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A future for Syria

If you think of Syria, images of massacres, chemical weapons, militants and refugees fleeing violence come to mind. In the midst of the devastation and destruction, an ever-expanding network of dedicated Syrians – young and old, mostly women – have…

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Opinions

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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Experiences

Religion and hate

Anti-Muslim sentiments in America and Europe or ‘The West’ are not a new phenomenon, nor specific to the 21st Century. Fear of and hatred towards the ‘other’ have gone together throughout history, ever since human beings discovered or created the…

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Stay safe this summer

Summer can the busiest period for forced marriage and other ‘honour’-related crimes, including FGM, due to the long school holidays. Over this period, many girls and young women living in the West are taken from their homes to their family’s…

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Interviews

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini on peacework

Born in Iran, but exiled to the UK at the age of 11, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini has been a leading international advocate and peace strategist for 20 years. Her leadership in the formation of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), and…

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Experiences

Jamilah and the Hammam

I flew to Morocco while studying Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Moroccan feminist, Fatima Mernissi, described Morocco as ‘a beautiful place. It’s incredibly beautiful. And also it is a captivating place because for a…

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Opinions

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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Experiences

To my future daughter

Dear daughter, We have not yet met – you have not even been conceived – but I still wish to write this letter to you, so that from the moment you start your journey towards womanhood, you will know that…

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Experiences

Broken hallelujah

As Hallelujahs were raised to the Lord in a ceremony re-writing history in Jerusalem, little Leila Anwar Ghandoor took her last breath, along with 57 other people who died on May 15, 2018 – 70 years after the birth of Israel…

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Experiences

Somalia in the face of destruction

As smoke and the initial shock cleared, two little boys were running around Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, looking for their mother. They went home carrying pieces of her burnt remains in a small box. She had been killed along…

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Ex-Muslims: A community in protest

When the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) started 11 years ago, in June 2007, we were hard pressed to find 25 people who would come out publicly to break the apostasy taboo. Today, we are witnessing an international ex-Muslim ‘community’ –…

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Opinions

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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Interviews

A mother for peace in Tunisia

Last New Year’s Eve, a suicide bombing in Istanbul left 40 dead, including the son and daughter-in-law of Tunisian peace activist and academic Khedija Arfaoui. She spoke to Aya Nader about peace in the Middle East and women’s pivotal role…

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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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