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Volume 5

Our Mesopotamia: From the Ashes of Harvey Weinstein We Will Rise

Our Mesopotamia: From the Ashes of Harvey Weinstein We Will Rise

We need to feel bodily nauseated and aggrieved by all of those icons who built their careers while secretly/not-so-secretly using their power to devastate other, less powerful parties.

by × November 13, 2017 × 0 comments

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The Poetry of Turning Point: An Anthology of Work, Part II

The Poetry of Turning Point: An Anthology of Work, Part II

We have a little garden that I have seen die and come back alive. What will it be today? Will it look dry and wither away. Or will it be given a new life by those who care?

by × October 23, 2017 × 0 comments

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Comfort Women

Comfort Women

Referred to as Wianbu in Korean and “Comfort Women” in English, on August 14, 1991, a woman named Hak Soon Kim came forward to denounce the Japanese for the sexual enslavement of more than 200,000 women during World War II.

Volume 5

The Poetry of Turning Point: An Anthology of Work

The Poetry of Turning Point: An Anthology of Work

A visit to Los Angeles’ Skid Row, self-critique of the female form, and fighting with all you have to give your kids a better life. These are the poem’s by residents of Turning Point Shelter, a place for people in transition.

by × August 8, 2017 × 0 comments

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A Plea for Liberation

A Plea for Liberation

To be black, female, and strong. How is it possible in a world that edges her toward self-destruction instead of empowerment?

by × July 12, 2017 × 0 comments

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Illustration by Daniella Syakhirina.

Fragile Nation

I escaped an arranged marriage. Despite my parents not being religious, they had an expectation I would marry a Bangladeshi despite having migrated to Australia decades ago.

by × June 9, 2017 × 0 comments

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Graphic courtesy of the filmmaker

Islamagood! Pakistan and “Beauty Bites Beast”

When it comes to ending sexual assault, it’s not a binary issue: either men should stop raping women, or women should learn to defend themselves. The men who rape don’t care if you think they should stop assaulting you.

by × May 5, 2017 × 0 comments

Volume 5

Radical Love

Radical Love

The term “empowerment” has been co-opted to sell us everything from razor blades to shoes. All the while, the criticism of female behavior and the use of stereotypes to deny shared experience and humanity rages on.

by × April 5, 2017 × 0 comments

Volume 4

The Academy Awards: Sparkly, Sensational,  and Totally Sexist

The Academy Awards: Sparkly, Sensational, and Totally Sexist

The Oscars are still coming around to the fact that the world is indeed not seen only through white, male, heterosexual eyes.

by × March 7, 2017 × 0 comments

Volume 4

Community and Sisterhood via Cinema and Feminism

Community and Sisterhood via Cinema and Feminism

There is a relationship between cinema and human behavior that gives a filmmaker the power and privilege to mold subject matter for the purpose of transmitting a particular message.

by × February 7, 2017 × 0 comments

Volume 4

The Challenge to Change in the Gaza Strip

The Challenge to Change in the Gaza Strip

Dina made the bold decision to turn her pain, suffering, and bravery into something that would benefit other women and girls in her same situation. In December 2014, she founded Challenge to Change (C2C), a platform that helps women find their voice and turn their perceived weaknesses into strength.

by × January 17, 2017 × 0 comments

Volume 4

Beyond Books:  A New Kind of Storytelling

Beyond Books: A New Kind of Storytelling

We are all the sum of our parts, an amalgam of origin stories, myths, and fairytales. Every story we have heard and every story we have told ourselves, whispered or howled in the corners of our heads, becomes a thread in the fabric of our minds and our self concepts.

by × December 9, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 4

History’s Rejected Princesses:

History’s Rejected Princesses:

Rejected Princesses spun out of a conversation I had with colleagues at DreamWorks Animation after a bad clickbait article went around about how the Frozen girls were bad role models. We challenged each other to come up with way worse candidates for animated princess movies. Some of the ideas were so horrible I had to see them exist in some form.

by × November 9, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 4

The Feminist Spirit of the 70’s:

The Feminist Spirit of the 70’s:

We had to learn all the lady-like things. I went to dancing school, and I polished my nails—I was a good little Rochelle, but then there was Shelley who fought it.

by × October 9, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 4

Stories of Memory and Passion During the 1947 Partition of India

Stories of Memory and Passion During the 1947 Partition of India

As with any history of mass migration or social violence, where incomprehensible body counts blur lived experience, the task of interpreting and conveying how the struggle may have felt is an enormously important one.

by × September 9, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 4

A Heart for Refugees

A Heart for Refugees

After escaping from the horrors of war—women and children—making up to 80 percent of the inhabitants in refugee camps, are especially at risk of exploitation, dealing with sexual harassment, human trafficking, and violence.

by × August 8, 2016 × 0 comments

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Christine, 17 years old, already got married and already lost her first child when she was 16. Now she is 7 months pregnant and she is also taking care of her young sister 3 years old Mayron. Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014

Birth is a Dream

Maternal mortality and reproductive health are rarely-discussed social issues. Yet, women—mothers—die every day in a silent war. I have seen this with my own eyes.

by × July 8, 2016 × 0 comments

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Words from a Sage: Art as a Perpetual Balance

Words from a Sage: Art as a Perpetual Balance

Being a leader is something I was raised to embrace. My mom dressed me in an ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) onesie as a baby. She was never afraid to stand up for her opinions, and I was certainly encouraged to stand up for my beliefs.

by × June 8, 2016 × 0 comments

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A bride at a wedding in Kano, Northern Nigeria, stands apart from the guests, on  April 7, 2013. Male guests and female guests seldom mix in the conservative Islamic norther part of Nigeria.

Finding Beauty in the Face of Boko Haram

What happens to our understanding of other people and other places when the only thing we know is the worst thing that ever happened there? What if we also knew what kind of lipstick women wear, what a wedding looks like, and what they draw on the cover of their romance novels?

by × May 16, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 4

Love and the Islamic State

Love and the Islamic State

For anyone who has been in an addictive relationship, the line between insanity and passion can easily blur. Add religion or the search for spiritual relief to the mix and you stumble into territory that is understandably murky, but unfortunately all too common for women.

by × March 8, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 3

A New Feminist Movement?

A New Feminist Movement?

There is a need for female Muslim superheroes who actually deal with the real-life issues we face instead of fictional supervillains; because let’s face it, half of the things Muslim women have to deal with feel like they’ve been concocted by supervillains.

by × February 10, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

Women’s Shelters in Afghanistan

Women’s Shelters in Afghanistan

According to tribal codes, the penalty for fleeing one’s home without a male escort could be death; running from a marriage—especially taking one’s children with her—could result in an honor killing.

by × March 10, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

The Daughters of Abdul-Rahman

The Daughters of Abdul-Rahman

Men are not the road blocks, men are not our enemies. But the real threat for women are other women.

by × April 9, 2015 × 0 comments

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Shackled Sisters

Shackled Sisters

I wonder what you see when you pass a lady wearing a hijab in the street? Or when you see a plainly dressed Asian woman trying to manage a number of children as her husband strolls ahead? Some see these women as doormats, submissive and uneducated; others pity them; some even fear them.

by × May 14, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

Honor Killings: The Frightening Reality

Honor Killings: The Frightening Reality

Honor violence sheds light on the larger issues of gender inequality, and lack of free choice for women in some of these communities. Women themselves—not families and tribes—should own their bodies.

by × June 10, 2015 × 0 comments

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Divorce in dictionary

Freedom from Divorce

Once a man repeats the phrase talak three times, divorce can then be granted. The process can be much more complicated when it is the woman seeking to initiate legal and final separation.

by × July 8, 2015 × 0 comments

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The Bride of the Sea

The Bride of the Sea

While men could meet in the streets, mosques, or dimly lit hookah bars where their most intimate and personal conversations could be drowned out by the din of televisions broadcasting football games or the news, nowhere was it especially acceptable, safe, or comfortable for women to congregate in public.

by × August 18, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

What Monuments Will We Inspire?

What Monuments Will We Inspire?

Placing hope in my generation of women is a way of validating my own powerful existence. It is necessary for survival. How could I dare to hope for a better future if I fail to believe in the potential of others like myself?

by × September 9, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

Women of Purpose

Women of Purpose

Without the intense focus of surviving each day, my mind was flailing, seeking out enemies, wrongfully perceiving everything as a threat because that was what it was used to.

by × October 13, 2015 × 0 comments

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Repression & Radicalization

Repression & Radicalization

As a first-generation Pakistani American, I wonder whether the collective cultural identity forged by honor societies plays a role in the growing extremism among young Muslim men and women in the West.

by × November 12, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

Stop Acid Attacks

Stop Acid Attacks

In countries where acid attacks are more common, these violent acts are committed on a daily basis. As many as thousands of women are reportedly attacked each year; the actual number of these cases may even be double, since many go unreported.

by × December 17, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 3

The Half Widows in Kashmir

The Half Widows in Kashmir

In conflict zones men are celebrated, decorated, and revered for their heroism; women and children are often just referred to as the bystanders of the discord. Yet, the first and the last victims of war are always the women and the children. Due to this, they are also the torchbearers of change and progress.

by and × February 16, 2016 × 0 comments

Volume 2

The Village in Afghan Society

The Village in Afghan Society

When NATO pulls out of Afghanistan in entirety, the practical and simple skills, like midwifery or sewing, taught to the women in my village, will prove to be much more valuable than mathematics or a push toward village leadership.

by × February 12, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Banaz: A Love Story

Banaz: A Love Story

I understand what it is like when people want to silence your voice. At times, my choices have strayed from the acceptable moral norms afforded to women of my background.

by × March 10, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Islam, Irtad, & the Right to Life

Islam, Irtad, & the Right to Life

In a religion that has become culturally oppressive to women with disregard for the intended empowerment of women and choice accorded to them in the Qur‘an, it is urgent that we create awareness about the protection of the basic and human rights of women: The right to life and the right of self-expression in its various forms.

by × April 8, 2014 × 0 comments

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Kurdish Women: No Way Back

Kurdish Women: No Way Back

The most sustainable way to defend women’s rights is to acknowledge that they are more than victims suffering in silence or those who mourn the dead. They are also actors with powerful voices.

by × March 8, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

End Corruption and Mysogyny

End Corruption and Mysogyny

Oppression, especially when undercover and covert, is often perpetuated in the very places where promises are made to eradicate this social ill: in the halls of government, from the mouths of elected or appointed officials, and in the content of public policy, for example.

by × June 10, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Ideology vs. Islam

Ideology vs. Islam

Many people, including Muslims, believe that Islam permits child marriage. As a result of this misconception, Islam is dismissed by non-Muslims as a medieval, oppressive, and illogical religion. Those Muslims who possess little knowledge of the Qur‘an defend and support child marriage as a tenet of their faith

by × July 8, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Education Through Film

Education Through Film

The excessive attention placed on a woman’s purity by her religious-cultural community does not align with the practices and customs of modern democratic societies. This creates a gap that leaves room for the atrocities of honor crimes.

by × August 11, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan

Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan

The sexual culture of Pakistan is fascinating, reflecting a deep patriarchy. While women observe purdah (veiling and segregation from men) at home, Punjabi men, mostly of lower social strata, flock regularly to sexual innuendo-filled theaters without any moral qualms.

by × September 9, 2014 × 0 comments

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Making Muted Voices Heard

Making Muted Voices Heard

During the weekly shuras between U.S. forces and village elders, whenever questions on the status of women in the villages arose, tension mounted among the local men. This was perhaps due to a tribal and religiously orthodox chauvinism that seemed to assert that, in a business-like meeting between two male parties, women’s issues are not of importance.

by × October 8, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

It is known throughout Iran that one is not allowed to argue with the morality police, such a transgression can lead to imprisonment or even a death sentence. “I thought it was my last day,” the woman said heavily.

by × November 11, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Dark is Divine

Dark is Divine

Dark Is Divine aims to rid society of the mindset that beauty comes only in white. It is a campaign that aims to transform Asia into a region where dark skin color is embraced as readily as light, to the point that the color of a woman’s skin ultimately has no importance.

by × December 9, 2014 × 0 comments

Volume 2

Feminist Films

Feminist Films

To reach the masses, films representing women should neither adopt an elitist approach nor opt for a mundane, superficial, and banal way of conveying themes.

by × January 12, 2015 × 0 comments

Volume 1

When Women Break Down

When Women Break Down

In conflict, every fiber of a mother’s sense of being shudders into protective overdrive. She will push herself across her limits in order to defend her family, and to keep her men and children away from the fighting. This instinct knits societies together while so many of the other structures of civil and civic order collapse.

by × February 11, 2013 × 0 comments

Volume 1

The Bride Price in Afghanistan

The Bride Price in Afghanistan

The bride price sparked competition between Zeba’s mother and aunt. Whose daughter was worth more? Zeba’s mother won the battle this round, but kept in mind that Zeba’s dowry set the precedent for future daughters.

by × March 8, 2013 × 0 comments

Volume 1

Media and the Law

Media and the Law

In Morocco, the laws will have to adjust to deal with the fact that women are building and supporting households, equal to their male counterparts. But developing a culture in which men and women are viewed as having equal human rights instead of one that holds the belief that a man is the one “who commands and should be obeyed” is very challenging.

by × April 8, 2013 × 0 comments

Volume 1

Islam and Women’s Rights

Islam and Women’s Rights

Apologetic literature struggles, and seldom succeeds, to reconcile the gross abuse of women in many Muslim-majority societies with claims that Islam provides for and upholds the rights of women. The fact is, Islam teaches that no human being is superior to another and certainly no one can condemn another to abuse at his or her discretion, least of all because of race, gender, wealth, sexuality, or religious beliefs.

by × May 8, 2013 × 0 comments

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Women in Muslim-Majority Societies

Women in Muslim-Majority Societies

I would say that as girls were buried alive before the advent of Islam more than 1,400 years ago, they are being systematically and metaphorically buried alive again.

by × June 10, 2013 × 0 comments

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Girls’ Soccer in the Taliban’s Wake

Girls’ Soccer in the Taliban’s Wake

I was only nine years old when the Taliban took over Afghanistan in 1996, changing my life and the lives of many others forever. I fell asleep every night listening to the sounds of rockets and gunfire. Although everyone suffered from the takeover, women and children were the greatest victims.

by × July 8, 2013 × 0 comments

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Honor Crimes in Jordan

Honor Crimes in Jordan

Honor crimes are nothing new, and neither is the manipulation of religion to justify these crimes.

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Welcomed in Al-Maghreb

Welcomed in Al-Maghreb

Women and people as a whole have different definitions of what freedom is. The meaning of freedom in my society is understood by most girls as whether or not they can dress a certain way, smoke or drink, rather than striving for intellectual freedom.

by × September 9, 2013 × 0 comments

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Women’s Voices: Why Now?

Women’s Voices: Why Now?

Fighting toward women’s legal and social right—without fear—to have a voice, to exercise unfettered freedom of speech and expression will undermine their inequality, their subservience, their lack of ownership of their own lives, over their own sexuality, over their religious views, and over their children and families.

by × October 8, 2013 × 0 comments

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Who Else but the Women?

Who Else but the Women?

As the adoptive mother of a Chinese girl who was abandoned on a wintry street in Hefei when she was just a few days old, I have always told my only child that she can be anything she wants to be.

by × November 12, 2013 × 0 comments

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The Anatomy of Oppression

The Anatomy of Oppression

If a woman from California can learn about sexual liberation from a woman in Egypt, then the paradigm of the liberated Western woman vis-à-vis the oppressed Eastern woman is blessedly defunct.

by × December 10, 2013 × 0 comments

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In Search of Freedom, Inshallah

In Search of Freedom, Inshallah

I have an agenda for creating this film. It is to encourage a social initiative to create awareness of the need for gender equality and respect toward women on the part of men.

by × January 8, 2014 × 0 comments

Video Issues

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

Samira initially joined APMF for a break from constant household duties. An amateur seamstress, she also wanted to learn how to create garments with traditional styles that depict the love she has for her culture.

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A Voice in Meknes

A Voice in Meknes

“Because education is provided for free, we don’t get to question things,” says Kaddar, “such as a teacher giving a better grade to a girl who might be prettier or who might have a personal relationship with the teacher.” Only until there is fairness will there eventually be an understanding between both sexes.

by × August 12, 2013 × 0 comments

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Women’s Voices in Meknes

Women’s Voices in Meknes

Three women in a dark room with a leaky ceiling, trying to learn to sew and cook, was a sight that drew Prof. Ouafae Bouzekri, a formidable voice of strength, into the women’s movement in Morocco.

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Don’t Pity Afghan Women

Don’t Pity Afghan Women

Kelsey Cherland, WVN’s Film Festival Coordinator, was invited to be a judge at the 2015 International Women’s Film Festival in Herat, Afghanistan, in the Citadel. Hear her reflections recognizing the resilient and innovative women of Afghanistan.

by × January 11, 2016 × 0 comments