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Interviews with known and unknown women of Muslim heritage, and reviews of events, films, popular culture and the media.
Interviews and Reviews

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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Anima State: Pakistan in film

I went along to a screening of Anima State a couple of weeks ago as part of the London Short Film Festival, having recently established The Mehfil, an arts organisation promoting contemporary Pakistani culture. The film is a jarring and arresting portrayal of…

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Hidden Hearts

The number of people in England and Wales living with or married to someone from another ethnic group jumped by 35 per cent to 2.3 million between 2001 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics in 2014. In…

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“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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After ISIS

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

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ARTconnects

Empowering women and communities  ‘We live in times where people are wary: wary of migrants … There is a Brexit backlash because people are scared for their jobs,’ said Valentine Besry, taking part in an ARTconnects workshop in South Yardley…

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Raising LGBTQ voices

A dispatch from the International Documentary Film Festival Me gusta el mar y la mujer cuando llora/Las golondrinas y las malas señoras/Saltar balcones y abrir las ventanas/Y las muchachas en abril. ‘I like the sea and the women when they…

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