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Interviews and Reviews

Mobina Jaffer: Peace hero

When she was 23 years old, Mobina Jaffer was forced into exile from Uganda. Decades later she returned to her first home, as a senator of her second home, Canada. Since 2001 Mobina Jaffer has represented the province of British…

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Poetry

They wanted us to forget her

They disappear the girls, But it’s the men who blur, for me.   Whose father, did what, when, With whose aid, why – I care less   About them. And only about you. You remain. You and your name  …

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Opinions

Higher vibrations

What is nourishing for our physical body is nourishing for our spirit and nourishing for our mind. It is very simple. Nourishment is the only act of self-love. Self-love is the only fuel for a compassionate life. Commit to small steps that you can take…

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Experiences

Swara sacrifice

Swara is the practice of giving your daughter or other female relative in marriage to an enemy in order to make peace and end feuds within and between families. It’s a historic part of Pashtun culture. Parveen‘s marriage took place…

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Experiences

My father made me a feminist

My father probably doesn’t know what the word feminism means. He has possibly never heard of it. My father is a Pakistani man who grew up in the 70s. His school had no tables or chairs, so students would sit…

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Interviews and Reviews

Winning the coconut

Interview with Guleraana Mir Guleraana Mir’s first full-length play Shooting Star was long listed by the BBC as part of SCRIPTROOM 8. Her latest, Coconut will be at Ovalhouse from 11-28th April 2018, followed by a regional tour. Your play…

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Fiction

Fatima

She managed to escape in the very early morning. She walked the 50 kilometres that separated the house she had been living in for the past seven years and her parents’ home. When she arrived, she saw her brothers and…

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Interviews and Reviews

Boko Halal

In November 2017, as worshipers were gathering for the fajr dawn prayer at five a.m. in Mubi, Nigeria, a man blew himself up inside the mosque, killing 58 people. He was 17 years old. Over the past eight years, the…

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The two faces of Jeddah

This is an excerpt from Sahera Patel’s book Unveiling Arabia, available through Amazon. Every evening I would make my way to the balcony half an hour before the sun was about to set and absorb the beauty of the moment. …

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Opinions

Followers are not friends

(Disclaimer: I am grateful for my followers.) Real friendship takes work, not just a ‘like’. At the very least, it takes knowing each other’s names. But these days, social media account users throw around the ‘friend’ word while concealing their…

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Experiences

Dear Brother

Dear Brother, The walls of our house on the estate were thin. Growing up there meant regularly waking up in the dark, hearing Anni (my sister-in law) muffling her cries through the floorboards above me. As the crying went on,…

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Interviews and Reviews

A place of their own

‘Trust is very important in our culture,’ says Khalida Obeid, founder of the Afghan Women’s Support Group at Nestle’s Avenue Children Centre in Hayes. Ms Obeid founded the group after years of seeking to help other Afghan women step out…

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Opinions

The importance of day-care

‘My ability to juggle being a woman, being a mother, and being an employee is put to the test in Jordan, a small county with large aspirations. Compared to my male counterparts, my challenges are triple-fold. Public transportation can best…

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Opinions

Remembering Rim Banna

The world has lost a talented and powerful Palestinian singer and composer. Rim Banna passed away on March 24 after losing her nine-year battle with breast cancer. Banna was a defiant and strong woman who used her voice to sing…

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Experiences

Nameless

Whenever I got beaten badly it was because I was having a ‘lesson’ in reading the Koran. Muslim children are expected to finish reading the Koran by the age of seven. I didn’t. Every time I mispronounced a word I…

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