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10 Ways Egypt Changes During Ramadan

Ramadan starts tomorrow! Today, you probably splurged on your morning coffee in farewell to it; you might be thinking you’ll have a junk food Combo or Koshary for lunch because you know you won’t be eating them for the next 30 days.  You also might decide to stay in and binge the foreign show you’ve…

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Malak Badawi’s “The Rollercoaster” Wins Silver Hipatia Award for Best Short Film at Alexandria Short Film Festival

‘Rollercoaster’ depicts a young woman’s inner monologue as she wrestles with the concept of true love. Malak Badawi directed, wrote, edited, and starred as the protagonist in it. We sat down with her to know all about it. What inspired you to create “The Rollercoaster”? I get inspired by my own life experiences. I enjoy…

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Inside The Artist’s Studio: Layla Omar El-Farouk

Layla Omar El-Farouk is a brilliantly whimsical artist and entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Places Des Arts and Arcade Gallery. She has a uniquely artistic take on the seemingly mundane things we see every day. We knew her distinctive art had to be part of our Banat El Ayam Di book. We sat down with…

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Marwa Lotfy Workshops: Fashion Designing for Kids and Teens

As a young hijabi college student, Marwa Lotfy struggled to find fashionable clothes that represented her. Now, she and her siblings have their own design line “Meem Designs” and she runs ‘Marwa Lotfy Workshops’; a start-up dedicated to teaching youngsters all the basics of fashion designing. We sat down with her to know all about…

Meet the 10 Women Who Rocked the Golden Parade

It’s safe to say that yesterday’s Golden Mummy Parade blew our socks off! The parade entailed the transferring of 22 Mummified Egyptian Pharaohs from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat. Everything about the parade was breathtaking; from the video where prominent Egyptian actors told stories…

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Walaa Zoheir’s سوقي Scooter Academy: A Ride of Inspiration

Walaa Zoheir graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Ain Shams University. She later started working in a communications company, secretly holding on to a dream that then seemed unattainable. Walaa’s dream was to go for a ride on a motorcycle, now, she is the founder of سوقي  Scooter Academy,  an initiative that teaches people…

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Mohamed Kheidr’s “Tuktuk” Takes International Film Festivals by Storm!

“Tuktuk” was selected and is nominated for the Best Short Narrative award at the Pan-African Film Festival. Additionally, Lead actress Elham Wagdi won best actress at the Vienna International Film Awards. The film premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. It was also selected to compete in the Malmo Arab Film Festival,…

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10 Animal Care Organizations to Support on Egyptian Baladi Day

Today is Egyptian Baladi Day! It’s a day to celebrate the national Egyptian dog, the Baladi dog. Though you may occasionally stop on your endeavors to pet and play with our furry friends, or stop your car to let them cross the street, or even get a pang of sympathy for them when you see…

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Menna Hesham

Menna Hesham: The Real Life Dance Monkey

Menna Hesham is a 30-year-old ballerina, salsa dancer, and entrepreneur. After graduating from the faculty of Pharmacy from Cairo University and working for Nestle for 7 years, Menna decided to take the leap and pursue dancing (her life-long passion) full-time, opening up her dream studio “Brass Monkeys” along the way. We sat down with her…

Reem Osama

Reem Osama: Doctor by Day, Furniture Painter by Night

Reem Osama is the founder of ‘Reem Osama Art’, an online furniture store that sells uniquely quirky painted pieces.  She’s also a 36-year-old mother, Ophthalmologist, and painter. Reem categorizes her various identities in 3 ways. Motherhood is her most rewarding job, Medicine and surgery are her official jobs, and painting is her true job. We…

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Inside The Artist’s Studio: Tuka El Safty

Tuka El Safty is an exceptionally talented young artist. Her sources of inspiration are mosques and the streets of Old Cairo, her passion is Islamic art. When we first saw her captivating artwork, we knew she had to be part of our Banat El Ayam Di book. We sit down with her to know all…

Inside The Artist’s Studio: Farah Emara

Farah Emara is a wonderfully vibrant artist. Though young, she has a unique and colorful artistic identity. Her art is also loud and clear when it comes to smashing the patriarchy. When we first saw it, we knew she had to be part of our Banat El-Ayam Di book. We sit down with her to…

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Inside The Artist’s Studio: Hend Seif El-Din

Hend Seif El-Din is a wonderfully creative artist. Her art speaks volumes about her distinct and colorful personality. We knew it had to be part of our Banat El Ayam Di book. We sit down with her to know all about her artistic journey. Hend describes herself as a proud Aquarian, an advocate of animal…

Amira Abdelbasset

Johnson & Johnson’s Female Leadership at Its Finest

On International Women’s Day, we sat down with a female leader at J&J Egypt to learn about her experience. Amira Abdelbasset has been passionate about Human Resources since university. In 2017, she became the HR leader for North-East Africa at Johnson & Johnson, the most broadly based healthcare company in the world. In a time…

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7 Tips to Get You Through Working from Home

This past year, we’ve all had to make changes. We’ve attempted to survive this pandemic by baking a lot of cakes, dancing on TikTok, and sharing a lot of memes! Students had to study online, and adults, had to work from home. As comfortable as it is to attend meetings in our pajama bottoms, working…

Menna Farouk

Menna Farouk: Jack of All Trades, Master of Everything

Menna Farouk is a filmmaker with an MA in Television and Digital Journalism and a co-founder of 2 start-ups; ‘Dosy’ and ‘Lebet El Set’. She’s also a correspondent for the Thomas Reuters Foundation, a contributor to a multitude of international and local media outlets, and an editor at the Egyptian Gazette. We first reached out…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Shahira Kamal

Shahira Kamal is a woman of many talents. She paints, she draws, she sings, and writes songs. She embodies every meaning of what an artist is. That’s why we knew she had to be part of our Banat El-Ayam Di book. We spoke to her to know all about her colorful artistic experience. On the…

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Mauj: Sex Education by and for Arab Women

Mauj is an online platform dedicated to offering Arab women a space to talk and learn about their bodies. Its slogan is ‘sexual and reproductive wellness by and for Arab Women’. We talked to its founders (who chose to remain anonymous) to know all about it. What’s the story of Mauj? And what’s the significance…

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Restore FGM: Egyptian Center Offering Multidisciplinary Treatment for Survivors

Female Genital Mutilation is a crime and a huge violation of women’s rights. Not only does it cause enormous physical harm to its victims, but it also leaves behind massive psychological damage. Restore FGM attempts to heal this damage; it’s the first center offering a multidisciplinary treatment for survivors of Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt…

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5 Unconventional Ways to Celebrate this Valentine’s Day

This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday which means it’s a 3 day- long event. The color red will be spread throughout the weekend so you have to bring your A-game when it comes to planning your date. Dinner and a movie aren’t viable options anymore in these Corona times but worry not! You…

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Dalia Mobasher’s Fokhara Studio: Where Passion Meets Purpose

Dalia Mobasher was a highway-design engineer with a silent passion for pottery-making and a knack for ceramic art until she decided to turn her life around and founded her very own Fokhara Studio in Cairo. On pottery-making, she said “I found passion in transforming a piece of clay into an artistic and functional pot. After…

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Alexandria, Why? – 3 Ways to Enjoy it This Weekend

Alexandria is certainly one of the best destinations to visit on a winter weekend. Although the city’s numerous attractions couldn’t all be enjoyed in one or two days, a weekend in Alex is surely enough to add a pep in your step when you head back to work on Sunday. Here are 3 ways to…

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Self-Defense for All Women: Boot Camp انتي اقوى#

When Mariam Mohamed was murdered in Maadi by two men attempting to steal her purse, 24 year-olds Mennatallah Magdy, national Kung-Foo champion, and Hebatallah Mahmoud, basketball and karate player, decided to launch their initiative “Boot Camp انتي اقوى”, offering free self-defense classes to all Egyptian women. Their aim was to stop what happened to Mariam…

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5 Easy Remedies for Hair Loss

Hair loss is a serious problem that can deeply affect our self-confidence. Although we most often link it to aging, it can happen to us at any point in our lives. It can be caused by stress, hormone-changes, nutritional deficiencies, or even genetics. Don’t worry though, it’s a serious problem with a simple solution. You…

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5 Corona-Cautious Things to Do in Cairo

If we can identify a quality common to all Egyptian people, it would certainly have to be their creativity. This past year has been difficult, to say the least. But, despite the hardships, we’ve seen great examples of Egyptians’ sense of humor, bravery, and perseverance. We’ve also seen them come up with new (somewhat safe)…

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“Adaptive” by Ashgan El-Abhar: Fashion for the Differently-Abled

In 2016, Ashgan El-Abhar established a company with a mission to raise awareness about accessibility for the differently-abled in Egypt in all walks of life. When her friend who uses a wheel-chair expressed a simple but unattainable wish to wear a comfortable dress, she launched her fashion for the differently-abled brand “Adaptive”, with the slogan…

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8 Things Egyptian Women Are Tired of Hearing

Working at an Egyptian women’s magazine has many perks. The greatest of which is that we talk about all things related to Egyptian women. Even though our team is diverse in terms of age, background, and perspective, our conversations constantly lead us to one realization. That is, in spite of these differences, we’ve all been…

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The Sex Talk بالعربي : Your Guide to Sexual Health

The Sex Talk بالعربي is a bold online initiative established in January 2018. It promotes sex-positivity by tackling sexual health issues among Arabic-speaking women. It creates scientific content regarding sexual health that prioritizes women’s needs and experiences. We talked to its founder Fatma Ibrahim to know all about it. Tell Us about Yourself I am a…

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Kablat Arts: Healing Children with Art

When Hagar Magdy had to make the decision between having a stable but unhappy life and happiness and a lot of unknowns, she chose to take the plunge into the happy unknown. This decision included the happiness of many children when she started her initiative, Kablat Arts. What is Kablat Arts’ Mission? We have a…

Amr El Sohagy

Amr El Sohagy: The First Quadriplegic PADI Open Water Diver in Egypt

After a tragic car accident gave Amr El Sohagy Quadriplegia in 2010, he took up swimming and mastered it, getting qualified as a National Champion for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2017. Now, he is the first quadriplegic certified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver in Egypt and the region. We caught…

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A Year in Review: Turning Points for Arab Women in 2020

2020 has been a long and tough year in every way possible. Amidst all the darkness, though, there were some instances of light. While women all over the world were subjected to more hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve also managed to make gains for themselves despite all the difficulties. If 2020 has taught…

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“Wallrunners”: The first Parkour Academy in Palestine

For Ahmad Matar and his teammates, starting a Parkour Academy in Gaza was merely a dream. Now, he and his partner Tom Vaillant have made it a reality. Here’s everything you need to know about “Wallrunners”.   Matar’s Journey with Parkour Ahmad Matar is a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip, a Gaza Parkour team member,…

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Kafala In Egypt: Interviewing Founder Youmna Dahroug

If you’re following us on Social Media, you probably noticed that November is Adoption Month. According to SOS Children’s Villages International, there are about 1.7 million children in need of care in Egypt. ‘Kafala In Egypt’ or “Al-E7tedan fi Masr” is an organization (yet to be declared by the Ministry of Social Solidarity) deeply concerned…

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5 Easy Ways to be Eco-Friendly in Egypt

Being eco-friendly doesn’t seem easy. Although the latest weather-craze has made the process of deciding what to wear just that more difficult, the problem has much more serious consequences. Yes, this is about Climate Change. Before you ignore that twinge of guilt and skip to something a little more entertaining and less depressing, sit tight!…