Interviews

How A Car Accident Changed Marianne Awad’s Life

Saturday November 4, 2017
By: May Allam

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Life can change in a blink of an eye. No one expects to be a victim of a car accident, and survivors are never prepared for a life after. It brings some of your dreams to an end, puts your life on hold, and changes your priorities. It’s a fate twister, a moment you wish to re-wind or delete. It leaves you with anger, shock, and many unanswered questions. It changes your life forever…. continue reading … 

Maggie Riad’s Inspiring Journey from Economist to Jewelry Maker

Saturday October 28, 2018
By: Jaylan ElShazly

“The things worth doing seldom come easy” – Author Unknown

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Sitting on a Red Sea beach for the first time after recuperating from a devastating accident, Maggie Riad pondered about her life and where to find strength to continue her journey as a jeweler. She hadn’t regained yet full function of her legs and arms after a maniac driver hit her while jogging one early morning. With her limited mobility, her only source of entertainment was ruffling through the seashells on the shore…. continue ….

Real Women Ride Motorcycles

Wednesday October 4, 2017
By: WOE Team

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A Ladies of Harley’s member, Dina Wassef ranks among the pioneer female bike riders who are breaking social taboos in Egypt. After graduating from the University of Fine Arts in 2007, Wassef worked as Sales Manager for Harley Davidson Egypt. That’s where she discovered her passion for bikes, learned to ride and hasn’t stopped since…. continue reading …

 

Aya Abdel Salam’s Journey to Fashion Design & Furniture Business

Thursday September 14, 2017
By: WOE Staff

image1-5After working for multinational companies for several years, Aya Abdel Salam co-founded “Comoda” a furniture design factory, and within a few years her showrooms achieved high sales in spite of the fierce market competition. Her success in the furniture business motivated her to pursue her childhood passion of creating her own clothing brand. Bijar, her fashion brand which she launched in 2015, became an instant hit …..continue reading …

 

Radwa El-Ghamry Touches The Clouds!

Saturday July 7, 2017
By: Jaylan El Shazly

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At the age of 4, Radwa El-Ghamry dreamt of touching the clouds. Little did she know that a mere 10 years later she would start a remarkable journey of firsts for female skydivers in the Arab world. At 14, she completed her first skydive jump and continued with her training to make 6 more jumps in a technique called static line skydiving. However, by the time she started college she was pressured by her parents to stop in fear for her safety. After she moved to Dubai with her husband, El-Ghamry reached out to Skydive Dubai to resume her childhood passion. Unfortunately,…. continue reading ….

 

3 Egyptian Women Tell About Their Intercultural Marriages

Saturday July 1, 2017
WOE Team

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The number of Egyptian women marrying foreign men of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds is increasing, defying the social customs and traditions. In the cyber age, love is no longer restrained by geographical boundaries. Dating is made easier through social networks and dating sites. And with more women travelling abroad to study or to work, it became easier to meet the men of their dreams. Is it only love that attracts women to intercultural relationships, or is it also because women feel that foreign men treat them better than Middle Eastern men? … continue reading …

In Depth With Passante Adel

Saturday June 10, 2017
By: WOE Team

18425303_1981720175396650_1197816871705016329_nTwo years ago, in 2015, Passante Adel left behind her job as an editor of a monthly publication in Cairo and moved to Dahab with her 6-years old son. Because of a near drowning experience as a child, she had developed fear of submergence in water, even in a pool. But living in Dahab became a life changing experience for the 30-years old single mom. Against all odds,…. continue reading ….

 

Azza Abdelhamid’s Pioneering Work to Enhance the Quality of Life for Egyptian Orphans

Saturday May 20, 2017
By: Jaylan ElShazly

Azza Abdelhamid, started her journey to serve the community and care for underprivileged children more than 20 years ago. In 1997, she founded Nida Society for the rehabilitation of children with sensory communication disorders and served as the chairperson for over a decade. Because of her efforts, over one thousand children with hearing impairment disorders have been integrated in mainstream education…. continue reading ….

 

From Inside The Refugee Camps With Shaden Khallaf

Saturday April 15, 2017
By: May Allam

Shaden Khallaf is the senior policy advisor for the MENA Bureau of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Amman, Jordan. She is the most senior Arab woman in policy-making related to the biggest displacement crisis in recent history.

During her 18 years working with the UN, she traveled extensively throughout the region and her assignments spanned a wide range of responsibilities including refugee women and child protection, post-conflict transitions and reconstruction, designing advocacy and communications strategies and …. continue reading …..

 

Award Winning Author Reveals Challenges Writing for Children and Teenagers

Saturday April 1,2017
By: Iman Refaat

17555261_10154994713371142_887900715_nRania Hussein Amin, children’s books author and illustrator,  won the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature in the Young Adult category, for her book Sorakh Khalf al Abwab (Screaming Behind Doors). This was the first book she wrote for children above the age of twelve… continue reading ….

 

Francesca Araiza’s “Raise Your Voice” Fights for Egyptian Women’s Rights One Documentary at a Time

Saturday March 25, 2017
By: Alexandra Kinias

It didn’t take Francesca Araiza long to realize how sexual harassment in Egypt has no limits. The Berlin based film maker witnessed firsthand this shocking experience when she visited Egypt for the first time in 2014 to work on Cairo Jazzman –  a political music documentary set in the heart of the Arab world, and tells the story of ….. continue reading ..

 

A Hearing-Impaired Dentist Sends A Message of Hope

Monday, March 13, 2017
By: May Allam

 Esraa El Bably is a woman of exceptional qualities. Born with hearing impairment did not hinder her ability to become a successful dentist, in a world where studying to become a dentist is a challenge on its own. Not only that, she also became the first dentist with hearing disability to open her own clinic in Sherouk City,… continue reading ..

 

Egypt’s Easy Rider Travels the Country on a Motorbike

Tuesday February 14, 2017
By: May Allam

On October 29, 2016, Shereen Adel, a computer science graduate, travel writer and a passionate biker, became the first Egyptian woman to tour Egypt on a motorcycle. Together with 4 other riders, including her husband, she completed a circular route of 2700 km in 9 days, from Cairo to … continue reading …

 

IT Executive Returned Home To Make a Difference In Rebuilding Egypt

Saturday January 14, 2017
By: Iman Refaat

After working for fifteen years in the U.S. in information technology and financial services, Reem Asaad left behind a successful IT consulting firm and returned to Egypt in 2006 to join Raya Holding, a leading financial investment company specializing in IT and Telecommunication industry. Within months she became its IT Director…. continue reading …

 

Nahla Elalfy’s Journey from Engineering to the Runway

Monday January 9, 2017
By: Amany Zayed

Nahla Elalfy graduated as an engineer in 2002, but in an unusual career shift, she retired her degree to follow her passion of fashion design. A busy mother of two daughters, she anticipated the challenges facing her, but none the less she decided to pursue her dream. Nahla’s perseverance, determination and optimism, attention to details and artistic vision were among many factors that brought Nahla Elalfy Designs to life… continue reading …

 

Taboo: An Egyptian Woman’s Vision for Happier Relationships

Tuesday November 29, 2016
By: Alexandra Kinias

From behind her computer screen, thousands of miles away from Egypt, 32-years old Latifa G., created and administers Taboo*, a Facebook group for women. True to its name, Taboo, a modern day advice column, encourages women to freely share and discuss personal, sensitive and social issues that have been kept off limits for too long… continue reading .

A Unique Woman’s Creative Journey

Friday November 18, 2016
By: May Allam

In 2007, computer engineer, Theresa Khalil moved from the polluted and chaotic city of Cairo, to start a new life in Sharm El Sheikh. Not quite common for a single woman to live alone, but for Theresa, a person guided through life by her passion for creativity, change and doing what she enjoys best, she followed the path she believed in. Life in Sharm El Sheikh wasn’t easy for the single young women … continue reading …

 

Amany Khalil: Egypt’s Ironwoman

By: Habiba Elhady
Thursday October 27, 2016

14563399_1210607698977922_4130336625230931922_nAmany Helmy Khalil, the 50-years-old mother of two, is the first Egyptian woman to complete the Ironman Triathlon in Barcelona, Spain on October 2, 2016. The Ironman Triathlon consists of a three sequential stage competition that includes a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, without a break.

This high endurance extreme sport is considered the most challenging single day event in the world.  Many competitors are professional athletes, but as it is gaining popularity the sport is attracting people from all walks of life. Amany is among many who have joined the growing Triathlon generation in Egypt. continue reading ….

 

Ghada El Wakil, Prime Minister of the Women Government Says She Was Inspired By Benazir Bhutto

By: Iman Refaat
Saturday October 1, 2016

12031987_1132981543396869_3298075837117999820_nGhada El-Wakil’s vivacious eloquence captures you. Her positive energy, optimism and courage are contagious. While a published author, journalist, philosopher, politician, and activist, Ghada is also an active contributor in the community. Despite her accomplishments, the president of the women’s committee at the Turath (Heritage) NGO and founder and prime minister of the Women Government has no dreams of leaving behind a legacy, yet she is a living one…. continue reading …..