culture

  • On the crisis of masculinities

    Taking a phrase uttered by the actress Emma Thompson in a recent interview, today I shall make an attempt at looking into the ‘crisis of masculinities’ in eastern societies, how it stimulates and incites gender based violence including honor killing, Vani, Karo Kari etc., and its impact on gender,...
  • The fascinating world of Caroline Kennedy

    It was at the height of the Philippine presidential elections campaign that I became familiar with Miss Caroline Kennedy; NOT the Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK and Jackie O., but Caroline Kennedy –journalist, radio producer, actor, director, TV presenter, professional traveler, author, intrepid NGO worker, Obama campaigner, and mother,...
  • Superwomen of Pakistani Sports

    The increasing awareness about female empowerment and how it positively affects society has led to an upsurge of women’s participation in every walk of life. From STEM fields to politics, women have made their mark; showcasing a track record of brilliance and success. One such area is sports! A...
  • Shine Bright, End Violence

    Teens Weave Stars Campaign is an initiative aimed at giving young people a platform advocating the elimination of violence against women and girls in Kenya. The initiative will be officially launched by Teen Action in Kenya, which strives to help raise teenagers as game-changers for their community and the...
  • On the fabric of change

    Do you think there is a connection between fashion and women’s liberation? In my opinion, fashion has played a pivotal role in women’s liberation. If one reflects to the Suffragettes Movement, women wore pants instead of long gowns and dresses to make a statement that they were equal to...
  • The Hera Syndrome

    “Why do women hate each other?” An existential question that occurs in the mind of any woman in relation to her social and practical life; even in her participation in civil activities and charity work which is mainly based on altruism and cooperation. A few months ago, I met...
  • Pakistani Sirens And Cinema

    The era of Pakistani films highlighting raucously pumped up men with an over-bearing male chauvinistic attitude is finally over as the new age of cinema ushers a picturesque medley of big budget movies, artsy biopics, raunchy, boisterous comedy, and flashy coming-of-age numbers. It is certainly not untrue to claim...
  • Achieving empowerment of the Arab Woman

    Tell us about yourself and professional journey? I am an Engineer and a mother of two boys, originally from Damascus, Syria. Born and raised in the UAE which I consider my second home. I earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University Canada. My first working experience was...
  • Little Play, Big Talent!

    Wear Pink Sit properly. Talk politely. Study hard. Work harder. Prosper. Get promoted. Eat your greens. Bend carefully. Fall in love. Get married. Brush your teeth. Make babies. Love, live. Conversations, the beautiful ones. The ones that define our lives and livings. The ones that leave an imprint on...