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Digital Waves of Hate: The Struggle Continues for Pakistan’s Transgender Community

Fri, 01/27/2023 - 07:41

The transgender community in Pakistan has constantly been subjected to persecution and violence hindering their participation in 'normal' life. This violence has increasingly been mirrored into digital world leading to plethora of hashtag campaigns initiated to damage the struggles of the community.

On Holding Half The Sky: Stories of Resilience From The Horn Of Africa

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 10:03

For too long, women of African ancestry have been guilted into shame and shamed into grief only to be given lines written by others for solace. We co-created this edition as a reflection of the ever-dynamic and actively resilient mosaic we know to be embodied in each daughter of the Horn. In the questions we’ve asked ourselves and each other, we find the answer always rooted in our untold histories, experiences and everyday realities.

On Holding Half the Sky: Stories of Resilience

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 09:50

The editors write about co-creating this edition as a reflection of the ever-dynamic and actively resilient mosaic they know to be embodied in each daughter of the Horn.

Of The Things War Did To Us

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 12:40

What is belonging? What is its role in our lives - if any? Are we free to belong, freed by belonging or bound by it? In this piece, Etenat pulls the curtains allowing us a little peek into her exploration of these questions through her experience of a war ravaging all she knew -or thought she knew - of land, love and liberation. Her articulation of the sentences exacted upon her (and many daughters of the Horn like her) through the war of identity politics and beyond is a thread you might find yourself holding and weaving yourself into the fragile but resilient social fabric of this human experience.

Resilience through Internet Research: Reflections on Conducting Research with Front-Line Defenders in the Horn of Africa

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 12:18

Academically, politically, socially, religiously, realistically and holistically, what is resilience? This reflective piece takes us through the behind the scenes and in-betweens of a research on the (in)visibilitiy of muslim women human right defenders in the Horn of Africa. In their reflection of the research, an invitation to reckon with seeing oneself in the “subject” of one’s research, study or (arguably equally fitting for momentary obsession). In the name of any given cause, how many of us realize how much of us becomes (in)visible and, how intentional are we about it?

Poem: Sad & Lonely

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 10:07

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In her poetic contributions to our edition, Ayak blatantly challenges this as she paints and captures thousands of images, voices in and between each word. 

Poem: The Womb's Curse

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 10:03

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In her poetic contributions to our edition, Ayak blatantly challenges this as she paints and captures thousands of images, voices in and between each word. 

[Podcast] Stories of Resilience: Daughters of the Horn Using Digital Spaces for Activism

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 09:51

In her Podcast, “Digital Dada,” on a special series called “Stories of Resilience”, Cecilia Maundu invites Shiko Kihika from Kenya. This conversation explores the experience of women journalists and digital advocates in the region. Shiko Kihika  shares with us her journey, the high and low points of her career, as a digital activist and how she empowers women activists to join the digital activism space.  Stay tuned for more.

RAPT

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 09:19

Too emotional, too angry, too oppressed, too something for a system built on severing every umbilical cord there is between Mother and child: Mother Earth, Mother Nature and Mother Africa. What is it like being a Black Muslim Woman in the Arab world or the world in general? In this contribution, Dahlia viscerally confronts some of the can, cannots, do and do nots society throws in the face of Muslim women in its continued effort to silence and tokenize them.

Tigray: Life Beneath the Sealed Skies

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 09:08

Out of sight, out of mind - is one of the realest phenomena confronting warriors of truth and justice on the forefront of humanitarian disasters. Beyond the solidarity profile picture changes and statuses of “please pray” for whichever catastrophe that is ravaging the very heart and soul of humanity anywhere on this planet of ours, there are very real, live humans literally dying to live. Diasporans ring the alarm the best they can knowing too well that the media is only there serving a political agenda. But what happens when the diaspora can’t reach their family? Can’t see the news? Can’t hear the cries? The world calls it a black-out, but what happens when it’s really a black-in keeping all the cries for justice from going out and reaching you? Yes, you.

RED: A Documentary Exploring Cost Of Mestruation

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 08:54

Njeri Maina produced a documentary that speaks about the “Poverty Period” in Kenya. In her production, Njeri tries to build and weave a narrative that exposes the cultural stigma and stereotypes that are related to menstruation and how such socially constructed beliefs and ideas are used to discriminate against women and girls in public and private spaces. Njeri also explores how class status determines women’s pleasant and unpleasant experiences of care during the menstrual season. Pushing this analysis further, she makes the connection between the financial struggles of women and girls to buy a pad for menstrual care and its impact on the girl-child’s education as they are exposed to social stigma in school.

Real Bodies Look Like What: The Relationship of Pornography and Sex in Pakistani Society

Mon, 01/16/2023 - 10:23

As sex continues to be a taboo in Pakistan's conservative society, men form their understanding of what it looks like from unrealistic pornographic content, leading to direct impact on women and their pleasure in real life. Salwa Rana speaks to women to explore this impact.

Societal Barriers To Credible Information Makes Women Unsafe In South Asia

Tue, 01/10/2023 - 11:03

Lack of formal and digital literacy hinders South Asian women's access to credible healthcare related information, forcing them to live with illnesses that never get treated. Anmol Irfan discusses the impact of this barrier.

What Is Time?

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:37

Dimah Mahmoud explores what Time is when we see it beyond its literal meaning and how it connects people around us in ways we never look in.

RAPT

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:11

Too emotional, too angry, too oppressed, too something for a system built on severing every umbilical cord there is between Mother and child: Mother Earth, Mother Nature and Mother Africa. What is it like being a Black Muslim Woman in the Arab world or the world in general? In this contribution, Dahlia viscerally confronts some of the can, cannots, do and do nots society throws in the face of Muslim women in its continued effort to silence and tokenize them.

(InVisible): Reflection and Resilience in Research

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 09:04

Academically, politically, socially, religiously, realistically and holistically, what is resilience? This reflective piece takes us through the behind-the-scenes and in-betweens of a research on the (in)visibilitiy of muslim women human right defenders in the Horn of Africa. In their reflection of the research, an invitation to reckon with seeing oneself in the “subject” of one’s research, study or (arguably equally fitting for momentary obsession). In the name of any given cause, how many of us realise how much of us becomes (in)visible, and how intentional are we about it?

Of The Things War Did To Us

Mon, 01/09/2023 - 08:43

What is belonging? What is its role in our lives - if any? Are we free to belong, freed by belonging or bound by it? In this piece, Etenat Awol pulls the curtains allowing us a little peek into her exploration of these questions through her experience of a war ravaging all she knew - or thought she knew - of land, love and liberation. Her articulation of the sentences exacted upon her (and many daughters of the Horn like her) through the war of identity politics and beyond is a thread you might find yourself holding and weaving yourself into the fragile but resilient social fabric of this human experience.

A Coy-Tale: Queer Cyber Intimacy And The Surveilled Subject

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 12:08

This personal essay by Lara Mansour narrates the experience of being gay in a conservative country like Egypt, and the anxieties of first-ever digital sexual encounter.

Women's Community Radio: How Islanders And Mountain Residents Are Coping With The Impact Of Covid-19 in Rural Indonesia

Mon, 12/12/2022 - 11:08

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the digital divide that exists in rural Indonesia as the world moved to technology for everyday needs and tasks. The residents of the villages set up community radios to address this gap, which then helped in addressing many economic, educational, communication and entertainment needs of the residents.

Patriarchal Control As Hindrance To Digital Access for Women in Pakistan

Mon, 12/12/2022 - 09:47

Patriarchal restrictions on internet access lead to impacts that affect all aspects of women's lives in Pakistan. This familial control is not only detrimental to their economic and educational growth, but also is a threat to their safety and health. In this series of illustrations, Aniqa Haider sheds light on the impact of gender digital divide in Pakistan.

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