Previous Issues

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. May 8, 2013
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Volume 1

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. June 10, 2013
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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. July 8, 2013
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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. August 12, 2013
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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. September 9, 2013
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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. October 8, 2013
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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. November 12, 2013
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Volume 1

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. December 10, 2013
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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. January 8, 2014
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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. July 1, 2013
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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. August 12, 2013
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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. July 25, 2013
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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. January 11, 2016
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