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Sarah Beydoun: Using fashion to empower underprivileged women in Lebanon

Two decades ago, Lebanese fashion designer Sarah Beydoun launched "Sarah's Bag", an example of ethical fashion. Her handbags are crafted by women prisoners and the underprivileged in Lebanon. Today, her creations have been worn by a number of high-profile women, such as Beyoncé or Amal Clooney. Beydoun tells us how her business has impacted the lives of the women who inspired her to launch the brand.


Also, this week, Iranians mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. But it's not all celebrations: the country is heading towards an economic crisis, and its human rights record is under the spotlight.

And in the UAE, an education revamp is currently underway. Among the options for both local and foreign students is the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, a French-language university. But according to some members of staff, the benefit of having access to the institution comes at a price: that of academic freedom.

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