THE BUSSY STORY

BuSSy is a performing arts project that documents and gives voice to censored untold stories about gender in different communities in Egypt.
The project organizes storytelling workshops and performances where women and men step on stage to share stories about harassment, rape, gender discrimination, honor killing, forced marriage, Female genital mutilation, motherhood, domestic violence, child abuse, mass sexual assaults and many others, from different communities and cities in Egypt.


The project started in 2006, when two American University of Cairo [AUC] students began directing a performance using stories of Egyptian women about their memories and experiences of womanhood. The monologues, which were by women, for women, exposed real women’s stories and provided a space for free expression on issues that society often failed to address. Thus began The BuSSy Project.
The monologue performances allow women to write for themselves instead of being written about. We are not professional artists; we are a group of passionate, enthusiastic youth with strong faith in the value and impact of the project.
In 2010, BuSSy transitioned from a university-aliated group to an independent theater project holding a number of performances on stages all over Egypt. Over time, BuSSy performances began incorporating stories from both women and men; and today, the project extends beyond “women’s issues” as BuSSy now aims to tackle the complexity of gender issues from the perspectives of both women and men.
Our stories reflect the reality that we, as young Egyptian women and men, are living with regards to social issues that are experienced by all members of society, irrespective of class and background. We aim, through our performances, to reach the public directly, and expose the reality which society ignores, while also creating new opportunities for dialogue and awareness of many different important issues.

Since 2006 we have...

Held more than 20 storytelling workshops…
Held 5 inhouse storytelling nights ...
Performed & held workshops  in Cairo, Alexandria, Minya, Assiut, Port Said, Damietta, Luxor,Tanta and Aswan ...
Held more than 56 performances by women and men in Egypt…
Travelled to India, Sweden, UK, France, Jordan and Lebanon …
Gathered stories from over 1000 people...
Reached Thousands of others online and through our performances…

FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS

Ahmad Abdalla


Ali Shaath


Cathy Costain


Emad Abo-Ghazi


Frida


Goethe Institut - Cairo


Hassan Elgeretly


Jules Henri


Kamynu Trust


Khaled Abol-Naga


Mahmoud Othman


Marihan Iskandar


Naaz Khan


Rana Ahmed


Ranwa Yehia


Salam Yousry


The British Council - Cairo


Wessam Elbeih

OUR STAFF

<strong>Aya Elhossiny</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Aya Elhossiny
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Dina Abdel-Nabi</strong> <small>Project Manager</small>
  • Dina Abdel-Nabi
  • Project Manager

<strong>Hadeel Gamal</strong> <small>Social Media Operator</small>
  • Hadeel Gamal
  • Social Media Operator

<strong>Manar Mokhtar</strong> <small>Project Accountant</small>
  • Manar Mokhtar
  • Project Accountant

<strong>Mohammed Gaber</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Mohammed Gaber
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Nahla Soliman</strong> <small>BuSSy Caravan Project Coordinator</small>
  • Nahla Soliman
  • BuSSy Caravan Project Coordinator

<strong>Rasha Sultan</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Rasha Sultan
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Samaa El-Turkey</strong> <small>Project Coordinator</small>
  • Samaa El-Turkey
  • Project Coordinator

<strong>Shady Abdalla</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Shady Abdalla
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Shaymaa Shoukry</strong> <small>Movement Coach and Choreographer</small>
  • Shaymaa Shoukry
  • Movement Coach and Choreographer

<strong>Sondos Shabayek</strong> <small>Project Director</small>
  • Sondos Shabayek
  • Project Director

<strong>Yara Ahmed</strong> <small>Archive Editor</small>
  • Yara Ahmed
  • Archive Editor

<strong>Zahraa Abdellah</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Zahraa Abdellah
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Sara Yahya</strong> <small>Videographer</small>
  • Sara Yahya
  • Videographer

<strong>Ahmed Nabil </strong> <small>IT Consultant</small>
  • Ahmed Nabil
  • IT Consultant

<strong>Rehab Eldalil </strong> <small>Photographer</small>
  • Rehab Eldalil
  • Photographer

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