Externally imposed economic austerities helped fuel fundamentalism and the application of Muslim laws, says Karima Bennoune in this excerpt from “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here.” One activist and her colleagues helped women navigate such laws and fight back.
“It’s our era; our time to shine,” says Maryam Namazie in this interview. “It is we who are now on the offensive. Fitnah is a warning to Islamists: It will be our women’s liberation movement that will bring it to its knees.”
Two years after the start of the Arab Spring, Hajer Naili interviews three post-revolutionary women about the increasingly radical Islamist forces that are smothering their hopes. “I don’t even know what their aims are,” says one woman.
“Hands on the Freedom Plow” recounts stories of 52 women who were part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s. In this excerpt, Judy Richardson recalls the start of her three-year stint with what was called SNCC.
Journalist Ayse Onal’s coverage of the Turkish men who murdered their sisters and mothers in “honor” killings finds they often feel betrayed by their families. Many killers also want to guide other men away from such crimes. The second of two parts.
Journalist Ayse Onal’s work, which got her blacklisted, has ranged from Kurdish separatism to Turkish Hizballah. Her recent book and documentary about “honor” killings taps into regrets of men who carry out these killings. Part one of two.
When Afghan women and girls took to the streets of Kabul last week to bravely protest a law permitting marital rape, Katie Buckland writes, they sent a message to the world that the women’s movement is alive and kicking.
After a Pakistani woman was slain by relatives in Italy, an immigrant women’s advocacy group moved into action to make the murder the last “honor killing” in Italy and also deflect anti-Muslim sentiment stirred by the crime.
When Ontario’s premier turned down Sharia law last month, he left a melange of activists–campaign leader Homa Arjomand, writer Margaret Atwood, parliamentarians and the Toronto YWCA–savoring a victory fought on many fronts.
In Afghanistan, a young woman’s murder leaves police wondering if the motive was political reprisal or a relative who thought she had dishonored the family. Either way, onlookers say the murder underscores the dangers of being a woman there.