Human Rights First is scheduling public events and private meetings for “Facebook Girl” Esraa Abdel Fattah in Washington from April 1-7. She will give insight into the democratic movements in Egypt right now, including the role of Facebook and social media in the revolution, and a path forward to protect Internet freedom. She will also detail how U.S. policy can best support a strong human rights platform through the democratic transition. Read more about our work in Egypt.
Esraa is a leading Egyptian democracy and human rights activist. In April 2008 she was imprisoned for her role in organizing what became known as the April 6th Facebook Protests, a mobilization of thousands of young people demanding political change that gave its name to a branch of the youth movement behind the mass protests that brought down President Mubarak on February 11, 2011. Esraa is an activist and organizer who played a leading role in the mass protests in Tahrir Square. She is a prominent spokesperson for the youth protest movement in Egypt and on March 15 she was among a group of activists who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cairo. Esraa and her colleagues are known for their innovative use of social networking sites as an organizing tool. She is sometimes referred to in the press as “the Facebook Girl.” In 2011, Esraa was nominated as one of the 100 most powerful Arab women by Business Magazine.
If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 559-9815.
sponsored by Human Rights First and Project on Middle East Democracy
Monday April 4, 2011 from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Dirkson Building Room 562
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Internet Freedom and Democratic Transformation in Egypt
Wednesday April 6, 2011 from 8.30 am – 10.00 am
Latham &Watkins LLP
555 Eleventh Street, N.W., 10th Floor
Prospects for Human Rights and Democracy in Egypt
Wednesday April 6, 2011 from 12.00 pm – 1.30 pm
Gewirz Student Center, 12th floor
120 F Street NW
Youth Activism, the January 25 Revolution, and Egypt’s Transition
sponsored by Project on Middle East Democracy
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center located in the Ronald Reagan Building
5th Floor Conference Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
*Note a photo ID is required for entry