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Queen Tarzi’s legacy

We have all seen them: black and white pictures of ‘liberated’ Afghan women in miniskirts walking through the streets of Kabul. They challenge stereotypical depictions of women’s oppression, and elicit a warm and nostalgic mirage of the old, ‘free’ Afghanistan….

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The exclusion of women in Jordan

Despite efforts to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women, the wage-gap, limited social mobility, restricted ownership and agency, poverty, poor political participation, health issues, male violence, and the infanticide of girl children remain challenges in the Arab world. To…

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Battlefronts

I feel exhausted today. A few of my posts on Facebook sparked some hostile ‘debate’. One of my posts was a petition calling for ‘illegal immigrants’ to be granted amnesty after ten years of being in Britain. Of course, I…

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A woman’s price

There are no inheritance rights for women under Pashtun custom. They do not receive a share in their parent’s property. All of the property is divided between the sons. There is nothing for their daughters. Instead, they marry off their…

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Mental health for all

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from the 14 – 20th May, in a climate where mental health issues are slowly becoming more accepted. Public figures are talking about their struggles with mental illness and raising awareness of the…

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Marriage robs girls of childhood

Child marriage remains a worldwide problem, mainly affecting girls. It needs to be addressed: it can lead to a lifetime of damage. In March 2018, UNICEF provided the disturbing and alarming figure that more than 650 million women alive today…

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A shackled piece of humanity

I do not know if any of you share my feelings, but I find no serenity when I read about issues related to the Muslim world. Aside from some poetry, most of the ideas and arguments presented seem to stir…

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The golden cage

‘Congratulations! You finally made it into the golden cage!’ This is one of the sentences I hear when a woman gets married. I always wondered what was inside that ‘cage’ and why it is described as such. It made me…

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How to succeed in tech

I started my tech career back in 1996. I spent the first ten years working for different local startups and small businesses before I decided to cofound Spring, the leading web and mobile development consultancy. I started as an MS Access…

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Where are the black Muslimas?

I am Muslim and black. These two words are very loaded. They are brimming with histories and experiences, pride and struggle. I have grown up as a Muslim in the 21st century being very aware that there is a discernibly…

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Getting women into work

There is a paradox in Jordan. No doubt it is just one amongst many, but this one imposes a heavy tax on the country’s already burdened economy. Despite their successes in education, many Jordanian women are unable to enter and…

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Higher vibrations

What is nourishing for our physical body is nourishing for our spirit and nourishing for our mind. It is very simple. Nourishment is the only act of self-love. Self-love is the only fuel for a compassionate life. Commit to small steps that you can take…

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Followers are not friends

(Disclaimer: I am grateful for my followers.) Real friendship takes work, not just a ‘like’. At the very least, it takes knowing each other’s names. But these days, social media account users throw around the ‘friend’ word while concealing their…

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The importance of day-care

‘My ability to juggle being a woman, being a mother, and being an employee is put to the test in Jordan, a small county with large aspirations. Compared to my male counterparts, my challenges are triple-fold. Public transportation can best…

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Remembering Rim Banna

The world has lost a talented and powerful Palestinian singer and composer. Rim Banna passed away on March 24 after losing her nine-year battle with breast cancer. Banna was a defiant and strong woman who used her voice to sing…

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