Arab women have shown that women played a decisive role in revolutionary events. In Egypt, women from various backgrounds, with and without veils stood side by side with men in Tahrir Square, set up barricades, shouted slogans, helped the injured, and risked their lives. This portrait essay documents women of all ages, from various religious views who contributed to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak.
Sarah Elliott (1984), USA, is a graduate of Parson's School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Sarah has traveled extensively and is interested in documenting social issues in Africa with a focus on women. Stories include reproductive rights in Kenya, maternal mortality in Ethiopia, fistula repair in Central African Republic and women's roles during the Revolutions. In 2010 Sarah was selected by the Magenta Foundation as a Flash Forward Emerging Photographer winner, as well as being selected to participant in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass: Persistence. In 2011 Sarah was short listed for the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights as well as winning 3rd prize in the Contemporary Issues Stories category at World Press Photo. In addition, she was the premier winner of the 2011 GLOBAL WORLD: Through the lens of human rights award and a winner in the photojournalism section of PDN Photo Annual 2011. Sarah received bronze in the 2011 "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3).