May

Freelance Writer

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May is a freelance writer based in Cairo. She specializes in writing about development, social issues and entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek Middle East, Forbes Middle East, Al-Monitor, Ms. Magazine and the Middle East Exchange among others.

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Social Issues

Arab News
06/01/2019
Sustainable and ethical fashion gaining currency in Egypt

CAIRO: Fast fashion is defined as "inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends." While it is affordable, fast fashion is plagued by ethical issues, including the treatment of garment-factory workers. Its effect on the environment - from the disposal of cheap apparel to the pollution of natural resources - is also a growing cause for concern.

Al-Monitor
10/29/2018
Egypt eyes moneymaking potential of e-waste

Mobile phones, computers and tablets play a vital role in our lives today, but they also contribute to a growing electronic waste problem. Given the speed of developments in technology, the shorter lifespan of these products and the replacement of electronic devices with newer models, e-waste will only continue to grow.

Almaktouminitiatives
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Solving MENA's serious waste problem means addressing our throwaway culture

Al-Monitor
05/25/2018
Egypt's education system set for major overhaul

Egypt's Education Minister Tarek Shawki announced in April the implementation of new reforms to improve education in Egypt. The reforms, which are in part funded by the World Bank with a $500 million loan for five years, will cost a total of $2 billion and are expected to replace the existing education system with a new one to better equip Egyptian youth for the current job market.

Al-Monitor
03/23/2018
Stigma helps HIV spread in silence in Egypt

While HIV infection rates are declining globally, the disease is spreading dramatically in Egypt. According to UNAIDS, HIV infections in the country are increasing at an annual rate of 25- 30%. An estimated 11,000 Egyptians were living with HIV as of 2016, most of them under 49.

Ms. Magazine Blog
01/09/2018
Inside the Fight to End Sexual Harassment in Egypt

The #MeToo campaign that took the world by storm strongly resonated with women in Egypt. Emboldened by the global flood of women breaking their silence on sexual harassment, Egyptian women also took to social media to share their experiences.

نيوزويك الشرق الأوسط - Newsweek Middle East Arabic
11/29/2017
نساء عاملات - نيوزويك الشرق الأوسط - Newsweek Middle East Arabic

ارتفاع ريادة الأعمال الحرة النسائية في مصر مي الحبشي نيوزويك الشرق الأوسط فاطمة الزهراء هي صاحبة إحدى وكالات الاتصالات في مصر. تجلس خلف مكتبها الكبير، حيث تتلقى المكالمات وتفوض المهام إلى الموظفين. في حين أن هذا المشهد من الريادة النسائية للأعمال قد يكون شائعاً في أجزاء كثيرة من العالم، إلا أنَّه ليس كذلك في مصر.

نيوزويك الشرق الأوسط - Newsweek Middle East Arabic
01/01/2018
المرأة المصرية تُجابه التحرش - نيوزويك الشرق الأوسط - Newsweek Middle East Arabic

مي الحبشي خاص بنيوزويك الشرق الأوسط في غضون ساعات من انطلاق حملة #MeToo أو أنا أيضاً، سرعان ما تفاعلت النساء في مصر مع الحملة عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لمشاركة تجاربهن مع التحرش الجنسي على أمل الخروج بهذه القضية من إطار المحرمات الثقافية مرة واحدة وإلى الأبد.

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Egypt's New Quiet Revolution: Female Entrepreneurship

A new quiet revolution is taking place in Egypt: the female entrepreneurship revolution. This kind of revolution sees talented women unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit and rising up in the country's young start-up market. Today, women are starting their own businesses at unprecedented rates since 2011.A new quiet revolution is taking place in Egypt: the female entrepreneurship revolution.

Newsweek Middle East
05/24/2017
Cairo's Treasures of Trash - Newsweek Middle East

By May El Habachi Overlooking Cairo's Citadel, lies a small secluded community informally known as the Zabaleen, or garbage people. As the name suggests, the Zabaleen live in the midst of garbage that overwhelms the district's narrow winding roads and small alley ways.

Fair Observer
03/16/2017
The Lost Generation of Syrian Children

Syria's children will be a lost generation suffering not only from a life of violence and war, but a life of bleak opportunities. As the Syrian War marks its sixth year, the humanitarian crisis has become worse than ever. Those paying the highest price of the conflict are children.

Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

Almaktouminitiatives
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The one-stop fashion incubator encouraging Arab entrepreneurs to go global

Almaktouminitiatives
03/24/2019
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Encouraging refugee entrepreneurship in the Middle East

Almaktouminitiatives
02/17/2019
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How to be from the 10% of startups that succeed

My Salaam
Seven social media guidelines for startups to follow in 2019

As startups grow in the Middle East, so does their need to establish a solid social media presence to build and expand their business. Like any marketing tool, however, social media is always evolving; what works now will not work forever. To stay ahead of the curve, startups should keep these seven tips in mind when using social media.

Almaktouminitiatives
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Women empowering women to fight sexual harassment in Egypt

My Salaam
Meet the Muslim women creating big business in Egypt

Business women in Egypt. Business is largely viewed as a male-dominated world, especially in the Muslim community, in which female modesty is held in high virtue. However, in Egypt, like many other countries in the Middle East, a new breed of female Muslim entrepreneurs is shattering this stereotype by rapidly growing their own businesses.

Almaktouminitiatives
10/30/2018
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The Saudi Female Entrepreneur Bringing Bespoke Fashion to the Arab Region

My Salaam
A new wave of accelerator programmes is boosting Saudi entrepreneurs

Saudi accelerator programmes. My Salaam collage There is no better time to be an entrepreneur in Saudi Arabia. The number of support organisations, including incubators, accelerators, funds and co-working spaces, has tripled over the last few years, and entrepreneurs in the country now have a great opportunity to successfully launch and grow their startups.

Social Entrepreneurship

My Salaam
These Egyptian entrepreneurs are empowering women through handicrafts

Egyptian entrepreneurs Hadeer Shalaby and Amgad Moustafa decided early on that they would leave the corporate world and start a business that empowers women. Through Freeziana, a platform that sells handmade goods, they connect directly with buyers to help women grow their handicraft business.

Almaktouminitiatives
01/22/2019
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Turning plastic waste into building material

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Women are driving change in the Middle East's tech industry

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KARIM EL HEFNAWI ALWAYS KNEW HE WANTED TO RUN HIS OWN BUSINESS SOMEDAY. BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL HE VISITED HIS FATHER’S STORE ROOM IN SAKKARA, AN ANCIENT ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE ABOUT 30KM SOUTH OF CAIRO, IN 2010 THAT HE DECIDED TO EMBARK ON HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY OF CARPET MAKING

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Taita Leila: Telling the stories of Palestine one stitch at a time

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This Saudi entrepreneur wants more Arabic audiobooks available in the region

Health and Wellness

bazaar.town
05/01/2017
SOCIAL MEDIA

We are all guilty of engaging with our phones when we should be connecting with those around us. With a click of a button, it has become all too easy to like, comment or share instead of having real human communication and interaction. Our fascination with social media is clear.

bazaar.town
03/29/2017
DIETS: DO THEY WORK?

By May El Habachi If you are one of the millions of people trying to lose weight, here's a tip: Don't go on a diet. In the effort to lose weight, many try fad diets only to realize that they don't work in the long term.

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The Rise of Egypt's Silent Killer: Diabetes

Diabetes is soaring in the Middle East and Egypt is no exception. The prevalence of diabetes in the country has almost tripled in the last two decades, and it will continue to skyrocket if incident rates remain the same.

Cairowestmag
08/04/2017
Healthy Eating

By May Habachi Healthy eating is often synonymous with strict dietary limitations or even deprivation. But it shouldn't be. Rather, healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy and stabilizing your mood (often making you feel happier).

Expat Life

ExpatGo
05/10/2016
Giving back to society: helping refugees in Malaysia

Nadia, not her real name, is one of 158,510 registered refugees in Malaysia. She is a 35 year old Syrian refugee and a single mother of three children who came to Malaysia in search for a better life. Three years later, she is still struggling to survive.

ExpatGo
03/30/2016
How to find work in Malaysia as an expat spouse

Most expat spouses leave their jobs behind when accompanying their partners abroad. More often than not, they cannot continue their careers and thus lose their professional identity. According to Expat Insider published by InterNations, 60 percent find giving up their career difficult and 65 percent dislike being financially dependent on their spouse.

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