About me, Experience

Finding feminism

I’ve started reading “Can We All Be Feminists?”, which is an anthology of essays by women with very different backgrounds. The first two essays are about the writers' struggles with feminism and it kind of took me back to the past. Growing up as a teen, I was a devout Muslima, a hijabi even. This… Continue reading Finding feminism

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Women, who raised me

I had a weird dream, and when I woke up I realised how typical it was of the women, who raised me. In the dream, I got married to a Middle Eastern man. We weren’t living together though, and oddly enough I didn’t hear from him after the wedding proceedings anymore. The females in my… Continue reading Women, who raised me

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Back from Europe

I am back from Europe and my beloved London. There were so many things I wanted to do, but only so many things I got around doing. There’s one moment I kept imagining before I went on this trip, the moment when I got off the airplane with Layali. How I would breathe in London’s… Continue reading Back from Europe

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Bolero – it takes a bit to open up your voice

Absolutely quiet it starts. One soft voice breaks the silence, but it is timid, maybe cautious, maybe shy. Probably hesitant yet. It addresses a small audience. “This is not right. They are men, and all they intend to do is shut down the female narrative.” We’ve heard it all before. But the small audience has… Continue reading Bolero – it takes a bit to open up your voice