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Joumana Haddad. Joumana Haddad (, Beirut) is a poet, translator and journalist. She is head of the cultural pages in prestigious An Nahar newspaper, . Joumana Haddad is a ferocious critic of sexism in Lebanon, and her erotic magazine has brought death threats. A new book is her fiercest. Joumana Haddad – foto Giorgio Pace. (Lebanon, ) is a poet, journalist, translator, editor and consultant. In her work she focuses on eroticism and the.

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Joumana Haddad is not your typical author, nor is she your typical woman.

A rebel on her own terms, she has penned several books to date on feminism, equal rights, patriarchy, and gender in the Arab world. Because she believes that at this point in her life, she is ready to be the change she wishes to see. Haddad grew up in Beirut during the civil war, in a modest family whose primary goal was to provide her and her brother koumana a good education.

joumwna In an interview with The Guardianshe speaks of how she eventually got used to everything: Amidst all that horror and violence, the only thing that haxdad her life and soul was reading.

In that sense, books have been her number one ally. Haddad has come a long way since then. She is a working mother of two Mounir and Onsispeaks seven languages and has received numerous awards. But, it is her upbringing, her life experiences, her trials and tribulations that have made her who she is today.

Actually, one of the main reasons behind my candidature is to bring the messages that I defend and the convictions that I have into the political arena.

This can greatly help in transforming Lebanon into a more humane, just and civilized country for all. This, coupled with all the problems that we have to deal with on a daily basis, and which suck up all our energy, while they should be given, fundamental rights like electricity, water, pollution, lack of public transportation I want to play an active role in coming up with solutions that would make the lives of Lebanese citizens better.


Joumana Haddad, from muse to creator

Many laws in Lebanon need to be reconsidered, passed, enforced. I am convinced that the Lebanese parliament is in dire need of new blood. I and so many people around me are constantly feeling tired, frustrated, fed up with the deadlock that we have been facing for so many years. And the civil society has so much to offer. The inclusion of young motivated people in our political life would help bring this country forward.

NAYA | Joumana Haddad: Taboo-busting journalist, book author, show host, candidate and mom

I believe in justice, I believe in hard work, I believe in transparency, I believe in humaneness; and I think that if we can bring these values into the parliament, we can have a real chance at changing Lebanon. My books already speak for that. I grew up in a very modest Beirut apartment. The main objective of my parents was to allow me and my brother to have the best education they could provide us with.

Books were like bread in joummana daily life. I started reading at a very young age and I think this is what saved my life because I grew up during the civil war. No dreams were allowed, no hopes, no plans: Books became an escape for me. They allowed me to have multiple lives, and aspirations that I joumanw learn to fight for later on throughout my life.

I also gradually liberated myself from the haddadd of others in order to haddaad able to express and live and achieve without being intimidated. Do I stumble and fall? But I do get up and try again. I think the two are intertwined.

You cannot be a humanist without being a feminist and you cannot be a feminist without being a humanist. A part of that misunderstanding comes from the patriarchal mindset that mistakes fighting for your rights and for your dignity as a woman for aggressiveness and spitefulness. The other part of the misunderstanding is the responsibility of some in the movement who are hostile towards men and who generalize about them… I am convinced that men are an important ally in life and in this battle for haddxd and human dignity.


I also call myself a humanist yaddad I really admire the philosophy behind the term. I think that if all of us return to our basic humanity, this beautiful common haxdad that we share, we can overcome our discords, and allow our differences to enrich us rather than divide us.

I want a more humane Lebanon. The word humane englobes everything else you can think of. It means the right to have a decent life, job opportunities, developmental projects, and basic needs, like water and electricity; it means tolerance, justice, respect, positivity, and caring for the environment, so on and so forth.

Joumana Haddad – Wikipedia

I do believe that the last twenty years I had spent fighting for the causes I believe in, despite all the obstacles that I have had to face, all the attacks that I have had to absorb, are a clear indication that I am a woman of actions and not a woman of words; that when I believe in something and plan a project, I deliver. I do not obsess about my chances hadxad winning. Winning starts right there, in your head. By Nadine Mazloum Contributor. So, you’re already an established journalist and author, why do you now want to venture into politics?

But, away from the spotlight, who is Joumana Haddad deep down inside?

You call yourself a humanist, is this so you can avoid the “feminist” tag? Is feminism a bad word? What are you hoping to achieve as a running candidate? What do you want? How much of a chance do you think you have at winning?

And if you do, how much of a chance will you be given as a minority to make change? What message do you have for Lebanese women on International Women’s Day?