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Comment: Any new government in Kabul will likely need aid, which can be conditioned on preserving gains Afghan women have made, writes Nazila Jamshidi.

Book Club: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's book is a riveting account of how an all-women Kurdish militia, aided by US Special Forces, racked up strategic victories against the Islamic State group.

Midnight in Cairo: Meet the divas of 1920s Egypt

Usman Butt

Midnight in Cairo: Meet the divas of 1920s Egypt

Book Club: With tales of opulence and extravagance from Cairo's high society, Raphael Cormack's book paints a nuanced and defiant picture of the city's female stars.

Sudan votes to ratify women's rights convention with exceptions

The New Arab Staff

Sudan votes to ratify women's rights convention with exceptions

The Sudanese cabinet voted to ratify the UN's CEDAW convention aimed at stopping violence against women but stopped short of endorsing three of ...

Iran UN women's committee membership an 'insult': activists

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran UN women's committee membership an 'insult': activists

Activist groups have expressed outrage following news that Iran has been elected to a UN committee on women’s rights.

Sophia Akram

Representing MENA artists in the UK

With the narrative having been focused on stereotypical portrayals of people from the region as 'terrorists' or 'illegal immigrants', MENA Arts believes it's time for a shift for appropriate representation.

The New Arab Staff

France to hold 'national consultation' to define secularism

The "general states of secularism" will be launched in France on Tuesday as a way to define secularism.

Fatima Kried

Freedom Fields: Libya's national women's football team sidestep revolution

Film Review: Naziha Arebi's latest film is a triumph of fortitude over adversity, documenting Libya's national female football team's ...

Alessandra Bajec

Turkish women activists battle to re-instate Istanbul Convention

On an almost daily basis, several thousand women's rights activists have hit the streets to demand Erdogan re-instate Turkey to the Istanbul ...

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Kamal Afzali

'Talibanisation of education': Afghanistan overturns ban on schoolgirls singing

Afghanistan's Ministry of Education backtracked on a decision to impose a nationwide singing ban on schoolgirls, following an outcry, as women ...

The New Arab Staff

Qatar responds to HRW report on women guardianship laws

Qatar has said that a new report about the guardianship law for women is not representative of what happens in the country.

Google Doodle celebrates prominent Tunisian doctor Tawhida Ben Cheikh

The New Arab Staff

Google Doodle celebrates prominent Tunisian doctor Tawhida Ben Cheikh

Ben Cheikh is known as a pioneer of contemporary medicine, helping women access better healthcare across Tunisia.

Berlin film festival 2021 roundup: The MENA films

Sarah Khalil

Berlin film festival 2021 roundup: The MENA films

The MENA films selected by this year's Berlinale brimmed with ambition and artistic audacity.

Assassination campaign targets intellectuals in Afghanistan

Charlie Faulkner and Rick Findler

Assassination campaign targets intellectuals in Afghanistan

An increasing threat against judges, journalists, intellectuals and human rights defenders has generated a powerful climate of fear among the ...

UN chief calls to combat violence against women

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN chief calls to combat violence against women

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called to combat violence against women, at the start of the annual Commission on the Status of Women.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Algerian president sets election date as protesters flood streets

Elections previously scheduled for 2022 were brought forward after Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune dissolved parliament and called for earlier polls.

Anu Shukla

The female DJs smashing boundaries of social gender inequality

We crossed continents to speak with female DJs who have cultivated a spectrum of projects in the face of political instability and ...

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.

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 ...

The unfinished <em>gender</em> <em>equality</em> revolution of the Arab Spring

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 2021

Do we really need 'women's empowerment'?

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 ...

Libyan women fight <em>gender</em> 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.

Lebanon’s new sexual harassment law too limited: HRW

The New Arab Staff

Lebanon’s new sexual harassment law too limited: HRW

Human Rights Watch says Lebanon's current legislation on sexual harassment only deals with it as a criminal matter, neglecting prevention, ...

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