18 April 1962 |
|Alma mater||Cairo University|
|Known for||Political Activist
Bothaina Kamel (Arabic: بثينة كامل) (born in Cairo, April 18, 1962) is an Egyptian television anchor, activist, and politician. A long time pro-democracy advocate, particularly in Shayfeencom, her professional career has been marked by repeated conflict with authorities. In June 2011 she announced her candidacy for the Egyptian presidency, although she did not receive enough signatures to make the ballot.
Kamel hosted a popular Egyptian radio program called "Nighttime Confessions" from 1992 to 1998. She later worked as a new presenter for Egyptian state television, and hosted a show called "Please Understand Me" on the Saudi Arabian-owned Orbit satellite TV network. In each assignment, she eventually encountered official resistance: "Confessions" was cancelled after outcries by religious conservatives; she took a leave of absence from Egyptian state television rather than participate in propaganda surrounding the 2005 elections; and "Understand Me" was taken off the air by the Saudi producers when they became concerned that its coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution would implicate Saudi interests.
She has long been active in pro-democracy activities, often present a pro-democracy rallies, forming the election monitoring group Shayfeencom, in 2005, and immediately taking to the streets during the 2011 revolution.
She is a self-described social democrat, and is ran as an independent. A Muslim, she has taken anti-sectarian stances, endorsing proposals for equal treatment of Coptic and Muslim places of worship and for trying those who incite sectarian violence. Additionally, she wears a crescent and Christian cross necklace (observable here) and criticised the military, rather than one or the other sect, for sectarian clashes that have erupted in the wake of the revolution. Other positions include reducing the minimum age of parliamentarians from 30 to 22 in view of the youth participation in the revolution.
- Hassan, Abdalla F. Muslim Woman Seeks Egyptian Presidency New York Times. June 15, 2011.
- Bothaina Kamel says she has no regrets over dropping out of race Egypt Independent. April 8, 2012.