Deena Mae

Joined Jun 2020
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About Me

Hello, sisters! I was born in the U.S. to a Lebanese father and a Syrian/Swedish mother. It was very difficult growing up. I rarely felt accepted or valued—as a female or a person. Quite regularly, I experienced targeted hatred because I did not look like the whites, blacks, Mexicans, and Asians I grew up around. My parents were only interested in looking good for outsiders. Home life was abusive, fake, and awful. In my early 20s, I married a young man who eventually became abusive. We stayed married for 16 years. I kept the abuse hidden because I was ashamed to admit what was happening—and I was taught to believe that violence against females is justified *because we are female.* I have spent many years repairing the damage my family, ex husband, and society at large has placed on me and those like me. I have been raising my two sons entirely on my own for many years now, and it gives me immense pleasure to see them grow into respectful young men who have hearts of gold.

My Vision

I'm here to share my experiences in an effort to uplift others. Without community, we are left to struggle alone with our own pain and fear.

Needs

Seeing others thrive is enough for me. Tell ME how I can help you :)

Abilities

I'm a storyteller and creative with 20+ years of marketing and communications expertise in tech, healthcare, nonprofit, and media spaces.

Interests

Economic PowerEducation EqualityEmpowering GirlsEngaging Men and Boys in Gender EqualityGender-based ViolenceHuman Rights for WomenPeace and SecurityWomen and the EnvironmentWomen in LeadershipWomen in TechnologyWomen's Health

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