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[29 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Women, Art, and Social Change: Insights from Boushra Almutawakel

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Yemeni photographer Boushra Almutawakel about the inspiration behind her work, and her perspectives on women, art, and social change. Her responses are below.

Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what inspired you to pursue a career as an artist?
I was born in Sana’a, Yemen in 1969 and grew up, along with two of my three siblings, in my great grandmother’s house in the old city in the Sailah.
My father was a soldier and a revolutionary, and when the monarchy was …

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[12 Nov 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Femin Ijtihad: Islamic Perspectives on Women’s Rights

Deya Bhattacharya
Calcutta, India

“At one time, inspired, I worked hard at creating this organization. Now I feel it is creating me…” -Natasha Latiff, Director, Femin Ijtihad
Femin Ijtihad began, as most things begin, with a story.
Inspired by a story about an Afghan girl’s defiance of the Taliban, a young law student undertook a journey to Afghanistan. There she conducted field research on the construction of Afghan rape laws that involved the participation of several judges, lawyers, MPs, and professors in Kabul. It was during this research that she realized there was a …

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[30 Oct 2012 | One Comment | ]
An Imagined Letter from Hifni Malak: This Is a Self-Critique

Najuan Daadleh
Washington, DC, USA, and Palestine
Something didn’t feel right after submitting my previous piece on international development and the ‘empowerment’ of women. In this imagined letter from Hifni Malak Nassef, I tried to address the issues that “poked” me in an uncomfortable way.
Dear Ms. Daadleh,
After some time of contemplation and intrapersonal debate I decided to write this letter to you as a response to your last piece titled “Empowering women as a Development Tool”…What Would Hifni Malak Say?.
You may expect this to be a letter thanking you, Ms. Daadleh, for …

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[3 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Muslim Ummah, Women, and Productivity

We interviewed Mohammed Faris, the Founder and CEO of, about the inspiration behind his work and the productivity resources available to women in the Muslim community. His answers are below.
What inspires your work at Productive Muslim, and what are the major goals of the organization?

What inspires us the most at ProductiveMuslim is the untapped potential of the Muslim Ummah* to revive itself to becomes more spiritually, physically, and socially productive. We believe that a Muslim lifestyle provides a holistic approach to productivity that is beneficial in both this world …