After the revolution and fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the country will be holding the first ever democratic presidential elections in March or April 2012. There’s another first for this event, however-Bothaina Kamel, the first woman in history to ever run for president in Egypt. She announced in April her decision to run for presidency, but still has a long road ahead of her. Running as an independent, she will be up against two other power-house hopefuls, Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa.
Born in 1962 in Cairo, Kamel worked as a television anchor, activist and politician all the while advocating for pro-democracy in the country. Her professional career has been through much turbulence as she has always strongly stood up for what she believed in.
Within her political experience she has taken anti-sectarian stances, endorsed proposals for equal treatment of Coptic and Muslim places of worship, and pushes for reducing the minimum age of parliaments from 30 to 22 in view of the youth participation in the revolution.
Kamel is setting forth upon this path without a budget or bodyguards, but believes in her following of passionate citizens and her campaign of “Egypt is My Agenda,” inspired by the revolutions.
Kamel said on her decision, “By putting myself forward I am making this democratic right – the right for a woman to be president – a concrete reality, and that alters expectations.”