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Amir Khan’s low blows

Welcome to sister-hood

Poetry

i see brown brothers

i see brown brothers break open their rib-cages to drink the urine of pale women. not-my-colour women. calling it sweet sweet mm-mmm sweet honey. these same brothers who close their backs on the molasses dripping thick from the hands of…

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Opinions

The nature of dissent

The extremist’s beard is like kindling — it takes very little to burn a nation. In Pakistan, there are thousands of extremists — enough kindling to store for winter. In such times, there is a refrain, sung in the echo chambers of rhetorical questions — what…

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Opinions

Outlawed pregnancy

The consequences of pregnancy outside marriage for Egyptian women Women in Egypt are not usually expected to have sexual relations outside official marriages. This makes it hard for issues around extramarital sexual relations to be publicly addressed. Even more so,…

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Fiction

To my future husband

To my future husband, You’re never going to read this. Not because I didn’t show this to you, but because you’ll just take it as a joke. Because a strong woman is a joke in your eyes. Before we get…

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Interviews and Reviews

Girl with a gun

An interview with human rights activist Diana Nammi reveals a hidden ‘herstory’ of the Iranian revolution. Diana Nammi is best known as the founder of IKWRO, a British charity supporting women from the Middle East and North Africa, and recipient…

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Inspirations

Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991)

[A] lady of the Turkish feudal nobility who has thrown her yashmak over the nearest windmill and set her heart, Allah knows why, on becoming the first woman painter of her country. – Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid   Fahrelnissa (a name…

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Poetry

When I was labelled Muslim woman

When I was labelled Muslim woman I became defined By the generation I was born in and the struggles we carried From ‘I’, I became ‘we’ in an instant. When I am seen with my scarf Covering strands on my…

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Experiences

Pain is real. So is hope.

I grew up in a conservative Muslim Somali family. But they hadn’t always been like that. Previously, Somali people were freer, and women had more rights, although now, looking back, it is hard to imagine. When I was young, my…

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Opinions

A dual me

“The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.” – Arthur C. Clarke In the place where I come from, religion, ethics, social and behavioural standards are already pre-determined, and you have absolutely no…

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Experiences

Banned colours: Istanbul Pride

Last week we enjoyed a whole week full of workshops, conferences and panels during the Pride Week in Istanbul. However, when it came to the closing Pride March , the most visible event, the government declared a ban just the…

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Videos

She fights back!

As part of Oxfam’s Good Fight campaign, the charity has been covering projects aiming to reduce violence against women across the world. One of those is the SheFighter organisation. SheFighter is a response to the growing phenomenon of street harassment…

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