In This Issue
This issue’s theme of Sekka revolves around the concept of aib, or shame in Arabic; a term that guides many of our people’s daily interactions and behaviour, which makes these questions all the more relevant.
Letter from the Editors
What’s in a face? A lot if you are a Gulf woman.
Through her groundbreaking storytelling initiative, actress Fatima Al-Banawi has found a way to give voice to thousands of Saudis.
In conversation with 23-year-old Bader Najeeb, one of the youngest chefs in the GCC Region.
Media in general is still not a widely accepted career choice for them in the region.
Arts and Culture
“My body felt like it was not my own; like it was a corpse I was inhabiting while I dragged my soul in tow.”
It’s not what you would expect.
Um Zayed Alnuaimi speaks about her experience as a mother of a 14-year-old teenager with ASD.
“If you think that your dinner guest is suffering from an eating disorder it’s important to make them feel loved and welcomed.”
“We need to prepare our children to resist decades of the aib mentality.”
“One issue that is frowned upon by many, or is considered ‘aib’, is the decision of a son or daughter to live outside the family residence.”
“Hiding my period experience always felt wrong to me, and if we want to be respected as the women we are, we shouldn’t be hiding big aspects of our womanhood.”
Traveling and exploring cultures enriches our lives, yet it can be filled with misunderstanding.