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Clean, green products promising “non-toxic” ingredients free from “chemicals” are all over the place right now. Bombarding us with claims that our current skincare is no good, these trending beauty essentials often exploit our belief that natural always means better. Whilst t

With expert guidance what could possibly go wrong with a home manicure?

Afew weeks into the coronavirus lockdown, it became apparent that our new circumstances would change the way we looked.Following government regulations, beauty, hair and nail salons closed their doors, leading people to change, or even abandon their grooming routines, whether that was getting a hair

Women Pay the Price of the Judicial Authorities’ Suspension

Hala is not a Coronavirus victim, but rather a victim of the delayed justice that has deprived her of seeing her son or even hearing his voice over the phone. Her story is one of many others that occur on a daily basis due to the inability of some judges to consider urgent cases.Eighteen months ago,

Arab Fashion Week 2020 will be virtual

Arab Fashion Week (AFW) is the latest major fashion event to go virtual as nations worldwide try to curb the spread of COVID-19 through lockdowns. Arab Fashion Council announced Thursday that AFW will take place online from June 24 to 26.       View this post on Instagram

Re-think gender roles, says Tunisian feminist Hmida

During Tunisia’s coronavirus lockdown, feminist activist and former lawmaker Bochra BelHajj Hmida has been worrying about family violence, rethinking gender roles — and crocheting. Tunisia’s lockdown, which has seen men and women confined to the domestic space together, offers a c

High-end French fashion labels to make coronavirus face masks

High-end fashion labels Saint Laurent and Balenciaga will start making face masks to ease shortages during the coronavirus crisis, their French parent group Kering said on Sunday. Dwindling stocks of protective gear across France have angered doctors and prompted police unions to threaten to walk o

Hair today: the rise and stay of the lockdown fringe

As our contact with the outside world shrinks to the size of a screen, once-private things have been pushed to the fore. Our bookshelves, formerly unseen by our co-workers, have become pregnant with meaning. Our tired faces, once optimised for the workplace with concealer and a fancy neckline, are

18-year-old Iranian woman burned to death by brother for marrying older man

An 18-year-old Iranian young woman has died of critical burns after her brother torched their house for marrying a man he did not approve of, state media reported on Wednesday. The victim had been hospitalised for a week and died from severe burn injuries on Tuesday, according to local media. The i

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry.Reza Ashrafi, now in custody, was apparently enraged when he killed his daughter Romina on Thursday after she ran away with 34-ye

UAE brand’s fresh approach to skincare looking good for future

DUBAI: Skincare products can quite often sit on shelfs or in delivery vehicles for weeks and months, stored in unsuitable conditions.And despite brands promoting them as organic and natural, some customers might question the effectiveness of products left lying around for long periods after being pr

Prada, Chanel stores empty inside London’s Harrods amid coronavirus shutdown

High-end stores like Prada, Chanel and Louis Vuitton were emptied of all products inside Harrods more than two weeks after the luxury London store, which stayed open during World War II, shut its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to videos on social media. Harrods, the iconic departm

VP Pence’s aide returns to work after recovering from COVID-19

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief spokeswoman said Tuesday that she has recovered from coronavirus and is back at work. President Donald Trump confirmed on May 8 that Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary, had tested positive for COVID-19. She is one of two people working at the White H

With no Q-Series, Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey joins list of women’s seniors returning to school

Two months ago, Olivia Mehaffey and her Arizona State team had just stepped off the ferry at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu when their phones started buzzing. The NCAA had canceled the rest of the season and effectively ended the career of Mehaffey, the Sun Devils’ lone senior

Kim Kardashian West's face masks provoke controversy

The reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is the latest designer to capitalise on the coronavirus crisis by launching a line of face masks – and has sparked a race row in the process. Launched over the weekend under the celebrity’s shapewear label, Skims, the non-medical seamless masks co

Girl who pedaled injured dad across India offered national team trial

A 15-year-old girl who pedaled her injured migrant-worker father more than a thousand kilometers across India after a coronavirus lockdown left them destitute has been invited to try out for the national cycling team.Jyoti Kumari rode a bicycle with her father, Mohan Paswan, sitting on the pillion a

Health system overload threatens pregnant women and newborns

New mothers and their babies are facing systems in crisis, including overwhelmed health centres; supply and equipment shortages; and a lack of skilled birth attendants, including midwives. “Millions of mothers all over the world embarked on a journey of parenthood in the world as it was”

Immersive Violence

According to the World Health Organization, almost one-third of women in the world have been victims of intimate or domestic partner violence. This public health problem has increased during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis due to the lockdown restrictions that have extended the time that family members

A Novelist Breaks the Code of Being a Woman in Japan

Mieko Kawakami, whose novel “Breasts and Eggs” was just published in English, has become something of a feminist icon in her male-dominated country. To explain the pressure felt by women in Japanese society, the novelist Mieko Kawakami recalls a playground prank from elementary school.

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