Gameela Ismail

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Biographical Information

"Gameela graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University in 1986, and obtained a diploma in Interpretation from the American University in Cairo. She chose to work with the press, and devoted herself to expressing the lives, pain and dreams of everyday Egyptians through her work as a program presenter on Egyptian television. Gameela used the street as her studio, and proved her capability to handle this type of program.

"In 1994, Gameela started working in public service through an NGO in downtown Cairo. She was honored several times by the people of the districts she worked in, including Aldarb-Alahmar, Almouskey, Algamaliya, Bab-Al-Shieriya, Alzaher and Mansheyet-Naser, for her sincere efforts in providing the people with housing, medical treatment and educational services over the next ten years.

"In 2001, Gameela ran for Shura Council amid strong public support from the people in her district, who recognized her dedication and ability to provide real services. Gameela challenged Mohamed Ragab, Majority Leader of the ruling National Democratic Party.

"In 2005, Gameela co-founded Al-Ghad Party and managed the media campaign for the party's candidate in the 2005 Presidential election.

"From 2004 until 2010, Gameela has participated in the national struggle for the release of opinion prisoners held in Egyptian jails. She has participated in campaigns for change in Egypt, including tackling corruption, monopoly, and tyranny and defending freedom of expression. Gameela has become an active member in most of the movements and protests calling for change in Egypt." [1]

She is married to Ayman Nour .

2008 Bush Lunch

September 25, 2008: "On Tuesday, Watson Institute Senior Fellow Xu Wenli was honored for his democracy advocacy by President George W. Bush. Xu was among activists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, and other countries attending a “Freedom Agenda” lunch with the president." Gameela was one of the attendees of this lunch. [2]

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  1. About, Gameela Ismail, accessed February 9, 2011.
  2. Xu Honored by Bush for Democracy Advocacy, Watson Institute, accessed February 9, 2011.