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Interviews with known and unknown women of Muslim heritage, and reviews of events, films, popular culture and the media.
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Underground cinema in Iran

In July of this year, Jafar Panahi’s film Three Faces was nominated at the Cannes Festival. This sparked renewed international interest in cinema, particularly ‘underground cinema’ in Iran. This propelled me to find out more about the scene. Where did…

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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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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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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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A future for Syria

If you think of Syria, images of massacres, chemical weapons, militants and refugees fleeing violence come to mind. In the midst of the devastation and destruction, an ever-expanding network of dedicated Syrians – young and old, mostly women – have…

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Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini on peacework

Born in Iran, but exiled to the UK at the age of 11, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini has been a leading international advocate and peace strategist for 20 years. Her leadership in the formation of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), and…

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A mother for peace in Tunisia

Last New Year’s Eve, a suicide bombing in Istanbul left 40 dead, including the son and daughter-in-law of Tunisian peace activist and academic Khedija Arfaoui. She spoke to Aya Nader about peace in the Middle East and women’s pivotal role…

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Saving lives in Afghanistan

Aya Nader from ICAN interviewed Mary Akrami, an award winning women’s rights defender and director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre on the topics of violence and discrimination against women and the lives she has saved. Is domestic violence…

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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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Mobina Jaffer: Peace hero

When she was 23 years old, Mobina Jaffer was forced into exile from Uganda. Decades later she returned to her first home, as a senator of her second home, Canada. Since 2001 Mobina Jaffer has represented the province of British…

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Winning the coconut

Interview with Guleraana Mir Guleraana Mir’s first full-length play Shooting Star was long listed by the BBC as part of SCRIPTROOM 8. Her latest, Coconut will be at Ovalhouse from 11-28th April 2018, followed by a regional tour. Your play…

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Boko Halal

In November 2017, as worshipers were gathering for the fajr dawn prayer at five a.m. in Mubi, Nigeria, a man blew himself up inside the mosque, killing 58 people. He was 17 years old. Over the past eight years, the…

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A place of their own

‘Trust is very important in our culture,’ says Khalida Obeid, founder of the Afghan Women’s Support Group at Nestle’s Avenue Children Centre in Hayes. Ms Obeid founded the group after years of seeking to help other Afghan women step out…

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Fighting extremism in Kenya

Photos of dark skinned men, sometimes even boys, in military uniform, holding big guns repeatedly appear in the media. It is a sad fact, but communities in Kenya have been radicalized. The situation in the African country barely makes the…

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Unstitching extremism

Mossarat Qadeem and the Tolana Mothers have convinced a dozen women to stop stitching suicide jackets for extremist groups In the Spring of 2017, in a small village close to a progressive district which houses one of Pakistan’s biggest universities,…

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