Since the ousting of President Morsi in June 2013, a vicious cycle of violence has taken Egypt to the verge of chaos. These events have led many people to question the future of democracy, democratic governance and the role of institutions in Egypt.
Shimaa Helmy, a young human-rights activist from Cairo, will give a first-hand account of the unfolding crisis in Egypt, discuss the current state of human rights and media activists, and provide some insight into what comes next for the nation.
Helmy is a journalist who has been an organizer, media producer and social-media activist since January 2011 in Cairo. Currently on a speaking tour about Egypt after finishing her media and human-rights advocacy training with Witness in Brooklyn, N.Y., Helmy has a B.Sc. in biotechnology and genetic engineering from Misr University for Science and Technology. She will soon be working as a research associate at the Center for Race and Gender Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.