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Happy New Year for India and the World!

So, the old year is over, and what a year it was! With Saudi women fighting for the right to drive, Afghanistan having its first female air force…

In Words We Meet #2

Ask a random group of people what country has the strictest laws or customs for its women and there’s a great chance they’ll name Afghanistan. No wonder, with…

Talkin’ bout a (sexual) revolution

Image of today’s protests in Izmir, taken by Turkish Dutch writer Özkan Gölpinar Powerful on so many levels:

Female Firsts

Not much time to update this week, but don’t want you to miss out on a few choice bits of news. For today, here’s two firsts. To start…

Love, you’re doing it wrong

Some days ago we were discussing the plight of gays, lesbians and transgenders with a few of our Iranian colleagues. One of them had an issue to raise:…

Happy International Anti Homophobia Day!

Here’s a few (lack of) homo tolerance stories you might be interested in. First off, did you hear about the Egyptian activists who not only turned homophobic graffiti…

Useful tips to avoid rape

Last week we posted the news of Cairo ladies getting schooled in Karate to fight off harassers. Here’s some other tips we’ve dug up from the internet that…

Men Dressing Up as Women (For Social Change!)

Last week we sang the praises of Kurdesh men dressing up as women in support of the women’s rights movement. In case you didn’t know about them here’s…

Yellow Fever

Some years ago a Dutch girl who saw me perform with my band asked me out. When we did the mail/SMS/social media dance to get to know each…

Taqwacore

How often does a writer imagine a scene, and by imagining it, the scene becomes reality? At least once. The American Muslim Michael Knight who grew up with…