Whatchu going to do when they come for you? Who says letters to the editor are dead, definitely not ‘Henry Stewart’ from London, whose well-penned argument has gone viral on social media sites such as twitter under the hashtag #BanSuits. Stewart accurately points out most issues to do with corruption, war, political games and dangers to society… Read More This letter to the editor has gone viral… #BanSuits
Freelance illustrator, Maeril, based in Paris published a guide on what to do if you see incidents of Islamophobia. As part of her co-admin role at The Middle Eastern Feminist Facebook page, Maeril created the cartoon strip in response to growing Islamophobic abuse on Muslim women in France. “I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here, as… Read More This French illustrator has the perfect guide to what to do if you see Islamophobic abuse
In light of the recent burkini ban debacle, which dominated media coverage this past week, here is an academic overview into the intersections of fashion, Islam and Orientalism. Let’s just get one thing straight: there’s no direct translation in Arabic for the word ‘veil’. Many Muslim women refer to the headscarf, not as hijab –… Read More Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space
French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, took to Facebook to express his support for the burkini ban on the country’s beaches even after the Conseil d’Etat deemed the ban “definitely illegal”. Valls said the burkini is a symbol of “political Islamism” and therefore a political affirmation of these ‘values’ in public spaces. Though admitting theses values to be in the minority the Prime… Read More Politicians still playing games after #BurkiniBan was deemed ‘definitely illegal’
Best photo yet: If you want an understanding of issues surrounding #BurkiniBan / any debate surrounding Muslim women pic.twitter.com/PtfE9w35xt — Scheherazade Bloul (@scherrybloul) August 25, 2016 The photo’s creator is Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes, editorial cartoons for the Washington Post, the gif was originally published on The Washington Post website.
Photos of at least four armed police men forcing a woman who was wearing a burkini to strip it off in Nice, went viral on Tuesday. Her ticket read that she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”. Authorities in several French towns have implemented bans on the Burkini, which covers the body and head,… Read More The best tweets showing the absurdity of the #BurkiniBan on French beaches
LET’S TALK ABOUT FEMINISM… Feminism can be broadly defined as an ideology that strives for equality between men and women. It holds that women should be treated as intellectual and social equals to men and have the same rights, same pay, same contribution to society. Though feminism now is generally seen as a women’s-only… Read More How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East
New ways of sharing stories have strengthened Arab women’s voices The Middle-East, Islam, Arab, Muslim to many these words do not evoke anything but negative thoughts. When you add a word like women into the sentence the stereotypes are intensified so that one sees an image of uttermost repression in their mind’s eye. The countries… Read More Social Media, Women and the Gulf