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No Regrets

  By Amal Al Harithi   Years ago I was a woman living in the past, my only hobby was to  rewind the tape of my life over and over again, visualizing myself as the accused, lawyer, and judge at the same time. Evaluating each incident, every decision I made, torturing myself with what if? And why? Accused myself with the …

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What’s your Passion?

By Mira Khatib   A question that we are often asked, “What’s your passion?” If only it was easy to find the answer. When I looked up the meaning of the word “Passion” in the dictionary it stated that Passion: is a powerful feeling towards something or an extreme interest in or wish for doing something, such as a hobby …

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‘I am fully dedicated to my work; my husband is taking care of our newborn child’

By Paula El Khoury, Sociologist – Paris (France)   This was the answer of Roba, a 27-year-old Lebanese fashion-designer, when I asked her for the sake of my research on women entrepreneurs in Lebanon: How can you take care of your child with this load of work? For an interview, she agreed to receive me in her house, which turned out to be her “atelier” at the same time.  It is a large flat of more than 300m², occupying an entire floor in a high-rise building in Beirut. While contiguous, it has two …

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Things We Take For Granted

By Khaled Kamal   I was taking my fifth flight of the week and feeling really exhausted and frankly exasperated with my job; why do I need to travel this much every single week; is it really worth it?  All the negative thoughts flashed before my eyes and I spiraled into all the whys and don’ts and shouldn’t.  Away from …

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Women Benefiting Women 

By Danya Hilmi   There is a need to clearly see how the business world looks upon women; the view maybe summarized in two words “unequal partners”.   This is not a challenge to Arab women only, but rather globally and more so in the less developed countries. This article is not to bore you with statistics and studies that largely …

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Why do we all get it so wrong in our relentless pursuit of happiness?

By Rana Askoul   Recently I attended the Boldtalks Woman 2014 event in Dubai. This intimate gathering highlighted issues relevant to our society with the ultimate goal of inducing discussion, debate and solutions. One of the sessions spoke about positive psychology, the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It was filled with interesting insights and practical advice, …

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Devils of the Heart

By Razan Al- Taher   “The only devils in the world are those running in our own hearts. That is where the battle should be fought.” Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. His eccentric quote paralyzed my thoughts and being. Everything begins and ends with the heart; we start with a heart …

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Travel Tales

Vineetha Mokkil   Travel is freedom. It is no surprise that women – no matter what part of the planet they are heading to – are often advised to think twice before they travel. Plenty of warnings about safety concerns women travelers face will flood your consciousness (and inbox) once you share your travel plans with people. My advice: take …

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