Sister of Man

The ultimate compliment given to successful women in Arabic is “Sister of Man” – which credits their achievements to men

Today, in terms of female empowerment, Lebanon is viewed as one of the most forward-thinking of all the Arab countries. But the fact is, while women may wear the clothes they like or work and drive, deep-rooted patriarchy still exists – all the way from citizenship rights that only favour men, down to the way in which women are complemented for their success. In the Arab world, a woman’s strength is still compared to that of a man’s. So much so, that the ultimate compliment given to successful women in Arabic is “Sister of Man” – which credits their achievements to men. It’s the English equivalent of saying ‘as strong as a man’, and men don’t see what the problem is. On Women’s Day, An-Nahar decided to take a stand for Arab women by flipping the so-called compliment to make a point. A new phrase, ‘Brother of Woman’ was created, accrediting men’s success to women to see how they’d feel.