When Women Human-Rights Activists Are in Danger, It’s Women Who Come to Their Rescue

By: Kia Makarechi

It took Hend Nafea, a young Egyptian human-rights worker, three weeks after her sentencing to decide to leave her home country. As part of a group of women human-rights activists who had been vocal—and suffering heavily—throughout the multiple throes of Egypt’s recent revolutions and coups, Nafea was, on February 4, sentenced to 25 years in prison for protesting against the regime.

At the airport, Nafea was terrified. “There was a really big risk, because it...

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