Homeland Insecurities: Nel Hedayat and Afghanistan

The BBC documentary Women, Weddings, War and Me follows 21-year-old British Afghan Nel Hedayat (pictured below) as she returns to Afghanistan 15 years after she and her family left.The accompanying article was my first exposure to Hedayat’s experience there, and it provides a different perspective than the documentary did. The article came across as another replay of the broken record of dual British Muslim identities and the experience of women in non-Western countries as unrelentingly t … [Read more...]

The Afghan Women Tug of War

This was written by Frau Sally Benz and originally published at Feministe.Earlier this week, GRITtv posted an interview with a woman from RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. I wanted to post the video for you all to watch and just say a few things that came to mind as I was watching.For those who can’t watch the video, here’s a quick summary: Zoya (that’s not her real name) talks about how RAWA predicted that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan would fail. They … [Read more...]

One Afghan Woman’s Words: Malalai Joya’s Book Tour

Malalai Joya, an Afghan activist for women's rights (and many other things), was in Toronto tonight on a cross-Canada tour to promote her new book, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.  For those unfamiliar with her story, the book description is as follows: Malalai Joya has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country's powerful NATO-backed warlords. She … [Read more...]

Behind the Globe and Mail’s Coverage of Women in Kandahar: Part 2

This is my second post covering the Globe and Mail's series on women in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  My first post examined the title and introductions to the project; this post will look at the online footage of the ten interviews that were conducted for the series.  There is more to the project than what is covered in my two posts, so explore it yourselves, and let me know if you think I missed anything important.I totally missed the pun in the title of my first post covering this series: s … [Read more...]

Behind the Globe and Mail’s Coverage of Women in Kandahar: Part 1

This post is the first of two that will analyze the recent Globe and Mail series on women in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  While the series included segments in print and broadcast media, my focus here is on the multimedia online section, accessible through the Globe and Mail's website.  Today's post will be an overview of some of the introductory aspects of the series; next week, I will focus more on the content and the discussions with actual Afghan women.When I first saw the Globe and Mail’s ser … [Read more...]

“It’s interesting to have a burqa”

The Western fascination with the burqa has crept up again in a new and mind-boggling way. A few months ago, I wrote about the Charming Burka, an art piece that used Bluetooth technology to take people "behind the burqa" by showing them a photo of the woman underneath.Now? Just in time for the Christmas season, you can buy little decorative burqas for your wine bottles.Yes, I just used the words "burqa" and "wine" in the same sentence. But that's actually the less bizarre part of … [Read more...]

The liberating catwalk

This post was written by Sahar and originally published at Nuseiba.Last week was ‘Fashion Week’ here in New Zealand, where both emerging and established designers show off their ‘creation’ on long impressive catwalks; a moment of ego basking in the glory of all of New Zealand’s fashionistas. Not surprisingly, I hadn’t taken much notice of this ridiculous display of unnecessary expenses; shamelessly paraded before its admiring audience, until I was notified to check out an article in our natio … [Read more...]