I would have never thought that it would really turn into a revolution where we actually claimed our ownership of the country. And I think everyone really realised that this could become a much bigger thing when we ended up marching tens of thousands towards Tahrir Square on the 25thand we took it over.
I remember we didn’t have communication in Tahrir Square. So I ran out of Tahrir Square so I could find a place so I could email this to my friends outside so they can circulate it out to the media.
And everyone out of here, everyone who wasn’t living this moment of us taking over Tahrir thought we were completely out of our minds. Like why would we think that taking over Tahrir Square and moving into a big protest, that we could suddenly really ask for Mubarak and his regime to step down.
But everyone in Tahrir Square thought that we could do this... It just took over completely and it was going to continue whatever, whatever the regime did.
I just want everyone to remember it was peaceful, it was amazing how people insisted on being peaceful to the end.
But we lost a lot of people for it. And not only the people we lost during these 18 days but all the people we lost previously through torture, or though any other state brutality. So these people are really the ones who paid the price."
Since I became a public figure, I've kept this to myself because women who've suffered from violence are always at risk of being crucified, and feel great frustration for not being able to scream the truth to the world, because people would never believe them.
One day, being seven months pregnant, I almost lost my son due to depression, insults, and the unfair, public harassment of the father of my son.
I decided to share my experience with three hundred women of Fundación Mujeres Latinas de Weston (Weston’s Foundation for Latin Women).