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The L word

We express a variety of emotions on a daily basis. It is part of our human nature. However, we struggle sometimes to express the finest emotion of them all: love. Some people go searching for it when it is already…

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Talk to your children about refugees

Yes. Talk to them. But before, please, read about them, inform yourself through different media outlets and primary sources. Then talk.   Talk about history Explain. Go in depth, depending on the questions and the age of your children, or…

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Watching the Handmaid’s Tale in Turkey

Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors: not only because of her engaging, magnetic fiction, but also because of her politics and her efforts to spread human rights. When I first read her renowned dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale…

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Pakistani “honesty”

As I sit here, reflecting on the society we roam around in and what makes it tick, my thoughts keep coming back to one thing: as creatures who cannot function without interaction with others, the impact of the ‘other’ on…

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Breaking through

As 2017 ended, I reflected on the challenges and triumphs of the last 12 months, and wondered what 2018 will bring for me, and all the other women and girls across the globe. In many ways 2017 has been a…

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The year for women in Jordan

The year 2017 witnessed important achievements for the women’s movement in Jordan. These are the result of almost two decades of tireless efforts and lobbying by activists and civil society organisations in the country. The Jordanian Ministry of Social Development…

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No “honour” in killing

It has been more than 20 years since the day I jumped in my car and drove to an impoverished neighbourhood in eastern Amman to investigate the murder of a young woman. All I had in mind was how I…

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Marriage: it’s your choice

I never believed in the institution of marriage. My mother told me that it was better to be a labourer than a housewife because at least you get a wage if you work outside the home. I was surprised that…

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Identity politics hold us back

Although the announcement of the Nike Pro hijab is far from news, its recent listing as one of the best 25 inventions of 2017 in Time Magazine has generated controversy. Social media, yet again, blazes with righteous indignation on both…

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Successes for women in Jordan

Women’s rights activists in Jordan have had a lot to rejoice about this year. Of their many demands, two major legal changes were finally made by Jordanian legislators and decision-makers. Almost ten years ago, the women’s movement placed a lot…

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A year on- and what have we learnt?

Just over a year ago, I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about racism and how it affected me as a young British woman of Middle Eastern and Muslim heritage, and how it impacted upon my identity growing up….

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Hijab: Ofsted should be addressing schools

A few weeks ago, a group of campaigners and activists met with Amanda Spielman, the Chief Inspector of Schools, to discuss the hijab, which is part of school uniform policy for one in five primary schools in the UK. Following…

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A virgin sacrifice

If you type ‘victim’ into a Farsi dictionary, one option you get is ‘sacrifice’, which is what the word victim originally meant. Are women, then, sacrificial offerings upon the altar of some kind of god? An Afghan proverb says that…

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Decolonising the canon

A recent article in The Guardian explored what a truly diverse reading list would look like, with input from black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors such as Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie and others. The article, and reflection on…

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You must survive

Amongst all of God’s creations, people consider rocks, mountains and glaciers to be the strongest. When referring to something sturdy, we describe it as being ‘as solid as rock’. Yet, a weird strength lies underneath the soft skin of a…

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