While holding the XX chromosomes makes your immunity stronger, and gives you a higher life expectancy, as statistics show, being a female exposes you to higher risks of cultural, social and economic discrimination that sideline you and your wellbeing in the response of many countries to COVID19 pandemic.
When most confident speeches spewing out of politicians are often followed by tragic events, the totalitarian citizen is left feeling unsafe, insecure, and constantly in a ‘survival of the fittest’ mental state, much like a longtime victim of abuse.
There are many regime apologists out there. We are constantly being hammered by advice to take the intentions of the power that be at face value, give them a chance, they say… Yes, a pathetic nationality law petition has been thrown out there with much publicity to the extent that it has been convincing for some… Yet, the lived realities of women, their experiences of injustice, exclusion and discrimination have not changed but rather worsened.
At a time when the globalized world has allowed for a large range of flexibility in terms of the Muslim or Christian identity, the Corona virus has now, more than ever, highlighted a rift as old as time, amongst the anti-religious and the religious, but perhaps more importantly, among the religious and the extremists.
Kim Ghattas could not have chosen a more optimal timing to unveil her latest work, entitled “Black Wave, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and The Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, And Collective Memory In The Middle East”
Diana Semaan- Amnesty International Syria Researcher
As I have been watching events unfurl in Lebanon I can’t help but ask myself: Is the use of excessive force and arbitrary detention by security forces in Lebanon against protesters eerily reminiscent of the conduct of security forces in Syria?
Samiha was beaming with joy when she saw her family in court, only for her mother to suddenly pull a knife that she had smuggled under her garment, pass it on to her son, who then pounced and stabbed his sister in the neck.
Malak al-Kashef has finally said goodbye to her previous life as Abdelrahman, the male body that was her prison for the first 19 years of her life. After a series of sex reassignment surgeries, she has declared victory over patriarchal norms