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

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.

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

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 rollercoaster path to recognition.

Qatar's Sheikha Asma eyes record with Everest expedition

The New Arab Staff

Qatar's Sheikha Asma eyes record with Everest expedition

Sheikha Asma Al Thani hopes to climb Mount Everest this month as part of an expedition.

'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 ...

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.

Gaia Caramazza

War takes its toll on Syria's displaced women

In-depth: Women displaced by Syria's war face heightened social, economic and healthcare risks, with many left to raise their families ...

Amr Salahi

Syrian activists: No regrets on tenth anniversary of revolution

In-depth: A decade after Syria's revolution began, activists say that despite the great sadness they feel for their country, they have no ...

Florence Massena

Cultural initiative Nabad gives momentum back to cultural actors

Organisations like Nabad wish to give artists and cultural institutes their spark back to help them go on with their projects and ideas post the ...

In post-2003 Iraq, fear pervades daily life for <em>women</em>

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 ...

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 ...

Libyan <em>women</em> 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.

Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to <em>women</em>

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia opens military recruitment to women

The move comes as rights groups continue to urge Riyadh to release all imprisoned women's rights activists.

Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi activist's suspended sentence paves way for early release

A partially suspended sentence will allow Loujain al-Hathloul's release within months, relatives said.

<em>Women</em> are key to ending Yemen's civil war

Tahani Saeed

Women are key to ending Yemen's civil war

Comment: Without women, Yemen's peace talks have gone nowhere. Peace will never be forged if our voices continue to go unheard, writes ...

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream Muslims who do not traditionally recognise female

Yousra Samir Imran

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

In-depth: The decision to transfer imprisoned activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism tribunal is proof that little progress has been made ...

The New Arab Staff

Khashoggi fiancee urges world leaders to snub G20 summit

Speaking at this year's Logan symposium, Hatice Cengiz urged journalists to continue to ask questions over Khashoggi's murder until the truth is ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia mulls releasing women activists ahead of G20

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry is reportedly considering the release of a number of detained activists.

Saudi women's <em>empowerment</em> summit is an empty PR stunt

Alainna Liloia

Saudi women's empowerment summit is an empty PR stunt

Comment: Women's empowerment in Saudi Arabia will remain a sham initiative as long as the activists campaigning for such rights remain ...

Narjas Zatat

#FreeToBeOnline calls for protection of girls against online harassment

Young women's access to the internet is not only curtailed, but in many places, including in parts of the Middle East, they face many dangers on ...

Coronavirus reveals Tunisia's revolutionary gains only exist on paper

Sarah Yerkes and Maro Youssef

Coronavirus reveals Tunisia's revolutionary gains only exist on paper

Comment: Much of Tunisia's crucial legislation designed to protect women is yet to take effect, leaving women more vulnerable ...

To end racism, start with America's education system

Chanee' Robinson

To end racism, start with America's education system

Comment: We must teach our children about America's black history, and design a curriculum that also encourages black excellence, writes Chanee' ...

TNA Webinar Video: The Gendered Impact of Covid-19

The New Arab

TNA Webinar Video: The Gendered Impact of Covid-19

Our webinar series hosts live discussions on issues related to the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond

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