VIDEO: 19-Year-Old Girl Ordered to Take Hijab off at McDonald’s in London

VIDEO: 19-Year-Old Girl Ordered to Take Hijab off at McDonald’s in London

By Reem Tolba

   Another day, another hate crime against an innocent teenager who wanted nothing but to enjoy food. A security guard at McDonald’s in the UK refused to serve a hijabi girl unless she took off her headscarf.   The incident took place at McDonald’s branch on Seven Sisters Road, North London. We here at […]

Can We Please Stop Calling Thanaweya Amma’s Top Student ‘Mariam Bent El Bawab’?

Can We Please Stop Calling Thanaweya Amma’s Top Student ‘Mariam Bent El Bawab’?

  One young lady who has made headlines this week is Thanaweya Amma’s top student, Mariam Fath El Bab. Every year, the media celebrates Egypt’s finest students and praise them beyond words. We never hear of them the next year and we never find out what happened when they went to college and so on. […]

Egyptian Lawmaker Seeks to Abolish Religion from National IDs

Egyptian Lawmaker Seeks to Abolish Religion from National IDs

  Echoing the sentiment of many enlightened Egyptians, member of Parliament Alaa Abdel Moneim wants to remove the religion field on national IDs — because what is the actual point of it, really? According to Al Masry Al Youm, Abdel Moneim is submitting legislation regarding citizenship rights to Parliament sometime in the next two weeks, […]

To Veil or Not to Veil: Why Won’t They Let Mama In?

To Veil or Not to Veil: Why Won’t They Let Mama In?

By Rana ElHawary   We all know my mother’s story; whether it’s your veiled friend, your veiled mother, and/or your veiled girlfriend, we can all speak of experiences of being explicitly told –after reserving at certain alcohol serving restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs- “Please be notified that there are no veiled women allowed”. This disclaimer […]

9 Ways Men Are Discriminated Against in the Middle East

9 Ways Men Are Discriminated Against in the Middle East

By Merna Abdelaziz Sakr

Women have always been discriminated against all over the world. We’ve been treated like second-class citizens and we’ve been objectified more times than anyone can ever count. While society has been so fixated on trying to eliminate the idea of gender segregation from a woman’s perspective, people have overlooked the fact that men are also […]

Adultery: Egyptian Men VS Egyptian Women

Adultery: Egyptian Men VS Egyptian Women

By Merna Aboulezz

Do you all remember the movie called “Kheyana Mashroo’a”, legal adultery, directed by Khaled Youssef, starring  Hany Salama and Somaia El Khashab? While this was just a movie, it actually tackled a very important topic. Not only do people like Hany Salama get away with killing their wife when caught cheating, but many husbands in […]

Why Atheists Should Be Accepted In Egypt

Why Atheists Should Be Accepted In Egypt

By Asem Ashraf

  Recently, the media has increased their attention on the subject of atheism in Egypt and how, as some claim, the number of non-believers is on the rise due supposedly to what the Muslim Brotherhood represented during their time in government. As an atheist in Egypt, you get ridiculed and treated with contempt on a […]

#IllRideWithYou: What We in the Arab World Can Learn from the Inspiring Australian Initiative

#IllRideWithYou: What We in the Arab World Can Learn from the Inspiring Australian Initiative

The #illridewithyou hashtag went viral and spiraled to Internet fame following Monday’s #SydneySiege, where patrons and workers at a popular downtown Sydney cafe were taken hostage by an armed gunman. During the siege, a flag depicting the Islamic shahada was plastered against the window. This, of course, was feared by many to spark anti-Muslim sentiment […]

Why Being Unveiled and Blonde in Egypt Is Extremely Difficult

Why Being Unveiled and Blonde in Egypt Is Extremely Difficult

Very recently, one of my colleagues wrote an article on how hard it was being veiled in Egypt nowadays. There were thousands upon thousands of veiled girls who completely took her side and then there was us – the unveiled “Western” girls who were confused and some were offended (no need to get angry people, […]