Articulating The Muslim Female Experience: An Interview With Tayyibah Taylor

Articulating The Muslim Female Experience: An Interview With Tayyibah Taylor

Sarah Farrukh – Altmuslimah – Wednesday, 24 September 2014 (originally published 05 Sept) Today we remember the life of an extraordinary individual who strove for the accurate representation of Muslim women, Tayyibah Taylor. Ms. Taylor inspired people from all walks of life, leaving her legacy with the award-winning publication, Azizah Magazine. She was a trailblazer […]

Barrier-free Storytelling

Barrier-free Storytelling

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – WNN Interviews (WNN/RFE/RL) Istanbul, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish novelist, who writes in both English and Turkish. She has published 13 books, including “The Bastard of Istanbul,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “Honor,” and her nonfiction memoir “Black Milk,” an account of her struggle with post-partum […]

In Afghanistan divorce is always the woman's fault

In Afghanistan divorce is always the woman's fault

Spogmay Waziri Kakar – WNN Improve It (WNN) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In Afghan society marriages are supposed to last for life. The divorce rate is low. But when a marriage does fail, it is always the woman’s fault. Statements such as “She should have compromised” or “She should have listened to her husband” […]

The Right to Self-Determination and the Charter of Values

The Right to Self-Determination and the Charter of Values

Michael Wrobel – The Link – Thursday, 06 February 2014 (originally published 04 Feb) Quebec feminists and other progressive forces are currently confronted with an “important philosophical dilemma” in the debate surrounding the wearing of religious symbols, says self-described Muslim feminist and social justice activist Leila Bdeir. A founding member of the Collective des féministes […]

Muslim Women: Movers and Shakers Fight for Women’s Rights

Muslim Women: Movers and Shakers Fight for Women’s Rights

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy – Huffington Post – Friday, 10 January 2014 (originally published 10 Jan) As we herald 2014 with hopes for peace, prosperity and harmony, I look into the crystal ball and identify a short list of contemporary Muslim women change makers — locally, nationally and globally. The six Muslim women track the challenges their […]

Don’t tell Muslim women what to wear

Don’t tell Muslim women what to wear

Frida Ghitis – CNN – Thursday, 07 November 2013 (originally published  04 Nov) (CNN) — When a police officer demanded that she cover her hair, Amira Osman Hamed simply refused. “I’m Muslim, and I’m not going to cover my head,” she declared. For that, the 35-year-old Sudanese engineer was arrested last August and charged with […]

France denies burqa rights as Canadian Muslim women enjoy more religious freedom

France denies burqa rights as Canadian Muslim women enjoy more religious freedom

Elsa Rizkallah – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/CGN) Montreal, CANADA, AMERICAS: As the burqa controversy continues to make headlines in France, it is worth examining what France could learn from Canada, which has worked to reconcile freedom of religion with national security and women rights. Bills banning the burqa – a garment that fully covers […]

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