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Recent years have seen Iraqis having smaller families due to a spike in living costs. Couples are having less children in a sharp departure from the past when huge families were the norm in the clan-based society.
Thanksgiving dinner is served at Sufi Mumim's restaurant November 22, 2001 in Talaquan, Afghanistan. Prepared dishes include roast turkey with pumpkin and yoghurt and Afghan staples such as sweet green tea and bread
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As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, The New Arab sits down with one Afghan whose made Virginia her home, and why she uses the festive season to commemorate both her Afghan origins and her adopted American culture.

general picture of a woman rally in Cologne to mark the international day for the Elimination of violences against women, in Cologne, Germany [Getty Images]
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November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and a 16-day campaign by UN Women to fight gender based violence. It is especially prescient this year after the disproportionate effects of the pandemic.
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As Lebanon’s dysfunctional political set up has resisted change, many wonder whether the elections set for 2022 will finally bring about an alternative to the long-established political class.
Two women in hijabs holding a sign reading "Islamophobia is not freedom"
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With 45% of religious hate crimes in England and Wales being aimed at Muslims, Islamophobia Awareness Month seeks to stem the tide of hate this November.
Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of those members who were killed in Israeli bombardment [Getty Images]
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Constant Israeli assaults have led Gazan women to be forced to reconsider motherhood, due to the tragic realisation that their offspring may not survive childbirth. This has led to the worsening of women's mental health in the embattled enclave.
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Enas Kamal discusses Ridwa, a recent campaign highlighting how women's inheritance rights in Egypt are being withheld by patriarchal and repressive societal norms that refuse to acknowledge women's huge economic role in the country today.
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With Afghanistan in a dire economic predicament, the Taliban have thus far failed to provide adequate solutions to shore up public services. This has meant that more and more Afghans now face poverty, destitution and illness as winter draws closer.
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Lebanese women have been disproportionately affected by Lebanon's continued crises, none more so in terms of pregnancy and period products which have seen price hikes in recent months, affecting not only family planning, but women's mental health.
Jordanian veiled women soldiers participate in the first military parade since King Abdullah II ascended the throne seven years ago, during celebrations to mark the 85th anniversary of Jordan's armed forces, 10 June 2006
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More armies in the Arab world are drafting women into their operational and strategic planning with Jordan and Algeria, particularly promising case studies. Yet structural and cultural challenges remain to reach gender equity in the armed forces.