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So What Is It Really Like to Have Anxiety?

So What Is It Really Like to Have Anxiety?

Mental health is a topic that has always been debatable. In Egypt, especially, there is a wide variety of taboos and mythical misconceptions that exist surrounding mental health.   From theories of demonic possession, to the notion that mental health issues are a sign of some weakened belief in God, to the notion that mental […]

No, a Woman Should Not Have to Compromise Herself to Get Married

No, a Woman Should Not Have to Compromise Herself to Get Married

I am going to leave aside all the Ramadan articles for now, and write this piece. This is an article that, to me, is long over due, and perhaps much more personal, than it is political.   I feel like there is this assumption that I – being in the eyes of the society a […]

Feelings That Women Should Never Ever Stay Silent About

Feelings That Women Should Never Ever Stay Silent About

by Rana Awadalla

All too often women are told to keep their feelings to themselves, drawing too much attention is almost always frowned upon by society. We’re constantly told to stop being hysterical or dramatic; we’re labeled as chatty or ungrateful when we attempt to express our feelings of discontent. There are feelings that should never be silenced, […]

5 Struggles All Couples Face During Ramadan

5 Struggles All Couples Face During Ramadan

Whether you are married, engaged, or casually dating, Ramadan is not the most couple-friendly season out there. So here they are: the five struggles all couples can relate to in Ramadan.     Getting your schedules in sync     From your family 3ozomat to his, from your work Sohoor to his, from your friends […]

I Rode with a Female Microbus Driver and I Have Never Felt More Empowered

I Rode with a Female Microbus Driver and I Have Never Felt More Empowered

by Aya Sayed Abdel Gawad

It’s 9:15 am and I’m obviously hating on life because I have to go to work. I stop a microbus like I do everyday, but this time it was different.     On the first glance I thought I’m stopping a male microbus driver with a scarf on his head, but that wasn’t the case. […]

What Ever Happened to the Ramadan Spirit?

What Ever Happened to the Ramadan Spirit?

Year after year, Egyptians try harder to maintain the Ramadan spirit, but something always seems to be missing.     Below are some examples:   1- Ramadan decorations everywhere 2- Special Ramadan menus 3- Lanterns in every single social media ad 4- Every nightclub, restaurant, café is a Ramadan tent 5- Konafa and sohour carts […]

Here is Why Egyptians need to Re-think the “Feminism is Western” Argument

Here is Why Egyptians need to Re-think the “Feminism is Western” Argument

Some of the articles I have previously written – containing references to women’s rights or feminism – are often met with one common response: “feminism is a western invention – even invasion –  that ought not be applied to non – western contexts.”   While it is historically true that individual rights in theory and […]

What I Know Now: A Letter to My Younger Self

What I Know Now: A Letter to My Younger Self

by Ola Abul-Eyoun

This article is a letter to my younger self.     Hello there, bear with me I have a long story to tell you. First of all, I’d like to thank you; I’d like to thank you for making me who I am today. Thank you for going through all that drama, and those long, […]

7 Books You Absolutely Need to Bring to the Beach This Summer

7 Books You Absolutely Need to Bring to the Beach This Summer

by Rana Awadalla

If sitting under an umbrella in the sun and catching up on the list of bestsellers is on your to do list then this list is for you. In planning to spend time soaking up sun rays at the beach this summer in Egypt’s North Coast, Jordan’s Dead Sea or Lebanon’s Bonita Bay, you should […]

7 Study Hacks for Everyone Fasting in Ramadan

7 Study Hacks for Everyone Fasting in Ramadan

By Laila Gamaledin

Ramadan is a time for family, friends, and reflection. That is, until you realize your exams are going to happen while you’re fasting. Balancing both can be a challenge so we’ve compiled a list of tips that’ll help you balance fasting and acing exams…     Force yourself to get up early in the morning […]