Friday Links | September 12, 2014

News that Scottish student Aqsa Mahmood has joined ISIS in Syria shocked many, but she isn't the only woman to do so. The Guardian features an article on the reasons why young women choose to go to Syria and what kind of life they are living there.Human Rights Watch reports that African Union peacekeepers in Somalia have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on two bases in the capital Mogadishu. Somalia has said that it will investigate the charges. Sare Davutoglu … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 25, 2014

The attack on Gaza continues; among the hundreds of victims and wounded are many women and children. Asmaa el-Helou initially survived the attack on her home, but succumbed to her severe injuries later this week. Her father, mother, brothers and sisters had already died from the attack. One reporter shares her experience being around women in Gaza, and seems surprised that they are "so kind."Domestic violence remains a widespread problem in Turkey, but the conservative, patriarchal … [Read more...]

Ramadan Blues and Mommy Guilt

This past May, I was blessed to give birth to a beautiful baby boy. It took a bit of adjusting, but as we already have two girls, I do view myself as a slightly experienced parent and as such, I was prepared. I knew what to expect, kind of. Compared to my previous experiences, this time has been a breeze, thank God. Baby eats well, my body has been healing well, and I have been able to sleep quite a bit. Not enough, but quite a bit. What I wasn’t prepared for, however, is the spiritual wasteland … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 18, 2014

July 11 was World Population Day, and for this occasion IPS featured an article on early marriage and teen pregnancy in Pakistan. Meanwhile rights activists in Pakistan are fighting a losing battle to end child marriages, which affects both girls and boys.The BBC speaks to several female Kurdish fighters, who are taking on ISIS in Iraq.The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East are the cause of much suffering among women in the region.According to UNICEF, child marriages among Syrian … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 11, 2014

As Israel continues its offensive on Gaza, the death toll is rising fast; many of them are women and children.Nigeria's military has released the news that it has arrested several female Boko Haram recruiters. As well, about 60 women escaped their presumed Boko Haram captors earlier this week. The escaped women were captured mid-June of this year; the hundreds of girls captured in April remain missing.The UNHCR has published a report on Syria's refugee women titled Woman Alone: The Fight … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 4, 2014

Human Rights Watch has issued a report on how the war in Syria has affected women.Several human rights organisations accuse Egypt of allowing (sexual) abuse and torture to be used against its female prisoners, despite the promise to fight sexual harassment. Recently, Egypt adopted a new law that makes sexual harassment punishable by law, but during the month of Ramadan it is somehow seen as offensive to address the issue of sexual harassment.More than half of the Islamophobic attacks in … [Read more...]

Friday Links | June 27, 2014

The crisis in Iraq continues and worsens; last week a female (Sunni) politician was killed while fighting ISIS. It has been reported that ISIS fighters meanwhile are looking for wives among the women that have stayed behind. A women's organization is trying to provide shelter to women who have been harmed and/or driven out of their homes.Last week a 20-year-old woman was gang-raped, killed and hanged from a tree in Pakistan's Punjab province.Since she is close to Boko Haram, lawyer Aisha … [Read more...]