Waleed Rashed

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Waleed Rashed[1]
Waleed Rashed Egypt.jpg
Waleed Rashed during the 2011 Egyptian revolution
Born (1983-11-15) November 15, 1983 (age 32)
Cairo, Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Known for 2011 Egyptian revolution
Political party April 6 youth Movement

Waleed Rashed (Arabic: وليد راشد‎, IPA: [wæˈliːd ˈɾˤɑːʃed]; Studying For Master In Political Science / Global Affairs, born November 15, 1983 in El Sharkia, Egypt) is one of the co-founders of the April 6 Youth Movement and a prominent participant in the anti-Mubarak demonstrations in Egypt in 2011.[2][3][4][5][6]

Activity & 2011 Egyptian revolution[edit]

  • Waleed Rashed was of the founders of the non-violent April 6 Youth Movement, which called for massive demonstrations on Police Day, January 25, 2011 and together with other youth movements, organized the 18-day peaceful uprising that culminated in President Hosni Mubarak's departure on February 11, 2011. / the April 6 Youth Movement, an Egyptian Facebook group that started in 2008 to support workers in an industrial town who were planning to strike on April 6. The page quickly acquired more than 70,000 followers. The activists used blogs, social media and text messaging to spread the word about their planned activities. The April 6 Movement grew to become one of the most important organizers of the peaceful uprising that culminated in President Mubarak's departure in 2011. The movement stresses non-violent means to bring young Egyptians together for the goal of political change. Today, it continues to lobby for the change to a Democratic regime.[7]
Waleed Rashed addressing the media
  • The Movement was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2011,[8][9][10]
  • Rashed organized the April 6 Youth Movement protest in Alexandria where 14 members of the movement were arrested in July 2008
  • Between 2005-2008 Rashed was a member of the pro-democracy Kefaya movement, also known as the Egyptian Movement for Change.
  • In 2009/2010, while working in Qatar, Rashed was the coordinator of the National Association of Change and organized Egyptians in the area to support the change of the Egyptian regime.[11]

In the words of Waleed Rashed, of the April 6th Youth Movement that helped organize the 25 January protests, ‘Tunis is the force that pushed Egypt, but what Egypt did will be the force that will push the world.[12]

Articles & interviews[edit]

  • Guardian Egypt's presidential elections - the view from Tahrir Square[13]
  • Daily News April 6's dream and the Nobel
  • bikyamasr :- The overacting crisis: Egypt’s military and the US government[14]
  • bikyamasr :- Muhammad Yunus and dreams of change for a new Egypt[15]
  • Germany Newspaper berliner-zeitung , Der ägyptische Traum[16]
  • Germany Newspaper berliner-zeitung , Politshow in Kairo[17]

Speaking events[edit]

He continues to address Chapters and events of the business leaders groups YPO (the Young Presidents Organization) and YEO/EO (the Entrepreneurs Organization) across the globe.

He said on his visit to India, to a school, Mallya Aditi International School, that the Nobel Prize didn't mean much to him. What meant a lot to him was the fact that he realized his dream. The dream of a free Egypt.

He said to the children of 9th-12th grade, that he strongly believed in the quote, "They will ignore you. But you will win. They will fight you. But you will win..." This quote carried him throughout the revolution, and to all of us he can say today. He won.

The man loves his country, and carries its new flag everywhere he goes.

To the great people of Egypt, your victory over tyranny and injustice is righteous. Your revolution is righteous. So be joyful, and be proud, for you will one day tell your children, and their children, of what we have collectively achieved as a nation. And work hard to build this country the way we picture it to be. Egypt needs you. Will you be there for her?

It is you, great Egyptians, who are nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and not the April 6th Movement or others. You, and you alone, are the nominees.

It is for the Martyrs of our dreams and hopes. The martyrs of heroism and dignity, the martyrs whom, by their ultimate sacrifice, have accomplished what words cannot describe and the most prestigious of prizes in the world simply cannot measure up to. Your precious souls shall forever live amongst us, reminding us that we have dignity, and that dignity is earned – and that on this land is what makes life worth living. We will, as will our children, recount your heroic tales with pride.,[18][19][20]

“We will work hard even if we didn’t get the Nobel prize,” Waleed Rashed, a spokesman for the April 6 group, said in an Internet posting.[21]

Waleed participated in the 2nd United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Summer Course in the University of Lisbon

Interviews & Media[edit]

Waleed Rashed addressing the media
Waleed Rashed in a television interview

With the message, “If you want change, the revolution begins inside you,” Waleed Rashed joined YPO and WPO members in Johannesburg and Cape Town to exchange ideas on his experience as the founder of the April 6 Youth Movement. He first spoke with members at the 2012 YPO Global Leadership Summit in Singapore.[22]

Meet Egypt's Revolutionaries... in NYC[23]

Waking the Lion[24]

ElBaradei's prolonged absences from public confuse followers[25]

Court orders release of April 6 youths, but lawyers expect they will be detained longer[26]

If we put on more pressure, we will get more results,” says Waleed Rashed of the April 6 Youth Movement, an organization that started as a Facebook group in 2008 and became one of the instigators of the Egyptian revolution. “We want to always remind the military and the government that we are here and we are following them day by day.”[27]

In his speech regarding the nomination of April 6 for the Nobel Peace Prize, he said to those wishing a better future for their country: dream big – then work on making those dreams come true. It takes hard work – a lot of it. And spare no sweat or blood for it.

Here are a few dreamers who inspired me: Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King. Rosa Parks. Nelson Mandela. They dreamt, for years. They fought for the entirety of their lives. Egyptians, I daresay, are heroes who have dreamt for years and worked tirelessly both in public and underground. And their dream is finally becoming true.

Cairo Activists Use Facebook to Rattle Regime[28]

AL jazeera English / Egypt back to Tahrir Sq

at The APEX awards event in South Africa[29]

at SABC SAfm's Radio with Ashraf Garda[30] South South News / Youth Activists Lead Political Change

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWZGCnlhp7w
  2. ^ http://thedailynewsegypt.com/letters/april-6s-dream-and-the-nobel.html
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWZGCnlhp7w
  4. ^ http://english.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=345859&SecID=12
  5. ^ http://www.wired.com/techbiz/startups/magazine/16-11/ff_facebookegypt
  6. ^ http://dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=15407
  7. ^ April 6 Youth Movement
  8. ^ http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=239786
  9. ^ http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/23031/Egypt/Politics-/April--Movement-says-its-Nobel-Peace-Prize-nominat.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/world/nobel-peace-prize-johnson-sirleaf-gbowee-karman.html?pagewanted=all
  11. ^ http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/elbaradeis-prolonged-absences-from-public-confuse-followers
  12. ^ http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20110614_1.htm#_ednref4
  13. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/may/23/egypt-elections-2012-opinions-interactive?fb=native
  14. ^ http://bikyamasr.com/57370/the-overacting-crisis-egypts-military-and-the-us-government/
  15. ^ http://bikyamasr.com/61542/muhammad-yunus-and-dreams-of-change-for-a-new-egypt/
  16. ^ Der ägyptische Traum
  17. ^ http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/meinung/gastbeitrag-zu-aegypten-politshow-in-kairo,10808020,11688626.html
  18. ^ http://english.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=345859&SecID=12
  19. ^ http://thedailynewsegypt.com/letters/april-6s-dream-and-the-nobel.html
  20. ^ http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/meinung/gastbeitrag-der-aegyptische-traum,10808020,10965150.html
  21. ^ http://www.goupstate.com/article/20111007/ZNYT03/110073000/1027/opinion?p=3&tc=pg
  22. ^ http://www.businessday.co.za/Articles/Content.aspx?id=172744
  23. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hoda-osman/egypt-revolution-_b_855348.html
  24. ^ http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2011/05/egypt-revolutionaries-201105#slide=8
  25. ^ http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/elbaradeis-prolonged-absences-from-public-confuse-followers?pageCount=0
  26. ^ http://freedetainees.org/1576
  27. ^ http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/egypt/110527/egypt-tahrir-square-protests
  28. ^ http://www.wired.com/techbiz/startups/magazine/16-11/ff_facebookegypt
  29. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9nKYLoOxIE&feature=relmfu
  30. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FawPqz9_C2Y