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Violence against women: Three stories

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My Afghan diary

Arzu Qaderi is an Afghan-born German filmmaker and presenter. In 2017, she travelled to Afghanistan for the first time to film for My Afghan Diary, a documentary film of interviews with inspiring, successful Afghan women with the determination to achieve…

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Opinions

Clean, simple, healthy

We are bursting with affluence, yet hungry for substance. We are drowning in information, yet thirsty for knowledge. In our pursuit of more, we have depleted ourselves and our planet of all sustenance, caging animals as we fatten them up,…

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Feminism is for black Muslimas too

Growing up, I never identified as a feminist. This is not to say that I did not believe in equality. To be perfectly honest, as a child I never considered my sex a limitation. I was blessed enough to be…

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Poetry

Our Beloved -peace be upon him

Resurrection lies in wait, For every soul there’s no escape. To meet our Maker, submit our soul, Present our case, our hearts exposed.   Our desperate pleas will resonate, Nafsee, nafsee, selfish state. Searching for a ray of light, Amidst…

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Experiences

To my husband

“Fifty thousand years before the sky was introduced to the sea, Allah wrote down your name next to me.”   To my husband, Fawad, I write these words with an intense earnestness to express my unconditional and utmost gratitude for…

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Inspirations

Fahmida Riaz 1946-2018

What feminism means for me is simply that women, like men, are complete human beings with limitless possibilities – Fahmida Riaz   Writer, novelist, translator, activist and ‘poet of resistance’, Fahmida Riaz wrote over a 15 books of prose and…

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Experiences

Escaping an abusive father

I am revisiting stories from my archives that have left a mark. The story of Baraa Melham shocked Palestinians in the West Bank and revealed how vulnerable and inadequate social services were; not only to monitor and prevent such incidents,…

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Opinions

FGM is a crime. It must be prosecuted.

The little girls cried, screamed, and bled during the procedure; their own loved ones held their little arms and legs tightly to make it easier for the charlatan practitioners to mutilate them. These girls were subjected to Female Genital Mutilation…

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Videos

Banaz: A love story

Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her own family in an ‘honour’ killing. Deeyah Khan’s debut documentary film tells Banaz’s story for the first time – as well as the story of the extraordinary police team who refused to give up, and…

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Poetry

In the name of religion

Allahu Akbar, they chant in overwhelming frenzy, In vain our men are slain in the name of religion, Take off your rose tinted spectacles, Dare to ponder and look around yourself. You – my dear, average Pakistani – are not…

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Real sisterhood

Like many of you, I grew up reading about historical heroines of the suffragette movement. These were women who faced imprisonment, risked their lives, or even willingly gave their lives to bring attention to their plight. These were women who…

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Opinions

Family law and the female body

Despite the continuous struggles of Egyptian women’s organizations, the Family Code has not changed, in essence, since the times of slavery. I am writing this article in my home in Cairo, Egypt, on the 15th September 2018. Some weeks ago,…

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Poetry

Two years

I don’t believe in God, Allah, or Yahweh, Yet I pray to all 3 everyday. Daughter of Iman can’t be faithless.   March 14: Yearly Janazah for 3   Recently, a pair of Arab lovers bribed Him for a double…

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Experiences

Reconnecting with faith

“I will always be awed by women who are strong enough to walk down the damn street. I’m here because of all of you.” – Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath I started wearing a headscarf when I was 13…

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Interviews

First comes marriage

Huda Al-Mashari’s memoir First Comes Marriage is an unconventional love story which has just been released – a memoir of an arranged marriage. sister-hood asked Huda some questions about her work, her life – and her marriage. The title of…

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