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Experiences

“Empowerment” and absurdity

You probably think we’re having the time of our lives in this picture. Well – not exactly. Let me tell you the story of how we ended up there. I am with my friend Nasiem. I dragged her along with…

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Opinions

Afghan women must be heard

As the Kabul Peace Process meeting ends, the rights of Afghan women must not be rolled back. As the second Kabul Peace Process meeting, attended by twenty-three countries, comes to a close on 28th February 2018, Afghan women are once…

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Interviews and Reviews

Fighting extremism in Kenya

Photos of dark skinned men, sometimes even boys, in military uniform, holding big guns repeatedly appear in the media. It is a sad fact, but communities in Kenya have been radicalized. The situation in the African country barely makes the…

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Experiences

The hypocrisy of Arab liberals

Over the years, I’ve followed a path from being a moderate religious conservative towards being a fully-fledged liberal, as I like to call myself today. The journey was not an easy one. I came to learn that people around me…

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Poetry

Destinia

A wave of generational tales flows through me My yoni, my body – a benchmark for every blow every one a stamp of ownership   tales of so many that weep through me That seep into pores confuse and remind…

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Interviews and Reviews

Unstitching extremism

Mossarat Qadeem and the Tolana Mothers have convinced a dozen women to stop stitching suicide jackets for extremist groups In the Spring of 2017, in a small village close to a progressive district which houses one of Pakistan’s biggest universities,…

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Experiences

Where is your home?

On meeting for the first time, one of the first questions a Bangladeshi will ask is ‘Bari kothai?’ The enquiry ‘where is your home?’ asks so much more than for a postal address. The answer can potentially contain information about the…

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Opinions

Hashtag feminism in Afghanistan

The global wave of feminism has engulfed Afghanistan. Urban cities like Kabul have seen sharp increases in campaigns geared towards reducing gender-based gaps in the employment and education sectors, as well as in sport venues, just to mention a few….

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Opinions

Are women citizens?

Women in the Arab world have been denied full citizenship rights for decades by governments who provide excuses such as geographic or political constraints and fears. In reality, denying citizenship rights to the families of women who are married to…

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Opinions

Celebrating girls on International Women’s Day

In 1909, in support of female garment workers protesting their working conditions, the Socialist Party of America designated March 8th as a day to honour women. By 1917 women in Russia were protesting for ‘bread and peace’ against a backdrop…

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Experiences

My legacy

The team at sister-hood requested that I write about my legacy. I did not understand the word: my mother tongue is Arabic, not English. I looked it up, and found that it means a gift, or a message, handed or…

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Inspirations

Taj ul-Alam (1612- 1675)

Sultanah Taj ul-Alam Safiatuddin Syah was the first of four successive queens of the Sultanate of Aceh Dar al-Salam, an Islamic kingdom to the north of Sumatra. Her father, Iskander Muda had conquered Pahang on the Malay Peninsula in 1617, raising…

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Experiences

Be my voice

I am 28. My father used to physically abuse me, and when I sought help from the authorities I ended up locked up in the Dar Alhimaya ‘protection home.’ Technically, it’s a prison. I will only be allowed to leave…

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Experiences

I never wanted to leave

Just hearing the news makes it hard to breathe. Like everyone else, I want to shut my ears whenever the word Syria is mentioned. Switch stations on the radio; turn off the TV and pretend it isn’t happening. But unlike…

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