News

Prominent Egyptian Women’s Activist Farkhonda Hassan Dies at 90

Prominent Egyptian Women’s Activist Farkhonda Hassan Dies at 90

Prominent Egyptian women’s advocate Dr Farkhonda Hassan passed away at the age of 90, announced Egypt’s National Council for Women in a statement on Friday.

Hassan, whose career was centred around women’s causes across a range of sectors, previously served on the the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development and was formerly the Secretary-General of the National Council for Women.

Born in 1930, Hassan graduated from Cairo University’s Faculty of science in 1952 before pursuing postgraduate studies at Pittsburgh University and receiving her PhD in geology. Hassan was also a geology professor at the American University in Cairo and was formerly the Chair of the Commission on Human Development and Local Administration of Egypt’s former Shura Council.

Hassan’s efforts to promote women’s causes across various sectors such as science and technology, public service, education and social work were among the main reasons why Egyptian Streets named her among 23 Egyptian women who made history.

 

“The objective now is not to renegotiate our dreams, but to emphasise the accountability of all actors. We are no longer seeking promises, but are demanding action,” Hassan once famously said.

In its statement, the National Council for Women said that Egypt had lost “a unique female figure for Egyptian women, who will remain alive in our hearts as she influenced public and political life with her efforts and knowledge and was an inspiration to everyone around her”.

“[Hassan] took on the issues of Egyptian women and worked hard through perseverance and craftsmanship to remove obstacles and challenges [faced by Egyptian women].”

In Photos: Newspaper Caricatures of Egypt's Past Century
Egypt's Al-Azhar Condemns Terror Attack in Nice Church

Subscribe to our newsletter


More in News

Egypt Brokers Ceasefire in Gaza as 31 Palestinians Killed in Israeli Strikes

Zeina Hanafy7 August 2022

New Saudi Egyptian Investment Company to Attract $10 Billion Investments

Egyptian Streets6 August 2022

Israel Launches Airstrikes, Killing 10 and Injuring 75 Palestinians

Egyptian Streets6 August 2022

US Kills Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Drone Strike

Zeina Hanafy2 August 2022

Hamdy Abdelwahab Becomes First-Ever Egyptian to win UFC

Marina Makary1 August 2022

Egypt Submits Formal Rejection of Ethiopia’s Dam Filling to UN

Salma Hamed30 July 2022

Egypt’s Public Prosecution Denies Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah’s Mistreatment in Prison

Farah Rafik30 July 2022

Indian Company to Build $8 Billion Green Hydrogen Factory in Egypt

Egyptian Streets29 July 2022