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Standing together for FGM survivors

Leyla Hussein has been at the forefront of the campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and to ensure support for women and girls affected by it for over 15 years. Her ground-breaking work to provide specialist counselling support for…

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The nature of dissent

The extremist’s beard is like kindling — it takes very little to burn a nation. In Pakistan, there are thousands of extremists — enough kindling to store for winter. In such times, there is a refrain, sung in the echo chambers of rhetorical questions — what…

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Outlawed pregnancy

The consequences of pregnancy outside marriage for Egyptian women Women in Egypt are not usually expected to have sexual relations outside official marriages. This makes it hard for issues around extramarital sexual relations to be publicly addressed. Even more so,…

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A dual me

“The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.” – Arthur C. Clarke In the place where I come from, religion, ethics, social and behavioural standards are already pre-determined, and you have absolutely no…

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Women: An item on the menu

I truly admire Elizabeth Warren for showing the importance of politically active women. Politics is an important mechanism to empower women: a tool to change their lives, especially in Turkey. We need more women in politics to initiate change, regardless…

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No apologies

This is my letter to you. Not you, the Islamist, who wants me silent or dead whilst dreaming of your vile caliphate, nor you, the racist, who wants my Muslim and migrant family out whilst dreaming of your contemptible white,…

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Muslim women in a changing Europe

Muslim women are still trying to find their place in the 21st century, in a globalised world, and in a Europe tackling many questions of identity. In a constantly changing society that challenges interculturalism, living together, and diversity every day,…

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You’re a woman, so..

We all know that human beings are supposedly born free – both men and women. But growing up in a society dominated by men makes the circumstances of being born a girl very clear. I can now see all the…

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London pride: hope after despair

Is it just me, or do you also feel the world is spun into a new and darker orbit? I feel we are being psychologically tortured. I am currently suffering from extremely high anxiety. I’m scared to listen or read…

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The women and the ladies

‘When the men get sick they start to seek a cure for women.’ This sentence keeps spinning in my head, because the world is going through some interesting times. This is not only happening in ‘crazy’ countries like Turkey or…

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FGM/C is American, too.

My name is Mariya and I am a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). These days, that is the first bit of information that anyone who hears my name knows about me, particularly since in April 2017, a doctor was…

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Whitewashing by brown hands

India’s self-loathing Vogue India has caused a stir, no? Ten years of showcasing the very best fashion that India has to offer, and the vast array of Indian models championing the brown beauty that is practically ignored elsewhere, is condensed…

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Trump’s new Planned Parenthood laws could kill

Trump’s new bill will allow states to defund Planned Parenthood. He is also restricting abortion access around the world. The consequences could be deadly. On April 13, President Trump signed a bill allowing states the right to defund Planned Parenthood….

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Not falling down

Day 134 in the age of 45. All this violence is making my heart crack into a thousand pieces. When it’s London, the feeling is visceral, because it is home. It is where my sister and mother, an array of cousins…

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