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COVID-19 and mental health

We are in the midst of something none of us have ever experienced before. It’s challenging to know the right thing to do. The measures taken to prevent further spread of COVID-19, such as lock-down practices, might seem extreme. However,…

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Interviews

Nazir Afzal: Speaking out

This is the first part of a four part interview by Sadia Humayan with Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor and activist for women and children’s rights. Nazir Afzal OBE, the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for Northwest England, has his…

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Poetry

Woman

Here I am with Women Of all shapes, sizes, all colours and creeds Today we are stood together Against all atrocities against women Violence, domestic abuse, rage and pain Of a 100 nations in a 100 languages Read, spoken, heard…

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Opinions

Religion and COVID-19

Orthodox religious communities around the world have refused to comply with government instructions requiring people to stay home and avoid all possible social interaction despite the coronavirus crisis. This reckless attitude is causing a faster spread of the potentially fatal…

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Corona-diary

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini has been following the coronavirus outbreak. Corona Diary: Entry 5 Week? Another one just went by. The days and nights ebb and flow. When they flow it seems almost normal. There is a structure. I get up, I dress, I make…

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Reviews

Rape is a weapon of war

Review: Our Bodies, Their Battleground Rape, argues Christina Lamb, is a weapon of war as deadly as the Kalashnikov. Unlike the Kalashnikov, rape has the advantage of costing nothing. Rape serves as a reward for the troops and gang rape…

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Poetry

Self Love

Eye liner on fleekFigure so slender and sleekStarving, in the name of dietingApart from threading and waxing Wearing painful high heelsNo matter how she feelsReal eyelashes falling off with mascaraSpending hours and hours in the spa Straight hair, makeup fairTo…

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Inspirations

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim 1933-2017

In parliament, we demanded complete equality for working women. In 1969 women received the same rights when it came to earnings, pension and working conditions. In addition, we also demanded that women be appointed judges of the Islamic faith. And…

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Opinions

Fundamentalism kills!

The past few days, my WhatsApp group has been filled with news about COVID-19. People are apparently choosing to ignore public announcements warning them to stay at home by choosing to attend a mass gathering instead. One of these was…

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COVID-19: Humanity on display

Silver linings to a virus-shaped cloud Yes, COVID-19 may be causing us fear, uncertainty, isolation, sickness and even fatalities, but I have also been absolutely overwhelmed by the simultaneous expressions of humanity, faith, care, and concern. I have been overwhelmed…

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Reviews

Girl with a Gun

Review Girl with a Gun begins with a startling vignette of Iranian life in the 1960s. A wedding in the Kurdistan region unfolds over the traditional three days of festivities: hands are painted with henna, women visit the public baths,…

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Poetry

Fair and Lovely

Every morning I unscrew the pink and white tube my grandmother stuffed inside my suitcase as I left her home in Delhi. Her words still ringing inside my ears, “don’t forget to use your Fair & Lovely! A girl of…

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Hope, humanity and COVID-19

As I ponder the Covid-19 pandemic, I can only humbly defer to intellectuals who addressed epidemics through fiction. I think of The Plague by Albert Camus (1947), where the town of Oran in Algeria is slowly overtaken by an epidemic….

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Interviews

Najmun Nahar: All around the world

Known as the ‘Flag Girl’, Najmun Nahar is in the process of visiting every country in the world, taking the flag of her native Bangladesh with her. She’s won numerous awards, including one from feminist magazine Ananya in Bangladesh and…

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