shoulder and arrested in 1957; after a long journey of torture in the French prisons, she said her famous sentence, “I know you will sentence me to death, but do not forget that my death will kill the value of freedom in your country. You will not prevent Algeria from attaining freedom and independence”.

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