Azza Soliman: "I need to be free so I can keep fighting for women" | ActionAid UK

UPDATE (24 October 2015): Azza and the 16 co-defendants who were facing jail after witnessing the killing of a protester by Egypt police, have been freed of all charges. Thousands of you stood with Azza in her fight for justice, and together we’ve kept up the pressure on the Egyptian authorities to finally win her freedom.


Women's rights lawyer Azza Soliman's final court hearing has been postponed to 24 October. She faces five years in jail after witnessing the killing of a peaceful protester in Cairo, and we won't stop fighting until she's free.

Hear Azza explain in her own words why this case is so important in the struggle for women's rights, and join her fight for justice.

Azza Soliman, 49, founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA)
Azza Soliman, 49, founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA)

An interview with Azza

Earlier this month, I had the chance to meet Azza when she attended the ActionAid’s Fearless event in London.

In this inspirational interview, Azza explains why she’s standing up for women’s rights, how she’s changing lives in Egypt and why she won’t give up until she is free. Her powerful story will show you why we need to stand with her and demand her charges are dropped.

Azza’s personal struggle

When I asked her about her case and how she was feeling about it, she told me “I still feel guilty”. At first, I didn’t really understand, but then she explained: “I feel guilty because I couldn’t do anything to save that woman (Shaimaa El Sabbagh). She had a child, a four-year-old child. Sometimes I dream about him and he asks me about his mum.”

All of a sudden, I realised that there was much more to Azza’s struggle than the legal battle she is facing. Witnessing the killing of an innocent woman, and a mother, left her with a permanent scar. Azza’s fight for justice is in fact Shaimaa’s fight for justice, and a fight for all women in Egypt.

You can listen to the full interview with Azza here.

Photo: Rene Clement