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Fahmida Riaz 1946-2018

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Opinions

Deluded defenders of God II

There was largely a sense of relief when news of Asia Bibi’s acquittal disseminated across the world. Some rejoiced; others wondered if the Naya (new) Pakistan Imran Khan had promised was finally coming to fruition. However, a few were reluctant…

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Poetry

Judge yourself

The silence wrapped itself around me, smothering senseless voice, Cocooning me in blissful calm from naked, nauseating noise.   Bitter envy clothed in praise, a blackened heart lauds acclaim. Face to face sincerity, followed by disparity, blatant contrariety.   Begrudging…

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Interviews

From Hounslow to the BBC

Writer and actor Ambreen Razia’s latest production Hounslow Diaries is an adaptation of her one-woman play, Diary of a Hounslow Girl. Hounslow Diaries premieres on BBC3 on Monday 5th November. We asked Ambreen a few questions about  her life and work….

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Opinions

Nothing Compares 2 U Allah

I’ll admit to being somewhat astonished when I heard that Sinead O’Connor had converted to Islam. On 26th October she declared that she had changed her name to Shuhada Davitt and is now covering her hair. This video of her…

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Experiences

Ending harassment

Sexual abuse is one of the main reasons why women are held back in the Pashtun regions. Most Pashtuns value their ‘honour’. They don’t want their social status to be threatened. This status is based on the respectability of the…

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Poetry

Atheist sincerity

These cancer ads follow me like targets. Spare a thought for the mother who didn’t survive, Couldn’t watch her daughter thrive.   It was just before a film about an elite gambling ring, Molly’s game. Ecstasy’s game.   Did you…

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Opinions

HERstories and all that jazz!

Listening to the voices of minority women   HIStory should coexist with HERstory. That’s my opinion. Well, it’s more than that actually. After pointing out the culture of cat-calling women in street, South African artist Thandiwe Msebenzi stated: “When you…

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Reviews

A rebel in Gaza

A Rebel in Gaza is the memoir of Asmaa al-Ghoul, a courageous war reporter who was born and raised in the Rafah Refugee Camp in Gaza. In this memoir, Asmaa tells her story of living and growing up in the…

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Experiences

Women of the world

Recently, I received an invite to join the discussion regarding the upcoming WOW festival in 2019 in London. It led me to reminisce about the festival earlier this year. I had the honour of being asked to join sister-hood in…

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Opinions

Ending racism

Racism and religion I have travelled all over the world and I have discovered that racism is part of every religion, political system, economic structure and culture. It is a part of the patriarchal-capitalist-colonial system ruling the world. Racism is…

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Poetry

Sac/red

Perhaps the reason why our mothers didn’t pray when they bled every month is because that blood is already prayer, the body manifesting miracles can ache, too. Cleansing, all that red giving power to pain. Releasing. The body never more…

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Interviews

Changing the script

Talking to Funeka Montjane of Standard Bank Funeka Montjane, Standard Bank’s Chief Executive of Personal and Business Banking South Africa, is changing the face of corporate leadership at the helm of a division that employs around 20,000 people and services…

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Experiences

What Ancestry tests really tell us

I am a British Pakistani, born in London. Both my mother and father were born in Lahore, Pakistan. I can’t speak my mother tongue and I know little to nothing about my ethnic culture. What can I say? They didn’t…

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Opinions

Why is xenophobia on the rise?

Xenophobia is part of the global-local (glocal) political economic social system ruling the world. It is deeply rooted in human culture and religions, ever since the old slave-patriarchal system started. If we study history, religion and politics without separating these…

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