|The Zenab Kamel
Hassan Foundation for Holistic Human Development
A registered non-profit organization named after ZKH the first Egyptian
woman in modern times to achieve higher university degrees in science
and to teach in the Egyptian University in the Faculty of Science. The
Foundation is dedicated to excellence in men and in women. It is
dedicated to environmentally sensitive sustainable development,
mobilization of grass roots participation and resources, and
intra-social, trans-gender, trans-social and trans-cultural
Responding To The Challenges
Of The Twenty-first Century
working together for interactive development in a less violent world.
Based in Egypt but internationally linked via international advisory
board, the Foundation operates from the heart of the Arab World, the
Middle East, a most relevant region in the North South interface and in
the meeting interface of the World's major religions. The Foundation is
well placed for action towards its objectives.
To demonstrate the theory and practice, initially in a non-European,
non-post industrial revolution context, of :
environment-sensitive, participatory sustainable development.
for attaining self sufficiency and acceptable standards of living using
industry and technology selectively and in service of human and Earth
values, and at the same time respecting cultural and behavioural
differences and respecting aspects of local knowledge and wisdom.
for promotion and maintenance of health at a personal, family, societal
and finally international level by applying the new WHO criteria, in
concordance with our criteria, that define health as not only the
freedom from physical and mental disease, but also the ability, and
opportunity-as a right- to grow to full potential, and the ability to
form creative interactive relations with the dynamic and pluralistic
aspects of "self" , "others" and the environment, thus generating the
sense of creative, non-violent well-being on an individual, societal and
international level that is our definition of health.
and mechanisms for resolution of violence in human relations by
implementing the above mentioned concept of health through which the
"other" can not be externalised or dehumanised or deliberately
disempowered as a prelude to abuse or marginalisation. The other not
only being "other" nationalities, races and religions, but most
fundamentally the other "gender" and the other "generation", including
children and old people. The participation and empowerment of women into
a truly interactive role is thus a major objective of our work.
In the pursuit of the above objectives we are
responding to the international crisis involving post-industrial
Euro-America as well as the crisis of the Southern hemisphere. We
are responding to the challenge of modernity and techno revolutions
determined to give them a human and humane face countering the
erosion of human values, human freedom and the erosion of the
Hassan is Egyptian Moslem Girl who defied everything to get access to an
education at all, then to get a University education which in the early
travelling alone to London, joining Clapham High School to get the
matriculation, then joining London University, Bedford College to study
Science and duly graduate in Chemistry1929 to become:
the first Egyptian girl to graduate in Science in modern times.
Her story of constructive defiance and struggle to set a different role
model for Egyptian women and women in the Islamic World is summerized in
the foundation booklet (published 1996:"Responding to the Challenges of
the twenty first century").
She went on to fight her way into becoming the first woman to teach men
Chemistry in Cairo University!
The progressive marginalisation and disempowerment of like-minded and
enlightened "rebels" represents a fundamental fulcrum in the study of
the mechanisms of relapse of the extremely promising and developmental
leap in the whole of the region as led by Egypt after the 1919
revolution and its highly fertile associations and offshoots.
How was this great promise dismembered, marginalised and disempowered
with the rise of unitary totalitarianism in politics and in
thought/culture/religion, is worthy subject for several doctoral theses?
The Foundation believes that the key to development is re-empowering the
disempowered whether these are the poorer, the younger, the non-attached
or the feminine or -sadly in totalitarian regimes- the citizenry!.
The establishment of dialogue with all "other" is yet another
commitment.(see links for the background philosophy).