“I have been bullied and threatened but I will not be intimidated by them. I will fight the Muslim Brotherhood until each and everyone of them are put in jail.”
Those were the words of Mervat, one of a number of women who have empowered themselves to speak out and take action amidst the political and economical turmoil facing Egypt. She frequents Tahrir square, leading protests and rallies and putting her own safety at risk. Following the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, executive power was assumed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which dissolved the parliament, and suspended the constitution.
In 2012, presidential elections resulted in the election of Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s fifth President. Since then, the economy has worsened, tourism declined, unemployment is soaring and women’s freedom and rights are at risk. This series show the many faces that are leading the charge to push for the change that many Egyptians have been longing for.
Special thanks to : Hassan Othman Ziko & Karem Mahmoud
ONTOSHIKI is a pseudonym for Jus Vun, an Australian photographer based in Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France. He works in portraiture and documentary photography and is available for commissioned shoots and editorials.
Clients have included Japan Tobacco International, JTi Foundation, Jetstar Asia, Ink Global, ATZ Communications and Instyle Tokyo. His work has been published and featured in JTI Inside International, Jetstar Inflight, Metropolis Japan, The Japan Times, Modern Tokyo Times, The Seoul Times, Citypulse, Snapixel, Lenegatif, Fototazo,Japancamerahunter, HESO, Salitote, Skintwo, Fashionising, Dark Beauty and more.
He is also a curator for Citypulse magazine.
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