Egyptian cartoonist Doaa Eladl in the "Extinguish Violence Against Women" gallery in Spain

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Doaa during her speech

With an invitation from the mayor of the Spanish capital, Madrid, the Egyptian cartoonist Doaa Eladl has participated in an international gallery titled "Extinguish Violence Against Women", with the participation of 24 cartoonists from 21 countries around the world. Additionally, Doaa was selected to make a speech at the opening in which she talked about the need to maximize the effort to stop the violence against women in the world and to urge the governments to enact more laws to protect them. Also, she talked about the statistics of violence against women in some countries of the world.
The gallery, which is opened on February 25, 2013, aims to raise the awareness of the importance of the prevention of violence against women, and it will be hold, successively, in 12 Spanish cities during a whole year.
Along with Doaa, a number of famous names around the world have participated in the gallery, including:
Angel Boligán & Darío Castillejos (Mexico)
Pablo Blasberg (Argentina)
Menekse Cam (Turkey)
Ares  & Alex Falco & Adan Iglesias (Cuba)
Riber Hansson (Sweden)
Doddy Iswahyudi (Indonesia)
Vladimir Kazanevsky (Ukraine)
Pawel Kuczynski (Poland)
Yu Liang (China)
Marc Lynch (Australia)
Marilena Nardi (Italy)
Miel (Singapore)
Enio Navarro (Spain)
Victor Ndula (Kenya)
Vilma Vargas (Ecuador)
Elena Ospina (Colombia)
Tsocho Peev (Bulgaria)
Andrei Popov (Russia)
Kianoush Ramezani (Iran)
Ann Telnaes (USA).
In a quick online interview with Doaa, we asked her:
How to assess the position of the Egyptian women compared with other world countries, and in what points they are underdeveloped and advanced?
The reality of the Egyptian women is inseparable from the reality of the women in the Arab world, and also the women in the whole world. In Egypt, it is not worse than Afghanistan or better than the developed countries. Woman in Egypt is in a daily struggle for her rights and I can not describe her current position without talking about her position in the past year under the rule of the “Muslim Brotherhood” party. It was such a hard period, which threatened all rights gained by her through her struggle, however, it does not mean that she lives a rosy reality now. She is part of the community which tries to cohere and rise back.
I noticed the interest of the organizers in your experience in particular more than the experiences of other participants, how come?
Simply, the reason is their keen on having a female cartoonist from a different culture and because, unfortunately, the lack of female cartoonists who defend women's rights, not only in the Arab region, but also in the whole world.

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