Monday, February 15, 2010

What's up with HEA


On February the 6th 2010, we published the first edition of our newsletter " What's up with HEA". The newsletter consisted of two articles, a short story, quotes and some information about influential women of the 21st century.

Here are a couple of the writing that were in the newsletter;
First an article about role models written by one of the creators of Hea.

The Corrupted Catwalks of Role Modelling
We live in an age where pop stars and celebrities are the front page news, the faces on every television channel and frequent Twitter Trending Topics. Where people care more about upcoming movies than ongoing political and social crisis. It's no surprise that the first product of a Google search for "Female Role Model" is a Hollywood actress or personality. Obviously something is off about what our generation regards as a "role model" when we think someone who hasn't done something significant deserves to be looked up to and emulated just because of their fame and fortune. It's a sad truth that many girls our age think more highly of women on glossy magazine covers than phenomenal women like Hellen Keller and Rosa Parks.

Who's to blame? The so-called "role models"? The media?

Us. It's us who allow ourselves to be constantly influenced by what we see on TV, in magazines and on the web. It's us who look up to women we consider important because of their popularity and status. It's us who blatantly ignore the efforts of the women out there doing something imperative. Think for a moment about what you'd be without those who fight for women's rights to education, to vote, to work and to equal pay. Think about what you'd be without the remarkable women in your own lives - your mothers and teachers. Is their work really less important and less deserving of our admiraion than the performance of our favorite actress in her latest movie? We need to change our perception of what really matters and who a role model is. Otherwise, we can try and try again to make the world respect us as women, but the question will remain: Who do we regard as respectful women?
By: Arfa Rehman

And an short story about women in war:

Under the Warrior's wing
Bang.It's where it all starts. That noise that ruptures the air, stips it of all peace and silence it had ever known.The chaos begins. The soldiers start to take action. They look around and the first thing they see, the first thing they think of, is the children. Bang. Striding across the wailing streets, looking for some shlter. They fight the bangs with nothing but the stones underneath their soles. The soldier finally finds a place, a place for the children but starts to think of a way to survive. The soldier never stops thinking, never stop worrying, never stops fighting. Bang.The soldier beomes overwhelmed by everything going on and rests against a wall to catch a breath.A child approaches. All this child knows is that the only safe place is this soldiers wing. The soldier fels the soft touch of this childs hand on theirs. The child looks up and says " Mother, what is going on?".
By: Engy El-Shorbagy.

Next edition will be even more exciting and will address more issues, on the 6th of March.