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Experiences

Twelve years old, seeking asylum

Due to the current high-profile case of the 18-year-old Ex-Muslim woman escaping Saudi Arabia, discussion about female atheists from the Islamic world is becoming more mainstream. Rahaf al Qunun has managed to galvanise social media and the mainstream press in…

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Poetry

Survivor

Everything about you unseen Is beautiful, Your mind, spirit and soul. Everything you’ve been through, That has made you the survivor you are, I’m in awe of that. The grace with which you carry your healing, Lovingly and tenderly. Your…

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Inspirations

Sakine Cansiz 1958 – 2013

I found life beautiful, even under shabby, routine and inadequate conditions. The revolutionary struggle made me happy and gave me life. I had self-confidence, feeling neither helplessness nor pessimism. My whole life was a struggle at every moment. This knowledge…

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Reviews

Review: Hounslow Diaries

I have been following the work of actress and writer Ambreen Razia since she toured her one-woman show The Diary of a Hounslow Girl on stages across the UK. I managed to catch it at Tara Arts Theatre two years…

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Experiences

I didn’t realise it was abuse

My counsellor let her glasses fall slightly down her nose so I could see directly into her eyes. ‘Do you think this is emotional abuse?’ she asked softly, curiously. I’d told her about my latest row with Dave*. I chuckled…

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Experiences

“I wasted my life in prison”

AMMAN – Shrouq was in her late 20s when her brothers had attempted to kill her for reasons related to family honour. She had tried to shield her sister from their axes and knives. Shrouq, now in her mid-50s, recalls…

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Opinions

Pakistan’s ’Voice Over Man’

Pakistanis appear permanently stranded between tradition and transition. There is always a human inclination towards ‘disorder’ that creates a sense of freedom and adventure. Disorder challenges the regular monotonous order of life, and its rights and wrongs. In a web-based…

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Opinions

These are our streets too

The world – including Jordan – has marked this year’s international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with a focus on the phenomenon of the sexual harassment of women. In Jordan, the motto for this year’s campaign was:…

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Experiences

Killed by the community

At the tender age of 14, I, like thousands of other young women, died. Our lives were brutally cut short. Now, we are languishing in the bowels of hell. Our post-mortems reveal that our community was complicit in our deaths:…

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Opinions

Beauty will save the world

‘Beauty will save the world’, declared Prince Myshkin, more than 150 years ago. And they called him an idiot!* Is this really true? Beauty – is that the answer to all the barbarities that surround us? These days, beauty, the…

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Experiences

Violence against women: Three stories

Three real-life incidents, which I was a direct witness to, have contributed to shaping my perception of violence against women. One At the age of twelve, I woke up one morning to the news of the killing of my 14-year-old…

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Videos

My Afghan diary

Arzu Qaderi is an Afghan-born German filmmaker and presenter. In 2017, she travelled to Afghanistan for the first time to film for My Afghan Diary, a documentary film of interviews with inspiring, successful Afghan women with the determination to achieve…

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Experiences

Unwrapped

I grew up in the Middle East and have lived here all my life. I’m not sure if I can truly call myself a Muslim. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t question the concept of free will, women’s…

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Opinions

Clean, simple, healthy

We are bursting with affluence, yet hungry for substance. We are drowning in information, yet thirsty for knowledge. In our pursuit of more, we have depleted ourselves and our planet of all sustenance, caging animals as we fatten them up,…

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Opinions

Feminism is for black Muslimas too

Growing up, I never identified as a feminist. This is not to say that I did not believe in equality. To be perfectly honest, as a child I never considered my sex a limitation. I was blessed enough to be…

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