Of Women and rights and minds….

(when a story gets too emotional and personal..) The opening scene is a reminder that our societies have not changed much. Toxic masculinity at its worst. And, of course, even today, we are expected to be nice. Not our advice to us all. We prefer screaming out and being direct. (I have always wanted to…

This woman.

A little past 11:30pm on 31st of December, I was still wide awake thanks to crazy family. I had a few thoughts to jot down: This is no new year. A woman was put on trial for terrorism when her only act was to be an activist for women in her own country. She and…

For Saturday..

Taking up this pen, I ponder. I read. I believe that the fridge needs restocking – trip down to the farmers’ market. I read some more. An archive to fill. A revolution to follow. How many women are fighting for rights? Every one. Because – la révolution une femme. This fountain pen, I take. I…

Book review : The Bastard of Istanbul

8 March is International Women’s Day. While Elif Shafak’s The Bastard of Istanbul focuses on the genocide of 1915 and the cultural psychology behind remembrance, it is, first and foremost, a testament to women, their challenges and their push forward.

A small sample of the revolution

Originally posted on LinaSays:
I’m sitting in Beirut airport after a whirlwind week. This was a trip delayed several times due to the ongoing revolution, an exciting and historic time for long-overdue change in Lebanon. If you don’t know, this popular uprisings began on 17 October 2019 with masses taking to the streets to protest…

How to build a fire

This is a collaboration with Hrach Jinbashian, who provided the photographs from Lebanon. Currently in Armenia, he was present in Lebanon at the beginning of the protests. A warm thank you to him. 105 fires, a broken political and economic system, corruption x10000, a proposed tax on WhatsApp, 2 million+ refugees, 4 million citizens, and…

Here’s our First Book Review, One Summer Later.

Note: Bilingual piece in English and French. Summer is always the season for good books. Before this one begins, we’d like to present one of a few groundbreaking beautiful reads from last summer. In France, women made headlines, like this book: Yes. La Tresse. In English, it translates to The Braid. At the center is…

A Penchant for Abuse

The big man with the guns now has the power. Enough is enough.  A friend of mine recently expressed his complete shock when the US declared it was getting out of the UN Human Rights Council. I then asked him what he thought of the current administration but he didn’t answer, choosing either to ignore…

Be a voice – Treatise on our broken society

Why quote literary works? Make your own. Creativity is a dream but it is also the genius of humanity. What point is there in copying another man’s work to inspire yourself when you can create imagine your own? They may turn in their graves far beneath the hard ground’s surface. You might say but the…

Women’s Rights and Disability: Much Needed Visibility

The following is an article I once wrote in French at the request of a college acquaintance. I never found out if it got published or not but the current political era we live in has pushed my feminism to new levels. The women’s marches in January and February, for example, are part of the…