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Police said the group had chanted 'slogans' but did not elaborate.

Women from Morocco, to Egypt, Iran and Kuwait took their countries by storm in the past year through social media to break the silence on sexual assault and harassment.

Hagia Sophia imam mansplains femicides in Women's Day message

The New Arab Staff

Hagia Sophia imam mansplains femicides in Women's Day message

The media's interest in femicides is "propaganda" designed to divide men and women, the Turkish imam claimed.

In post-2003 Iraq, fear pervades daily life for women

Nazli Tarzi

In post-2003 Iraq, fear pervades daily life for women

Almost two decades after the US-led invasion of Iraq, promises of representation and empowerment for women have all but fallen flat.

The Palestinian women fighting Israel's family separation law

Jessica Buxbaum

The Palestinian women fighting Israel's family separation law

Trapped by Israeli checkpoints and border walls, thousands of unregistered Palestinians in the occupied West Bank feel doubly imprisoned as ...

Alia Waheed

Harrowing #MeToo stories in Pakistan mark Women's Day

Women across Pakistan are sharing their #MeToo stories on colourful fabrics lined up on the busy streets to bring attention to the harrowing incidents that are often silenced.

Sahar Khamis

The unfinished gender equality revolution of the Arab Spring

In-depth: Arab women played a pivotal role as activists, organisers and leaders during the 2011 uprisings, but a decade later the promise of ...

The New Arab Staff

International Women's Day 2021: Special Coverage

The New Arab publishes a series of articles highlighting the struggles and triumphs of women and girls in MENA and the world for IWD ...

Shaikha Al-Hashem

Do we really need 'women's empowerment'?

Comment: All too often, 'women's empowerment' in the MENA and Gulf represents the neoliberal interests of western institutions and their elite ...

New draft law deems Egyptian women legally incapacitated

Horriya Marzouk

New draft law deems Egyptian women legally incapacitated

Why a new draft personal status law that reduces females to 'machines for birthing children' is a shocking and frustrating set-back for Egyptian ...

Brooke Anderson

US immigrant mothers struggle to homeschool amid pandemic

With no extended family or lifelong friends nearby and language barriers, homeschooling during the pandemic has proven particularly difficult ...

Libyan women fight gender gap and violence

Alessandra Bajec

Libyan women fight gender gap and violence

Caught between an ongoing cycle of violence and gender inequality, women in Libya are fighting a war inside the war.

Remarkable Muslim women throughout history

Nadia Khan

Remarkable Muslim women throughout history

This International Women's Day, we want to celebrate brave and progressive Muslim women throughout history.

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Tahmina Begum

WOC newsletters you must sign up for

We're highlighting the best newsletters by women of colour on the internet, and those you should definitely sign up to.

How Algeria's women put sisterhood in service of liberation

Malia Bouattia

How Algeria's women put sisterhood in service of liberation

Comment: This International Women's Day, Malia Bouattia highlights the Algerian government's abject failure to protect women, and finds solace ...

The New Arab

Influential Moroccan rapper tackles domestic violence with new song

Domestic violence was the topic of a new song by a popular Moroccan rapper that was released on this year's International Women's Day.

The New Arab

Iraqi women activists launch magazine for International Women's Day

#IWD2020: The Women of Nineveh magazine hopes to give a voice to the women of northern Iraq's diverse religious and ethnic groups.

Sami Rahman

Muslim women who shattered stereotypes in the past year

#IWD2020: For International Women’s Day, Sami Rahman looks at four Muslim women who have made history and shattered stereotypes in the past 12 ...

Sumaiyya Naseem

Muslim women writers who are changing the narrative

#IWD2020: For International Women's Day we list some female Muslim writers who are fighting the system back with words by contributing stories ...

Coronavirus, political turmoil won't stop Beirut's women marching Sunday

Carmen Geha

Coronavirus, political turmoil won't stop Beirut's women marching Sunday

Comment: This International Women's Day, Carmen Geha celebrates the resilience and solidarity of Lebanese women, fighting for their rights in a ...

Elias Jahshan

How this Arab feminist writer is smashing the patriarchy

#IWD2020: Egyptian feminist Mona Eltahawy's new book shows how the seven deadly sins can be used to dismantle patriarchal power structures ...

Empowering marginalised women one at a time in Malaysia

Sophia Akram

Empowering marginalised women one at a time in Malaysia

#IWD2020: Many social enterprises have emerged in Malaysia to help women get livelihoods in a complex policy environment for migrants and ...

Despite Tunisia's progress, gender equality remains distant hope

Alessandra Bajec

Despite Tunisia's progress, gender equality remains distant hope

In-depth: Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has undergone a relatively smooth political transition to democracy and has seen significant ...

From Algeria to Sudan: International Women's Day

The New Arab

From Algeria to Sudan: International Women's Day

Here is a snapshot of International Women's Day celebrations across the Middle East.

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