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Fighting FGM in Senegal

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Interviews

“Our world needs plenty of healing”

An interview with Dr. Azza KaramDr. Azza Karam serves as the senior advisor on social and cultural development at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She is the first woman Secretary-General of Religions for Peace International and the lead facilitator…

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Opinions

Defined by myself alone

I am a Muslim woman living in a country where Islam is the official religion, though according to the constitution this does not make it officially an Islamic state. I confess that practising my faith can be a challenge. It…

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Experiences

Rose-coloured glasses

On anxiety in Autumn. “perhaps  I don’t deserve nice things cause I am paying for sins I don’t remember” – rupi kaur These past few months, I’ve been putting everything down to tiredness or quite frankly, exhaustion. Guilty of always…

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Inspirations

Tazeen Ahmad 1971-2019

You need courage to do vulnerability. But research shows the rewards are huge: compassion, self-respect, assertiveness, laughter, deeper connections, less isolation, oh, and inner peace – Tazeen Ahmad Farah Tazeen Ahmad was a journalist, presenter and writer, and one of…

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Inspirations

Hawa Jibril 1920-2011

We are the ones who raised the flag on high God gave it to us, and we were the agents But we will lose it if we do not stand up in its defence. Awake, Sisters! A long struggle awaits…

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Interviews

Memories of colour

Interview with Reem Tariq el Mutwali Dr Reem el Mutwali is an interior designer, scholar and creator of an archive of Arab textiles. sister-hood asked her about her life, her work, and her new project, the Zay Initiative. You’ve talked…

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Poetry

Undercover

Walking down the road, they see me as a secret, as a question with no answers. And while sitting on the bus, in between their talk, I am always there. And on the way to the restaurant or the nearby…

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Inspirations

Sattareh Farman Farmaian 1921-2012

Human beings are like parts of a body, created from the same essence. When one part is hurt and in pain, the others cannot remain in peace and be quiet. – Motto of the Tehran School of Social Work, 1958-1979…

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Interviews

A force for change

Interview with Anne Aly Anne Aly represents the electorate of Cowan as the first Muslim parliamentarian in Australia. She is a professor, lecturer and academic specialising in counter-terrorism and the founder of People Against Violent Extremism (PaVE). sister-hood asked her…

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Experiences

A child discovering Islam

My ten-year-old son has become inquisitive about Islam. He is slowly discovering it through my answers to his questions, through books and mostly through the Internet. There is only so much I can tell him though. What I really want…

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Experiences

Morning, 12th July

10am I’ve fallen again. I don’t know what happens overnight. I go to sleep feeling strong and I wake up wanting my life to be over. Is it my period? A part of me knows I will overcome. Yet a…

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Experiences

Women have to find fulfillment

While scrolling on social media this morning, I came across a speech that I was deeply moved by. It was given by the actress Glenn Close as she was awarded a Golden Globe this year. Her speech was directed to…

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Inspirations

Queen Amina of Hausaland c. 1533-1610

Strange things have happened in the history of the seven Hausa States, and most strange of these is the extent of the possessions which God gave to Aminatu, daughter of the ruler of Zazzau. She waged war in the Hausa…

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Interviews

A piece of me

Sara Elgamal’s documentary A Piece of Me follows three survivors of FGM who are campaigning against the practice. FGM is a very sensitive topic to explore. What made you decide to take on the challenge? I initially went into this…

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