Friday Links | June 6, 2014

Puel women in a village outside Bambari, Central African Republic. The Puel are predominantly Muslim and therefore are often attacked by Christian Anti-Balaka militia. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

The sister of the pregnant Pakistani woman Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death in broad daylight outside a court house last week, says that the husband of her sister is guilty of the murder. The initial story was that the father of the victim had killed her for not marrying a man of his choosing. Last Wednesday Farzana's husband and brother were arrested. On Thursday, Pakistani police issued a statement that Farzana Parveen wasn't pregnant when she was murdered. On Thursday, 18-year-old … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 23, 2014

Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim, who has recently released a new CD.  [Source].

Al Jazeera profiles Tuareg singer Fatimata Oumarr.Christian and Muslim girls from northern Nigeria talk about the risks they face in attending school.A Uyghur woman living in the United States pays tribute to her father, who is currently imprisoned in China.Syria Deeply interviews a Damascus woman who runs an orphanage about the increasing number of children orphaned and abandoned because of the war in Syria.A new IRIN short film called The Sins of the Fathers features the work of … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 16, 2014

A Muslim woman walking away after casting her vote at a polling station in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images [source].

A new ad for a fashion label features a man in a burqa (oops, just spoiled the ending!)The photographer whose photos of girls from Guinea-Bissau were used as part of campaigns related to the girls kidnapped in Nigeriawrites about how African girls are not, in fact, interchangeable.A Feminist Wire piece by Rochelle Terman looks at the problems with Ayaan Hirsi Ali's portrayals of Muslim societies and Muslim women.Teenage Muslim girls from Indonesia, Yemen, Mali, Pakistan, Nigeria, and … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 9, 2014

Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, outside the defense headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Editor's note: Anneke is taking a break from the Friday Links at the moment because she has just given birth to her third child.  We wish her and her family all the best, and I apologise that the links will not be nearly as extensive in Anneke's absence!The situation of the more than 200 girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria has gotten increasing attention this week, both in mainstream media and on social media.  Many have focused on condemning the kidnapping and en … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 25, 2014

Another week, more elections. A Libyan woman holds up her ink-stained finger after voting in the municipal elections in the city of Benghazi. Image by Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

A new campaign aimed at discouraging young British Muslims to go to Syria to fight, is now asking Muslim women to play an active role in convincing their male family members to stay put. Mistrust of the police among Muslim women, however, makes that many women would be afraid to report their family members, one activist says.Unlike past elections, the number of female candidates for the upcoming Iraqi elections is actually quite promising and some are hopeful that this will actually mean … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 18, 2014

An internally displaced Muslim woman in the Central African Republic lies in a house in the town of Boda, after she lost her six-day-old baby just a day previously. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The predominantly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey has the highest number of female mayors after the March 30 elections, partly because of a quota for women in the popular pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). One of the new female mayors in this region is former child bride Berivan Kilic.The controversial draft law in Iraq that would allow 9-year-old Shi'ite girls to get married has stirred controversy all over the world, but according to experts it is unlikely that this bill … [Read more...]

Friday Links | April 11, 2014

Bosnian Mejra Dzogaz prays near the graves of her family members at the Memorial Centre in Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where over 6,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre have been buried. Image by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Indonesia had its elections last Wednesday. This time around, parties had to ensure that 30 percent of their candidates were female, but in a country notorious for its corruption, many of these female candidates come from political dynasties or are celebrities; it is even suggested that to become a female candidate not much more is required than to be gorgeous and have some claim to "fame." Still, women remain hopeful that something will change as a result of this election and the higher quota … [Read more...]


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