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Pakistani women: liberated, oppressed, or both?

Born dirty, ugly and guilty

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Refugees and the media in Lebanon

A poisonous attitude has emerged among the media reporting on the refugee crisis in Lebanon, says Sawssan Abou-Zahr. Bias and racism are being used to blame domestic problems on those fleeing war – and distracting from the real issues. “They…

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Experiences

My niece’s first word

On first words and first periods. First words are a lie. We don’t suddenly find words falling out of our mouths as infants. We don’t suddenly gain the ability to make sense. I learned that through spending six months with…

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Poetry

Labels

Don’t label me by my race; my olive-beige skin only goes so deep. The features painted on my face simply frame my expressions and the words I speak.   Don’t label me by my heritage; a history lesson of my…

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Opinions

A deadly taboo

One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. This means that two of my sisters, three of my closest friends, four girls in my psychology class, and more women than I can count have been, or…

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Opinions

Stop judging unveiled women

Many Muslim women wear headscarves as part of their religious beliefs. This is known as a hijab. They may also wear loose fitting clothing when they are in public or in the presence of men who are not part of…

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Poetry

Like Farrokhzad

Like Farrokhzad I ask you to bring a lamp and a window when you come.   Please do not forget them.   I am here sitting in the dark repeating the same thoughts in my head over and over again….

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Interviews and Reviews

FeministFest: Indonesia

Who would have thought that the most populated Muslim country in the world would be bold enough to revive the Feminist Festival, once held over a decade ago? The Jakarta Feminists’ Discussion Group, consisting of feminists from all different background…

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Experiences

Shame

‘Our lives have been ruined, we cannot show our face in polite society, your sister’s marriage prospects were ruined, and your brother has been forever lost. Why did you do this to us? All to have fun roaming around with…

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Experiences

Can I wear this in Turkey?

I was born on the west coast of Turkey, in Izmir: one of the least conservative and most secular cities in Turkey. I was registered as a Muslim. That’s how it works in Turkey; as soon as you’re born, your…

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Opinions

“I had to eat with the dogs”

Historically, Afghan women have endured a sustained system of male domination that has objectified and oppressed them. This oppression is deeply rooted in Afghan culture. It penetrates every aspect of the everyday lives of Afghan women. One of the most…

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Experiences

The hairy side of beauty

After spending some of my pre-teen years in Karachi, Pakistan, I learnt that beauty was simple: fair meant beautiful, hairy meant ugly.  This is an inconvenient truth, that can be corroborated by most South Asian and Middle-Eastern women. The goal…

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Experiences

Purdah

Purdah means to seclude oneself from others, to wear enveloping clothing, to veil; it also means curtains. Burqa, niqab and hijab are all forms of the practice of Purdah. My interest in Purdah was activated after a powerful visual encounter…

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