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What should we teach our children?

The troubling conduct of many of our young people, such as reckless driving, littering and violence, is an indicator of a lack of proper values having been instilled during their upbringing. There was a recent incident at one of our…

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Manifest privilege

For most of us, privilege lies in having a roof over your head, good health and good health insurance, a steady source of income, food in the fridge, access to a dignified mode of transport, a vacation or two every…

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Lentil dahl liberals

The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible. And the altruistic virtues have really prevented the carrying out of this aim. Just as the worst slave owners were those who…

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Taking pride back

Although today Pride is a celebration of sexuality, in its infancy it was a political movement against the oppression of individuals based on their sexuality: a movement for equality and fair treatment. The first Pride came after the Stonewall Riots…

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Degrading mothers

Can someone tell me what ‘western’ feminism is? How does it differ from ‘eastern’ feminism? Can someone provide precise latitude and longitude coordinates for ‘global’ feminism? Feminism is neither geographically defined nor hemispherically confined. Feminism isn’t anti-menism or reject-childrenism. Feminism…

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How to get ahead

I’ve been reading articles on how to lead a successful life as a professional woman. There are countless books, articles, blog posts, and commentaries on this thought-provoking topic. They all encourage you to push the limits, break boundaries and create…

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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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