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Permanence and loss - how tattoos
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TEDxAmsterdam 2013 Permanence and loss - how tattoos helped me heal


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Mona Eltahawy, Coumnist for INSEAD,, @monaeltahawy

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Themes, Egyptian revolultion, Female rights

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The event... November 24th 2011

Mona was part of iconic battle, between:

the revolution

Egypotian security Forces

Egyptian riot police

broke Mona's, right hand, left arm

sexually assaulted Mona

detained Mona for 12 hours

After the event, couldn't use her fingers for wrting

most of Mona's arm were in cast

This was hard for Mona, as she's a writer


Word were her message


her body became her canvas

determined to celebrate the healing of her bones

healing of her heart would take much longer...

Celebrating the healing of her bones by getiting tattoos

first tattoo

ancient Egyptian god Sekhmet, retibution, sex

"she will kick your ass and then fuck your brains out"

see information about the artist who made the tattoo

She helps Mona to fight back, there is no shame in what happened to Mona, but there is shame in the men who did it to her

second tattoo

stands for, name of the street where the protest took place, under that, the Arabic word for freedom

created by @pyrovisky, A master molotov cocktail maker

More information aboout both tattoos in this interview at

first tatoo is by a female artist, the second tattoo is by a male artist

because Egyptian men and women need to work together to make the social/sexual revolution work

These are marks that Mona chose, to say:

my body is mine

I reclaim my body

I reclaim power over my body

I will not be silenced

but also, opening herself up to the light...

...that enters trough the wound

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you." - Rumi

we have many wounds in the Middle East and North Africa

60 years of military ruling in Egypt

often supported by Western governments

and the US Administration

all our wounds are now potential entry points for the light

when we let the light enter, especially in our hearts

thats the main healing that we we need

that's the way the revolution will succeed