RAY Festival: Celebrating the Feminine Wisdom of our Sisters

In the Autumn of 2008, I heard the opening verses of the Quran known as the fatiha which literally means “the opening” being recited by a woman in a retreat setting, her voice angelic, her figure and appearance Marian. The beauty of her voice, her appearance and her embodiment of love, captured my heart in …

1400 years on is Islam anti-Feminist?

Have you also had your muslim uncles and aunts ask you why you don’t wear a hijab ? Has it made you want to punch them ? Has it made you want to scream out loud and wish eternal sufferage on them ? Yeah, welcome to this post where we can collectively rage about this …

Ladies: Beware of the fake (male) feminist

Feminism. The word’s got a bit of a bad reputation, hasn’t it? Mention you’re a feminist in a crowd of people and they may think you’re a man-hating “modernist” out to take over the world and crush all menfolk. Now mention the word equality and you might be onto something. We all want to treat each …

Religion and Faith: Important Allies in the fight against Gender-
Based Violence?

“You cannot be a feminist and believe in religion”, a respected colleague who works with women from Middle Eastern and Afghani backgrounds, declared to me two weeks ago, a statement that hurt me a little but wasn’t surprised by as I have often heard it before. The following week I chaired a conference on intersectionality …

An Interview with feminist Huma Munshi

This month we have interviewed inspirational fabulady Huma Munshi, who started the #fuckhonour hashtag, which trended on Twitter. Huma is passionate about addressing inequality through her writing on feminism, forced marriage, mental illness, films and her activism. She is a regular contributor at the F-Word and Black Dog Tribe amongst others, find her @Huma101. She sees writing as a mechanism to …

It’s Because You’re Ugly

Setting the scene. It’s breakfast. We all silently munch away. Silence is broken. “Did you know that another girl has taken her hijab off” The Females pipe up. Sighs Tuts “And from such a respectable family” More sighs More tuts I stuff another piece of toast in my mouth. Best keep quiet. The Misogynist of …