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Nadeen Ashraf

It was an honour to paint 22-year-old Nadeen Ashraf, an Egyptian female who is the founder of Assault Police, an Instagram account set up to denounce sexual assault cases in Egypt. I painted Nadeen on 120 cm x 120cm stretched canvas using mixed media.

Nadeen's account played a significant role in uncovering the case against rapist Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who, as a result of social media exposure and unravelling, was sentenced to three years in prison.

The Assault Police page gained immense attraction from public figures to speak up against sexual violence and rape. The page acted as a whistleblower by providing everyday women with the opportunity to speak up about their experiences, traumas they've endured, and resources for seeking justice and therapy.

As a result of her courage, Nadeen got listed as one of the BBC's 100 women of the year. Gender equality is a human fight, not a female fight, and every female-identifying person on this planet deserves to thrive. Nadeen Ashraf advocates for U.N. Sustainable Development Goal number 5: Gender Equality.
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