Raha Moharrak: The Saudi Woman Redefining What It Means to Play Sports ‘Like a Girl’

Raha Moharrak: The Saudi Woman Redefining What It Means to Play Sports ‘Like a Girl’

There is an undeniable international stigma that exists surrounding women who play sports; from something as simple as the term ‘throwing like a girl,’ to the notion that professional female sports players are less feminine than average women — and thereby being more likely to undergo sex-testing; women playing sports does not seem like an […]

#SaveDinaAli: Why We Need to Talk About Honor Killings

#SaveDinaAli: Why We Need to Talk About Honor Killings

  On Monday, April 10th, Dina Ali — a 24-year-old Saudi woman— was off-loaded from her flight, detained for 13 hours without being officially charged with any crime, at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Dina was traveling from Saudi Arabia to Australia via the Philippines hoping to seek asylum from her abusive family.   The Filipino […]

4 Things I’ve Been Dying to Say About Being a Female Writer in the Middle East

4 Things I’ve Been Dying to Say About Being a Female Writer in the Middle East

by Rana El Hawary

Sexism exists in about anything and everything we do. No one who inhabits the current Middle Eastern society is exempt from it. Some of the toughest lessons I had to learn about sexism came through writing. I found that my capacity to articulate my opinion turned against me. So here they are, the sum total […]

This Saudi Woman Just Set a New World Record in Dubai

This Saudi Woman Just Set a New World Record in Dubai

  Dubai is home to many world records–including the largest tin of caviar–but one that has nothing to do with food was set over the weekend, and the woman behind it is pretty freakin’ inspiring.   Mariam Saleh Binladen, a dentist from Saudi Arabia, has set another record in Dubai. The humanitarian work advocate made […]

This Dubai Princess Just Became the First Woman Pilot in Al Maktoum Family

This Dubai Princess Just Became the First Woman Pilot in Al Maktoum Family

My niece @mozahmm our first female pilot from the family on her first assisted flight as a commercial pilot. Proud of you ! The sky is not the limit. As long as you can dream it you can achieve it. موزة مروان. بنت إختي. أول طيار أنثى فالعائلة. اليوم أول يوم تطير كمساعد طيار على […]

Putting a Face to a Facebook Page: The Woman Behind of ‘Women of Egypt’

Putting a Face to a Facebook Page: The Woman Behind of ‘Women of Egypt’

By Laila Gamaleldin

  Women of Egypt is a Facebook page run by engineer turned writer Alexandra Kinias that aims to celebrate notable Egyptian women in every field of industry, many of whom are often overlooked or sidelined due to their gender. The page was started simultaneously as new members were sworn in. 89 women were elected and appointed […]

Why Arab Girls NEED to Get a Pap Smear

Why Arab Girls NEED to Get a Pap Smear

  The pap smear — or, as it’s known in the Arab world — the thing that takes away your virginity, is a vital part of maintaining one’s overall health. It is a gynelogical procedure to detect cervical cancer in women. Women are recommended to start getting tested as soon as they are sexually active […]

Saudi Husband Divorces Wife on Wedding Night Because She Was Too Busy Texting Friends

Saudi Husband Divorces Wife on Wedding Night Because She Was Too Busy Texting Friends

By Mahmoud Aziz

  The wedding night dreams of a Saudi groom came crashing down by his wife’s behavior on their big night, as she kept on texting her friends on her cell phone to respond to their congratulatory messages. The poor guy could not take it and divorced her. The groom took his bride back to their […]

This Is Why Arab Women Date White Guys

This Is Why Arab Women Date White Guys

  It’s kind of an obsession we have in the Arab community, well one of many at least, but curiosity over each others’ love lives drives afternoon tea gossip with Arab mothers around the globe. However, one that seems to strike everyone, even baffle them is the fact that Arab women will date outside of […]

15 Struggles of ElBent ElMasreya ElOver

15 Struggles of ElBent ElMasreya ElOver

I know I write twice a month about how over-dramatic everything about Egypt is, yet deep down it’s all a cover-up to the harsh reality of my unexplained and unnecessary avwara. Egyptian women face a lot of struggles and being hysterical is a problem for most of us. I promise you we don’t have control over it, […]