Move Over! We Don’t Need Your Feminism Now!

 Amidst the tension and clashes recently happening in Lebanon, I got to thinking about a million and one things, like, why do I feel so helpless? What is it that I can do? What is it that I’m willing to do? A thought crossed my mind, among the chaos of these never ending questionings: now … Continue reading

Plastic Capitalist

Capitalism and neoliberal ideologies just can’t help it: they love progressive ideologies so much they can’t help but recuperate them, tailor them to their needs and market them as their own, the result of course being a completely distorted set of values and principles that go mainstream faster than you can say “dollar”. Feminism is … Continue reading

Your Choice: Your Career or Your Identity Or other stories of Empowerment, Lebanese Style

The new regulation adopted by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces to prevent women from wearing the hijab to work on the field has stirred a lot of debate and controversy in the highly sect-sensitive state of Lebanon. Invoking the military Code of Conduct that purportedly doesn’t allow any member of the security forces to wear … Continue reading

Raising Fists and Voices: Lebanese Women’s Struggle to End Violence

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>  “I don’t believe in a country that turns rapists into suitable husbands”. Those were the kind of banners you could have seen being held by activists should you have walked on the streets of Beirut on January the 14th during the March to Fight Rape organized by Lebanese feminist collective Nasawiya. … Continue reading

Lebanon, a Land of Men (and of a few Courageous Women)

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I am a Lebanese woman married to a Swiss man. My children will never be Lebanese, nor will my husband, because I am considered as a second class citizen in my own country, which doesn’t seem to deem it necessary to grant me the same citizenship rights as everyone else (also … Continue reading

Thou Shalt Not Let Yourself Be: Women and Cultural Imperialism

 For Aika, Marie-Claude and Caterina, my sisters in arms against Imperialism I’ve been meaning to write about cultural imperialism and how it affects women for some time now. It all started one lazy Sunday afternoon when three women (a Kenyan/Tanzanian, an Haitian/Swiss and a Lebanese) were watching a silly movie revolving around mixed race relationships. … Continue reading

I’m a Feminist, Have No Fear

 This week end, the Swiss Union Solidarités held its Spring University, with a programme packed with sessions ranging from the study of the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East to the current situation in Spain, to Liberation Theology mouvements in Latin America. I of course, being the slight feminism obsessed person that I … Continue reading

When I was 20…

… I dreamt of becoming a music composer. An air stewardess. I wanted to travel the world. Become a doctor, or a journalist, or maybe a fiction writer. When I was 20, I had dreams, and hopes and visions for myself. And then I got married. Those are not words I read in a badly … Continue reading

Doing it Our Way

It all started out quite innocently, really. Another conversation with a close north african friend of mine about the obsession of the Arab societies for marriages, about the pressure young women have to endure to get married and about how families meddle into relationships and private affairs (one of the greatest laughs of my life … Continue reading