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Saudi Arabian Artist Fights To Make Her Country Treat Women Like Adults

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 11.29.2016 | World

Women in Saudi Arabia are ramping up an online campaign against their country’s guardianship laws ― a repressive system that bars women from trave...

Postcard From Alexandria: Glory to Mahinour

Afrah Nasser | Posted 12.28.2016 | World
Afrah Nasser

I went to Alexandria, and on my way in the plane I couldn't help but think of that I was traveling to the hometown of Mahienour el-Massry. Watching 'Mandela' the movie in the plane did not also give me a break from thinking of Mahi, for she's also our freedom fighter.

Edward Said and the Problem of the Harem

Steve Gertz | Posted 12.17.2016 | Religion
Steve Gertz

The harem is an institution that we need to know about and take seriously. Moreover, given that polygamy is today permitted and practiced in many Muslim nations, the harem is still a relevant subject.

The Truth About My Arranged Marriage

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.01.2015 | OWN

When Zainab Salbi was barely 19 years old, she experienced her first sense of betrayal. The young Iraqi woman had grown up in Baghdad, raised in part ...

Nima Habashneh: A Woman Who Fought for Equal Rights in Jordan

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Rana F. Sweis

"It's easier to fight cancer than to fight an archaic mindset." Those were Nima Habashneh's last words on camera before she passed away this week. The 55-year-old Jordanian spent her last decade fighting for the rights of Jordanian women to pass on their citizenship to their spouses and children.

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: Online, Arab Women Master Their Own Fate

Loulou Khazen Baz | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Loulou Khazen Baz

Let's give these pioneering women the respect that they deserve by acknowledging that the Arab world is in the middle of a paradigm shift and its women are, as a matter of fact, rising.

"She Who Tells A Story" Closes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Susan Eley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Susan Eley

The MFA in Boston has just closed "She Who Tells a Story," a revelatory exhibition of photography by 12 women artists from the Middle East and Iran. T...

WATCH: The Way Governments Treat Women Says Everything

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact

One women's advocate says the treatment of women is the greatest indicator of how much a government values democracy. Hibaaq Osman, the founder of ...

A Kuwaiti Woman Leading Development Efforts in Yemen

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Rahilla Zafar

"In Hollywood, all you see are women in the Middle East with a veil and covering their faces and living in tents. I laugh because that's not how we live, that was maybe 100 years ago," says Alasousi.

4 Things I Learned in Jordan

Charlie Kindel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Charlie Kindel

Jordan is a relatively stable country in a very bad neighborhood. If that stability can continue, the intelligence, optimism, passion and entrepreneurism I experienced while there will accelerate and, perhaps, things will become slightly less complex. And, maybe, the neighborhood will improve.

Why Women Must Be at the Heart of Phase II of the Arab Spring

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Women understand the plight of the underprivileged people -- yet, they are often excluded from participating in key decisions-making roles. The revolutions in the Middle East offer a chance to change this equation. The traditional approach -- tokenism -- is a demonstrated failure.

The Rhythm of Empowerment: Female Rappers From Morocco to Gaza

Amina Semlali | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Amina Semlali

In the Arab world today, and much of the developing world, hip hop has once again come to represent the empowerment of the disenfranchised.

From One Arab Man to Mona Eltahawy: Thank You!

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

The problem with the Arab Spring has been so far its focus on political affairs. While important, there will be no Arab revolution without a shift in cultural paradigms, and this is only possible when people like Eltahawy take the lead and provoke.

Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women's Rights?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Sahar Aziz

By failing to cover the courageous efforts of the millions of women leaders who incrementally chip away at patriarchy, Western media exacerbates the underlying problem -- the objectification and infantilization of Arab and Muslim women.

Arab Women Shaping the Future -- Now, More Than Ever

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Hibaaq Osman

As the world marks International Women's Day this week, it's time to look ahead to the critical role women in the Arab world are playing in framing their futures after last year's Arab Spring.

Breaking Through Borders To Share Untold Stories

Julie Gray | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Julie Gray

It's a crazy idea. For many, it is an unthinkable one, this moving from Hollywood to the Middle East. I'm going in the opposite direction, people say....

Arab Women, Rihanna And Male-Chauvinistic Religions

Myisha Cherry | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Myisha Cherry

If women and their bodies are not seen as subjects that are worthy of respect and protection validated by God, then abuse and violence of women can be considered justified. The Hebrew Bible suggests that God at one time ordained them.

Women's Rights Can't Flower In Arab Spring

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

U.S. President Barack Obama's choices may be limited but his misreading of Islamist intentions could accelerate the religious extremism that is rapidly fading the Arab Spring's bloom

The Role of Women in Arab Post-Revolutionary Regimes

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The subjection of Arab women will be inevitable if Islamist political parties seize power in the countries of change, where coups or uprisings took place this year.

Yemeni Youth Central to Success

Manal Omar | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Manal Omar

There is an open recognition that the movement for change would not have not progressed if it were not for the enthusiasm, energy, dedication, and personal sacrifice that came from the youth

Who Really Buys Couture?

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 12.07.2011 | Style

Haute couture is traditionally associated with Paris and European glamour. But with a worldwide economic downturn and couture falling more and more ou...

A Century of Giving Back

Queen Rania al Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Queen Rania al Abdullah

Her face has been kissed by Time. Every crease and line around her eyes records a moment in her life, like the delicate rings in a tree trunk. With what little she has, she still gives what she can. She is Um Fawaz, from a village in Jordan.

The Arab Woman You Don't See

Queen Noor of Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Queen Noor of Jordan

Too many still equate the soundbites describing women under Taliban rule with the teachings of our faith throughout the Muslim world. But the oppression of women in parts of the Muslim world is not because of Islam, but contrary to it.

A Revolution of Their Own

Jamie Stiehm | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamie Stiehm

So where were the women and girls of Cairo? If we accept the systematic shabby treatment of women in the new configuration of Egypt, then true democracy shall be a long time coming.

What Went Wrong With Feminists?

Pius Kamau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pius Kamau

As armies of men all across this world aim their guns and sharp knives, having declared war on girls and women, the Western feminist movement seems to slip deeper into a strange torpor.