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

HIV in the Middle East: Everyone’s Business

This article has also been published on ilouban After reading an article on L’Orient-Le Jour by Nada Merhi on HIV (which by the way is an excellent thing in itself as the subject very rarely makes the mainstream media in Lebanon), I feel there is a need for us to re-humanize the HIV epidemic in … Continue reading

Hey Governments! Remember the Red Ribbon? Put It Back On!

Today is World AIDS Day, a day where everyone is invited to reflect on HIV and AIDS, and the impact the pandemy has had so far on humanity as a whole. This year’s thematic for WAD is Universal Access and Human Rights. Universal Access means universal access to the Anti-RetroVirals, a combination of drugs that, … Continue reading

Reclaiming our Bodies

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent by work to a workshop on Female Genital Mutilation, and more precisely on the necessary involvment of men in the eradication of FGM. Even though the whole conference was more focused on Africa, It lead me to think about sexual and reproductive health and rights of Middle … Continue reading