As a man, you might think that you have a minimal role in the harassment issues we have been reading about these past days. But that’s not true, your role as a man goes beyond defending young women and standing by their rights.
Here are some ways you can show support to women:
To show your support to women who have been sexually or physically assaulted, you need to listen to whatever they want to share about their experiences. Assure them that you care about their well-being and understand where they come from.
Sometimes, women don’t even expect you to try and jump in immediately to ‘fix’ the problem, sometimes they just want to know that you’re standing by their sides and supporting them in every way.
Ask Yourself the Following
Did I ever unintentionally hurt the feelings of a woman?
Did I ever invade a woman’s privacy in any way?
Did I ever standby as any of my friends harassed a girl?
This is called self reflection, as it’s equally important to stop and reflect on your own behavior!
End the Cycle of Silence
You need to end the cycle of silence, if a friend of yours is harassing a girl, you need to take action and stop him. Despite how close the two of you can be, there’s no excuse for him to behave in any disrespectful manner.
Stand up For Girls
Defend girls! Both in reality and online. It’s always better to hear it from a guy’s perspective, to see men agreeing with women’s rights and showing their support to the cause.
Put Aside Assumptions
Also, don’t question women. If a girl or a woman confide in you, it means they care deeply about you so never question their story.
Be empathetic not judgmental. Show and express your empathy, Girls who have been harassed go through a lot, they have experienced something that society think has damaged their reputation and livelihood, so don’t make it worse.
Be an Advocate For Equality
In Egypt, we’re not used to having men who show their advocacy to gender equality, so it would be great that for a change we can see men turning into true advocates for equality.
So don’t be scared to speak up as well, to tackle issues at your workspace, to help create a safer haven for your female colleagues.
You can model the type of workplace dynamics and behavior that promote equity and respect.
Remember, you can be the beginning of a huge change!
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Suspends Services for One Month
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox churches have announced the suspension of masses and other services in both Cairo and Alexandria as of Monday and the suspension will last for a month.
The suspension comes in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among clergymen and churchgoers.
The Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday released an official statement that says the suspension includes Sunday’s schools, meetings, services and masses, and that priests in each church are allowed one mass weekly with a minimal presence and a maximum of five deacons only.
As for funeral services, they’re allowed to be held but with the participation of only one priest and one deacon and of course the family of the deceased. However, the halls that are designated for mourning services will be closed until the improvement of current conditions.
For Baptism services, the maximum number allowed are four member of the baby’s family.
The statement added that study at institutes and educational centres will carry on but with a reduced maximum of 25%.
As for the dioceses, each bishop get to decide what is most suitable to the health situation in his diocese, in partnership with the congregation of priests.
We urge all worshipers to remain safe and adhere to all the precautionary measures needed.
The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually
According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.
“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.
“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.
The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.
Catch The Arab Premiere For Short Movie Henet Ward During Cairo Film Festival
Egypt’s short movie ‘Henet Ward’ will have its MENA premiere at Cairo Film Festival, where it will compete with other movies.
The movie has participated in more than 95 international festivals around the world in (50 different countries) including 20 festivals that qualify for the Oscar and BAFTA and the film has won 12 international awards since its world premiere in the official competition of the “Clermont Ferrand International Festival” in France.
The movie is directed by Murad Mostafa and will be competing in the Cairo Film Festival.
Henet Ward tackles the life of “Halima”, a Sudanese henna painter living in Egypt. She goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding and her 7 years old daughter “Ward” accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place.
The movie also stars Emad Goniem, Halima, and Hagar Mahmoud, among others.
The following are the screening times for the movie:
Sunday December 6th | 3:30 PM | Hanager cinema hall in the Egyptian Opera House
Monday, December 7th | 1:00 PM | Odeon 2 cinema downtown
Share with us what you think of the movie when you catch the premiere!
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