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With the Taliban only offering vague comments about women's rights so far, the Afghan government's women negotiators know they are facing an uphill battle.

Protests hit Pakistan after a police chief appeared to blame the victim for an alleged gang rape while she was driving with her children at night without a male companion

China's war on Uighur women

Gaia Caramazza

China's war on Uighur women

In-depth: China's mass sterilisation of Uighur Muslim women is rooted in Beijing's obsession with extreme population control.

Imperialism, <em>patriarchy</em> and the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism

Yousra Samir Imran

Imperialism, patriarchy and the history of Palestinian LGBTQ activism

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian scholar Dr. Sa'ed Atshan to discuss his new book 'Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique'.

The price of honour

Farrah Akbik

The price of honour

Comment: Arab women have been servicing their men for far too long. From acts of intimidation to fatal domestic violence, this abuse and ...

Yousra Samir Imran

Harrowing honour killing in Jordan sparks movement for justice

The brutal murder of a Jordanian woman by her father has put domestic violence under the spotlight.

Rasha Younes

For Sarah Hegazy: In rage, in grief, in exhaustion

Comment: Sarah Hegazy was driven to take her life by Egypt's state-powered, lethal patriarchy. As we continue to resist, may she rest, ...

Diana Alghoul

How lockdowns are affecting Middle East domestic abuse victims

In patriarchal societies, women who suffer from domestic abuse will be left even more vulnerable in the face of lockdowns.

Narjas Zatat

Amani Saeed: The poet championing Muslim women

The New Arab Meets: Iraqi-Indian poet Amani Saeed whose poetry celebrates Muslim womanhood and intersection of faith and feminine power, while ...

Muslim women writers who are changing the narrative

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 ...

Adriana Urbano

Fatema Jafari: From Afghan midwife to politician

The New Arab Meets: Fatema Jafari, a refugee, underground teacher, midwife, women's rights activist, politician and mother, who is working ...

How this Arab feminist writer is smashing the <em>patriarchy</em>

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 ...

#WorldHijabDay must show more to Muslim women than headscarves

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?

Cyprus rape case exposes toxic system, stacked against women

Malia Bouattia

Cyprus rape case exposes toxic system, stacked against women

Comment: The Cypriot state has demonstrated exactly where its judicial system stands when it comes to believing women, supporting survivors and ...

Tamara Albanna raises awareness about women through Iraq's goddess

Ash Gallagher

Tamara Albanna raises awareness about women through Iraq's goddess

The New Arab Meets: Tamara Albanna to talk more about her artistry, her deep connection to a homeland she barely knows and her hopes of keeping ...

Elias Jahshan

The best books by Arab authors in 2019

Book Club: The New Arab rounds up some of the best reads written in English by Arab authors this year.

Tahmina Begum

The Greater Freedom tackles Middle Eastern cultural taboos

Book Club: British-Egyptian author Alya Mooro speaks to The New Arab about her new novel The Greater Freedom which tackles topics deemed as ...

Gaia Caramazza

Lebanese women organise flash mob against sexual violence

Women flooded the streets of Beirut to stand up against sexual violence, performing to the Chilean feminist anthem 'Un Violador En Tu Camino,' ...

The New Arab

WATCH: Palestinian child blindfolded, beaten by Israeli soldiers

Abd al-Razeq Idris, 13, was blindfolded, kidnapped and beaten by Israeli forces after they forcibly shut down his school.

Nobody knows Lebanon's problems better than its women

Carmen Geha

Nobody knows Lebanon's problems better than its women

Comment: Lebanon's women have been able to participate, lead, and shine because this uprising challenges the very pillars that govern our lives, ...

Sarah Khalil

This is why feminist issues are driving Lebanon's protests

While demonstrating dire economic conditions and rampant corruption of the country's political elite, Lebanese women are also fighting for an ...

Lebanon Rises: Special coverage of Lebanon's historic anti-corruption uprising

The New Arab

Lebanon Rises: Special coverage of Lebanon's historic anti-corruption uprising

The New Arab is covering the protests day by day, offering news updates, analysis, commentary and much more. Follow this regularly updated ...

Saudi women can now stay in hotels without males

The New Arab

Saudi women can now stay in hotels without males

Saudi Arabia has reportedly scrapped laws barring women form booking hotel rooms without a guardian as the ultra-conservative kingdom prepares ...

Brother gets life for 'honour killing' of Qandeel Baloch

The New Arab & agencies

Brother gets life for 'honour killing' of Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch's brother has been convicted to life in prison over murdering her in the name of 'honour'.

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