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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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[28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Afghanistan: Ten Years Later

 
Tina Robiolle
How has the situation in Afghanistan evolved over the past 10 years? What do women leaders envision for the future? Hear what female Members of the Afghan Parliament have to say about this and more.

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Wherever you are in the world, on Tuesday March 29th, 2011 I invite you to join the 10 Afghan women who were recently elected to the Afghan Parliament for a 2-hour live web conference. The program is organized with the support of the US and Afghan embassies in France, the French Parliament and Ministry for Foreign …

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[25 Mar 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Muslim Again

Farah El-Sharif
A young Jordanian woman shares her thoughts on her identity as a Muslim woman and on how, through reflecting on the life of the Prophet Muhammad, she discovered a new lens through which to view herself and other women.
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As a wide-eyed, fresh graduate from one of America’s leading colleges for the study of International Relations, I was full of pride and great hope for returning to my homeland, Jordan. I was equipped not with a degree in a hard-nosed major such as ‘political economy’, but with a versatile, …

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[21 Mar 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Islamic Feminism: The Feminism I Relate To

Lana Abu Ayyash

A Jordanian woman leader reflects on her path to Islamic feminism, including how she founded Sister Power, the online social network for Muslim women.
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I have always been interested in women’s rights. I remember reading hardcore feminist literature at 12 years old and writing about women’s rights at 17.
Why?
I cannot say it’s entirely because I was opposed to how women were treated in our society. Nor can I claim that I was brought up in a traditional Islamic household and that did it for me. This interest or passion, …

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[17 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Modern Arab Woman

Nawal Beauvoir
Nawal is a Middle Eastern professional woman who currently resides in the USA. She has adopted Nawal Beauvoir as her pen name, in honor of Nawal Saadawi and Simone de Beauvoir, because she prefers to remain anonymous when commenting on women’s issues.
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I recently moved to the United States from the Middle East.
I have always enjoyed interacting with people from different cultures and exploring other cultures. However, since my move to the United States, I have been surrounding myself with Arab women and tremendously enjoying their company. Obviously, it’s easier …