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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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Videos

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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Videos

Video interview with Baroness Warsi

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi tells her story to sister-hood: from growing up as the daughter of a mill-worker in a working-class community in the north of England, to gaining a seat on the UK cabinet. With support from her parents, Sayeeda…

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Inspirations

Leyla Mammadbeyova (1909-1989)

Leyla Alasgar qizi Mammadbeyova, born Leyla Zeynalova, was the first female pilot in the Caucusus, Southern Europe and Middle Eastern region, as well as being a flight instructor who trained many other pilots. Mammadbeyova was famous across her native Azerbaijan,…

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Videos

Video interview with Mona Eltahawy

In this frank and intimate interview with feminist journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy, she recounts a harrowing description of her abuse at the hands of the police during the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt. Mona provides advice to women of…

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Interviews

A personal rebellion

Raha Moharrak is the youngest Arab to climb Mount Everest, and the first Saudi woman to complete one of the most daunting challenges in mountaineering: the Seven Summits, which involves climbing the highest mountain in each of the seven continents….

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Inspirations

Halet Cambel 1916-2014

Halet Çambel was one of the first Muslim women to compete in the Olympics. However, she is best known as one of Turkey’s most important archaeologists. Born in Berlin, Halet was the granddaughter of Ibrhaim Hakki Pasha, the Ottoman Ambassador…

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Fatema Mernissi 1940-2015

If women’s rights are a problem for some modern Muslim men, it is neither because of the Quran or the Prophet, nor the Islamic tradition, but simply because those rights conflict with the interests of a male elite… Islam was…

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