If you’ve been on Google this morning, you’ve probably noticed today’s Google Doodle honouring Egyptian artist and women’s rights activist Inji Aflatoun, on what would have been her 95th birthday. The Google Doodle shows Inji in front of her work, demonstrating her colourful, bold brushstrokes and distinct style, and is on display for users in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Cairo-born feminist had a strict Catholic upbringing, and it was the restrictions of her convent that drove her to rebel and investigate Egyptian social classes and injustice – eventually leading to her expulsion and igniting her passion for art.
Throughout her life Inji continued to fight class oppression and campaigned heavily for gender equality, using Egyptian social issues as inspirations for her work. She was even imprisoned in the '50s but that didn’t stop her – her friends smuggled in crayons and oil paints so she could continue her work. What are friends for?
Co-founding the League of Young Women in Universities and Institutes, writing political pamphlets on gender and class oppression and representing Cairo at the first conference of the Women’s International Democratic Federation in Paris were just a few of Inji’s achievements, aside from also becoming a respected artist whose works were displayed worldwide.
Inji Aflatoun's work is currently on display at the Sharjah Art Museum.
Photos: Courtesy of Google and Instagram