Panel discussion Wednesday, 29. January 2020 /

Political participation in Egypt

how activists confront closing spaces

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Date, Time
Wed, 29. Jan 2020,
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Save in my calendar
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
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Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarter Berlin
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Many Egyptians took to the streets again in September 2019. Fueled by their pent-up frustration over the economic and political situation, they used social media to organize and connect, including with the growing Egyptian diaspora. The military regime, however, responded with a massive wave of incarceration, all the while creeping in to personal profiles and online conversations. The recent contestation in Egypt is a reminder that despite the increasing repression since the 2013 military takeover, activists continue to search for spaces to mobilize and contest authority.
But which spaces still exist for political participation? Who has access to them, and who doesn’t? How are they currently being used, and how could they become as inclusive as possible? We address those questions in a panel-discussion organized in cooperation with the Arab Reform Initiative. First, Dina Wahba will present the struggle of the residents of Maspero in Cairo against the destruction of their neighborhood and the forced eviction from it. Ahmad Gharbeia introduces how Arab "Wikis" – digital sources of knowledge – serve as catalysts for activists. Moreover, Ahmed Said will address the political connections between Egypt and the diaspora.


  • Nadim Houry (executive director, Arab Reform Initiative, Paris)
  • Dina Wahba (researcher, FU Berlin, Berlin)
  • Ahmad Gharbeia (researcher, Berlin)
  • Ahmed Said (surgeon and activist, Berlin)

Moderation: Dr. Bente Scheller (Head of Middle East and North Africa Division, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

Language: English and German with simultaneous translation.

A cooperation between Heinrich-Böll-Foundation and Arab Reform Initiative.

The event will be live-streamed. We kindly ask the audience to refrain from recording sound and images.

Johannes Gunesch
Senior Program Officer Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan
Phone +49(0)285 34 -354