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Danya Hajjaji earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Sussex. Her areas of interest include human rights, social issues and culture stories.

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Celebrating Juneteenth in the age of Black Lives Matter

19 June, 2020

Juneteenth, an annual celebration commemorating a 19th century proclamation that freed slaves in Texas, comes with deep significance amid this year's Black Lives Matter protests.

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

14 June, 2020

Social media users mourned the passing of Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sarah Hegazi, who was arrested and tortured by authorities for flying a rainbow flag at a concert.

Dear Arab celebrities: You can't support #BlackLivesMatter in blackface

09 June, 2020

A new social media trend saw famous Arabs wearing blackface in a tone-deaf attempt to take a stand against racism. Instead, it spoke volumes about the Arab world's anti-blackness problem.

Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

06 June, 2020

Social media users rallied around a Kuwaiti transgender woman who surrendered herself to police after she spoke out on her alleged sexual assault at the hands of authorities.

Brown University inaugurates 'Mahmoud Darwish' chair for Palestinian studies

27 May, 2020

Brown University has appointed a prominent Middle Eastern history professor as its first faculty chair in Palestinian Studies, a position named after Palestinian literary figure Mahmoud Darwish.

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

19 May, 2020

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but not without its flaws.

UNICEF welcomes Sudan's criminalisation of female genital mutilation

29 April, 2020

Sudan's transitional government has officially criminalised female genital mutilation, according to UNICEF.

Violet Organization: The Syrian NGO battling coronavirus in Idlib

24 April, 2020

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Missing Saudi princess pleads royal family to release her

16 April, 2020

In her first statement since her 2018 disappearance, Saudi Princess Basmah has asked her uncle King Salman and cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to release her from prison.

Saudi Arabia carries out its 800th execution since 2015

15 April, 2020

Saudi Arabia's marked its 800th execution under King Salman last week, nearly double the number carried out in the five years prior to the monarch taking to the throne.

Libya robotics team builds face shields for health workers

08 April, 2020

Despite depleting materials and wartime struggles, Tripoli-based LYBOTICS remains dedicated to building face shields for medical staff on the front lines of Libya's COVID-19 outbreak.

Danya Hajjaji
Danya Hajjaji

Danya Hajjaji earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Sussex. Her areas of interest include human rights, social issues and culture stories.

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