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Sohila Hassan

2017 Fellow

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FemiHub Egypt

Sohila Hassan believes the personal is political. She was born in 1992 and raised in a very conservative community in Egypt where girls’ and women’s rights have been gradually taken away; this is where her character and interests have been formulated. Freshly after graduating from five years of medical study in the faculty of Clinical Pharmacy, Sohila decided to shift careers. She has engaged in many feminist and women-serving NGOs such as Nazra for Feminist Studies, the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW) and the Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt (BCFE), where she developed great strategic writing and M&E skills. Furthermore, she has worked on a research paper addressing Women’s Political Representation After the Arab Spring Revolutions, with Egypt as a Case Study, in collaboration with the University of Bucharest. In November 2015, she decided to start up FemiHub which is the first Egyptian platform that identifies and targets the Female Independence Seekers (FISs) who move from their governorates to Cairo for work and study purposes. The aim of FemiHub is mobilizing the FISs to help each other finding appropriate jobs and houses and combating domestic violence in general and the deprivation of liberty in particular.