Dubai TV Host Shares Powerful Instagram Post About Domestic Abuse

Dubai TV Host Shares Powerful Instagram Post About Domestic Abuse

Diala Makki, Dubai TV host, journalist, and editor at Marie-Claire Arabia, has posted a picture of herself on her official Instagram account, that truly stands out from all her other photos. While Makki is known to her 222,000 followers for her beauty, elegance, and style, one of Makki’s most recent Instagram posts was drastically different […]

These Are the Punishments for Being a Non-Veiled Woman in Egypt

These Are the Punishments for Being a Non-Veiled Woman in Egypt

There is a trend that has recently hit social media: this trend involves posts, comments, and tweets, surrounding the ideal of manhood, and what it truly means to be a man in Egypt. Specifically, there have been posts circulating online that describe modern Egyptian and/or Arab men as “Ashabah Regal” (Shadows of Men). This term […]

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 […]

VIDEO: Ethiopian Worker Survives Fall from Seventh Floor in Kuwait

VIDEO: Ethiopian Worker Survives Fall from Seventh Floor in Kuwait

by Rana Elhawary

  Last week, we published an article discussing a video that emerged on social media featuring an Ethiopian domestic worker hanging from a window sill, and asking for the help of her female employer. We all watched in horror as this Kuwaiti female employer did nothing, but stand there and film the domestic worker, as […]

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. […]

#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, […]

You Have to See This Domestic Abuse Billboard Stopping Traffic in Cairo

You Have to See This Domestic Abuse Billboard Stopping Traffic in Cairo

  Egypt is no stranger to domestic violence and emotional abuse and it’s unfathomable that until this day we are not shedding enough light on this crisis occurring in Egyptian households. Victims of violence are afraid of speaking the truth, never stand up against the exploitation, continuously allow people to hurt them because they simply do not […]

Stop Forgiving the Man Who Hits You; Pack Your Bags and Leave

Stop Forgiving the Man Who Hits You; Pack Your Bags and Leave

A year ago, a friend of mine wore a long-sleeved shirt at the beach all summer; I had to ask her maybe 10 times what was going on until she finally admitted she had bruises covering one of her arms. Of course, when you have known a happily married couple for years, with a content […]