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A number of female students at AUC have established the Women Empowerment Club (WEC), a new community service group to help create opportunities for Egyptian and Arab women to volunteer and have effective roles in their communities.
Club founder and president Alia Eshaq told The Caravan that the club's main goal is to establish a platform for Egyptian women, where they can become more aware of their rights and duties toward their communities.
"Our goal is to live in a world where women have a choice, where they can stand for their beliefs, values and innate free will," Eshaq said.
She also stated that the club, established in Fall 2011, aspires to elevate the status of women in the Middle East.
They hold panel discussions for the public covering various controversial topics such as Islam, politics, and social issues.
"During the revolution, men and women were viewed almost equally; however, issues of harassment and other demeaning acts of disrespect toward women are still present," she said.
Eshaq also plans to host influential women figures from different countries at AUC to inspire female students at the university.
Azza Hegazy, the club's multimedia head, stated that the organization should not only target AUC students, but rather promote the club beyond the gates of AUC.
"We need the abundant youth spirit all over Egypt," she said.
Hegazy said that the club will initially target the AUC community, but its long-term plan will gradually change as it later seeks to join efforts with NGOs and other Egyptian universities in the future, to better promote for the welfare of women in Egypt.
The club mainly promotes itself through a Facebook page where its multimedia community members post related articles and videos that tackle the issue of women empowerment in the world, and more specifically, the Middle East.
The club hopes for women to "establish a platform" where they can express themselves freely and fearlessly in an environment where they can make political decisions on their own and vote freely as they wish. The crew of WEC is currently arranging for a film festival to be held on campus in March, where the club's members will be showcasing short movies and documentaries that address the issues of women in the Middle East and illustrate their potential.