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Juhayna Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Juhayna Arms Breast Cancer Fighters with Emotional Support

October is World Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Juhayna is taking its long-standing support of breast cancer fighters through its partnership with the Baheya Foundation to the next level! Knowing the importance of the emotional wellbeing of breast cancer fighters, Juhayna launched a series of activities dedicated to uplifting their spirits. First of all,…

SHE Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

15 Female Creatives Unite to Raise Awareness and Funds for Breast Cancer with SHE Campaign

As you might have heard, October is the international breast cancer awareness month. This year, 15 female-driven local initiatives are coming together to help fund 200 early detection mammograms and sonars for women all over Egypt.  The campaign is the product of the collaborative efforts of FforFarah, Norshek, The Nook, Grain, DS impressions, Badaro, Mother…

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Kitesurf, Climb, and Yoga Like a Girl: Amina Nessim

Sometimes, you take one look at a person and can just tell they have a lot of stories to tell. Amina Nessim certainly fits that description. She paints, does Yoga, climbs mountains, and is a kite-surfer. Most impressively, she does all of that while being a  full-time university student! We sat down with her to…

Randa Habib, Peace Cake Operations Manager

Meet Randa Habib, The Female Powerhouse of Peace Cake

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Peace Cake. The content creation company brought us Romanseya Manseya, Emsek Nafsak, and Shaf ma Shaf with Netflix! Such comedic delights were certainly brought to life by a power team! That team includes Randa Habib, partner and operations manager at Peace Cake.  Before…

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هبة السواح…اون فاير!

“إلى كل روح تعشق الحياة .. إلى هؤلاء الذين فقدوا شغفهم فمضوا ببريق خافت .. ينتظر من يشعل فتيله…إليك أنت.” ده كان إهداء هبة السواح لقرائها في كتابها الأول اللي كان أكتر مبيعاً “سندريلا سيكريت” اللي اتنشر في 2017.   هبة السواح باحثة ومدربة متخصصة (life coach) في مجال العلاقات الزوجية والاسرية وتنمية الذات. اتشهرت بالتدريبات…

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Bilhana

Bilhana:Healthy Wholesome Food from the Middle East

“The recipes in this book are inspired by our love of cooking, our passion for sharing food and recipes, and our rich culinary heritage” reads the About This Book section of Bilhana: Wholefood Recipes From Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco, the new cookbook that’s been making a splash in the Egyptian cooking scene.  Brought to us…

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UGOTBOX: The Brands You Love At Your Doorstep

How often were you in a situation like this: You tried a kind of Shampoo while abroad once, got addicted, and had to stock up on it on your way back to Egypt. Then, you ran out (as you do), and thought you’d just order it online, only to be smacked with a shipping fee…

Mariz Doss

Run and Climb Like a Girl: Mariz Doss

Mariz Doss can certainly be described as a jack of all trades. She’s a mountain climber, a marathon runner, and an insurance advisor. At 33 years old, she has climbed the highest mountain in Africa, had dinner with former president of the US George W.Bush, and was a guest speaker in an event that included…

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Maadi Rejects the Mehwar

#المعادي_ترفض_المحور: Celebrities Join in Outcry Against Maadi AlGazaer Axis Project

Over the past 2 months, people on Social Media have been widely circulating the hashtags #savemaadi and  #المعادي_ترفض_المحور to express their disapproval of the Ministry of Transportation’s AlGazaer Axis project set to be built passing through Maadi. Now, celebrities are tagging along with pictures of themselves with a sign of the hashtag held up.  Let’s…

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Amena

Amena: An Ode to the Egyptian #MeToo Movement

“This film is dedicated to every woman that has experienced violence and every woman that broke her silence to create a safe space for those who will come after her.” reads the closing scene of ‘Amena’. The 15-minute film that centers on the latest #Metoo movement. It tackles the impact the movement has had, and…

The Fashion Project

Entreprenelle’s ‘The Fashion Project’: Your Guide To A Successful Fashion Business

Entreprenelle If you have a passion for fashion then Enterprenelle’s accelerated program titled ‘The Fashion Project’ is a must for you! As you’ve probably heard, Entreprenelle is a social development and business impact organization that’s all about supporting women economically and giving them access to possible entrepreneurship resources. So far, Enterprenelle has generated more than…

Shagara

Shagara’s Green Roof Classrooms: Making the Grass Greener in the Future

Shagara At School  Shagara first implemented the Shagara At School project back in 2013 in a school in Qalyubia. It was a great success! Students took part in planting the roof of their school and Technical University Berlin from Germany and the World Economic Forum visited the school.  After that, the idea of a Green…

One Childhood

One Childhood Project: Ensuring A Better Future For Refugees

When Maria Emad first entered UN headquarters in New York, she had a Eureka moment. She realized that working in the humanitarian field was her true calling. She stepped out and went on to take a European Union social work course and worked on a project with UNICEF. Afterward, she started setting things in motion…

Mona Mekkawi

“Oversight” Wins Emmy With Mona Mekkawi’s Production Designing

On the 26th of June, at the 63rd regional Emmy Awards of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter, ‘Oversight’ whose production designer is Mona Mekkawi, won Best Historical Documentary.  Oversight The documentary looks at the District of Columbia in the 1970s. Specifically, when the city won limited home rule, and the city government gained unprecedented…

Rasha El Baramawy Nutrition

Rasha El Baramawy: Your Guide To Making a Tradition Out Of Good Nutrition

Rasha El Baramawy is a nutritionist who’s all about promoting a healthy lifestyle minus the starvation. Originally, she graduated from mechatronics and pursued many career paths. She decided to study nutrition though when she was looking to lose weight but wanted to manage her own weight loss journey. After achieving great success, her friends wanted…

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Wataneya’s 12th Sanad Forum: Changing Narratives About Kafala in Egypt

Wataneya is a nonprofit organization that implements quality standards of alternative care in institutional homes. On the 28th and 29th of June, it held the 12th round of the Sanad forum. Its slogan was ‘In Kafala there is life’. Azza Abdel Hameed, Founder and Chairperson of Wataneya, and member of the Higher Committee for Alternative…

MIRAK

MIRAK: The First Grieving Support Group in Egypt

In 2018, Engy Yasser and Iman Khalifa were simply two colleagues taking a life-coaching program together. Now, they are the two founders of MIRAK, the first grieving support group in Egypt. This shift in their relationship happened after Engy realized her baby son, Karim, had a heart condition that Iman had as a child as…

Sexual Assault Sex Education

6 Reasons Why It’s Not Easy for Women to Report Sexual Assault

9 out of 10 Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives. Just over this past week, two incidents were brought to light and went viral on Social Media.  An airport employee took unsolicited pictures of Basma Bishay while she was taking her bags off baggage claim. When she realized this…

Roba El Gindy The Care Pack

Roba El Gindy’s The Care Pack: What You Didn’t Know Your Child Needed

Up until the end of 2019, Roba El Gindy introduced herself as a Marketing professional with 10 years of experience and an impressive CV. Now, she describes herself as wearing two different hats in parallel! Along with her marketing career, she’s become a Certified ICF Parenting Coach and founded Humans Inc, the parenting platform, and…

8 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Summer

It’s summer! which means your skin is finally seeing some Sun. Though tans and sunshine are a big summer plus, exposure to the sun adds a new layer to the necessity of taking care of our skin. Sunblock isn’t the only absolute MUST though. Ensuring your skin is hydrated is too. So, here are 8…

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Amira Helmy: The Woman in the Wadi

Interview by Farah Rafik Amira Helmy is the co-founder of Women in the Wadi, a community of female rock climbers who “come together every month during climbing season to climb, enjoy nature, share this incredible sense of sisterhood, and just have a great time!” as described by Amira.  We sat down with her to know…

Artists resisting for Palestine

Art as Resistance: 6 Ways Artists Rose up for Palestine

Over the past two weeks, the Palestinian people have been experiencing unprecedented violence by Israeli occupation forces. In the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of  Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan’s Batn Al-Hawa and Al Bustan, families are facing the threat of displacement from their homes. After demonstrations erupted protesting this, not only were they brutally dispersed, but the…

Noora Abdeen Sheikh Jarrah

#Save Sheikh Jarrah : Our Talk with Resident Noora Abdeen

Over the past week, Palestinians have been facing the threat of forced evictions to take place in Sheikh Jarrah, violent dispersal of protests by Israeli occupation forces, and airstrikes that destroyed a myriad of Gazan residential buildings and killed hundreds. In light of this, we knew this was the time to raise Palestinian voices and…

Home Grown Games to Make Your At-Home Eid

7 Home-Grown Games to Make Your At-Home Eid

For Egyptians, Eid Al Fitr isn’t just about having coffee (or shay b laban) in the morning with a piece of Kahk while watching your favorite masra7eya. It’s also about spending time with the people you love. Though normally, we’d be packing our bags to spend the long weekend on a beach somewhere right now,…

Fragile Masculinity

9 Times Hazem Was the Perfect Representation of Fragile Masculinity

After the first few episodes we saw of Le3bet Newton (Newton’s Cradle), we asked our readers what they thought about Hazem and Hana’s Relationship. For a lot of us, Hazem is a perfect example of fragile masculinity. Fragile Masculinity Fragile Masculinity is a term used to mock society’s idea of what makes a manly man.…

5 Reasons Why We Love Riham Abdel Ghafour

I think we can all agree that this year’s Ramadan series made us develop a whole new appreciation of Egyptian talent. One actress who never fails to impress us is Riham Abdel Ghafour.  Currently. she’s playing Aida in Qasr El Nile and like always, she’s been a pleasure to watch! So, here are 5 reasons…

لقطة من مسلسل حرب اهلية

لأ يعني اه؟ تعالوا نتكلم عن المشهد ده

  في تاني حلقة من مسلسل حرب أهلية بنتعرف على زياد. زياد (اللي بيمثله محمود حجازي) هو جار مريم (اللي بتمثلها يسرى) ونور (اللي بتمثلها مايان السيد) اللي معجب بنور. المشهد أول مشهد بيظهر فيه بيروح لنور عند باب بيتها وبيقولها انه عايز يتعرف عليها. من أول ما بييجي نور بيبان انها منزعجة وبيوضحلنا إن…

Doha Mohamed

Doha Mohamed: Fastest Delivery in Egypt!

Doha Mohamed is a 26-year-old courier. For a year now, she’s been taking the streets of Cairo by storm on her scooter, making deliveries from Giza to New Cairo! Doha first tried out being a courier while subbing for her friend, never knowing she would grow to love this job and pursue it herself. She’s…

Hana and Hazem Le'bet Newton

Let’s Talk About Hazem and Hana

Le’bet Newton The series “لعبة نيوتن”  centers on the relationship of Hana (played by Mona Zaki) and Hazem (played by Mohmed Mamdouh). Tamer Mohsen wrote and directed it. Hana is pregnant. When she gets an opportunity to travel to the US for a work conference, she starts forming a plan to overstay her visa to…

Let’s Talk About Zizi

In the first episode of the series خلى بالك من زيزي, we see that Zizi is quite a turbulent character. The episode shows Zizi (played by Amina Khalil) receiving test results for a fertility-enhancing IVF (In vitro fertilization) procedure. This was the fourth time she undergoes an IVF procedure. IVFs entail the extraction of eggs…

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…

Layla Omar and her Art

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

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…

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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

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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Baladi Dog

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…

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…

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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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Tuka El Safty

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…

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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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Hend Seif El-Din

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…

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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…

Lady and the Tramp

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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Menna and Heba Boot Camp

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…

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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…

Women's March

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!…

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‘E7na Foundation’ launches the First Anti-Sexual Harassment Summit in Egypt!

The E7na Summit is the first of its kind to take place in Egypt. It was launched online in the form of a free Webinar on Zoom. It took place on November 13th and 14th. The Summit included three Workshops and four Panel discussions given by prominent experts concerned with combatting Sexual Assault in Egypt.…

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