The Egyptian-American columnist and radical feminist Mona Eltahawy believes in the power of women’s rage. Though she has faced huge criticism and even death threats, she continues to speak out about women’s oppression and urges women all over the world to do the same. In De Balie Eltahawy gives her uncensored opinion about how to fight patriarchy. How can we seize the energy of the #metoo movement to make real change? And how can women facing different oppressions fight together for their rights?

Mona Eltahawy will give a lecture on her radical feminist activism. Afterwards she will enter into conversation with Dutch journalist and writer Hasna El Maroudi. How can we seize the energy of the #metoo movement to make real change? And how can women facing different oppressions fight together for their rights?

Be true to yourself. Never apologize. Burn it to the ground. F**k yes.” These words characterize Eltahawy’s out-loud approach to address the various oppressions that women face on a daily basis. Without provoking, defying, disobeying and disrupting the patriarchy we cannot change women’s positions. It’s this belief that drives her to speak out about injustices worldwide, whatever the consequences may be: from the position of women in the Arab world to the ‘whiteness’ of #metoo.

Moderator: Mirthe Frese

About Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy (Port Said, 1967) is an Egyptian-American columnist and radical feminist. Her columns and articles are published in the New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymnes: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. Her new book The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls comes out this year. In November 2011, she was detained near Tahrir Square by riot police who broke her arms and sexually assaulted her and she was held incommunicado for 12 hours, the next year she was arrested in New York City for spray painting over a racist ad in the subway. Eltahawy started two viral social media campaigns – #MosqueMeToo and #IBeatMyAssaulter – in the wake of the #metoo movement.

De Balie Icons

In our series De Balie Icons, we warmly welcome renowned international thinkers to discuss global topical issues. De Balie believes that in an open, democratic constitutional state, audiences deserve to hear fresh ideas and strong eloquent voices even if, or especially when, they contradict the dominant public opinion. A wide range of modern icons from all walks of life and fields of expertise take the stage in Amsterdam to share their valuable insights. De Balie Icons is supported by Stichting Hartwig Foundation.

Previously De Balie Icons featured these thought leaders: Kishore Mahbubani (Singapore), Zineb El Rhazoui (France), Taiye Selasi (UK/US/Ghana/Nigeria) and Mark Lilla (US).