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Théâtre Aquarium
My interpreter, Scheherazade Matallah, and I climb the steps to Naima Zitan's apartment, one room of which doubles as an office for Théâtre Aquarium. Three senior members of the organization lean on the table and passionately describe their history and dreams in a cacophony of French and Arabic...
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Family Law in Morocco
Award-winning author Dr. Mounira Maya Charrad has been following women's rights and the implementation and evolution of the family law of Morocco for the past several decades...
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Unlikely Revolutionaries
The Moroccan government has unleashed its latest weapon in the crusade against extremist interpretations of Islam -- female religious leaders. The government hopes that women might spread a more balanced and tolerant version of Islam.
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When Tradition Empowers Women
Light falls on Chefchaouen, scattering a palette of blues. This hilly town in Northern Morocco is known for its indigos and robin's-egg blue doors and windowsills, making the sky feel closer to earth. Somewhere inside a group of women gather, dressed in beautiful embroidered robes. The room is filled with anticipation of the hadra, spiritual ceremony which is about to begin...
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Cultural Wisdom
As the coeditor of the internationally bestselling expatriate women's anthology Tales from the Expat Harem, I contributed my favorite titles to VisualThesaurus.com last year for its “Dog Eared: Books We Love” column. The online tool for writers, students and teachers of writing, and marketing communications professionals worldwide, asked me to share books about the cultural wisdom that historically pools at the intersection of women and travel...
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Intimités Afghanes
In 2003, during a one year mission in Afghanistan for NGO Aina which supports Afghans journalists, I started documenting the private and daily life of women, in a country where they had gone through social annihilation.
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Danger in the Streets
Lately, women on the streets of Egypt have been under assault -- threatened by looks, by words and by physical attacks. As more Egyptian women claim the freedom and power to enter the public sphere, they are being confronted with a growing wave of public sexual harassment.
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Singing for Change
In the summer of 2003, twenty female musicians from Algeria, France and Argentina gathered in a recording studio in Paris, France. Their mission: to overturn Algeria's Family Code -- a set of laws that, for over 20 years, has relegated women to second-class citizenship. Their instrument: a song.
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Muslim Women Engage in Politics
Featured Community Voice: Rania Matar Lebanese-born photographer Rania Matar, who currently lives in the United States, frequently travels back to her native country...
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Rewriting the Book
Some scholars say that religious fundamentalist movements are on the rise around the world. Others say that the movements are the same but they are just getting more media coverage in this post-September 11th world...
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