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Nubia, Culture & Architecture: Meet the Architect Mai Hussein

Passionate about communities’ cultural evolution and urban development, this creative lady made the best of both worlds by working on an architectural landmark in Nubia to showcase their culture! Mai Hussien is an Egyptian with Nubian roots who graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2014. Her main concern is to provide sustainable solutions…

Turning Shrimp Shells into Eco-Friendly Plastic? Meet the Female Researcher behind the Project

It was nine o’clock in the morning, and we were waiting to meet researcher Irene Samy. The thirty-eight-year-old is an assistant professor at Nile University, in the Industry Engineering Department. She’s worked on research related to waste management, the latest being heading the team behind turning shrimp shells into natural degradable plastic. Irene’s project was…

The Nubian Nefertari, Nour Eldemerdash

Obsessed with tourism, culture, and the Koryean language, this Nubian star mixed all her passions together to showcase and promote the Nubian culture to the world. Twenty-six-year-old Nourhan Eldemerdash graduated from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management. She’s currently a tour guide, and an honorary reporter for the Korean official news website, and is…

Ganobeya Horra… Empowering Women of Aswan

Aswan-based Organizations that work on women empowerment are not something we hear about so often. It was during the 25th of January revolution when a group of women in Aswan first realized the urgency of leaving room for their women to have a voice. When women were only informed about the demonstrations right before they…

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Astute TV Presenter Encouraging Women to Reshape the Broadcasting Industry!

When she used to work as a reporter, she’d often find her reports skipped without her stand-upper, and when she asked for the reason, they’d say she’s too black, not pretty enough… Years and years later, this multi-talented reporter  Wafaa AlBadry became an established journalist and Broadcaster currently based in Germany. She has been picked…

A Piece of Kenya by Amina Zaher through Arcade Gallery!

Striking colors, culturally rich atmosphere, and of course visually appealing aesthetic pictures that left us blown away… It was brilliant Fashion Photographer Amina Zaher’s latest exhibition Kenya Aesthetics displayed at Maadi’s Arcade Gallery. Portraying the natural beauty of the Maasai tribes in Kenya, the exhibition was certainly out of this world! “I was hit by…

Mothers to Be… Meet Merette, Your Egyptian Doula

Giving birth is probably one of the biggest milestones in any woman’s life. Am I allowed to walk around during labor? Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? Is the shape of this baby bump normal? Is it okay to sleep on my back? Too many questions, and concerns take over the mother’s mind. But…

Miss Sudan, Fatima Ali, Redefining the So-Called “Beauty Standards”

“Someone can spit on me, another might throw something at me, and I can hear other comments right up to my face like “Eh el Leyl El Hagam Dah”, which roughly translates to darkness of the night.”   This is how model and writer Fatima Ali described her experience with some racist comments on Egyptian…

Ganubi Store… All About Nubian Southern Culture, Creativity and Inclusion

Through colorful prints and culturally-rich designs, a twenty-seven-year-old Nubian showcases the South’s culture –leaving her clients with masterpieces and not just products. Founder of Ganubi Store, Nada El Halafawy, is an interior design and decor graduate who later specialized in graphic design. Get to know all about her idea, design and more through our conversation.…

Researcher Fatma Emam… “The kids in my school once tried to wash my hands, to remove the black color from it!”

Originally from Nubia, the brilliant researcher Fatma Emam has always been fascinated by feminist studies and women’s pressing issues. She’s worked as a human rights researcher, and was part of women’s rights organizations like Nazra, and Cewla for resisting violence against women. We’ve talked to the inspiring feminist about the issue of dark-skinned women in…

Zay El Shams’s Stunning Malak Hassan

Throughout my life, I’ve always heard these comments “tie your hair”, “you look better with straight hair”, but I love my hair to be honest.     Turning all eyes to her through last Ramadan’s hit series Zay El Shams, the young and talented Malak Hassan rocked her very first role on screen as a…

Eyad Nassar :“El-Mamar discusses people’s sense of belonging even at times of defeat & Casablanca breaks Eid’s typical comedy frame!”

The Jordanian Superstar Eyad Nassar rocks this Eid’s hit movies El-Mamar and Casablanca, impressing everyone with his out of this world roles! El-Mamar tackles the period of the war of attrition between Egypt and Israel, through which Eyad plays the role of an Israeli soldier who used to get information out of Egyptian soldiers. He…

Book it Forward: Read. Donate. Repeat.

    For all the bookworms that leave their piles of books sitting for ages with no apparent use, the struggle is over. We’ve just discovered the Facebook page “Book it Forward”, with the purpose of selling donated used books to other readers, and all the profit going to charity. The thoughtful initiative was founded…

Passion and Relevance… Tamer Ashry’s Key Elements to Produce Great Stories

  Fifteen years into the filmmaking industry, Tamer Ashry is an established director, producer, and writer whose work has been recognized internationally and won numerous awards. He’s well-known for his movie Photocopy and the short film Eyebrows. He’s also passionate about making documentaries like Pictures from Gaza and the 7th War. He recently participated in…

Noura Ebrahim: The Doll Maker Combining Strength, Passion, and Art!

The art of thoughtful gift giving has often been a dilemma, but twenty three-year-old Noura Ebrahim took it to a whole new level by making dolls that look just like their owners.   Graduated in 2018 from Azhar El Zagazig, Noura had the urge to start her own project: Doll Store. Through her passion towards…

Logina Salah: The Make-up Artist who took the Industry by Storm!

Make-up and self-acceptance are not the typical mix… When a certified make-up artist calls for embracing one’s self, all eyes have to turn. The 28-year-old vitiligo patient Logina Salah changed the game when she started sharing photos of herself without hiding the difference in her skin tone, aiming to influence and inspire all women to…

Empower Football Academy: Female Footballers Only!

When she found herself stuck to practice with football academies for guys, and a limited number of girl players, young footballer Farida Salem took it upon herself to establish her very own girls only football academy, and worked until this dream came to life.   Not as a part time job, hobby, or an alternative…

Bassel Alzaro…”The series shows that when men respect women , regardless of the time or age, they’ll get a lot in return. ”

In a very different and amusing role, Bassel Alzaro showcases his impressive acting capabilities in the pan Arab production, El Haramlek as a Russian spy, Martin. The historical series features the time of the Ottoman Empire’s instability, telling fictional stories about the people of this era, with extravagant costumes that make you feel like you…

Mai Omar Takes Ramadan Series Race by Storm in ‘Weld El Ghalaba’

Presenting a new twist to the heart-breaking tale of a woman being forced into marrying an older guy, all eyes are on the stunning Mai Omar for her outstanding performance in this Ramadan’s Weld El Ghalaba, where she’s far from being the victim. We’ve chatted with the beautiful inside-out actress and here are her insights…

Meet Zenah Helmy, The Wonder Woman Behind Students’ First Animal Rights Association

Purposely wanting to make a difference in her community with a passion towards lifting others up and a profound connection with animals, a freshman student took the step to establish an organization that solely focuses on animal rights in Egypt. Now a Senior at The American University in Cairo with a Construction Engineering major and…

Jana Shiha: Squash Like An Egyptian!

When Jana was asked about what the phrase “banat el ayam di” brings to her mind, she stated that it reminds her of the hard working women she sees nowadays wanting to reach something, and become independent without having to need anyone. The hard hitting 17-year-old is a perfect example of Egyptian female pride who…

Meet Yasmina Eissa…The Para Badminton Champ Ranked 9th in the World!

  Passionate about trying out different sports such as football, tennis, and ice hockey, Yasmina Eissa instantly got hooked up with para badminton since she first learned about it in school. When she realized her talent with using the racquet, she decided to start practicing outside school to compete with more people. Fortunately, she found…

The Determined Esraa El Bably… Egypt’s First Hearing Impaired Dentist!

After knocking the doors of Egyptian schools twenty five years ago, and failing to find one equipped school to take in the differently-abled amongst their students, the hard-working Esraa El Bably and her family did not take no for an answer and sought an alternative in Bahrain, making persistence their life slogan.   At the…

Advice Seekers The Organization Aiming to Combat Bullying in Egyptian Schools

You cannot sit with us” the well-known Mean Girls’ phrase that we often repeat jokingly, but is certainly more serious than it appears. In a world where everyone’s seeking validation, life becomes a hundred times harder when they end up with the opposite: bullying and humiliation. It works on all ages and it can make…

The Cookbook that Empowers Women from the Kitchen!

“You belong to the kitchen,” a statement that often enrages women all around the globe, usually meant to imply submissiveness and dependence, and probably leading to zillions of discrimination cases. Defying this conception, the Jordanian consulting agency, Seven Circles has been using cooking as a method of women empowerment, and published the best-selling book EWC–…

Shady Abdallah: Saving Our Water and Soil through Greenish!

They say that once you drink from the Nile, you are destined to return, but it makes it so challenging when there is a larger than life amount of plastic waste and garbage running in our ancient waters poisoning our soil with toxic waste. This is where Greenish Egypt comes in, the social business that aims…

Sherif Hosny: Co-Founder of Schaduf’s Environmentally Friendly World

The grass became greener on hundreds of rooftops in Egypt thanks to Schaduf, an organization that provides green urban solutions that elevate the quality of life through environmental and social change. The idea was simple: grow food on rooftops of people with minimum income! Schaduf was founded by two brothers, Sherif and Tarek Hosny, after…

Every Mom is a Good One in her Own Way, but Being ‘Super’ is a Big Myth!

Have you ever faked a migraine to escape a mommy duty? How many times have you pretended to be asleep so your husband gets up for the baby instead? God knows how many other stories we’ve kept to ourselves just because they don’t render us “as the ‘typical good mom’ material. In the era of…

May Zein Eldin: The Resilient Godmother of Al-Hassan Foundation

A few years ago, May Zein Eldin was a regular mom whose only worries were school grades and bad influence until one day she received a phone call about her son’s Al Hassan accident that resulted in being bound to a wheelchair. Driven by the desire to change her son’s reality, May founded Al-Hassan Foundation…

Yasmin Helal Founder of Educate Me: The Vanguard of Quality Education

A young woman with an awesome spirit and a beautiful energy is the engine behind the NGO Educate Me, working on redefining quality education in Egypt. She decided to improve the state of the well-being of financially underprivileged children in Egypt through developing and delivering. We have met with the intelligent founder, and here are…

Azza Kamel … The Creative Genius behind ‘Alwan wa Awtar’

Poverty and ignorance are doomed combination. Creating change through art might sound unusual, but Azza Kamel, a creative genius decided to give the development scene in Egypt a vibrant twist founding “Alwan wa Awtar”, a conducive environment that enables children in marginalized areas to develop their artistic sense, intellectual/creative abilities and self-awareness through arts and non-traditional…

Fair Trade Egypt- Artisan Haven!

Ever since the emergence of capitalism in the world order, most businesses became all about profit maximization, sometimes overlooking the expenses it might have on their employees. Luckily, we found the organization that is initially based on balancing both. Established in the 1990s, Fair Trade Organization started as an initiative to develop and empower the…

Finally… An Application to End Food Waste in Egypt!

If you’re the type that obsess over the restaurant’s strategy with their leftovers when you’re supposed to be enjoying your dinner, you would be relieved to know that an application designed just for that is scheduled to launch next March! Founded by the Egyptian entrepreneur Menna Shahin, Tekeya application is meant to organize the excess…

Dawar Application: Look for the Garbage and Report It!

Aiming to combat the issue of garbage accumulation, the waste management company Environ-Adapt in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and the service provider GIZ Egypt established an application to help people locate garbage and report it to the waste collection company. After it is removed, a picture of the clean spot is sent for…

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Alwan wa Awtar: Development through the Arts

In one of Zelzal district’s long streets, exists a cozy heartwarming bubble that is one of the spaces of the non-profit organization Alwan wa Awtar. It’s where you’ll find children enthusiastically drawing, dancing, acting, or even critically challenging the methods of their instructors. Registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Alwan wa Awtar is an…

AlMashghel…“Your Purchase Helps Empower Women”

In one of the glass buildings of Al Maadi lies a small flat of determined women where a variety of clothing items and jewelry are made and impressively portrayed, powering the emerging brand AlMashghel. AlMashghel, Arabic for workshop, is a project aiming to empower female refugees and less-privileged Egyptian women (with a ratio of 70:30)…

Clifftop Adventures: The Travel Agency that Caters for Everyone’s Needs

From meditation and relaxation to hiking, rock-climbing and more adrenaline-rush activities, Clifftop Adventures travel agency has got it all. When two avid travelers Lina El Menshawy and Omar Badr realized their passion towards adventure travel, they launched their agency in 2017, aiming to share their interest in experiencing Egypt and the globe as travelers and…

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Tikkyet Al Rahman: The Corner Shop that Feeds People for Free

No, it is not for a product promotion or a total scam … It is a charitable initiative purposed to feed people in need and hopefully combat hunger rates in Egypt. Every day at around 2 pm, the small corner shop in Al Hussien district distributes freshly cooked noncommercial meals to queues of women, men,…

Educate Me Aspiring to Redefine Education in Egypt

While some parents try all the tricks of the world to get their kids to love school, one extraordinary school established itself as an attraction for a neighborhood’s kids to the extent that they saved from their own pocket money just to afford paying the transportation expenses their parents cut-off. The one of a kind…

Mashrou El Saada: Changing the Living Conditions of the People with Colors and a Paintbrush

Community service and charity have often been tied to materialistic measures in our collective unconscious. You think donations, Ramadan packs, clothes, blankets, and a zillion other money-oriented means, that are definitely needed and vital for the community. Breaking the stereotype, the non-governmental organization Mashrou El Saada chose another path to serve the community using just…

The Perfect Mix between Food Cultures with a Sprinkle of Giving Back!

In one of Cairo’s informal settlements, Ezbet Khairallah, exists a cooking hub for Syrian and Egyptian women, where all the dazzling amalgamation between Egyptian and Syrian food happen. Dawar Kitchen is a social enterprise incubated under Dawar for Arts and Development, an organization meant for psychosocial interventions for citizens impacted by wars, displacement, or any…