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Introducing myself and my journal: The Poison Tree - Planted & Grown in Egypt

About Me:
Born and raised in Egypt, I was brought up to be a good middle class Egyptian girl; but somehow being good did not suit my notions. Deep down I have rejected the heavy heritage of traditions and norms that made no sense to my inquisitive mind. I could not understand why girls were killed, committed suicide, or lived in eternal shame when they lost their virginity. I failed to comprehend why such a rule applied only to girls and their male counterparts were spared. After my grand mother passed away we stopped celebrating Christmas, New Year's Eve, Halloween, and Thanks Giving … does being a Muslim deny me all my childhood memories? Why do I have to get married? Why can't I date? Why do men cheat? Why do I have to accept it? Why? Why? Why? And many more unanswered questions.
I have come a long way from the scared little girl that I once was … I found my passion in writing, my voice in teaching & training, and my strength in marketing … I took off my mask … and I decided to speak up and loud .. as loud as loud could ever be.

My Passions:
Writing, Marketing, Teaching

My Challenges:
Geared towards the future in a place where backwardness is fashionable

My Vision for the Future:
Whether I lived a day, a decade, or a century I will know that I affected many lives, touched many hearts, and shaped many minds. I know now that with my little words I made a big difference and my existence matters, will matter, & will have once mattered

My Areas of Expertise:
Writing, Marketing, Teaching, Public Relations, Media Consultancy



Emily Garcia's picture


Welcome to PulseWire, Marwa Rakha!

We are so happy to have you join our vibrant online community!

Your 'little words' do make a big difference, and I hope you share them here on PulseWire. I look forward to reading more about your ideas, concerns, passions and dreams and about how you learned your own strength and transitioned from being that scared girl to the powerful, expressive woman you are today! I'm certain your story would serve as an inpiration to many women and men here.

If there is anything I can help you with or if you have any particular interests, please let me know and I will try to steer you in the right direction.

You might consider checking out the journal entries of those who participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence that ended recently on December 10th--International Human Rights Day. We asked PulseWire members to participate through blogging about their own activism in their journals. You can read their words and actions here:

Again, welcome and I know that you will find PulseWire to be engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking.

Best wishes,


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

jodelight's picture


Dear Marwa,

Warmest Welcome to PulseWire! Amazing to have you here!
We are so happy that you have joined our online community. I know you will find PulseWire to be an amazing place to connect with women, tell your story, and share important information with this online community. I am so excited read some of your entries, as I have read some of your other work and it is powerful. We are definitely interested in hearing about women's issues in Egypt.
You may also be interested in joining a group of members with similar interests to your own where you can talk about issues that concern you, or find support. We encourage you to start your own group if you do not find one that matches your interests.
Again, so happy to have you here!
Looking forward,
(I sent you the invite)

Marwa Rakha's picture

Thank you:)

Hey Jody .. Hey Emily

Thank you so much for the warm welcome:)

I will start talking soon:)

Marwa Rakha

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!


Marwa Rakha's picture


Thanks Fatima:)

I am looking forward to this great experience:)

Marwa Rakha

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