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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

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 …

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

 

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 ….

 

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 ..

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 ..

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 

 

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 …

 

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 …