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Inspirations

Mariama Ba (1929-1981)

[My] book is often described as a ‘cry from the heart,’ and it is indeed a cry from the heart of all women everywhere. It is first a cry from the heart of Senegalese women, because it talks from the…

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Poetry

Who I am

Who I am Felt unknown to me I lived a life told to me How I speak Refined by another How I dress adjusted by her The way I walk Didn’t seem right For I didn’t fit right I was…

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Experiences

Teenage brides

Early marriage is harmful: physically and mentally. Girls are married under the ages of 16 and 18. At an age when they should be studying, they are doing dishes, washing clothes, scrubbing floors and caring for a husband, their children…

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Interviews

Fighting terror in Tunisia

In 2011, Tunisians sparked what become known as the Arab Spring. Young and old, men and women, they flowed into their cities’ streets, calling for the end of dictatorship. In subsequent years the struggle to foster democracy, justice, dignity and…

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Opinions

Keep it clean

What if the well-being and prosperity of this planet and all its inhabitants depended on you? On your every thought. Decision. Word. Every action? What if your very breath nourished the Earth? You are vital to the health of the…

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Experiences

Dating the enemy

The desperate story of a Muslim woman and a Trump-voter It was the first date of my life. I had spoken to him a few hours before on OK Cupid. I was 27, and carrying multiple rejections in the arranged…

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Experiences

I cry in airplanes

Over the course of ten years and two relationships I have found myself crying in airplanes more often than what I assume to be the norm. As I write this, I am in fact on a domestic flight from Johannesburg…

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Interviews

Teaching peace in Pakistan

Extremists fear the power of education, as shown by their attacks Malala Yousafzai and other schoolgirls. Bushra Qadeem Hyder also understands the power of education. She is a driving force behind efforts to eradicate extremist ideologies in Pakistan and a…

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Opinions

Boys will be boys?

‘Only by promoting the idea of sex as a mutually undertaken, freely chosen, fully conscious interaction, in contradistinction to the too often held view that it is a battlefield in which each side tries to exploit the other while avoiding…

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Opinions

What should we teach our children?

The troubling conduct of many of our young people, such as reckless driving, littering and violence, is an indicator of a lack of proper values having been instilled during their upbringing. There was a recent incident at one of our…

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Experiences

We need to talk about the Personal Status law

It’s an open secret among women activists in the Muslim world that we will never be truly independent and liberated until the personal status laws in Muslim countries are drastically revised, reformed – or, better yet, debunked. These laws starkly…

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Interviews

Disarming Iraq

‘My 15-year-old son, one of the best students in our province, decided to take up arms and go to battle without informing me or his father. It was a big shock for me. I thought that my son would go…

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Inspirations

Jahanara Begum (1614-1681)

Mughal princess, Sufi scholar and poet, Jahanara was the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire for nearly thirty years of her life, responsible for shaping the city of Shahjahanabad, and managing the imperial household. Jahanara was the much-beloved eldest…

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Experiences

To my mosque

Dear Mosque, We’re living in an age where recent campaigns have forced you to become accountable for  your facilities and treatment of women. I appreciate that you’re trying; I know that you’re old and that change doesn’t come easy. However…

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Experiences

A woman in slavery

Women are always sacrificed for their family’s dignity. Sometimes a woman is sacrificed to end conflict. Sometimes a woman is killed to restore her family’s social position. And sometimes a woman is restricted to her family’s home after marriage. Moothra…

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