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Women on the move

In a world riven by war, conflict and environmental stresses, and in the face of increasing nationalism, mobility has increased, but it has also come under severe restrictions; from Trump’s travel ban, to increasing difficulties in finding asylum in Western…

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Interviews and Reviews

ARTconnects

Empowering women and communities  ‘We live in times where people are wary: wary of migrants … There is a Brexit backlash because people are scared for their jobs,’ said Valentine Besry, taking part in an ARTconnects workshop in South Yardley…

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Experiences

A prison in the mirror

‘Are you ready to jump in the pool?’ asked the girl next door. It was a warm summer day in July: the sun was shining, the neighbour’s pool was finally inflated and filled with water. I answered with a grin,…

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Opinions

Breaking through

As 2017 ended, I reflected on the challenges and triumphs of the last 12 months, and wondered what 2018 will bring for me, and all the other women and girls across the globe. In many ways 2017 has been a…

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Women un/veiling

To say the least, the veil is a complex symbol that impacts upon the lives of all women of Muslim heritage. Whether they choose to wear it or not, our writers agree on the importance of hijab as an individual…

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Poetry

Brain storm

Stormy seas swim silently No decency, no apology. In every crevice of the mind The waters drown, reason.   Battle ensues, gasping for breath Waves envelop fragile air Thoughts reach out for pockets of hope Amongst the sea, destruction.  …

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Opinions

The year for women in Jordan

The year 2017 witnessed important achievements for the women’s movement in Jordan. These are the result of almost two decades of tireless efforts and lobbying by activists and civil society organisations in the country. The Jordanian Ministry of Social Development…

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Experiences

Why are you a feminist?

‘You were pretty cool the last time we met. What’s happened to you now? Why are you wearing your feminism on your sleeve, like a label? Has the West caught up with you?’ I am a feminist. I always was…

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Opinions

No “honour” in killing

It has been more than 20 years since the day I jumped in my car and drove to an impoverished neighbourhood in eastern Amman to investigate the murder of a young woman. All I had in mind was how I…

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Women in 2017

sister-hood writers have been covering several aspects of their experiences over the year. 2017 proved to be an unusually eventful year. Here are half a dozen posts that chronicle some of it’s events. At the beginning of the year, Egypt…

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Poetry

your name.

on the day, on the night, at the right moment, the perfect hour, you make your entrance covered in the blood of all the women in your past. you rage, your first battle cry to let the earth know that…

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New year- new goals

We asked our sister-hood writers to tell us their New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Here are some of their responses:     Emma Al-munshi The New Year brings with it unexpected experiences, new lessons and important moments of reflection. 2017…

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Experiences

Half Parsi. Half Muslim. Full woman.

‘Name?’ I say my name, in full. ‘Date of birth?’ I say my date of birth, in full. ‘Religion?’ ‘Half Parsi, half Muslim,’ I say. In full. She looks up at me. I am standing in the classroom, as each…

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Poetry

Why should I hurt?

Why should I hurt? Why? When I treat even stones with kindness. I do not want to cover my ears nor cry tears of sadness. I do not want to dive into my thoughts nor speak words of harm. I…

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Experiences

Still breathless

There are things about Islam that still take my breath away – not in a good way. I became an atheist at the age of 15. Truth be told, I was just bored. At 15, I couldn’t be bothered to…

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