Montaha Hidefi was born and raised in Venezuela to Syrian immigrants. As a teenager, her family returned to Syria, and as an adult she lived in the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Canada. From an early age, Montaha found comfort in exploring the vivid colours of her tropical surroundings. She began writing during her teen years in Syria, where the culture shock she experienced was so overwhelming, she confided in a diary, waging an ongoing debate in an attempt to understand the upheaval in her life.
Through sheer grit and determination, she overcame huge obstacles to become a well-educated, highly respected business woman in her field. As an internationally recognized strategic colour trend advisor and colour marketer, she co-authored the first and second editions of Colour Design Theories and Applications, in 2012 and 2017, edited by Janet West.
She has authored numerous articles related to her industry and profession for various trade magazines and websites. She is also an experienced trend panelist and contributed to the creative development of several trend books including MoOD Inspirations in Belgium, Dutch Design Week in the Netherlands, and Mix Magazine in the United Kingdom.
Montaha has several advance degrees, including an MBA, a masters in international business and a masters in translation.
Montaha Hidefi’s Giving Voice to My Silence, is a gripping #MeToo movement-inspired memoir that recaps the staggering story of sexual harassment and violence she endured throughout her life. The abuse began at the hands of her own mother and people from her community and then followed her around the globe. The author’s pain is palpable as she recollects the rollercoaster of emotions of a childhood shattered by physical abuse and mental manipulation and decades of unwelcome sexual advances, groping and assault – even attempted murder. She shares her journey of grappling with the pain and internal demons that resulted in phobias and rebellion against old traditions.
This is the story of the transformation of a mistreated young girl and battered woman who refused to succumb to the cycle of violence and used the scars of childhood abuse as motivation to create a better life. Through sheer determination, Montaha pursued higher education and rose to the level of global executive, a victory over her abusers. It’s an inspiring story of love and perseverance in the quest for respect as a female in a male-dominated society.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-19-3 - paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-21-6 - eBook
La desgarradora historia real de autodeterminación, resiliencia y transformación de Montaha Hidefi que de niña sufrió manipulación mental, violencia física e injusticia en su país de nacimiento, Venezuela, y de joven tuvo que luchar contra la intimidación, el rechazo social y las restricciones mientras atravesaba un choque cultural e incluso intentos de asesinato en Siria, el país de sus padres.
Al compartir su lucha para normalizar su salud mental y superar los demonios internos que resultaron en fobias y rebeldías para romper patrones sociales y convertirse en mujer consumada, la autora proporciona inspiración y motivación para ayudar al lector a superar sus propios obstáculos y construir la vida que desea.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-18-6 - paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-20-9 - eBook
“Outstanding story! The inspiration is in believing in yourself and not taking the cruelty inflicted on you like a wounded animal. The author showed resourcefulness at a young age and sets an example for marginalized girls.”
– Sandra Leigh, speaker, author and coach
“Truly heartfelt and captivating from beginning to end. Montaha has a rare gift for writing that is seldom experienced.”
– Mark Anthony Baker, author, An Unbreakable Spirit