Rejected (Muslim) Princesses: awesomely offbeat women in history

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If you're our regular reader, you know that mainstream media sorely lacks female characters who have a range of emotions, abilities and ambitions - in other words: real women.Children's animated films are of no exception. It was only in 2009 that Disney introduced its first Disney princess of colour, black princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. More recently, Princess Elsa of Frozen (2013) was lauded for being a "complex and contentious heroine" by the Feminist Wire. But most cha … [Read more...]

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Normally, I jump at the chance to speak at women’s conferences and participate in any way that will allow me to speak about my advocacy and organization around Women in sport. As a Muslimah living in the Toronto area, I have been very fortunate to be in a region that is bursting with female scholarship of varying degrees and community initiatives by intrepid women. There are tremendous organizations and groups that give nods to Muslim women and their expertise in journalism, health and wellness, … [Read more...]

Peace in Aloneness: Muslim Women in the Ivory Tower

For the last month, I have been looking into the literature on discrimination in academia, reading books with titles such as Making Our Voices Heard: Women of Color in Academia and Overcoming Adversity in Academia: Stories from Generation X Faculty. At the same time, I have been attending a course intended to teach academic teachers how to teach in higher education.The experience has left me thinking over my situation, as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman in the ivory tower. For a long time I … [Read more...]

Friday Links | December 5, 2014

A Crimean Tatar bride getting married in traditional attire. The Crimean Tatars have resisted the Russian annexation and say that their community has been harassed and detained by the Russian authorities. Image by Denis Sinyakov/Al Jazeera.

Last Wednesday was the funeral of Tugce Albayrak, a German woman of Turkish descent who died of her injuries after she intervened in the harassment of two girls, and was in turn attacked herself. May God grant her everlasting peace.Indian presenter Gauhar Khan was slapped during a live televised show for wearing revealing clothing, not deemed appropriate for a Muslim woman.Senegal's abortion law is one of the most strict in Africa, resulting in women and girls taking drastic measures to … [Read more...]

The Latest on the Headscarf “Situation” in Switzerland

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The Swiss federal government gives a lot of leeway to cantons, cities and even schools and professional associations (for those of you who remember the Sura al Shawk case, where the original decision of basketball association, Probasket, was allowed to stand by the courts) to decide their hijab policies on a case-by-case basis.So despite having a nationwide minaret ban (which isn't as much about Islam as it appears on the surface), unlike in France, there is no national headscarf "law" in … [Read more...]

Friday Links | November 21, 2014

Finalists of the World Muslimah Competition pose for a selfie in front of the Borobudur temple on Java, Indonesia. Image by Adek Berry/AFP

Women in Iraq's Anbar province have come together to form "Women of Justice," a group aimed to fight ISIL. Meanwhile an article on Global Voices Online suggests that many remain "obsessed" with the Kurdish female fighters. Yet another article tries to explain why women would join ISIL, and the Canadian government called for proposals for a study on the same topic. A Dutch mother travelled to Syria to help her daughter escape from ISIL, after she left the Netherlands to join the group earlier t … [Read more...]

Stability and Sustainability: Interview with Dr Hawa Abdi

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It is a calm and cool afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya, when I catch up with Dr Hawa Abdi over Skype. After working hard in Mogadishu’s difficult circumstances with her two physician daughters Deqo and Amina Mohamed, she sometimes comes to Nairobi to rest and relax. Speaking over a passable internet connection, our conversation is peppered with silences, as our words travel between Kenya and Singapore. 68 year-old Dr Abdi, affectionately known by Somalis as Mama Hawa, is more than Somalia’s first gyn … [Read more...]


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