Friday 23 & Saturday 24 June 2023

For ten years FEMALE has been advocating for and promoting feminist values and gender equality, and we are not stopping now.
We are celebrating a decade of action, by hosting a two-day NATIONWIDE FEMINIST FESTIVAL on 23 and 24 June 2023 at Beirut Hippodrome.
The festival is free and inclusive for all ages and all individuals, and will feature inspiring talks by trailblazers, plus discussions, arts, knowledge sharing, inspirational talks, networking, uplifting music, DJs, and child-friendly activities and vendors selling feminist-themed products throughout the day and night.
Our festival is dedicated to creating a platform for all women to be seen, heard, and celebrated. We aim to inspire attendees to embrace their identities and empower them to break down gender-based barriers - and welcome in another decade of LOUD PROUD FEMINIST action!.

Booth Reservation

The festival will be a great opportunity for women lead initiative for exposure, as we are expecting a lot of audience from all over the country.
Please register to rent your booth before the first week of June.


The Complete Agenda

Friday 23 JUNE 2023

Our Executive Director officially opens the FEMALE 10th Anniversary nationwide feminist festival!

Hayat will take us on a tour through FEMALE’s ten year history and set the scene for the next decade of LOUD PROUD FEMINIST activism.

The next feminist generation takes center stage in this session, moderated by Myriam Sfeir, Director of the Arab Institute at the Lebanese American University. Following a keynote speech by Rana El Houjeiri, Malala Fund’s Country Representative and MENA Regional Advisor

we will hear girls’ first-hand stories, understand the experiences of young groups mainly girls and women led in organizing and promoting girls’ access to rights, especially the right to education, and hear their recommendations to ensure movement impact and sustainability . Stay for networking and inspiring discussions!

Forging her own route from media personality to Member of Parliament, Paula has taken the non-traditional path.

Hear her views on the dire issues that Lebanese women face, and her own professional journey to becoming the first female independent MP in the region.

She’s smart, she’s funny - she’s here! Yara Bou Monsef’s hilarious online videos have reached millions of viewers and made us all laugh at how absurd life can be (especially in Lebanon).

Now she’s bringing the Feminist Festival a unique in-person presentation full of her razor-sharp wit and her personal journey. Be there ya jame3a!

Actress, activist and intellectual, Carmen Lebbos brings extra glamor to our opening evening!

Hear reflections from the movie star, series and theater actress, on the portrayal of women on screen and stage and her personal journey.

Learn how to protect yourself in any situation, with this practical class taught by top instructor Nancy Rashed.

How do you own your space, when the world sees you as a stereotype of beauty?

Come challenge body shaming and discover Nadine’s journey to empower women through positive body image, and as a renowned startup mentor and entrepreneur.

Psychologist & social activist, Warde will take us through the stages of a woman’s life and how to protect and nurture our mental wellbeing.

Get inspired by journalist and TV anchor Dima Sadek, who uses her platform in the media to stand up to digital violence, misogyny and online bullying - despite facing death threats and hate speech.

Dance it out with high-energy Oriental-Occidental fusion beats from all-female Lebanese band MnaKareen.

We’ll show the Hippodrome how to party! Fresh from Beirut’s most fabulous pubs, DJ Farrah Chamas will light up our night with both classic and surprising Nu Disco, Funky, Minimal, and Deep House mixes.

Saturday 24 JUNE 2023

A discussion to shed light on the challenges, triumphs, and opportunities that women encounter in the dynamic landscape of business, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Amal Charif is a Creative Designer, Founder and Managing Director of Haltek and also a polio survivor. Discover how her personal journey led her to become a renowned advocate for women’s rights across intersectionalities such as disability, sexuality, and gender.

Joining us by video, these fierce activists and movie makers - fresh from winning a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival - will inspire us with their unique perspective. We’ll also hear two of their hilarious and thought provoking songs.

Everyone’s favorite OBGYN, Dr Gael empowers women through their health. Join this session to hear how our health is the key to our own empowerment, sexual awareness, and healthy relationships with our bodies.

Learn how to protect yourself in any situation, with this practical class taught by top instructor Nancy Rashed.

Online influencer and anti-racism advocate Mya Allawi is changing the narratives around Women of Colour in Lebanon.

Hear about her personal experiences and how she uses her platform to combat racism and raise diverse women’s voices.

The feminist figures in Roula Abdo’s expressive murals adorn the buildings of Beirut and beyond.

Now you too can pick up a paintbrush with Rola, and learn to express women’s bodies and rights through graffiti and street art. Don’t miss this truly special session!

Moderated by fearless leading journalist Diana Moukalled (Journalist and managing editor at Daraj Media), join us as pioneers of alternative media gather to delve into an insightful discussion.

We will hear from Chrystine Mhanna (Raseef 22), Mariam Yaghi (SharikaWaLaken) and Madonna Adib (Mjandara), as they explore how new media outlets can reshape narratives and bring new perspectives to media storytelling around women and gender.

Staying well and having fun are two essential pillars of a feminist life! This fun zumba session will introduce us to the joys of dance and body love.

How does it feel to be the only Lebanese woman to climb Everest, and all the seven highest mountains of the world? Joyce will share her experiences as an athlete, adventurer, and humanitarian.

Rana Alamuddin shares the extraordinary journey that took her from being an Hollywood actress to a resilient feminist activist.

Prepare to be captivated by her unwavering determination, which led her to defy conventions and empower countless women as the founder of women's platform Bayneh w Baynek.

From university lecturer shaping minds, to street activist, to politician, Dr Halime has been advocating for women’s rights in parliament since her election. But what are the challenges, and the results?

Don’t miss this chance to hear her insights from the halls of power.

Nothing is taboo in this frank session with Dr Sandrine, consultant in sexual medicine and certified PsychoSexologist.

Join us to learn more about the myths around women’s bodies and discover how female sexuality helps our brains and our bodies to thrive.

Come meet the rising star of the open mic comedy scene: from working in a school to making the students laugh on social media, Elissa is out there doing what she loves.

You may know her from her side-splitting videos, her #SheNafse sessions, or her absorbing live performances

Whether you’re a long-time fan or a new convert, don’t miss this chance to experience Steph’s unique mix of humor and social commentary.

Experience uplifting Jazz with the young Lebanese artist Aia Haidar. Prepare to be swept off your feet by her sultry and edgy spirit, as she redefines tradition through her music.

This is how it’s done! A leading light of Beirut’s party scene, Jude will inspire us onto the dancefloor with a mix of RnB, HipHop, Dance, Disco… and all the beats we want to hear!

Party the evening away with us as we close our Feminist Festival in style.