"She was not only a capable teacher and instructor, but also a role model. She turned a school hated by students and run by a hard and tyrannical principal to a place they longed to go to in order to meet with their beloved teacher, Mrs. Widad."
Wedad Mitri Antoun (1927-2007) was born October 9th, 1927 in Shubra, Cairo. She was a activist in the Egyptian leftist movement and a pioneer in social work. She received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Fouad I (now Cairo University) in 1952. She worked as a teacher for seven years, and was the first to initiate a course journalism in school. She was politically active during the years from 1956 to 1967, joining the Egyptian Communist movement at the age of twenty-three. She was an ardent supporter of the Palestinian cause, and joined the Women’s Committee for People’s Resistance in 1956. Mitri was also the first founder of a women’s organization in the village of Barageel in Fayoum. At the ninety-year anniversary commemoration of Cairo University, Mitri was given an honorary certificate from the College of Media, in celebration of 60 years of founding the Department of Media Studies. The certificate script read that it was in “acknowledgement of her distinctive contribution to the development of Egyptian media throughout the rich years of her work and her genuine efforts in the service of our beloved country”.