“The veiled woman is not silent, passive or uncreative. Yet she is turned into a symbol against her will and various forces are applied to her: oppression, disgust, pity, patronage, lust, judgements and presumptions of all kinds.”
Western ignorance towards Arab women is critically analysed in this blog post.
Read more at Huffington Post.
More than two years after Egypt's populist revolution in which men, women and people from all across the social and age spectrum revolted to put an end to the 30 year old regime of Mubarak under the motto "bread, freedom, social justice" it is worth examining what this social and political upheaval has meant for the status of women in Egypt.
Read more at Global Arab Network.
At age 32, Moroccan journalist Fedwa Misk is the founder and editor in chief of the women’s webzine “Quandisha”. On her website, she lets Moroccan women speak freely about subjects that really matter to them. Misk made enemies since the launch of “Quandisha”, but to her, it is a small price to pay for women’s equality in Morocco.
Read the interview with Misk at World Policy. Article in Danish about Misk and Quandisha at Global Voices.
Humanitarian activist Yara al-Wazir reflects on feminism and religion:
“As a 20-year old refugee, foreign student, activist, engineer, and Muslim Arab woman, I’ve spent the majority of my life belonging to the minority-of-the-minorities group. I’ve been sidelined by society, jobs, and even at one point healthcare; however, never have I ever thought that baring my chest and storming naked into a Mosque, a place of holy worship would solve any of my issues.”
Read more at Al Arabiya.