The French poet Louis Aragon told us some two generations ago that “Woman is the future of man”. And if we had any doubts about that as we enter into 2012, we have today before our eyes this exceptional, moving photograph of a street demonstration yesterday in which several thousand brave women marched through central Cairo in an extraordinary expression of anger over images of soldiers beating, stripping and kicking female demonstrators in Tahrir Square.
And here we have an example of yet another use of our streets, with yet another kind of safety suddenly at the top of the agenda. These issues very much belong here.
The importance of the leadership role of women in all aspects of 21st century democracy is a theme which comes up again and again in all projects and programs of World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda. If you click to http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/category/users/women/ you will see a steady array of articles specifically on the leadership role of women, with more at a new dedicated Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/groups/125064544255045/
And we hope you will put it toward the top of your agenda as well. We will not let up on this and that’s a promise.