Friday Links | June 27, 2014

A Mauritanian woman shields her child from the wind. Mauritania had presidential elections on June 21st. Image by Joe Penney/Reuters

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...]

Friday Links | June 20, 2014

Iraqi Shi'ite women show their support for the Iraqi army in Najaf. Image by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

One Muslim women's group in India has drafted a set recommendations to codify Muslim Personal Laws, calling for the abolishment of oral divorce and polygamy.In a Senegalese fishing town, mothers and wives of illegal migrants who died on their way to Europe have started an association, which creates financial opportunities for these "sea widows" and speaks out against illegal migration.A young Afghan couple has been released from custody by the police; the couple was facing death threats … [Read more...]

Friday Links | June 13, 2014

An Afghan woman checks her phone after an election campaign in Kabul. Afghanistan's second round of the presidential election will take place on June 14. Image by Ahmad Masood/Reuters

An ongoing summit on ending sexual violence in conflict has resulted in a spike of articles about the topic. The Guardian features an article on a project that addresses sexism and sexual violence in Kosovo among young men. One young Bosnian woman shares her life story as a child, that was conceived during the war through rape. During the months of April and May 39 women and girls from Kalma camp in Southern Darfur were victims of rape. Most rapes occurred while the women and girls were c … [Read more...]

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...]