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Women and men express their viewpoints and share their perspectives in a weekly column. These columns form the groundwork for a discourse across cultural and religious boundaries.

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[30 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Hymens, Sexuality, and Control

Nawal Beauvoir*
“A woman can never achieve her self-realization and bloom as a woman without having fully explored her sexuality, and having done so on her own terms and not those of society.”
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When I was in my early twenties, my dream was to become a modern, independent woman. What that meant for me was to have a successful career, which would make me financially independent and prove to my family, my community, and the world that women can achieve success the way men do. I had a very …

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[29 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
During Ramadan, Women Are Still in the Kitchen

Sara Yasin
United Kingdom
“Questioning the distribution of labour in a household is not exclusive to Muslim households. In retrospect, I think that would have been a crucial time to re-negotiate how we distributed domestic work throughout the household. Not just during Ramadan, but for the whole year.”
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As a child, Ramadan was about competition, hunger, and sleepovers in the mosque. While my teachers at Al-Iman School, a private Islamic school in North Carolina, encouraged us to take advantage of some of the more spiritual components of Ramadan, I …

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[24 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
Lebanon Is Not a Feminist Paradise.  But Nasawiya Could Change That

Farah Salka
Editors Note: Farah Salka is a feminist based in Beirut, Lebanon. Below, she describes the work of the collective she is a part of, Nasawiya.
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Nasawiya is a feminist collective, based in Beirut. We started early January 2010, so we are basically new. But before Nasawiya, we had something called “The Feminist Collective” ; we have been trying to build this feminist space or movement for quite some time. And here it is now 2011; we have a really cool collective which is growing day by day and …

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[15 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Road Ahead for Egyptian Women

Deena Adel
(Interview by Anna Therese Day)
“…international media should stop featuring successful, outspoken Arab women as an exception to the rule, rather than as examples of the many impressive women in the region.”
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To the world, the victorious 18 days in Tahrir earlier this year represent the unprecedented story of the Egyptian Revolution. For Egyptian activists, however, those glorious days were just the beginning of a continuous struggle to build the free and transparent country for which they fought so tirelessly just six months ago. In the month of July alone, for example, …