The day of…

The day before the explosion was ordinary, quiet, unremarkable. But I was unsettled. I was in LA visiting family, because these days more than ever, I needed to be with my people. It was Monday, and I was flying back home to New York. I was traveling light but carrying excess emotional baggage. I stood… Continue reading The day of…

One week ago today…

Today marks one week... one hideous week where it feels like we're caught in a B-grade horror movie or a nightmare that won't end. From a distance, I'm still glued to the screen, still sobbing, still sleepless, still sick to my stomach, still in a state of disbelief. And now the government has resigned, in… Continue reading One week ago today…

Arab women are the region’s only hope…

No country in the world has achieved full gender equality, but the Arab region ranks lowest in the world. Empowering women is not just a human rights principle. It is a precondition to sustainable development and the strongest vehicle for peace, prosperity, and progress. The Arab region’s diverse collection of 22 countries have one thing… Continue reading Arab women are the region’s only hope…

The tension between solidarity and survival

I’m thinking today about those who march. In the streets. Every day. About those who raise their voices for what is right. About those who face opposition and keep marching. I’m thinking first about Lebanon. Protests have been ongoing for three months. Three months on the streets. Three months to demand change that will benefit… Continue reading The tension between solidarity and survival

ICPD25 + 2 months

It’s been nearly two months since the International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi – commemorating 25 years since the landmark event in Cairo in 1994. 25 years ago, the Cairo conference was our watershed moment. It was an unprecedented way to view reproductive health and rights. Feminists worldwide gathered and pushed for a… Continue reading ICPD25 + 2 months

The myth of the “local partner”

I recently spoke in Sweden. Again. I seem to do that a lot. Since I became the "local partner", I have accumulated a lot of unanswered questions about "partnership", "localization" and the rhetoric of supporting local women's groups. "Localization" is one of our favorite development buzzwords, and like most buzzwords, it rings hollow most of… Continue reading The myth of the “local partner”