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The closure of family courts across the Middle East has placed women at risk, with their safety, basic rights and independence under renewed threat.

A month after gay men were outed in Morocco, Ramadan and the Covid-19 lockdown have only made matters worse for the LGBT community.

Sudan's fight against 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

The New Arab

Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

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

Sudanese activists decry slow progress on women's rights

The New Arab & agencies

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.

Amr Salahi

Hosni Mubarak: The godfather of Egypt’s corrupt police state

Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday at the age of 91. His uninspired rule lasted for 29 years and saw the entrenchment of corruption and the institutionalisation of a police state.

The New Arab & agencies

Italian union workers refuse to resupply Saudi weapons ship

Italian union dock workers have refused to load electricity generators onto a ship carrying weapons, citing concerns about the deadly war in ...

The New Arab & agencies

Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

In recent years, Valentine's Day in the southern city of Najaf has emerged as a battleground between those who are advocates of ...

Florence Massena

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged ...

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

Florence Massena

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged ...

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 ...

Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist's Life

Ramona Wadi

Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist's Life

Book Club: Palestinian artist Sophie Halaby's life is traced in Laura S. Schor's biography during the ongoing colonisation and occupation of ...

Jordan's women don't see the end of male guardianship

Alessandra Bajec

Jordan's women don't see the end of male guardianship

Dozens of women in Jordan face attempted murders, death threats and physical abuse at the hands of their own families, under the logic of an ...

Lebanon's revolution finds an unlikely parallel in Malta

Lara Uhlenhaut

Lebanon's revolution finds an unlikely parallel in Malta

Comment: In both her native Malta, and her adopted Lebanon, Lara Uhlenhaut sees a clear political awakening; a new generation desperate to ...

Lebanese women press for legal protection against domestic violence

Alessandra Bajec

Lebanese women press for legal protection against domestic violence

Lebanese women are pushing for a serious stance on laws to protect them against domestic violence amid large discontent over an inadequate legal ...

Sarah Yerkes

Tunisia needs more than sex ed to break taboos

Comment: Tunisia's new sex education curriculum is a positive step, but a real change in attitudes will take at least a generation, writes Sarah Yerkes.

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 ...

Mariam Barghouti

A free Palestine means freedom of speech, too

Comment: The PA's attempt to close down of 59 websites symptomatic of their general efforts to stifle any criticism of their oppressive ...

Rothna Begum

The lethal cost of being a woman in Palestine

Comment: To prevent more killings like Israa's, abuse in all its forms must be criminalised so that the perpetrators can be prosecuted, writes ...

Women to play a decisive role in Tunisia's elections

Alessandra Bajec

Women to play a decisive role in Tunisia's elections

Women will likely play a big role in determining Tunisia's future in the coming elections, especially if the vote goes to a second round.

Khaled A. Beydoun

Court finally rules what US Muslims knew all along

Comment: The landmark ruling is a watershed moment for the struggle against the crackdown on Arab and Muslim civil liberties in the US, writes ...

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Nicholas Frakes

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Although its gig was cancelled under pressure from Christian groups, Mashrou' Leila have become a symbol in a country where activists say ...

On Arab youth rejuvenating their identity through the arts

Diana Alghoul

On Arab youth rejuvenating their identity through the arts

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival chair Mustapha Korbia speaks to The New Arab about why the arts are crucial for Arab diaspora youth to fully ...

Princess Haya could flee what many UAE women cannot

Hiba Zayadin

Princess Haya could flee what many UAE women cannot

Comment: Personal status laws in the UAE deny women the right to make independent decisions about marriage, education, ...

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