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Module 4: A Day of May's Life

May is a Lebanese Muslim woman, who have been working since 23 years. She has also been in charge of her family of six children, in light of her husband's continuous travel in the past nine years.

Though many societies are still using religion to justify women's exclusion from the society, May's story is a typical example of the life of Muslim women in Lebanon.

This video is prepared as part of the Voices of Our Future Program 2013 by WorldPulse ( I'd like to thank the staff of worldpulse, in particular Delphine Crisenzo and Zoe Piliafas, my vision mentor Usha Sharma, my editorial mentor Carly Diaz, my family members, specifically my mother Basyma Chehab and my sister Niam Itani, for their patience and support. Last but not least, I am very thankful to my hero, May, for approving to expose her own life publicly on the internet!

All the footage and audio in this video are copyrighted material. Yet, the sound track-'Imrovisation On Friday'- is used under a cc license, retrieved from

'A Day of May's Life', available on this link:

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.


Iryna's picture


Dear Bayan, this video is so interesting that I caught myself thinking I was watching a professionally made documentary. This is very interesting to watch and compare the routine life of yourself and women in other countries. The most amazing when you see how many common things and circumstances you have!
I'm impressed with the video, well done!

Warmest greetings,

bitani's picture

Thank you!

Thank you Iryna, i was very happy to read your encouraging comment. and, yes, i agree that people worldwide have many common things, it's just that media and leaders focus on what differentiates us so they keep profiting! :) (F)

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Niam's picture

Well done!

Very proud of you, Bayan!

bitani's picture

Welcome to world Pulse!

Thank you Ukhti :) (F) am very flattered with your encouragement and comments. I am way happier you joined worldpulse, too.

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

JaniceW's picture


For those of us who are only exposed to the lives of Muslim women through the narrow lens of the mass media, this is a refreshing perspective and insight into what happens on a normal day in the life of a Lebanese Muslim woman. It is a captivating one day snapshot of a culture capturing "everyday" life. It is at once fascinating, homely, and poignant as it reveals how no matter where you are in the world, our lives are all very similar.

Thank you for sharing this glimpse into May's days. Well done.

bitani's picture

Thank you Janice for the

Thank you Janice for the sweet comment :)

much of love

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Usha RS's picture


Well done Bayan! With this portrayal of May's life you have helped to shatter the stereotypes created by the mass media. Muslim women can and are working, driving, folding laundry and helping their children with homework. Your focus on universal themes shines a light on the things we have in common as women around the world.
Great! Please let May know how much we appreciate her.
Usha x

Let your light shine!

bitani's picture

Thank you Usha. This wouldn't

Thank you Usha. This wouldn't have seen light without your inspiration and support.

love and respect!


"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Precious M's picture

Thank you!


Thank you for taking me into May's life.
She is a strong, capable, intelligent woman.
A woman who has her kids at heart.
I admire her.


My pen speaks

bitani's picture

Thank you Precious :) (F)

Thank you Precious :) (F)

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

SanPatagonia's picture

Great work!

I really enjoyed your video, Bayan. Thank you so much for this refreshing view on Muslim women. I agree with Usha and it seems to me mass media has swept the layers and just left us with the shallow stereotypes.
Some time ago I read a quote by Walt Whitman - "Simplicity is the glory of expression". Your view has taken me there and I deeply appreciate it.


Be a voice, tell a story, start the fire. | Sé una voz, cuenta una historia, enciende el fuego.

bitani's picture

Thank you San for the

Thank you San for the encouraging comment.

I love this quote, thanks for sharing it :).

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Greengirl's picture

Well done Bayan!

I loved the video. Your story line is clear cut and I am sure it speaks to the life of every woman and projects the strength of women everywhere; and how much of a pillar women are in the home, community and the society. Hugs to May for all she does, because she is making the world a better place in her own unique way. You are too!

Much love,

bitani's picture

Thank you greengirl. that

Thank you greengirl. that brought a big smile to my face. :) (F).

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Wendyiscalm's picture

Lovely piece

Hello Bayan,

This is such a lovely piece right down to the wonderfully appropriate music. You drew me in with the simplicity yet detail. at the same time. My next door neighbor is from Lebanon (a doctor there now studying here to get an American doctors license) so I am going to show her your video.

Thank you

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),


P.S. I never saw any woman fold so much laundry for so long. :)

Wendy Stebbins
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

bitani's picture


Thank you Wendy :) well, folding the laundry was the on-the-spot addition to the movie!

mmm good to hear your neighbor is Lebanese, too. People from Lebanese origin abroad are much more than actual Lebanese people here!

Thank you for the time you devoted to watch my video and post this encouraging comment.

best regards

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Ayunnie's picture

Amazing Piece

Thank you Bayan for bringing out the fact that women toil from morning to evening yet out sweat is never recognized. May's story was amazing. We will keep up working hard as women because we know very well without our efforts no substantive development can be realized!

@ Nairobi KENYA
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