Suhayla Al Sheikh

The Lives of Egyptian Cemetery Inhabitants

We drove into the Al Ghareeb Cemetery, manoeuvring through the tiny roads to get to the heart of the grave site. "Thieves hide there"; "people there are depressed"; "people there are unhappy and lead dull lives" were amongst the phrases playing repetitively in our heads. We had almost believed them, already anticipating exactly what we…

Female MP Suggests Child Goes to Father’s Wife, If the Mother Re-marries!

From offering amendments to the Egyptian constitution against female circumcision, to increasing the constitutional penalties for sexual harassment, changes in the Egyptian constitution -for the most part - have been in favour of women. However, that could possibly be changing soon, if a suggested amendment offered a day ago in relation to child custody, is…

The Target on Female NGO Members and Activists Continues!

Freedom is a feeling more and more people continue to lose to censorship, injustices and national oppression. It is a feeling and a state Egyptians went down on January 25th to fight for and gain for the first time in a long time. 2011 saw the birth of an unprecedented hope. Now it's 2016, the…

A Rising Egyptian Opera Singer, Marks Herself on the International Scene!

Egyptian talent is on a rise in all kinds of realms and it just can't go unnoticed. Amongst the many successes are women that are following their passion restlessly, slowly but surely and strongly climbing the stairs of success. We've seen the achievements of Egyptian females in sports, in fashion and in the sciences. Today…
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3 Times a Cancer Survivor and She is Only 35!

As the cancer epidemic continues to rise, we continue witnessing all kinds of motivational stories. We've seen and heard many stories revolving around positivity, societal support and ease. However, we rarely hear the stories of female cancer patients who have faced societal problems and obstacles before being able to rise as great inspirations for others.…

Trump’s Win is a Testimony That our World is Already a Terrible Place!

What does Trump's win mean for humanity and the world? People on social media are claiming that "the world will become a terrible place", that "humanity is going to fail" and that "the world will become unsafe". What all these people fail to see however, is that Trump's win is a testimony that our world…

Images Reflecting the Devaluation and Oppression of Egyptian Women Go Viral

Women being mistreated and discriminated against, is a reality evident in our society and one many of us are consciously aware of. However, every now and then during our moments of hope for the better and future aspirations, something happens that reaffirms this sad reality or pushes it to further realms. Such are two images that…

An Isolated Egyptian Fishing Town Becomes an Explosion of Art

At times, art inspires, at other times it expresses or beautifies or questions, but in all cases it purifies a person's emotional state. Unfortunately though, the importance of art and the power it possesses is underestimated and underexposed. Egyptian Artist Abdel Wahab Abdel Mohsen was very aware of this sad reality, and decided to take an…

Okhtein Wins the Vogue Arabia Fashion Prize!

The Launch of Vogue Arabia earlier this year was a huge milestone for the Arab fashion scene. With the launch, came the Dubai Design & Fashion Council/Vogue Fashion Prize Competition, and our very own "Okhtein" were amongst the competitors! Okhtein is an Egyptian bags and accessories brand founded by two sisters: Aya and Mounaz Abdel…

Moez Masoud Sings, and People Are Not Happy!

We live in a society inevitably encompassing judgements. Mix that with the presence of social media and you create a recipe for disastrous negativity. Although we saw many positive responses during the olympics, we also saw negative ones degrading our female athletes. We've seen the hate generated towards Fifi Abdo at the way she choses…

8 Quirky and Artistic Photographers We Are Obsessed With!

Photographers are on a rise and the competition is at an all time high in Egypt! We have the fashion photographers, the portrait photographers, the outdoor photographers and the generic studio photographers. However in the midst of all the photographic mayhem, come another and different bracket of photographers: the offbeat and the quirky. These are…

The Cutest Baby Photography Studios in Cairo!

From their spontaneous smiles, to their heart-melting cries, to their sudden funny movements and responses, babies are the cutest! Sometimes as a parents you feel like you want to capture that innocent smile before it loses it's purity, or dress them up in a captured moment, or even simply just hold onto their rawest purest…

Fabulous Moms of Instagram Who Have it All!

Some people believe that having children and being a part of motherhood, stalls a mother from achieving her dreams and ambitions. Those very same people usually also believe that having children, tends to get a woman to forget about herself, dressing up less and taking less care of herself. However, we have some great Instagram…

Egyptian Women Were More Empowered in the 1900s

Reminiscing about the past has become a common occurrence amongst Egyptians. Recently a Facebook post went viral, stating that Egypt is the only country that can move forward in our modern days, by traveling back in history. Egypt in the 1900s used to have streets, buildings and generic architecture that competed with those of London.…

Microblading: the Latest Eyebrow Thickening Solution is Now in Egypt!

Thick hair on girls is not always a great thing. When it comes to eyebrows though, some of us are lucky enough to have naturally thick hair that helps give our eyebrows natural depth and darkness, accentuating our eyes and features. However, many others are not so lucky, and tend to have thin eyebrow hairs.…

17 Brilliant and Emotional Wedding Shots by Remon El Markiz

Extremely special, genuine and emotional moments don't necessarily occur often. We do however witness some of the most beautiful expressions, genuine reactions, and meaningful moments during weddings. There is something about weddings, perhaps the realization that a new life and stage is being celebrated and about to begin, that gives way for all those present…

“A Day for Women”: the Egyptian Film People are Eagerly Waiting For

Photo From: British Film Institute's official website   Egyptian films have been doing so well lately, proving to be worthy competitors in the international film scene. From Mohamed Diab’s “Clash” which was the opening film earlier this year at the Cannes film festival, to Seif Abdullah’s “Nourhan” completely filmed with an iPhone being nominated at…
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A Wonder Woman and Her Cancer Diary!

“Cancer”, a word many people dread and hate hearing. Our culture has systemized us to view cancer as the equivalent of death, however many strong cancer fighters and survivors are constantly proving otherwise. With modern technology and all kinds of medical and natural treatments, cancer can be dealt with like any other disease. In hopes of…

Mama Fifi Gives Students Some Love and Support on Twitter

Fifi Abdo is always up to something having us laughing, correcting her English, or simply loving her even more. Recently, she discovered Snapchat filters and ran with them. Social media has been going mayhem over her hilarious filter usage. However, in the meantime, she has wasted no time and took to Twitter to show students…

Get the Huawei P9 Smartphone and You’ll Leica this!

Elegance, lightness and uniqueness. The Huawei P9 Leica phone is the perfect mesh! Perhaps one of its most distinguishing characteristics is its back camera which comes with dual 12 MP sensors and F2.2 lenses. In comparison to iPhone 7's F1.2 lens and single sensor, the Huawei P9's camera options can't be competed with! It is…

We Travel the World out of Passion, not Because we are Single

Living in an Arab society - more specifically the Egyptian society - comes with many stigmas in all kinds of realms. Some of these stigmas revolve around single women who travel. Traveling has recently become a widespread trend catching the attention of males, females, the old, the young, the corporate workers and the more relaxed…

The Lebanese Film Submission to this Year’s Oscars, Questioning Lebanon’s Future

Last night at Zawya - the independent cinema in Egypt - the Lebanese award-winning film "Very Big Shot", written and directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, was screened. Being the Lebanese film submission to this year's Oscars, this film holds great significance. This satirically dark film, starts off with three brothers getting arrested after the eldest commits a…

MP Elhamy Agena Calls for a Virginity Test on Females before University Acceptance!

Elhamy Agena is a member of the Egyptian parliament who has recently been making headlines and not for any good reason. He has previously made extremely controversial - and ignorant - claims such as women are the main problem behind the Islamic sin of "Zina", men are sexually weak, and female circumcision should not be banned…

5 Arab Fashion Bloggers Helping us Reshuffle our Wardrobes

In the ocean of fashion bloggers that are being followed now a days, it becomes apparent that most of the time, suggested looks and fashion tips are either too expensive, too edgy, too quirky and maybe even too over done. Therefore, not necessarily practical! With that being said, we’ve come across Arab fashion bloggers that…
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6 Celebrities that Inspired Us with their Head Wraps

Trends change all the times. From year to year we wait for the revealing of all the upcoming trends from shoes to pants to jewelry designs. Sometimes in the midst of our attentiveness towards what's new, we overlook those trends that never go out of style. Amongst the many trends that fall under this bracket…
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Bearing the Scars, Softly Defeating Cancer

A picture can be worth a million words. This is a phrase we so often hear to where it has become rather cliche. Its constant usage however, is a testimony to its truth and inevitable reality. A single picture can make us feel overwhelmingly happy, overwhelmingly sad, it can make us live a moment in…

7 Egyptian Paralympic Athletes Making us Proud

We witnessed three amazing Egyptian athletes come back home from the Rio2016 Olympic games with medals, making us overly proud and happy! However, little did we know that our athletes competing at the Rio2016 Paralympics - the Olympic games for people of disabilities - would send us on an even greater high of pride and…

Cleo in the City: the Egyptian Fashion Blogger taking on New York

The fashion scene has recently been growing in the Arab World proving to be a worthy competitor. From designers, to models, to photographers, the fashion industry is on a rise, and soon we anticipate it will blow to the outside world with massive success. One of those anticipated successes comes from a fashion blogger we…

7 Reasons Why the Youth Want to Escape Egypt

Dreamers, bright, restless, motivational, and active. These are amongst the many characteristics that can be given to the Egyptian youth. However, unfortunately these very individuals constantly find themselves trapped in an unsupportive environment, unable to habilitate a clean emotional, physical and mental state. Therefore, they become unable to set their characters free and thus many…

Breaking Stereotypes: Unconventional Interests of Muslim Women

Go to the western world and say the words “Muslim women” and the first word that comes to mind is “oppressed”. Go to the Arab world and say the word “veiled” and the first word that comes to mind is “trapped”. Many of us know that these two responses are not so reasonable and are…

An MP Shockingly goes Against the New FGM Amendment, as it does not Accommodate to males’ “Sexual Weakness”

Female genital mutilation is a big social and health problem being faced in Egypt. In 2015, the Egyptian Health Officials announced that 92% of Egyptian women have undergone FGM. According to a UNICEF report, FGM can lead to problems with menstruation, intercourse, childbirth, and in some cases, death. “What medical education tells doctors about banning…

Alicia Keys Bares her face to Empower Women

Wear makeup, show more skin, lose weight, do this and do that. Our world has become so keen on manipulating girls and women into believing that their beauty is based on superficial reasons, rather than their natural selves in all their forms. So it comes as no surprise that when Alicia Keys – along with…

We can’t Believe we Used to Find these Horror Movies Scary!

Take a walk down memory lane and remember all those scary movies you’ve seen over the years, and you’ll find yourself more amused than you are scared. In the midst of all the recent horror films, we can’t help but reminisce about movies from back in the day and wonder why and how we ever…

Business Tycoon Mohamed Al Sagheer on Work, Family, Society and Women!

He is the entrepreneur that turned an unappreciated occupation into a respected profession. Mohamed Al Sagheer is the one who turned an overlooked skill into a strong brand to satisfy and beautify all women. His name became synonymous with fabulous hairstyles, and he took beauty and hair care to new heights in Egypt. We sat…

The Irony of France’s Bans on Muslim Women’s Attire Choices

Last week, different towns and cities in France decided to ban the burkini swimsuit worn by Muslim and - generically speaking - modest women. The burkini is a modest swimwear that covers the head and the body. Following the ban, images of armed French policemen making a woman on a beach take off parts of…

Hedaya and Sara Let Nothing Stand in their Way and Brought Home Two Olympic Medals

  Sexual abuse, being underestimated, domestic violence, discrimination and overall sexism are struggles that every Egyptian woman has faced and dealt with at some point in her life. Who knew that representing ourselves and holding our own at the Olympics was what it took to regain some of our respect as Egyptian women?   Sara…

Do Fashion Bloggers Really Inspire us, or Just Make us Jealous?

The fashion scene in Egypt and the Arab world is on the rise constantly. Recently, the most noticeable dominating aspect of this scene is the countless fashion bloggers. From the unconventional, to the veiled, to the high-end, to the hipster ones and more, there are plenty of fashion bloggers to choose from. We find ourselves following…

Pain Hiding in Plain Sight; The Lives of Cairo Street Cleaners

Poverty is a growing social problem that has riddled the Egyptian society for decades. Little do we know about the lives of the victims of this social atrocity. According to a survey done by The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the poverty line has reached 27.3% in 2014/2015, and the monthly expenses…

Egypt’s Olympic Medalists; A Great Example of our Nation’s Lack of Support

Dear President Sisi, Today, when we as Egyptians talk about our pride, we talk about our history and Pharaonic era more than anything, but we never seem to find anything worthy of our pride in our current civilization. How sad is it that we can’t find other accomplishments worthy of our pride today? What are…

Sara Samir and the Sacrifices that Led to Her Olympic Bronze Medal Win

Featured Image: REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov    From squash to beach volleyball to football and swimming; Egyptian female athletes have been dominating the Egyptian sports scene locally and internationally for the past year. 18-year-old Sara Samir has now added weightlifting to that list as she recently deservingly won the Bronze Medal at the Rio2016 69 kg Weightlifting Olympics…

Wrap It Up and Beat the Heat!

Most of us live each year anticipating summer and the moment we get to lock up all our heavy clothes away. However, for veiled women, summer doesn’t just mean packing away those coats and jackets, but also means preparing those outfits and looks that’ll be beating the summer heat. For any veiled woman finding trouble…

Olympic Refugee Team Champions “they were left at the hotel without food, money or passports by their coach and they are still determined!”

Featured Image: Anjelina Lohalith rio2016.com   During the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Ceremony, the world paid witness to the standing ovation welcoming the refugees into this worldwide event. Everyone rejoiced over the team, represented for the first time in history. In light of this great decision, we wanted to get an in depth look at…

Who Rocked their Shades this Summer?

Sunglasses are an essential part of summer! There are all kinds of shapes, colors and trends, and at times you find yourself caught up in making a decision regarding which sunglasses to wear! So, to help you out, we brought you a list of women who rocked their sunglasses this summer, giving you a little…

Dear Arab Mothers, the Train of Marriage Will not Pass!

Dear Arab Mothers, There is no daughter out there who does not love her mother for all that she is. We idolize you! At times, you are our sisters and our best-friends, and most of the time for many of us, you are our compasses and the main guides in life. However, at other times,…

Social Media; Modern Day Necessity or a Waste of Time? “when I finally deactivated Facebook, my life flipped around completely”

Edited by Yara Alsayes Social Media is a great way to communicate, share information and express thoughts and opinions. However, for many people, Social Media has ironically made them less productive, and perhaps more anti-social. We spoke to people from the Egyptian youth, who have cut themselves out of and/or minimized their Social Media usage…

Exquisite Home Accessories by Egyptian Artisans on the Streets of Maadi

Edited by Yara Alsayes   All over the streets of Cairo, talented craftsmen lay out their beautiful handworks, created with meticulous artistry, for sale. Using the sidewalk as their store, the by-passer becomes their buyer. The unique, colorful, artistic yet practical products they present are guaranteed to beautifully enrich your home. So, if you ever…