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Schirin Salem Teaches Women Wen-Do to Fight Sexual Harassment

Friday August 18, 2017
By: Jaylan El Shazly

With the soaring rates of sexual harassment in Egypt, Schirin Salem, together with her friend Emmeline Lavender, launched Igmadi (Be Strong) Initiative in 2014, to empower women to stand up against harassment through Zumba fitness and Wen-Do self-defense training. With the series of events they organized across Egypt, Igmadi has since grown into a full-blown phenomenon. In spite of growing up in Germany, Salem had always been aware of sexual harassment. She experienced it during her visits to Egypt….. continue reading …

Art Without Borders: Meet 13 Artists Exhibiting Their Work in Rome

Thursday August 10, 2017

In Rome, the heart of arts and culture of the Renaissance, thirteen Egyptian women from “Art Without Borders” will be featuring their work in their debut international exhibition.

Organized by Shereen Badr, “Art Without Borders – Italy” will take place in “Spazio Cerere” gallery in Rome on Saturday August 12th, 2017 at 19:30 pm, under the Aegis of World Federation of UNESCO and Zervas Art organization.
The exhibition will also include a live workshop…. continue reading ….

Singer Hana Ghoneim And The Colored Dress

Tuesday August 1, 2017

Multitalented Artist, Hana Ghoneim, just released her latest song Colored Dress, the soundtrack of the first Egyptian docudrama film, with the same title, directed by Ehab Moustafa. The song was written by poet Radwa Alawady and composed by the renowned Italian musician Antongiulio Frulio, who also wrote the music theme for several international movies like Anna Karenina and The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith. ….continue ….

 

Hadia Abd Elfatah Fights For Women’s Rights, One Issue At A Time

Saturday July 22, 2017
By Alexandra Kinias

dydWhile many  women her age dream of their prince charming, wedding gowns and nurseries, Hadia Abdel Fattah dreams of safer streets and workplaces for women, gender equality, and women empowerment. At the age of twenty-nine, she is a face of women advocacy. Her life, time and efforts are dedicated to various women issues. On top of her priorities is the fight against sexual harassment. As a woman who encountered sexual harassment at a young age, like most Egyptian women, it became personal….. continue reading ….

 

Nine Egyptian American Women Tell About Life, Family & Egypt

Saturday July 15, 2017

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Egyptian American women are active members of the society. Professionally, they work in every field. You find them as judges, politicians, doctors, lawyers, accountants, university professors, teachers, academics, heads of corporations, entrepreneurs, babysitters, supermarket workers, waitresses in restaurants and owners of private businesses. They are proud of both their heritage and of their adoptive country where they chose to live and raise their families. And while they are all living the American dream, they are always nostalgic to the heartwarming memories of their earlier lives… continue reading .

 

It’s Huda Shaarawi’s 138th Birthday. Anyone Celebrating It?

Friday June 23, 2017
By: Alexandra Kinias

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Women empowerment is not a favorable subject of discussion in Middle Eastern countries, and women born and raised in these misogynist societies live in perpetual struggle to achieve tangible results.

Recently, I was asked by a young woman about Huda Shaarawi’s (1887 – 1947) accomplishments. What I first thought was a cynical question, turned out to be a real serious one. It was shocking to learn that … continue reading ….

 

Bakeaholics is More Than Just a Passion for Baking

June 3, 2017
By: Habiba Elhady

1098141_616933565005996_2020219078_nThe number of women home-based small businesses in Egypt is on the rise. The declining economic situation has contributed to the influx of work-at-home moms, but many corporate employees are also leaving behind lucrative jobs to a more relaxing work environment.  Sarah Arram, founder of Bakeaholics, a leading cake decorating company, knows exactly the stress, the long hours, and the mental drain associated with the corporate environment. She’s has been there, done that….. continue reading …

 

Mariam Farag Sprinkles “Hope” in Children’s Lives

Saturday April 13, 2017
By Alexandra Kinias

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Mariam Farag’s busy schedule is overflowing. You may catch her between meetings, in an airport travelling around the Middle East, visiting a refugee camp, an orphanage or a project she is leading, speaking at conferences advocating and promoting Arab youth start their business, or support those who are already running one. She is always on a mission with one goal in mind; the empowerment, development and betterment of the lives of Arab women, children and youth, especially the underprivileged ones… continue reading …. 

Meet 8 Egyptian Women Who Are Making A Difference Around The World

Saturday April 22, 2017
By: Alexandria Kinias

They are Movers & Shakers and Decision Makers

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From North America, to Europe, to Australia, Egyptian women are holding leading  positions in politics, business and entertainment…. continue reading ….

 

Hala El Sharouny’s Women

Tuesday April 11, 2017

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Expressionist Egyptian artist Hala Sharouny graduated from Helwan University in 2004 and holds a Masters degree in painting.Hala’s work is characterized by its dynamic, playful techniques. Her palette is diverse, colorful and vibrant. Her artwork addresses contemporary social issues like women and society with a twist of …. continue reading ….

 

An Egyptian Star is Born in Canada

Saturday April 8, 2017
By: Habiba Elhady

Singer and songwriter Malak Ghanem released her debut album, Circus, in the winter of 2016. She has also released, since then, six live video performances. Her latest video of her original Rule the World, recorded with Ottawa initiative Shot in the Dark, has received over 90,000 views in Canada, the U.S., Egypt and the Emirates, from current … continue reading.

 

ACONCAGUA – My Unclimbed Mountain

Wednesday March 15, 2017
By: Manal Rostom

A marathon runner, biker, diver and hiker, Manal Rostom is also a mountain climber. She climbed some of the highest mountains in the world; St Catherine in Egypt, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Kenya, Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire in Mauritius and Elbrus in Russia. Her expedition to summit Aconcagua, in Argentina, failed due to weather conditions. Rostom is preparing for a second try and aspires to become the first Egyptian woman to summit Everest. Here is her story on Aconcagua…. Continue Reading

 

Maha’s Brings a Taste From Home to Canada

Saturday, March 4, 2017
By: Habiba Elhady

After moving to Canada in 2000, Maha worked as an interpreter and a translator. For a work event, she cooked a vegetarian macaroni bel béchamel, substituting the ground meat with mixed vegetables and feta cheese, in between two layers of penne pasta and topped with béchamel sauce. The casserole was raved by her colleagues who urged her to start a catering business, which she did, with the help of her two kids, Monika, 16, and Mark, 13, then… continue reading …

 

Egyptian Designer Makes it on “Forbes 30 Under 30” List.

February 1, 2017
By: Alexandra Kinias

Egyptian graphic designer Ghada Wali was selected on the Forbes’ List 30 under 30 Europe – Arts 2017, making her the first Egyptian to ever be included on the European list. With her cutting edge projects, controversial artwork and short, yet rich professional career, Wali already inscribed her name amongst the world’s most renowned graphic designers .. continue reading …

 

Follow Your Dreams

Thursday January 18, 2016
By: Iman Refaat

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“All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  ~ Walt Disney.

It was a matter of courage, the lack of it, to be precise, that held me back from pursuing my dream. I wanted to write a novel in English, but neither my French education nor my degree in Mass Communication matched up to this dream. My inner voice, my worst enemy, interrupted every fantasy I had to become a novelist, continuously reminding me that I neither had the …. continue reading …

A Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Experience and Message of Hope.

Wednesday January 4, 2017
By: Alexandra Kinias

When Maha Hafez Witherington was diagnosed with breast cancer, all she could think of was that she was given a death sentence. “I thought I had my whole life ahead of me, but in a matter of days, everything changed.” Maha said. ….. ….continue reading 

From Cairo to the World’s Greatest Opera Houses

Thursday December 22, 2016
Written by: Habiba Elhady

The musical journey of prominent Egyptian opera singer Amira Selim started at the age of six. She grew up in a house where music and art were not only cherished, but also a profession. Amira was born to pioneering pianist and classical musician Marcelle Matta and Egypt’s renowned artist and art critic Ahmed Fouad Selim. Her parents’ artistic background played an instrumental role in shaping her upbringing and influencing her career…continue reading ..

 

WOE list of Egypt’s 50 Most Inspiring Women – 2016

Egyptian women are pushing the boundaries in unprecedented ways. Their achievements and successes are dominating the daily news.They are breaking down barriers, challenging social and cultural taboos, and their impressive accomplishments are shaping and changing the world for many other women. We are honoring fifty of these amazing, revolutionaries, visionary, creative, brave women, in hope to inspire, influence and empower more women to follow suit…. continue reading … 

 

She Has Nailed It ..

Saturday December 17, 2016
By: Pakinam El-Askary

On a bustling noisy street in the densely populated poor neighborhood of Abdeen, Cairo, pedestrians stop in front of a carpentry workshop to glance at the woman working inside, often not believing their eyes. The more curious ones step in to watch her cutting a wooden board with a table saw, drilling, chiseling, pulling nails, hammering or using a pneumatic air nail gun, not quite a common sight to many. When I called Asmaa Megahed, the first female carpenter in Egypt, .. continue reading ..

Carelle Homsy: Egyptian Expressionism Artist

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Carelle Homsy  was born in Cairo in 1968.  She graduated from the Faculty of Arts Education, Helwan University in 1991, and a year later  she had her first solo exhibition at the Cairo Atelier. Since then, she had many solo and collective exhibitions in Egypt and abroad.  Her last solo exhibition was in London in February 2016…. continue reading …. 

Life Coaching: Nevin Elgendy Changing Lives One Client at a Time

Friday December 9, 2016
By: Iman Refaat

Becoming a life coach “was an accident”, Nevin Elgendy explained during her interview over the phone from her home in Canada. She had just moved to Canada, when she was in a supermarket flicking through magazines and she came across an ad for a life coaching workshop offered by Dr. Martha Beck Institute….. continue reading ….

A Mother’s Fight to Save Kidnapped Son

– By: Alexandra Kinias
Thursday November 24, 2016

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On November 24, 2012, Sagy Omar’s driver was late picking her up after her evening classes. With the escalating political turmoil that negatively impacted the tourism industry in Egypt, Sagy lost her job as a tour guide. She decided to invest her time in studying for a master’s degree in maritime and underwater anthropology…. Continue Reading

 

Opera in Egypt and the Mezzosoprano Prodigy: Farrah ElDibany

– Written by Nadeen ElFekky and Maryam Meshal –
Sunday October 2, 2016

 Farrah ElDibany is among many Egyptian opera singers who have gained international acclaim. Farrah’s success story of international fame was topped by her acceptance at the prestigious Young Artist Program at the ‘Acadèmie de l’Opera Nationale de Paris”, the biggest Opera House worldwide. She is the first Egyptian resident in the prominent opera house, chosen as one of the 5 finest singers out of over 500 contestants…. Continue reading …

 

Marie Assaad: The Life Journey of an Egyptian Social Pioneer

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Saturday October 1, 2016

With the approval of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of a new law that imposes harsher prison sentence of up to seven years in jail, for those who perform the outlawed procedure of female genital mutilation (FGM), one must acknowledge and credit Marie Assaad’s efforts to combat this procedure.  Continue Reading