Doaa ElAdl is a major Egyptian cartoonist known for her satirical work targeting political, social and religious ideologies. She currently works as an illustrator for the well-known newspaper Al Masry Al Youm. And was included in BBC’s 100 women, a well deserved declaration for such an inspiring, creative and strong woman.
I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Doaa ElAdl’s exhibition and book signing on 23/02 in the American University in Cairo Tahrir Campus.
The exhibition was packed. There was media coverage, an entertainer, and a long line of people just waiting to take pictures and get their book signed. Exhibiting were some of the cartoons that were included in the book.
I bought the book and got complementary stickers of some of ElAdl’s cartoons that I immediately and shamelessly put on my laptop.
Her book is called "50 cartoons and more on women." It is in Arabic, English and French, and it addresses the laws and societal expectations that undermine women's roles. From right to inheritance to underage marriage, ElAdl just shoots right into these ridiculous beliefs with her missiles of creativity and imagination.
The book is incredible! I actually didn't know a lot of details about the laws that undermined women, I mean I knew they were there but I didn't realise how literal and "official" they were. But the way ElAdl challenged these ridiculous problems was flawless. I thought I should share some of my favourites without giving too much away.
Okay, I think that's enough. If you liked the above cartoons then I desperately advise you to buy the book! It can be found in the following bookstores:
Falak Bookstore, Garden City
Virgin Megastore, City Stars branch
Elbalad bookstore, Mohandessin
Other bookstores to be announced. Stay up to date with her work and follow Doaa ElAdl’s facebook page