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Banned Beauty: A photographic series of female breast ironing

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“Banned Beauty” is the title of a photography series that won “World Press Photo” contest, contemporary issues stories.

Heba Khamis, who created the black and white sentimental series, is a 29 female Egyptian visual researcher\photographer. Heba concentrates on the social issues that are sometimes ignored like ironing young girls’ breasts in Cameroon, transgender in Egypt and refugee gay prostitution in Germany.

Wetshibi is posing for the camera after having her breasts massaged with a stone. To keep them small and beautiful.
It has been three years since her mother started to massage her two – three times a day.

After the 29-year-old artist graduated with a bachelor in painting, she decided to shift her career into photojournalism; after covering the two Egyptian revolutions and their aftermath, she became more focused on the social and humanitarian issues.

Heba created the “Banned Beauty” to shed the light on the tragic phenomenon that widely happens in Cameroon; the phenomenon also takes place in other African countries like Nigeria and South Africa. The project documents breast ironing in girls aged between eight to twelve.

Kenmeni, is bandaging her daughter’s breasts after ironing them. she believes that her daughter needs to grow up and have a strong body first before having breasts.

Breast ironing is usually done by mothers and grandmothers when girls start showing any womanhood signs; mothers and grandmothers use stones, hammers or sticks and massage and press on the breast era to flatten them. The ritual is meant to protect girls from early marriage, pregnancy and rape; it is also a way to hide puberty signs to guarantee longer education years for girls.

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Mayada Badr Appointed CEO of the Culinary Arts Authority

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Mayada Badr has been appointed as CEO of the Culinary Arts Authority by Minister of Culture Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan.

This comes in light of the ministry’s efforts in developing and enhancing the culinary sector in the Kindgom.

Appointing Badr comes as a really smart move seeing how she is widely known as the ‘queen of macaroons’ in Saudi Arabia and is one of the well-known culinary artists who has contributed so much in representing the Kingdom on several occasions.

Mayada is graduated from the International Cordon Bleu School in Paris and has completed several training programs under internationally-acclaimed chefs.

In taking this role, Mayada will take the responsibility of developing and regulating the cooking sector and work on improving the field and following the standards of international levels.

Also worth mentioning is that the authority will set up courses and follow professional training programs, and encourage research, studies and development in the field of culinary arts.

Mayada, speaking about her culinary creation, said, “I decided to combine French cooking techniques with Saudi flavors to create a Parisian dessert with an Arab twist.”

 

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Princess Lamia Appointed the First Regional Goodwill Ambassador to the UN

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Secretary general of Alwaleed Philanthropies, Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al-Saud has been appointed as the very first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Arab World by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) during a press conference at the tenth session of the World Urban Forum.

The UN-Habitat is a program that works in more than 90 countries with the aim of supporting people in cities and human settlements for a brighter and better urban future.

“I am extremely humbled to be appointed as the first ever Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Arab world on behalf of UN-Habitat. I very much hope that this appointment serves as inspiration for young people across the Arab region that there is no limitation on their aspirations.” Princess Lamia commented on her receiving of the award,

“My appointment comes as we celebrate 40 years of Alwaleed Philanthropies. If there is one thing that we have learnt from these four decades of experience, it is that every person has an important role to play when facing the world’s most pressing challenges. Overcoming a problem or transforming someone’s life can often be achieved by thinking differently and developing the simplest of solutions. It only takes one person to make a difference and as a goodwill ambassador I hope to inspire people across the Arab World to think about the role that they can play in helping to address the impact of rapid urbanization across our cities, communities and climate.” She added.

The Princess is known for her incredible contributions in helping the community and with her taking on such an honorable position, we’re hopeful that Princess Lamia as a regional goodwill ambassador for Arab states will advocate for sustainable urbanization and help address the issues of the Arab world.

 

 

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Riyadh To Be Declared the Capital of Arab Women 2020

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Riyadh to be declared the Capital of Arab Women 2020 during today’s 39th session of the Arab Women’s Committee!

The two day conference will be headed by Saudi Arabia and will see the participation of several ministries, senior officials representing the Arab countries in addition to international organizations and women’s bodies.

The first day of the event will cover regional preparatory meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 64 (CSW), in order to review the 25-year long activities and performance of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Beijing +25 Regional Review Meeting.

Meanwhile, the second day will witness the 39th session of the Arab Women’s Committee in order to go over several topics on the agenda, which will begin by discussing the General Secretariat’s activity report between the previous session and the current session.

According to a statement from the Secretary General of the Family Affairs Council Dr. Hala Al-Tuwaijri, the Kingdom hosting such an event for Arab Women under the slogan of “Empowering Women … Development of Society” is part of the efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia in addressing Arab issues and supporting the development of their societies.

“Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the meeting comes at a time when the Kingdom is witnessing many reforms related to empowering women in accordance with the ambitious Vision 2 030 that had a direct impact on supporting and empowering Saudi women at various levels through a host of decisions and legislation that support her career and enhance her position,” the statement added.

One of the main highlights of the meeting will be announcing Riyadh as the capital of Arab women for the year 2020 under the slogan of “Women is a nation and ambition,” which is a great leap to the Kingdom especially after its presidency of G20.

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