A Designer’s Game About Arranged Marriages, Inspired by Her Own Journey

August 28, 2017 9:45 am0 comments
A Designer’s Game About Arranged Marriages, Inspired by Her Own Journey

Five years ago, designer and illustrator Nashra Balagamwala left Pakistan for the United States to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, and to avoid an arranged marriage. Now her student visa has run out, and she’s crowdfunding a game about arranged marriages on Kickstarter. It’s partly a way to fund her escape […]

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Protesting In Style: Muslim Designers and Brands Turn To Fashion For Making A Political Statement

August 21, 2017 8:01 pm1 comment
Protesting In Style: Muslim Designers and Brands Turn To Fashion For Making A Political Statement

For Hoda Katebi, her fashion choices meant standing up for herself. Katebi, an Iranian-American, Muslim blogger was bullied in school for her Hijab and never reported those incidents fearing rejection. After her trip to her ancestral homeland, Iran, Katebi’s views changed and she started her website ‘Joojoo Azad’ (Free Bird) […]

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This Afghan Refugee Is About to Become the Youngest Female Pilot to Fly Around the World

July 14, 2017 12:12 pm0 comments
This Afghan Refugee Is About to Become the Youngest Female Pilot to Fly Around the World

Shaesta Waiz’s life began in a refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan as her family was fleeing the Soviet-Afghan war. Now, 29 years later, Waiz has returned to her birth nation as the first female certified civilian pilot born in Afghanistan. To read more, click here. 

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How #whitewednesdays aims to give Iranian women a voice

July 7, 2017 1:25 pm0 comments
How #whitewednesdays aims to give Iranian women a voice

Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in Iran wearing white headscarves or white clothing as part of a growing online protest. To read more, click here. 

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Women carve an identity in Algerian politics

June 29, 2017 1:16 pm0 comments
Women carve an identity in Algerian politics

A general election was held in Algeria on May 4, and although the turnout was low — only 35 per cent of the eligible 23 million Algerians cast ballots — women now sit in 118 of the 462 seats of the People’s National Assembly. It’s a proportion of female deputies […]

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: ‘I know there will be an attempt to silence me’

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: ‘I know there will be an attempt to silence me’

Her films about ‘honour’ killings and acid attacks won Oscars – and caused fury in Pakistan. How will her latest work, an uncompromising look at lives wrecked by the partition of India, be received? To read more, click here. 

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How Economic Reform Will Help Women Drive In Saudi Arabia

June 23, 2017 11:33 am0 comments
How Economic Reform Will Help Women Drive In Saudi Arabia

I recently watched Wonder Woman, and the overall theme of the movie hit home. One quote particularly resonated and reminded me of the battle Saudi women face for our rights… The battle will never be fair. To read more, click here. 

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Punjab Has Just Announced Free Education For Girls From Nursery To PhD

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Punjab Has Just Announced Free Education For Girls From Nursery To PhD

Making the announcement on Monday Capt. Singh said free textbooks will be provided to all students in government schools from the next academic session. To read more, click here. 

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Afghan women break ground with TV station launch

June 16, 2017 1:18 pm2 comments
Afghan women break ground with TV station launch

A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men. Zan TV (“Women’s TV”) launches on Sunday with a staff of all female presenters and producers, […]

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Hijab-Wearing Model Halima Aden Covers Vogue Arabia

June 2, 2017 2:52 pm1 comment
Hijab-Wearing Model Halima Aden Covers Vogue Arabia

Vogue Arabia has made a major step forward for hijab-inclusive fashion after revealing Somali-American model Halima Aden as their latest cover star. The magazine, which has only been available in print for the last three months, previously featured an interview with the 19-year-old model in its April edition, but have […]

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