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Yara al-Wazir
Yara al-Wazir

Yara al Wazir is a humanitarian activist. She is the founder of The Green Initiative ME and a developing partner of Sharek Stories. She can be followed and contacted on twitter @YaraWazir

Israel using Ahed Tamimi case to warn children who dare to dream

Ahed Tamimi, a teenager from Nabi Saleh village in Palestine, rang in the New Year under Israeli detention. She joined over 300 Palestinian child prisoners who are under Israeli government’s...

How violence against women costs $1.5 trillion a year

While there are many things in the world that a price tag cannot be attached to, violence against women is not one of them.Worldwide, it is estimated that the global cost of domestic violence against...

Why aren’t more Arab women saying #MeToo?

The allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have shaken the world. So far, more than 30 women have provided statements that the producer sexually harassed or assaulted them over the...

Can volunteering rescue the region from unemployment?

Youth unemployment rates in the Middle East and North African region have remained miserably stagnant over the past decade. Over 67 million young women and mean are currently unemployed, in education,...

Banksy selling Palestinian history – why it matters

Elusive British graffiti artist Banksy opened the Walled Off Hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the divisive 700km long, 8m high apartheid wall that runs through Palestine via Jesus’s...

To empower women, we must transform culture

The region is seeing a radical shift in the legal precedence of women’s rights, but is struggle to materialize this into a shift in social values. Between 70 to 75 percent of men support the...

The future of refugees is turning into slavery – this cannot happen

Since the beginning of 2017, 100,000 refugees have made their way to European mainland by crossing on boats, in search of a new, safe life. This is in addition to the 1 million that have reached...

It’s time we invest in our own startups, not just in Silicon Valley

Qataris have committed to investing £5 billion ($7.5 billion) into various sectors in the United Kingdom, including technology. Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars into technology...