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.
Banjul, on Gambia’s ‘smiling coast’, is currently hosting WLUML’s fourth transformational feminist leadership workshop. The workshop - part of our Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation programme (WELDD) – started on Monday and will go on until Friday. The workshop has brought together young female activists from around the African continent to furnish them with the tools to effectively fight for women’s rights in their respective contexts.
I've always felt that I have an inside voice which guides me and opens my eyes to the kind of things that many other women feel nothing towards and just cope with. I was born in a country which suffers from a hierarchical authority. What makes this worse is that the women inside it are often part of that; they remain neutral or, even worse, support this authority. As women are an integral part in the dilemma, their negativity towards being subjected by men is perhaps the worst part of the equation.
بأيام كانت كلها خوف قتل و خراب و جنون رحلة حملتني لأرض مش بعيدة حكمها زمان توت عنخ آمون لقيت حالي بين شلة صبايا من كل بلد و من كل لون الكل غريب و ما بيجمعنا غير الوجع ببلدنا الحنون و بلحظة سريعة ما أخدت كتير اتلفتت حواليا و شفت المضمون
Cairo will be the setting for WLUML's third transformational feminist leadership workshop (and the second for the Middle East and North Africa region) between the 7th and 14th of December this year. The workshop - part of our Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation programme (WELDD) - will bring together young female activists from around the MENA region.
This bibliography intends to contribute to the desire for learning and engagement identified by activists in the Middle East and North Africa region when reflecting on the aftermath of fast unfolding transitions in the region. Such transitions, while specific to the context of MENA, are not unique in their occurrences around the world. Experiences and practices of feminists from around the world engaged in similar, even if not identical, struggles towards the democratization of their countries with a gendered lens and a feminist politics constitute an important knowledge bank that activists can draw upon, learn from, and engage with. This resource mapping aims to fill the gap realized in various convenings and conversations of a lack of information sharing and knowledge bridging among feminists across the regions that experienced similar uprisings; particularly along south-south and east-south lines.
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Je suis nigérienne âgée de 55 ans, historienne de formation. Dans la réalité j’ai plus travaillé dans le développement, et cela pendant plus de deux décennies. Je suis mariée, mère de 3 enfants (2 garçons et une fille), grand-mère d’une petite fille âgée de 3 ans. Je suis tante de nombreux neveux et nièces.
Je réside à Niamey où j’ai fait mes études secondaires et passé toute ma carrière professionnelle. Mon village natal est Birni Gaouré , une localité située dans la vallée du « Dallol Bosso» connue sous l’appellation de Boboye. C’est une zone d’échanges, de brassage interculturel et ethnique. Je suis née dans une famille modeste. Aujourd’hui, je partage mon temps entre mes fonctions professionnelles, associatives, sociales et familiales et mes divers centres d’intérêts. Comme toutes les femmes nigériennes de ma catégorie et de mon âge, je joue aisément mes rôles pluriels et assume mes identités multiples, nigérienne, musulmane, je crois aux valeurs universelles de progrès, de paix et de tolérance.
The WLUML E-Gazette is a monthly publication sent out to subscribers which aims to shed light upon the activities of the network as well as important news about women in the Muslim world. The contents of the newsletter include the achievements of several networkers and ICO members, several events and conferences of relevance to the WLUML network, and valuable news pieces. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Gazette!