Hind Hashwah

Hind was born and raised in East Jerusalem, Palestine. Growing up in a conflict zone and being faced with a daily reality of oppression, she decided to move to Europe to pursue her university education. Throughout the last 10 years, she has lived in multiple cities in pursuit of her interest in science, whilst creating long-lasting friendships, many of which have shaped who she is today. She has recently successfully defended her doctoral thesis in cancer biology at the University of Zurich.

Hind Hashwah


Hind's articles

Honor cannot justify gender-based violence

Honor crimes are carried out within different cultures in order to ‘save’ the dignity and pride of a family, especially when a daughter/sister has been involved in a culturally unacceptable act. In Israel, honor killings have been used as a means to justify gender-based violence against marginalized women. We face a major problem due to the lack of involvement of responsible authoritative powers to stop such killings, to punish those responsible, and to educate future generations.

How is Saint Barbara associated with a delicious dish?

St. Barbara’s fest is celebrated by Arab Christians (Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Protestant) in December every year. This day is very special in the Levant, not only for Christians, but also for many fans of ‘Burbara’. This wheat festive dish is celebrated by Christian family members of all ages and enjoyed best when shared with Muslim neighbors and friends.

Game of Thrones (GoT) finale and its impact

The fantasy television series Game of Thrones (GoT) has dominated the entertainment world for the last eight years and has been called the greatest show of all time. Many people have been unhappy with the final season and especially the final episode. I would like to reflect on some important aspects of the series and discuss why there is no ‘correct’ ending.

My host parents, the secret to my successful integration in Germany

The greatest difficulty of moving abroad for education was being away from my family. However, having a host family that provided hospitality, understanding, and interest facilitated in bridging the gaps between my culture and the German one, and to ease my integration into the community. Successful stories of integration extend further to include thousands of asylum applicants who seek refuge in Germany. The experiences to be learned from my story can also be applied for asylum seekers.

Further reform of scientific teaching is necessary for a better society

Over the years, science education has been gradually reshaped in an attempt to improve learning outcomes. If science education is reformed further, there is potential for scientists to contribute even more to society. Shouldn’t empirically-validated teaching practices be applied across all universities? Further refinement of science education promises to shape a scientifically literate society in which citizens can apply scientific and moral reasoning to real-world situations.

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