Despite being a 3000 year old civilization, there exists a peculiar taboo in Egypt, where men never disclose their mother’s names in public, fearing they could be shamed or ridiculed.
So much so, that mother’s names are forgotten over time, and they are only referred to as ‘the mother of her eldest son.’
Before Mother’s Day, we went down the streets of Cairo and asked men one simple question - ‘What is your mother’s name?
We took our findings from the streets and launched a film on social media, to begin an initiative for the men of Egypt starting Mother’s Day, to ‘Give mom back her name’ with the hashtag #MyMothersNameIs
In under 24 hours #MyMothersNameIs began trending on Social Media and every major publication and television channel in Egypt picked up our film, starting a nationwide debate from the newsrooms to the nerve centers of Egypt –Schools, Community Forums and Streets. To amplify this sentiment, we filled the streets with posters where people wrote their mom’s names.
The dialogue gained further momentum when Women and Gender Equality groups joined in. Beyond Egypt, regional and International media became a catalyst for millions of Arab voices from around the world.
This proved to be an awakening, as scores of Egyptian men, women and celebrities, questioned the stigma and revealed their mother’s names proudly in public.
Not only did men give mothers the right to their names, but that mothers stood for their rights themselves, for the first time.
Every leading newspaper and TV channel in Egypt, the Middle East and the world covered the issue, debated the stigma and spread the message. This coverage was across mass media and social media platforms. But most importantly, they took the debate to the nerve centers of Egypt – The Schools, Community Forums and the Streets.
Women and Gender Equality groups joined the conversation.
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Scores of Egyptian men, women and leading celebrities from both Egypt and Hollywoood, questioned the stigma and revealed their mother’s names proudly in public.
The most unexpected result however, was not only that men gave mothers the right to their names, but that mothers stood for their rights themselves, for the first time.