Walking a Tightrope: Women and Veiling in the United Kingdom by Ayesha Salma Kariapper examines the ways in which public debates over the headscarf and the full-face veil have shaped the strategies of women from Muslim communities, strategies developed to deal with the limitations imposed on them in the name of religion, culture, tradition and identity within the community, and with racism and exclusion from mainstream society. You can now download the book for free!
The exhibition looks at women's dress in some Muslim countries and communities and is a snapshot of diversities and commonalities through space and time. These highlight the influence of many forces – class, status, region, work, religious interpretation, ethnicity, urban/rural, politics, fashion, climate.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been uploading one story per day onto the ‘Our Voices’ section of the WELDD portal. These are stories coming from those who participated in the programme and have had personal narratives of change to share. From projects and workshops in Iraq, Nigeria, Cairo and Senegal, these women recount stories of significant change since their experiences with WLUML-WELDD.
Shukria Barakzai has endured a miscarriage from Taliban attacks, a secretly polygamous husband, street beatings by extremists, an aggressive opposition campaign from that same husband and multiple assassination attempts. Just one of these would stop most normal people in their tracks.
Quatre ans après les soulèvements populaires qui ont conduit au départ du dictateur Zine El Abidine Ben Ali en janvier 2011, la Tunisie a observé pour la première fois dans l’histoire de son pays des élections présidentielles libres et démocratiques en décembre 2014.
Exhausted from days of fighting, Kurdish women are leading a pincer movement against Isis at the northern end of the road that leads to the jihadists’ Syrian capital. They speak to Patrick Cockburn in Ras al-Ayn, Syria.