Esraa Abdel Fattah- Egypt’s “Facebook Girl”

In 2008, Esraa Abdel Fattah became one of Egypt’s most renown internet activist and blogger.  She co-founded the April 6th Youth Movement, and started a Facebook group to support workers in an industrial town who were planning to go on strike due to low wages and high food prices.  The group became a popular political movement – at first only 300 people were invited to join the group, but quickly over 77,000 people joined (vitalvoices.org). She was also arrested in 2008 by the government, and during her time in prison she became an icon for human rights movements.

Her Facebook page, Twitter profile, and news correspondence during the 2011 nationwide protests that were calling for the end of Homi Mubarek’s regime aided online organization for protests.  Her use of the social media and technology enabled this information to be accessible and evoke feelings of empowerment to the general public.

Like Frederick Douglass used his speeches and reading skills to empower African-Americans to fight for freedom, Fattah has ignited the human rights movement in Egypt.

Below is a helpful article about Esraa Abdel Fattah’s efforts and timeline of her experience.

http://www.vitalvoices.org/node/2247

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