Madeleine Kelly

How to give your skin a break!

We asked beauty experts Asma Sherif Mounir, Diana Richy, Soha Koury, Yasmin Ebeid, and Paya for their best tips and tricks when giving your skin a break from your typical makeup routine. First off, best makeup removers: Coconut oil from Nature’s Way All of Neutrogena’s makeup removal range Micellar solution makeup remover from Bioderma. L’Oreal’s…

Arab Musicians with a Quirky Sense of Style

If you’re looking for musicians with style as unique as their music, look no further. Here are 5 of the quirkiest and coolest Arab musicians: Souad Massi shows that you don’t need to wear a dress to look elegant, beautiful and feminine. She melts hearts with those lose fitting tops, jeans and a voice to die…

Could this Radical Type of Therapy Be the Answer? : A talk to Family Constellations practitioner Bassant El Menshawy

The feminist Adrienne Rich once wrote “Until we understand the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.” If you replace assumptions with traditions, then one might see that Family Constellations therapy comes from a similar idea. Bassant El Menshawy, a practitioner and facilitator of this therapy, says the core idea is that…

Egypt’s Most Effective Medicine: Prayer

A year or so ago, my Mother started using a book of old Celtic prayers. Early in the morning you can find her in our living room, and late at night in her bedroom, bent over her book. It is a book that has gained popularity among the Christian community in Britain, echoing the more…

Into the Wild: A chat with Nora Kafafi, the founder of Rock & Rope

Nora Kafafi grew up in the wild, her childhood spent outdoors by the ravine next to her house. Years later, working as a project manager in a company helping start-ups grow, Nora remembered the ravine and, fuelled by her work with start-ups, dreamt up an outdoor adventure company. This company is Rock & Rope. Kafafi…

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Rescue App: The App that Could Help Egyptian Women Reclaim Their Streets

Three months ago 21 year old Shadw Osama received a call from her friend. “She was walking alone and there were some men following her. I was not able to help her because I was too far away.” Shadow stayed on the phone to her friend until, finally, the men disappeared. Though the crisis was…

Is Melania Really a Victim of a Global Patriarchal System?

On Friday, Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States. For many, however, the focal point of the inauguration was not Trump but his wife, Melania. People on social media have begun to collect photos of Melania looking glum at the inauguration. Melania sits next to Donald Trump at a table, glaring…

Why Do We Wax?

On the way home from my first waxing experience in Cairo I saw a flayed carcass lying out in the street. I considered it quite an apt metaphor. The thing is I had gone rather a long time between trips and the lady who was waxing me looked close to tears as she tried, mostly…

Women Commit Suicide in Aleppo to Avoid Being Raped!

A UN spokesman has called the situation in Aleppo ‘a meltdown of humanity’ and perhaps nothing encapsulates this better than the reports that 20 women have committed suicide in Aleppo to avoid being raped by Bashar Al-Assad’s advancing forces. In particular, a suicide note allegedly written by a nurse in Aleppo has held the world’s…

Law Affirming Rape Abolished in Lebanon

Women stand in the middle of Beirut’s busy streets. They are wearing white wedding dresses shrouded by floor length veils. These clothes represent what it is globally thought of as one of the most significant days in a woman’s life. Yet these women look grim and their dresses, on closer inspection, appear to be made…