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Video interview with activist Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein is a psychotherapist and social activist against FGM working with many organisations challenging the practice and supporting survivors in the UK. Leyla talks to sister-hood in an open and touching conversation that covers the devastating effects of FGM…

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Experiences

Gaza Stories

Women’s accounts of life and death in Gaza.   Fida by Samah Sokar  ‘Not long ago you were beside me. Where did you go? Your place became vacant and now I am alone waiting for nobody. No one will visit me;…

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Video interview with Alya Al-Sultani

Alya Al-Sultani is a vocalist and composer who grew up in Tottenham, London, as the daughter of parents who had fled Iraq. She talks to sister-hood about the immigrant experience, the importance of music in her life, and the difficulties…

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Opinions

Queen Tarzi’s legacy

We have all seen them: black and white pictures of ‘liberated’ Afghan women in miniskirts walking through the streets of Kabul. They challenge stereotypical depictions of women’s oppression, and elicit a warm and nostalgic mirage of the old, ‘free’ Afghanistan….

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Opinions

The exclusion of women in Jordan

Despite efforts to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women, the wage-gap, limited social mobility, restricted ownership and agency, poverty, poor political participation, health issues, male violence, and the infanticide of girl children remain challenges in the Arab world. To…

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Poetry

A memory of Ethiopia

She stood at the entrance of the garden. She was tall, very slim, her skin of dark amber. She delicately wrapped her long cloth around her, the sound of chimes giving away the presence of a few silver bangles. She…

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Poetry

Hunger prayers

  We see those empty bellied stares Through a screen. And we barely care. Dissociate, we separate, our emotions, abdicate. But take away our sustenance, The tempting calls of gluttonous, Taste the pangs of abstinence, To ignite the spirit of…

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Experiences

Welcoming Eid

Many Eid moon-phases ago, I was a new Muslim convert. I have gone to several Eid events during those lunar phases. And like the moon changes, time has changed some of my views on such joyous events. I still attend…

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Videos

Video interview with Baroness Warsi

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi tells her story to sister-hood: from growing up as the daughter of a mill-worker in a working-class community in the north of England, to gaining a seat on the UK cabinet. With support from her parents, Sayeeda…

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Experiences

A widow’s life

Pashtun women receive an inferior education and no share in a family’s inheritance. Marriage contracts do not entitle them to any money. Women must depend upon men. Men must do everything: a man provides all the shopping and household goods,…

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Reviews

Terror princesses and mourning mothers

‘Women and Terrorism: A gendered study’ review What makes a woman jeopardise her life and the lives of her children through engaging in violent extremism? The most common answers claim she is weak, manipulated or brain-washed, but these are superficial,…

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Experiences

Not a girl

For more than 10 years now, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with what I consider to be the ‘half-adult status of women in Jordan’. I wrote this post with a lot of anger and passion! I feel I need to re-stress…

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Experiences

The women’s circle

In a prayer room at an Islamic Centre in Downtown Manhattan, 20 women sit in a circle. They’re a mix of housewives, high school teachers, graduate students, mothers. Some wear headscarves and some don’t. Some are recent converts; others were…

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Experiences

Where’s the respect

I just got back from speaking at a prestigious event organised by one of the most powerful organisations in the world. They invited me to talk to students as a role model for young people and a change-maker in my…

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Inspirations

Leyla Mammadbeyova (1909-1989)

Leyla Alasgar qizi Mammadbeyova, born Leyla Zeynalova, was the first female pilot in the Caucusus, Southern Europe and Middle Eastern region, as well as being a flight instructor who trained many other pilots. Mammadbeyova was famous across her native Azerbaijan,…

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