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Why You Should Come Forward If You’re One of Ahmed Bassam Zaki’s Victims

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So, it’s been days since several young brave women started to break out of their silence and speak out about the sickening situations they had with Ahmed Bassam Zaki. 

Their voices were heard, their voices led to severe actions and it’s time now to carry on with what they have started!

Yesterday, sex offender Ahmed Bassam Zaki was apprehended by the police, according to a statement released by the office of the Egyptian Public Prosecution.

This is great news yes, but we shouldn’t be entirely relieved just yet! It’s true that for now, he is under arrest but they will let him go if the women harmed don’t come forward and speak up about what happened.

Everything that you have done so far, confessing on Assault Police’s page, sharing evidence online, winning the public opinion to your side, all of these wonderful acts have led to this point but it’s time to finish what YOU started.

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In order for this sexual predator to go to prison, you HAVE to come forward and go the police.

This is why it’s important and here’s everything that you need to know about the process of reporting him.

1- Your identity will remain anonymous to the public! No records will be held against you, your identity will remain safe.

2- If you’re hesitant because you don’t have enough evidence, that IS okay! At this point, it’s NOT your job to provide evidence, this is the investigative police’s job.

3- Your lawyer will handle everything, it will just be you, the judge and him in a private room, not a court like you see in movies, hence no audience!

Now if you don’t or can’t afford to hire a lawyer, Assault Police is generously offering you all the help that you need. Check the link below.

We know how hard it is, we know how traumatizing it is having to relive such a painful memory, but it is your courageous acts that got us here and it’s time to finish what YOU started.

Remember, this isn’t just about you anymore, it’s about every silent girl who got harassed before and didn’t have the chance to speak up. You’re becoming the voice of these young women, you are speaking on behalf of many traumatized girls and women.

It’s because of you that girls have started to share their own stories and experiences with harassment and rape. It’s because of you that girls are standing hand in hand, supporting one another and hearing each other out.

You have raised awareness to both men and women. You have come a long way and it’s time to reach the end of the tunnel.

If you’re still worried about the process, Egyptian writer and director Selim Abo Mosallam has contacted several lawyers and explained in the video below the entire process and what to expect.

You’re powerful and you’re strong. This is the closure you need and the justice many girls seek.

You can do this!

 

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Introducing Sukun: Body and Soul Retreats

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At a time when technology has made our lives easier and where we all have greater means to be connected, cases of anxiety, depression, disconnection, self loathing and loneliness are flying through the roof.

The challenge most of us face is finding happiness; but happiness is fickle, so the real challenge is to find your… Sukun. Sukun Studios is a hub that focuses on providing you with the elements that help you overcome the emotional and mental challenges holding you back in the present day.

Launched in the middle of the pandemic that took over the world this years, Sukunstudios.com is the first Yoga and Wellness platform in Egypt and going under the greater umbrella of “Alo Moves” throughout the Middle East. The online platform aims at providing high quality classes, series and podcasts for Yoga, Pilates, meditation and more.

The inclusive platform features some of the top instructors in Egypt with more specialists joining from across the Middle East providing lessons and classes, shot and produced at a premium standard. Sukun members get access to all the content and series that they can follow anytime from the comfort of their home or from any place they wish.

The platform was launched by Sarah Abdelmoneim, a highly experienced yoga specialist also the host of Nile FM’s Big Breakfast show. Sarah spent her life working her way up to senior positions in the corporate world until she decided to pursue her infatuation for self healing and wellness and moved to Bali for a year. During her time in India and Bali, She became certified in many disciplines in wellness with the goal of returning home to bring with her a treasure trove of knowledge to launch the brand that would be the catalyst for self healing and growth in the region.

In a matter of months, the platform grew attracting more members with growing popularity. Leading Sarah to launch the Summer Program in the North Coast. Sukun Studios launched classes in both Bianchi and Marassi with a plentiful portfolio of teachers and classes on the lovely beachfront.

Sukun launched two key retreats, one at the North Coast in July in collaboration with ‘Be Good to You’ and recently this October in Nuweiba retreat in collaboration with nine healing vibes at Aqua Sun Sinai. Sarah along with three amazing teachers, Laila Farouk, Cherine Samir and Noha (Zelphira) took the participants on a journey of ‘Rebirth’ through the use of yoga, sound healing, breath-work, hiking and exploring the gem that is Sinai.

Sarah hopes that her brand and the activities they provide are able to help everyone to “silence the chatter of the minds, to connect with their true selves.” She hopes that through the brand, people can find their “SUKUN”. The brand is growing by the day with numerous ideas and new concepts that are yet to be unleashed.

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Almost 700 Green Projects to Be Implemented By 2021 in Egypt

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Egypt is planning on implementing around 700 green projects as part of Egypt’s fiscal plan for 2020-21, these projects will cost around EGP447.3 billion ($28.4 billion).

According to Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala Al-Saeed, they are 691 projects to be exact and they represent 14% of the fiscal plan’s total public investment. This percentage is also expected to increase to 30 percent for 2021-2022.

The minister also added that there will incentives offered to ministries that shift towards green projects by prioritizing financing for them.

Workshops were held by the ministry to go through the guide on sustainability standards, which reflects the government’s vision in expanding sustainable development into its planning system.

Mohamed Farid, head of the infrastructure sector at the ministry, said that these projects that meet the sustainable standards will be prioritized over projects at the evaluation stage.

Also worth mentioning is that Thursday witnessed the launch of Egypt’s first green bond issue on the London Stock Exchange. The government green bond issue, worth $750 million for five years, is the largest in the Middle East and North Africa, and the first of its kind on the exchange.

 

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Waste Management Law Issued For the First Time to Regulate Egypt’s Plastic Waste

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Constant efforts have been exerted the past years to limit and reduce the single use plastic bags. From awareness campaigns to countless initiatives, Egypt has seen a great progress environmentally and now another leap has been made with the issuing of a waste management law!

The law will regulate the free plastic bag at retail and limit the single use plastic bags imports and exports. This is an attempt to regulate the disposal of plastic wastes in Egypt and enhances Egypt’s waste handling and recycling processes.

According to a statement from Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, a new state agency will handle Egypt’s waste management challenges after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi signed into law a bill that would regulate the industry. Moreover, in doing so and implementing such strategies, it’s expected that the move will attract foreign investment in Egypt’s waste management. 

The bill also includes investment incentives as well as other measures to encourage garbage collectors, small companies, private contractors, and recycling centers to join the formal economy.

Also worth mentioning is that International Cooperation Minister, Rania Mashat has recently just announced two impressive partnerships with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will implement a 200-million-dollar project for improving the quality of air to combat climate change and reduce has emissions in Cairo.

This comes as a great stride to end plastic waste in Egypt that has long been a great issue facing our community.

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