Nadya Khalife

Nadya Khalife

Nadya Khalife is a researcher, writer, and advocate for women’s rights with extensive expertise in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has undertaken field research in numerous countries on violence against women and harmful traditional practices. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Jaha’s Journey to End FGM in U.S. and Africa

    “I have a daughter and saying I don’t want my daughter to go through this was not enough.” Jaha was only a baby, hardly a week old, when an older woman in her community in the Gambia cut her clitoris and sealed her vagina in a practice known...
  • Yemen’s Bridge of Sighs

    When most people hear of the Bridge of Sighs, they automatically think of the bridge in Venice, Italy that stretches out across the Rio di Palazzo or Palace River. While their assumption is true, there is another bridge that goes by the same name located in Yemen’s ‘Amran governorate,...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: Mud Skyscrapers and Palaces of Wadi Hadhramaut

    Yemen ’s Hadhramaut Valley or Wadi Hadhramaut, is situated in the southeastern part of Yemen and characterised by mountains, valleys, and deserts. It is known to have been inhabited since the Stone Age. The Hadhramaut Valley is mentioned in the Quran, the Islamic holy book, as the place where...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: Old City of Sana’a

    Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, is the oldest inhabited place in the world, and according to popular legends, the city was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Sana’a is home to the ancient Ghumdan Palace, a 20 storey building, sometimes acknowledged as the world’s first skyscraper. Today, only a few...
  • Yemen Tuesdays: Gingerbread Houses and Mud Skyscrapers

    Preserving Yemen’s Cultural Heritage Yemen is one of the most isolated countries in the world. At one point, it hardly made international news except when it came to the United States’ war on terror against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, otherwise known as AQAP. But, much has changed over...
  • Wives of Lebanon’s Disappeared Left to Cope Alone

    April 13 is a significant day for many Lebanese. Some remember the brutality of Lebanon’s civil war and others would rather just forget that it ever took place. Decades later and many questions remain unanswered for thousands of families whose loved ones were forcibly disappeared. Many families, especially women,...
  • Who Are You To Judge?

    There seems to be a new trend taking off in Lebanon, but it’s not exactly what anyone would suspect. Over the past few months there has been an increasing presence of conservative Muslim men as guests on political talk shows, and they all appear to have one condition- if...
  • Child Marriage in the MENA Region

    In the wake of the Syria crisis, dozens of stories circulated about the forcible marriages of Syrian refugee girls in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. These accounts prompted local and international organizations to tackle this issue in humanitarian settings. But, why should we wait for a humanitarian catastrophe to occur...
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