The Free Saudi Activists coalition sits down with Lina alHathloul—the younger sister of Loujain alHathloul, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia—to discuss the past two years of advocacy and her thoughts on the events that have transpired. What was shared provides a raw and open look at the toll this fight has taken and why public pressure is crucial as ever.
The U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement this past Saturday. The agreement has no guarantees for Afghan women’s rights, human rights and the Afghan Constitution—and makes no commitment to preserve and continue the groundbreaking progress achieved in the last 20 years.
On December 21, Junaid Hafeez, a Pakistani academic, was sentenced to “be hanged by neck till his death” for blasphemy. As an international community, we must stand with the brave Pakistanis calling for justice, and be the voices for those who remain silenced.
“What keeps me on my feet in this prison, while my body bruised and wounded, is my love for the honorable, but tormented, people of this country, and my ideals of justice and freedom. To honor the innocent people’s blood shed atrociously, I pledge to speak the truth, defy tyranny and defend the oppressed until my last breath.”
In the wake of the U.S. decision to kill Iran’s most powerful military leader, Qassem Suleimani, feminist groups are now facing a larger threat than ever before. This move threatens to undo a decades long feminist struggle.
“You know, people, people often ask me why I choose the subjects that I do—and it’s really based on my barometer of anger. If something makes me very angry, that’s what I really want to focus on.”
New data from the Asia Foundation shows a growing support for women’s education and employment in Afghanistan. The organization’s poll of 17,812 Afghans demonstrated the progress made in the views of Afghans in regards to women’s rights and their position in public life. According to Afghanistan in 2019: A Survey of the Afghan People—the 15th […]
Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, has dedicated her life to fighting for women’s rights worldwide. She talked to Ms. after receiving the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal about her life’s work and what’s next.
“On the ashes of the battle against the physical territory of the Islamic State, they launched an unlikely political experiment in which women play a leading role in all political bodies. And all this while almost no one outside its borders was taking note.”
Hajer Mansoor and Medina Ali are both currently being held in the Isa Town Female Detention Centre. These are their stories—in their own words.