On September 19 2017, I came to a realisation that my faith and spirituality should not be something I would like strangers to identify me with, and consequently I took off my Hijab. Questioning my Identification with the headscarf was something I have never thought about before. Actuality, it’s something that terrified me altogether because … Continue reading Becoming my Choice
By Mahmoud, Palestine It was the end of January 2018, the time of year that people in the Middle East expect snow. Alone in my studio apartment in Bethlehem, I remembered images of family gatherings, wearing our warmest clothes, enjoying creatively prepared sweet warm dishes, gathering around a wood stove. We took the warmth from … Continue reading Mirror
By Timi Aluko, Nigeria Lying on my bed with my eyes glued to my phone screen, I was scrolling through the pages of my Instagram feed. From slaying mamas to small businesses to black Americans screaming cultural appropriation. A particular post caught my eye, cultural appropriation of the Ankara fabric. I read the details of … Continue reading AUTHENTICITY OF AFRICAN CULTURE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON CULTURE APPROPRIATION.
The inspiring account of two women who defied the gravity of patriarchy draped in the robe of "Religion". Alexandria city, the land of magic and knowledge, buried two female treasures who fought the curse of patriarchy with the sword of religion. Both of them sacrificed their lives for the sake of their beliefs. They chose … Continue reading Alexandria’s Martyr Heroines by Samaa Ibrahem, Egypt
"Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people." ~Nelson Mandela~ Let me take you back to one of my earliest memories as a … Continue reading Wooden Blocks by Shany, Israel
ישראל — לפני שנתיים וחצי השתחררתי מצה"ל. סה"כ מדובר בבשורה משמחת, כך יאמרו אחוז ניכר מהאוכלוסיה. במקרה שלי הדבר היה מורכב – חוויתי כמה חוויות משמעותיות ביותר במהלך שירותי, כאלה שלעיתים הקשו עלי את השיבה החלקה לאזרחות.
PALESTINE — Favoritism is a poem written by Afnan, an alum of the YaLa Citizen Journalism Program.