3a’belik !

Married with children…. Some remember it as an 80’s sitcom. For me it is about something else. It is not marriage in itself that lately became an issue for me though, rather how it is seen and viewed, how girls, women, boys and men are educated and brought up and pressured to regard it. Let [...]

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Bury Your Past

When you least expect it, it comes to you Making you realise what you’ve been through It makes you angry, it makes you mad Now you realise how much power they had Even from the first day you were born They forced you to wear Christ’s thorn They watched you bleed, They saw your pain [...]

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La femme est l’ennemie de la femme

Crier à l’injustice est bien un piètre geste d’indignation stérile. Le temps l’a prouvé, l’expérience aussi. Plus on s’indigne, plus on met en avant notre égo, notre narcissisme qui se complait dans un rêve d’héroïsme pitoyable. Toutes les femmes sont activistes de nos jours. Une interview télévisée, un calicot brandi dans une manifestation féministe, des [...]

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A letter to my daughter lost to honor culture

What is life? One is conceived by two people who could love each other. They could hate each other too, or one of them or both could have been forced to marriage… In my parents’ case, it was forced on both sides.  I was born out of two individuals who didn’t even like each other. [...]

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I was born a girl…

I was born a girl… “Born a girl” means being judged by my family and relatives for who enters or not “the place” – a “place” where my entire family’s value and honor lay, i.e. “between my legs”. “Between my legs” is my father’s honor, my sisters’, my uncles’, yeah everyone in my ‘tribe’. The [...]

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Let’s End Violence Against Women!

Although women enjoyed sometimes important roles in ancient cultures such as the Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greek, most women in the past and the present of Southwestern Asia and North Africa live in oppressive environments. Women are usually considered as tools of pleasure – tools to be thrown away when they ‘expire’. They have their roles [...]

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Why are women’s roles limited in Southwestern Asia?

There are multiple causes that limit women’s roles in Southwestern Asia i.e. the Middle East. The first one has to do with the historical legacy as society equated physical strength to general ability, thus relegated women to a lower status than men. This has resulted in the objectification of women in many parts of Southwestern [...]

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The Middle Eastern Woman’s Handbook

You heralded bad news to your family the minute your mom found out she was pregnant with a girl. You could’ve been buried alive at birth. Be grateful. You must get married, you must get married, you must get married, you must- you must! The family’s entire honor is between your legs. Keep them closed. [...]

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A Little Empathy Would Go A Long Way

I attended a Dubai Slam Poetry session few days ago and one of the talented young poets, Syrian Sarah Tamimi, told the story of war through a daughter’s promise to her departed mother: ‘Don’t look back’… What I understood from Sarah’s tearful performance which content evoked my own experience in Lebanon’s physical war zone in [...]

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Wonder Women

As a female, growing up in Saudi has had a huge impact on my lifestyle, perceptions and way of thinking. Although I am not originally from Saudi, living there my whole life has affected me enormously in different aspects of my life such as the way I speak and dress up. Moreover, as the Middle [...]

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