Feb 26, 2013
On February 24, 2013, several hundred protesters marched on the streets of Beirut to call on the Lebanese parliament to pass the Law to Protect Women from Family Violence, which would criminalize physical, mental, and sexual abuse, marital rape, and honor crimes.
Protesters marched from the Sanayeh Garden, facing the Ministry of the Interior in Hamra, to Ain el-Tineh, where the residence of Speaker Nabih...
Jan 15, 2012
On January 14, 2012, hundreds of people defied the rain and took to the streets of Beirut to protest against rape.
Protesters marched from Sanayeh to Riad El Solh square in Downtown Beirut, where security officers cordoned off the area to prevent them from reaching the Lebanese Parliament.
As the crowds gathered in the square, organizers read statements that called upon the Lebanese Parliament to:
Dec 11, 2011
On a recent trip to New York, I visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There I wandered the Museum’s various galleries of permanent collections, and exhibitions, covering paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, architecture, design, and media. In a series of posts about my MoMA visit, I will feature some of the pieces that resonated most with me. First up is this installation by Senga...
Aug 20, 2011
Self-esteem is what a person thinks of their own self-worth. It includes beliefs and emotions, and is reflected by behavior.
In today’s world, girls and women are supposed to follow ideals of beauty, appearance and weight, imposed by multiple interconnecting industries that benefit from making them feel bad about themselves. The more women hate their bodies, the more they can buy dieting products...
Jul 25, 2011
One of the challenges of addressing sexual harassment is that it is, to a large extent, hard to define. It could be reduced to “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” But there’s a lot more to sexual harassment than just a range of hostile or offensive acts. And while the absence of laws to criminalize and...
Jun 19, 2011
This illustration is my contribution to the blogging and tweeting day against sexual harassment and gender-based violence, a call to action on June 20 initiated by activists in Egypt. In Lebanon, the team behind The Adventures of Salwa joined the campaign with a parallel blogging day. So did activists in Sudan.
You, too, can speak up about sexual harassment.
If you’re a blogger, post a personal...
Jun 18, 2011
On June 17, 2011, tens of people gathered in front of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut in solidarity with Saudi women who defied the ultra-conservative Kingdom’s rule against women being able to drive, risking arrest and violence.
Click here for videos of several Saudi women who braved the roads behind the wheel.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Even though...
Apr 25, 2011
In our discourse, we have a tendency to use the argumentative fallacy “ad hominem” (Latin: “to the man”). It is a false, incorrect way of arguing with which we try to undermine a speaker’s argument by attacking the speaker instead of addressing the argument in an attempt to discredit them.
Whichever way we choose to present ourselves (activists, bloggers, stand-up comedians,...