Marital Rape Is Legal, and Here Is What You Need to Know About It

Marital Rape Is Legal, and Here Is What You Need to Know About It

I will not beat around the bush with this topic nor write some creative introduction. This is because the issue at stake will not bear the kind of confusion that may occur due to wordy introductions.     I was watching a popular Egyptian talk show once, and the topic was marital rape. I remember […]

When Will the Mistreatment of Domestic Workers Stop in the Middle East?

by Rana El Hawary

  Last weekend, a video began to circulate on social media platforms, containing footage of an Ethiopian domestic worker in a Kuwaiti household hanging onto a window sill (from the seventh floor). The Ethiopian woman asked for help from her female employer, to no avail.   Aside from calling the worker “majnoona” (crazy) in the […]

Dubai Foundation Uses Instagram Stories to Raise Domestic Abuse Awareness

Dubai Foundation Uses Instagram Stories to Raise Domestic Abuse Awareness

It is always exciting and rather mind-blowing when we find smartly embedded messages in our everyday social media tools. Going through your Instagram stories, the last thing you’d expect to find is a smart campaign against domestic violence.   Dubai Foundation for Women & Children joined forces with FP7/McCann Dubai and the results are quite impressive. […]

Moroccan TV Airs Makeup Tips for Hiding Domestic Violence and It’s NOT Okay

Moroccan TV Airs Makeup Tips for Hiding Domestic Violence and It’s NOT Okay

by Salma Iraqui

  Few days ago a Moroccan television station celebrated the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women by presenting a makeup tutorial on how to cover up bruises. The video caused outrage and was redeemed offensive for normalizing domestic abuse. It’s not the first time that women victims are met with this treatment in […]

Saudi Father Locks up Daughter for 5 Years in Protest to Her Western Lifestyle

Saudi Father Locks up Daughter for 5 Years in Protest to Her Western Lifestyle

By Leena ElDeeb

  Amina El-Jeffrey, a 21-year-old Welsh girl has been put and locked up in a cage since the age of 16. The Saudi father, Al-Jeffrey, didn’t approve of her liberal western- lifestyle so he took Amina at the age of 16 after she’s been living in England her whole life.   The Daily Mail reported […]

8 Taboos We Need to Talk About Openly in the Arab World

8 Taboos We Need to Talk About Openly in the Arab World

By Alia Atef

As a culture, Arabs have a tendency to avoid talking about anything that makes them slightly uncomfortable; they would rather stab their toes a million times than have a painful five-minute chat. We live with the motto that if you avoid something long enough, it will just go away. As surprising as it might sound, denying […]

#SpeakUp: UN Women ماتسكتوش# Campaign Aims to End Violence Against Women in Egypt

#SpeakUp: UN Women  ماتسكتوش# Campaign Aims to End Violence Against Women in Egypt

Quite often, we get a feeling that a neighbor, relative, sibling, best friend or even daughter might be a victim of domestic or sexual violence, yet when you read the alarming data, it becomes real and ugly. In Egypt, according to this demographic and health survey, women between 30-39 years old are most likely to report sexual violence with spouses. Meanwhile, […]

Do You Spank Your Spouse?

Do You Spank Your Spouse?

You wonder what the weapon of choice will be tonight. Shoes? Fists? Will there be bruises on your arms? Maybe your face again. A keyboard flies towards you – the plastic edge smashing against your knee. You cower in fear, fists clenched, bracing yourself for the rage to come. You just want it to be […]