Help me fund my final PhD year

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In 2004, I embarked on a wrenching experience at the age of 26. I was a Muslim pregnant girl, in Egypt, with a celebrity husband publicly denying our marriage and child, and forced to resort to legal means to prove my child’s paternity rights. I embraced the struggle, publicly fighting for my daughter’s rights, questioning Shari’ah laws, Middle Eastern women’s rights, and personal status laws. My actions shocked the entire region, igniting a national debate and destabilizing numerous taboos, creating both an international and regional media frenzy and drawing the intellectual movement to focus on the struggles of single mothers across the region.

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/26/world/middleeast/paternity-suit-against-tv-star-scandalizes-egyptians.html 

I fought and won every single court case I filed and retrieved every right my daughter was entitled to have, yet the impact of this personal experience was so deep that although I would like to claim I decided to change my career path and dedicate my future to the field of women’s studies and Islamism, I believe my destiny dictated the change of passion. I commenced my Master’s degree in September 2006 at the American University in Cairo, the first in the Middle East to offer a Master degree in Gender studies, and was successfully awarded my degree in January 2010. 

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The timing couldn’t have been better, I just completed my academic degree, and had accredited published work when the Arab Spring erupted. Over the course of 5 years, I was to witness the rise and fall of five regimes. The dreams of a Ph.D. were to be shelved; no money for a full-time study and a 7-year-old girl. In 2015, when my girl turned 12, I felt that it was about time to pursue my Ph.D.  I wrote a proposal and was finally granted a scholarship at the University of Kent. I couldn't be happier that I am finally able to pursue my dream when I realized that the scholarship grants me EU/UK rate fees. That meant I was required to prove an ability to pay the difference which is roughly 29000 GBP for the three years of my study. I also realized that my visa does not allow me to work more than 10 hours a week. 

I had to choose between two difficult options; sell the only thing I own; my flat in Cairo, or give up my dream of pursuing a Ph.D. that will enable me to continue my feminist struggles. Needless to say, I chose to sell my flat, which provided me with an equivalent to 34000 GBP. That was supposed to be more than enough to pay for my fees. After the long and costly process of applying for a student visa for myself and a dependent visa for my 12-year-old daughter, I started my Ph.D. which focuses on secular Muslim women battling what they call radical Islamism and violent extremism.  My academic progress was noticeable despite the hardships I continued to face; struggles of providing for a living for myself and my daughter; continued legal disputes with my daughter's father to support his daughter’s finances; daily responsibilities; and my Ph.D.  Yet, I was, at least, confident that I am not going to face major financial issues. 

A few months after I arrived in the UK, the Egyptian currency was floated, losing two-thirds of its value. My money, that was still in the banks in Egypt went from an equivalent to 34000 GBP to an equivalent to 13000 GBP which was barely enough for my first-year and part of my second year's fees. It was a shock, yet there was no way back; I decided to start applying for top-up funds and reaching to charities, with no success. My family, who are retired and living on a tight budget, managed to borrow some money to help me pay my second-year fees, while I continued to search for help to pay my third-year fees. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37857468 

As an international student, the deadline to pay the fees is in November. If I don’t pay by then, Ph.D. program and my visa would be terminated. That doesn’t only mean that I lose two-years of hard work and money, but also that my daughter loses her GCSEs. I learned from the payment office that if I pay my fees by August I would receive a 10 percent discount on my fees. Moreover, my mother managed to save another 1000 GBP to help with my fees. I also have a car, worth 1000 GBP that I can sell. That leaves me with a shortage of 6000 GBP.

This Ph.D. is my only weapon against bigotry, oppression, and attempts at silencing my voice. Your donation will go a very long way towards me achieving my goal of attaining a Ph.D., that will enable me to pursue my academic/activist goals of helping other oppressed/ marginalized women.  I do hope that my story resonated with you.  Thank you for taking the time to read, and again, my sincere gratitude goes out to anyone who is willing to help during this time of need.


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Update 7
Posted by Hind Elhinnawy
6 months ago
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Dear all, we have reached almost 4500 GBP, which is great! I hope you can share with your contacts so we could hopefully reach our goal.

Many thanks for the immense support I’ve received from each and everyone of you.

Hind
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Update 6
Posted by Hind Elhinnawy
6 months ago
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Dear friends,

We’ve finally reached two thirds of our target. We wouldn’t have reached that without your help. Thank you very much for your support. And please continue sharing so we can reach our target.

Thanks

Hind
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Update 5
Posted by Hind Elhinnawy
7 months ago
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Read my article in the independent today:

« Over a decade ago I made legal history in Egypt, but to fight for women's rights we need to change the culture, not just the laws »

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/egypt-law-islam-women-sexism-abortion-misogyny-a8403171.html
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Update 4
Posted by Hind Elhinnawy
7 months ago
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We have gone so far because of your support. Each and every name of you will be written in my PhD acknowledgements. Just a few more steps to reach our goal. Please share my story and fundraiser with your contacts to help me finish my PhD. Thanks
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