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Welcome to sister-hood

Inspirations

Huda Shaarawi 1879-1947

I have always believed in the possibility of a fertile cooperation between the women of all the continents – since we share the same ideals: to build a better world, based on justice, equality and brotherly understanding between all peoples….

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Opinions

The L word

We express a variety of emotions on a daily basis. It is part of our human nature. However, we struggle sometimes to express the finest emotion of them all: love. Some people go searching for it when it is already…

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Poetry

She longs for silence

She shivers as more noise assails her, like blood splattering on a dirty wall. Moans and the sharp hiss of bullets. A large tank shakes the fragile walls. Did you know that the birds have stopped singing? In fact, most…

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Inspirations

Asma Jahangir

Eventually things will have to get better. However, the way they will improve is not going to be because of the government or the elite leadership, or the political leadership, or the institutions of our country, most of which have…

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Fiction

In a closet of dreams

Zehra rolled onto her side, looking at Kiran as if she was a secret worth her weight in gold. Zehra always looked at Kiran like she was treasure, but only when nobody else was watching. Kiran had enjoyed the excitement at first; the thrill hadn’t felt like a…

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Poetry

It’s a crazy world we live in.

It’s a crazy world we live in. There’s a pinch of bad people With their own histories, Doing injustice, not owning it, Blaming their prey: You came in my way. We grow up blaming ourselves Hurting ourselves, just like they…

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Interviews and Reviews

“Just get out there and do it!”

Samera Ashraf has overcome many personal obstacles to obtain a blue belt in karate and kickboxing. We asked her to explain how she challenges negative attitudes to women’s sport in Britain’s Asian communities, and why she’s passionate about creating a cultural…

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Opinions

Talk to your children about refugees

Yes. Talk to them. But before, please, read about them, inform yourself through different media outlets and primary sources. Then talk.   Talk about history Explain. Go in depth, depending on the questions and the age of your children, or…

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Experiences

My Nani

A memoir marking 11 years / Like the sky / my beloved is everywhere / but next to me / – rupi kaur I remember the day my Nani died. It was a cold January morning. I was putting my…

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Experiences

Libyan women connect

Like most people growing up in Libya, my social circles were restricted. I spent most of my time around relatives or friends of my parents. This was during a period when most of our social interactions took place in our…

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Experiences

Building sisterhood

I had a pivotal moment when I was 16 at a sharing session run by inspirational women. This event gave me an idea of how to progress; how to work on myself in such a way that I could improve…

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Experiences

A Muslim name

For those of you who don’t know me (not that you should), my name is Sadia Hameed. I am an atheist and a self-declared anti-theist. Lying was a part of my everyday life. It was my safeguarding strategy. Lying to…

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Interviews and Reviews

After ISIS

As a child, Taban Shoresh was a refugee from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, as her family fled Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. After the collapse of his regime and the rise and fall of the Islamic State, Taban decided to return…

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Poetry

Take me home

Heartbreak like this makes me yearn for comforts I never even had The urge to bask in my motherland’s South Asian sunshine and feel warm rainwater splashing down my back Elders calling me their child in Urdu, sending me to…

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Opinions

Watching the Handmaid’s Tale in Turkey

Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors: not only because of her engaging, magnetic fiction, but also because of her politics and her efforts to spread human rights. When I first read her renowned dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale…

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