In 2011 Egyptians took to the streets calling for the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak whose regime had been in power for nearly 30 years.
Their uprising was part of a mass movement of pro-democracy protests across the Arab world.
Women were at the forefront of the demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo, bravely defying sexist stereotypes.
Hend Nafea was a student activist at the time of the protests.
She tells Witness History that she was protesting not only for freedom, dignity and social justice but also for her rights as a woman.
Witness History: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.