sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

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Words, not weapons

Writing from the frontline Review: Our Woman On The Ground Our Woman On the Ground is an essay collection featuring 16 sahafiyat (female journalists) each writing a chapter on their experiences, spanning the Arab world. With an introductory endorsement by…

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Inspirations

Fadime Sahindal 1975-2002

I thought it would help you to understand how vulnerable immigrant girls often are if I told you what happened to me. It’s not my intention to point the finger at anyone, only try to help you realize the why    …

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Opinions

The Cultural Defence

Last year, the renowned Egyptian singer/musician/actor Ahmed Fahmi shared his misogynistic beliefs in a TV interview. Fahmi believes that a woman can have all the dreams and ambitions she wants – as long as they are approved by her man….

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Inspirations

Arwa al-Sulayhi 1048-1138

Last of the Sulayhid dynasty, Arwa al-Sulayhi was regent of Yemen for nearly forty years. Raised by her parents-in-law for the purpose of co-ruling with her husband, she became regent during his illness and continued to rule after his death….

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Inspirations

Shajar al-Durr c. 1220-1257

Shajar al-Durr (also known as Shajara, Shagrat, Shagar, Shaggar, ior Shagarat) ruled Egypt in between the Ayyubid dynasty and the Mamluk era, playing a crucial role in the Seventh Crusade. An ambitious, passionate and ruthless woman, she rose from the…

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Experiences

Blowing smoke

Every time I go and watch a movie at the cinema, I see an advert for tobacco which ends with the line ‘Smoking is injurious to your health.’ Like everyone else, I know this is true – but I have…

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Experiences

Pashtun sisterhood

‘All women are working women… only a few are salaried’ The above slogan for International Women’s Day became popular inside those four walls where women work in silence. International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. This day…

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Inspirations

Qandeel Baloch 1990-2016

You’re going to miss me when I’m gone. You’re so terrible, with your double standards. You like to watch me, and then you like to say: ‘Why don’t you just die?’ Will you be happy when I die? When I…

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Poetry

Jury Duty, aka, Running on Empty

When you are selected to be a possible juror on a criminal case with 17 other possible jurors and listen to the info video (which includes lunch time from noon to 1:30) and then you are all gathered up by…

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Opinions

An unspeakable crime

It is well known that one in five women have experienced some kind of sexual assault. It dawned on me all of sudden that although rape is a threat that families and communities use as a justification for the control…

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Inspirations

Shamima Shaikh 1960-1998

They claim that Islam gave women the right to equal education and civil and economic rights, but at the end of their analysis they come to the conclusion that a woman’s place is in her husband’s home and that she…

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Experiences

The woman in my hair

How like joy to come upon me in remembering a head of hair and the way water would caress it, and stress beauty in the flair and cut of the only witness to my dance under sorrow’s tree. This swift…

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Poetry

The White Privilege

A cherished childhood spent cocooned in my inward-looking community, Protected me from the indoctrination of a white-privileged history. But when I stepped into a world where brown was under-represented My identity… Was molested. My speech, skin, hair and dress, seemed…

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Inspirations

Samira Bellil 1972-2004

‘Lots of girls, whom I knew at the time, and who, like me, had their childhoods wrecked by a rape and its aftermath  ̶  bad reps, total rejection and abandonment  ̶  “turned bad.”’ – Samira Bellil. Samira Bellil was a…

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