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Experiences

Invisible roots

In between replaying my fondest memories and taking short naps on the plane back, I felt my stomach churn at the realisation that I will most probably never feel the same way again. ‘You’ll never be fully Iranian’ – this…

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Poetry

A piece of meat

They call me bitch because I sleep with my dear man. They call me a slut for sleeping with a lover of people. I love, he loves. What more do you want?   They call me worthless because the man…

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Opinions

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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Women on the move

In a world riven by war, conflict and environmental stresses, and in the face of increasing nationalism, mobility has increased, but it has also come under severe restrictions; from Trump’s travel ban, to increasing difficulties in finding asylum in Western…

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Interviews and Reviews

ARTconnects

Empowering women and communities  ‘We live in times where people are wary: wary of migrants … There is a Brexit backlash because people are scared for their jobs,’ said Valentine Besry, taking part in an ARTconnects workshop in South Yardley…

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Poetry

“Log kya kahenge?”

“Log kya kahenge?” (What will people say?)   A boy adorned in the colour pink; a girl rejecting the ‘feminine’ blueprint.   A woman fulfilling her own dreams and desires, before adhering to what tradition requires.   A man. Vulnerable….

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Experiences

A prison in the mirror

‘Are you ready to jump in the pool?’ asked the girl next door. It was a warm summer day in July: the sun was shining, the neighbour’s pool was finally inflated and filled with water. I answered with a grin,…

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Opinions

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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Women un/veiling

To say the least, the veil is a complex symbol that impacts upon the lives of all women of Muslim heritage. Whether they choose to wear it or not, our writers agree on the importance of hijab as an individual…

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Poetry

Brain storm

Stormy seas swim silently No decency, no apology. In every crevice of the mind The waters drown, reason.   Battle ensues, gasping for breath Waves envelop fragile air Thoughts reach out for pockets of hope Amongst the sea, destruction.  …

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Opinions

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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Experiences

Why are you a feminist?

‘You were pretty cool the last time we met. What’s happened to you now? Why are you wearing your feminism on your sleeve, like a label? Has the West caught up with you?’ I am a feminist. I always was…

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Opinions

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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Women in 2017

sister-hood writers have been covering several aspects of their experiences over the year. 2017 proved to be an unusually eventful year. Here are half a dozen posts that chronicle some of it’s events. At the beginning of the year, Egypt…

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