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Inspirations

Sitt al-Mulk 970-1023

Sitt al-Mulk (Lady of the Empire) was the daughter of the fifth Fatimid caliph Nizar al-Aziz Billah and a Christian mother with Byzantine heritage. Al-Aziz’s tolerance for diversity extended beyond his private life: despite criticisms, under his rule non-Muslims were…

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Sakine Cansiz 1958 – 2013

I found life beautiful, even under shabby, routine and inadequate conditions. The revolutionary struggle made me happy and gave me life. I had self-confidence, feeling neither helplessness nor pessimism. My whole life was a struggle at every moment. This knowledge…

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Videos

My Afghan diary

Arzu Qaderi is an Afghan-born German filmmaker and presenter. In 2017, she travelled to Afghanistan for the first time to film for My Afghan Diary, a documentary film of interviews with inspiring, successful Afghan women with the determination to achieve…

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Fahmida Riaz 1946-2018

What feminism means for me is simply that women, like men, are complete human beings with limitless possibilities – Fahmida Riaz   Writer, novelist, translator, activist and ‘poet of resistance’, Fahmida Riaz wrote over a 15 books of prose and…

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Videos

Banaz: A love story

Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her own family in an ‘honour’ killing. Deeyah Khan’s debut documentary film tells Banaz’s story for the first time – as well as the story of the extraordinary police team who refused to give up, and…

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Interviews

First comes marriage

Huda Al-Mashari’s memoir First Comes Marriage is an unconventional love story which has just been released – a memoir of an arranged marriage. sister-hood asked Huda some questions about her work, her life – and her marriage. The title of…

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Interviews

From Hounslow to the BBC

Writer and actor Ambreen Razia’s latest production Hounslow Diaries is an adaptation of her one-woman play, Diary of a Hounslow Girl. Hounslow Diaries premieres on BBC3 on Monday 5th November. We asked Ambreen a few questions about  her life and work….

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Inspirations

Rashid Jahan (1905-1952)

A man thinks as long as he has given a woman food and clothing he has done enough. The more conscientious husband would think he is being fair if he spends one night with one wife and the other with…

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Videos

Karachi’s Kathak dancers

Sheema Kermani founded Tehrik-e-Niswaan (Movement for Women) in the late 1970s to champion women in the arts in Pakistan. In this short film produced by Fuuse for Al Jazeera English, Sheema, herself a dancer, stresses the importance of combing arts…

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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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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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Stay safe this summer

Summer can the busiest period for forced marriage and other ‘honour’-related crimes, including FGM, due to the long school holidays. Over this period, many girls and young women living in the West are taken from their homes to their family’s…

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Videos

Video interview with activist Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein is a psychotherapist and social activist against FGM working with many organisations challenging the practice and supporting survivors in the UK. Leyla talks to sister-hood in an open and touching conversation that covers the devastating effects of FGM…

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Experiences

Gaza Stories

Women’s accounts of life and death in Gaza.   Fida by Samah Sokar  ‘Not long ago you were beside me. Where did you go? Your place became vacant and now I am alone waiting for nobody. No one will visit me;…

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Video interview with Alya Al-Sultani

Alya Al-Sultani is a vocalist and composer who grew up in Tottenham, London, as the daughter of parents who had fled Iraq. She talks to sister-hood about the immigrant experience, the importance of music in her life, and the difficulties…

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