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Comment: Malia Bouattia contemplates what a Ramadan under lockdown can teach us about resistance to injustice, and resilience in times of adversity.

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but not without its flaws.

INSAF: Helping Morocco's most vulnerable survive the coronavirus lockdown

Alessandra Bajec

INSAF: Helping Morocco's most vulnerable survive the coronavirus lockdown

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Sudan's fight <em>against</em> FGM has only just begun

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

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Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

Sudan must dismantle 'deeply misogynistic' laws to address discrimination against women, regional rights group SIHA ...

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Palestinian anchor sues US-based channel for anti-hijab discrimination

Raeda Hamra has filed a lawsuit against the US-based Arabic language news channel for allegedly discriminating against her because she wore a headscarf.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

Diana Alghoul

Israel mulls prisoner swap with Hamas amid Covid-19 pandemic

Israel and Hamas are considering a deal whereby Hamas will release four Israeli soldiers in exchange for vulnerable Palestinian prisoners and ...

Sami Rahman

Employers must do more to empower Muslim women

Nearly half of Muslim women encounter Islamophobia and discrimination at work. Sami Rahman looks deeper into why, and what ...

Cause for optimism as Tunisia plans first Jewish museum

Aidan Chivers

Cause for optimism as Tunisia plans first Jewish museum

A new Jewish museum in Tunisia seeks to promote the country's rich and plural heritage.

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US accuses Netanyahu, Likud of spreading hate against Palestinian-Israelis

The US State Department accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of promoting hatred against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Sudanese activists decry slow progress on women's rights

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Sudanese activists decry slow progress on women's rights

#IWD2020: Sudanese women activists are calling on the transitional government to take action and repeal discriminatory laws.

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

Gaia Caramazza

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

#IWD2020: From Saudi Arabia to Palestine, women in the Middle East are fighting against gender-based violence and sexual ...

No country for young <em>women</em>? Myanmar's battle <em>against</em> rape

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No country for young women? Myanmar's battle against rape

The UN has warned violence against women and girls is a "silent emergency" in the country, with incidents spanning groping on ...

Jordan overturns labour code that discriminates <em>against</em> working <em>women</em>

Nazli Tarzi

Jordan overturns labour code that discriminates against working women

#IWD2020: On International Women's Day, Jordanian activists celebrate the adoption of a law eliminating labour discrimination ...

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Landmark India ruling orders equal roles for army women

India's top court has enshrined gender equality in the army with a new ruling that allows women the same career opportunities as their male counterparts.

Daoud Kuttab

Who's afraid of Heba Yazbak?

Comment: Heba Yazbak is a strong, articulate woman, a highly educated Arab politician, and a perfect role model for Palestinians. In short, ...

Charlie Hoyle

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Sisi has long crafted an image as the protector of Coptic Christians, a community trapped between the state and society with protection from ...

Mariam Khan

#WorldHijabDay must show more to Muslim women than headscarves

World Hijab Day is a well-intentioned attempt to raise awareness about the prejudices Muslim women face, but is the campaign misguided?

Egypt upholds controversial niqab ban for Cairo University staff

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Egypt upholds controversial niqab ban for Cairo University staff

An Egypt court made a final, non-appealable decision upholding a ban on teaching staff wearing the face veil at Cairo University.

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London mosque targeted by anti-Islamic graffiti

Police are investigating an incident in which anti-Islamic slogans were spray-painted near a mosque in south London in an attack described by ...

Imprisoned, starved, abused: The plight of Lebanon's domestic workers

Sarah Khalil

Imprisoned, starved, abused: The plight of Lebanon's domestic workers

'This is Lebanon' is a project founded by a former migrant worker, who seeks an end to labour exploitation of migrant domestic workers in ...

British Muslims have an important choice to make

Malia Bouattia

British Muslims have an important choice to make

Comment: As the new decade approaches, Muslims, Jews, people of colour and all marginalised communities must make a conscious choice to unite, ...

Palestinian tribal leaders stand <em>against</em> women’s equality treaty

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Palestinian tribal leaders stand against women’s equality treaty

Palestinian tribal leaders have issued a statement calling for withdrawal from the CEDAW treaty, which prohibits discrimination ...

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