Story Fourteen: A. A. from Syria

When I was a child, and my body was still not mature, I went to the beach with my family. I went to the sea and started swimming like any other young girl that still isn't aware of how dirty the world is and how men can be. I was smiling to everyone like the smile of any innocent child. A man with 3 young kids took advantage of this smile of mine. I was around 11 years old and his children were younger than ...

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Story Seventy Seven: Dalia from Egypt

“Because you are a girl”, my mum always explained when I asked to go out with my friends like my brother or when I wanted to do anything my brother did. My mum believed that women were not entitled to freedom or to experience life on their own. I was brought up to believe that women's role is to serve others and make men happy. She trained me to be obedient and submissive so that I can please the husband wh ...

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Story Seventy Three: Khitam from Palestine

  Living Biologically The name is Khitam (ending) because heaven forbid my father's manly pride is insulted ever again with another daughter. A third boy was all he wanted. Having four daughters already, he hoped for a boy. In 1973, during the October war in Egypt to liberate the Suez Canal, my father wanted to take my brothers outside to show them the zionist air fighters headed for Egypt. None of my ...

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Story Seventy One: Samar from Jordan

  My experience with sexual assault has felt nothing short of discredited, marginalised and discarded. I wasn’t molested by thugs in Cairo, abused in Tripoli or persecuted in the Gulf. I haven’t made any public statements, written any books or stood for ‘the fight.’ I haven’t even told my best friend, or even worse, my own mother. But I was sexually assaulted. And it matters. And I matter. And that is ...

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Story Sixty Five: Nesrine from Tunisia

  I have always been with the uprising of women in the Arab world. Here is my story: I am a law student and I got a scholarship for a two week trip to Europe as a reward to my good grades. I was very proud of myself but, unfortunately, i can't say the same about my mother. She said that i needed to take my brother's permission first, who is only a few months older than me. When he said that i could go, ...

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Story Sixty Four: Noorah from Jordan

I'm 19 years old, heading toward 20. I have a tiny story that needs to be share with someone who will surely understand; someone who can also give me some valuable advice. It happened a few years ago, at the Dentist's. I was getting my teeth fixed. The Dentist was a kind one; loving, over-friendly. He was divorced and had two children --so he said. I was fond of him, enjoying the appointments no matter how ...

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Story Sixty: Sirina from Tunisia

This has just happened to me,I thought i'd share. I was in the bus, it wasn't that crowded, when i noticed that this man was rubbing him self against me from behind, its not like its the first time this happens to me in public transport, actually it happens so often that it doesn't bother me as bad as it did before, which is sad actually. Anyway, I immediately jumped on the first chair i found available, I ...

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Story Fifty Six: Nada Thakeb from Egypt

About an hour ago, and after a sad visit to my sick Uncle, my sister and I were walking down King Faisal main road and waiting for our ride. 3 boys "from their clothes I could tell they were respectable and younger than I am" The first guy came and harassed my sister, he got too close to her so she pushed him away and yelled, he got a bit further away from us. The other two boys though kept going, so we sta ...

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Story Fifty Five: S.R. from Palestine

I am a girl from Gaza, I am 27 years old and I work for a private company. My family are well know in Gaza....anyways my story begins in 2009 with a colleague in my company, I used to see him as an older brother to me, but unfortunately he turned out to be a sick and mentally ill person who has never seen anything in his life. More importantly he claims that he is religious and he went to Al Haj Twice !!! O ...

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القصة الرابعة والخمسون: لينا من فلسطين-الأردن

كثير في حكي ممكن أقوله وأحكيه وأبرر ليش أنا مع انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي. وصدقوني إذا ببلش مستحيل حدا يقدر يوقفني قد ما أنا مقهورة. بس رح أحاول أحكي بأختصار. مش رح أقول القصص إلي صارت معي وإلي واجهتني من ذكور عيلتي إلي بعتبروني "قليلة أدب" لأني بحكي بحقوق المرأة وبحكي إنه مش من حق أي ذكر يقتل انثى بسبب شرفهم المزعم! وإنه ما حدش شرف حدا، كل واحد شرفه حاله! رح أحكي مجموعة قصص صارت بحياتي، أولهم إنه مرة ...

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