The events of last week in France were truly tragic and required a major response. But now that the world has spoken in support of freedom of expression, we, the peoples of the world, must hold our own leaders to the same values and insist on having same rights in our countries.
As easy as it is to be cynical about gatherings where young influencers tout huge social media followings -- and wear ridiculously shiny patent leather shoes -- often, there's lots to learn from such events, and indelible memories can be made in the seemingly endless lineup of discussion groups.
In the last few years, we've witnessed seismic shifts in the political, economic and social landscape of the Middle East and North Africa. Through it all, Arab women did what women everywhere do best: They multi-tasked.
For millions of girls, going to school is a life dream that's out of reach. Why? Early marriage, child labor, pregnancy, lack of access, violence. Solving the problem is a gauntlet deeply grounded in cultural traditions and the ripple effects of poverty.