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Of Syiah, Sunni and ISIS

It seemed ironic to me that Islamist groups tried to stop a discussion on countering radicalism, and right then, an act of terror was carried out in the name of Islam. While the attacks were devastating, I also felt that it was timely (for a lack of better word) to show that it is high-time that we acknowledge the rising radicalisation of Muslims.

Will Victims of Rape in Sudan See Justice?

In its final report to the Secretary-General, UNAMID recorded 66 cases with 99 total victims (thirty minors) of conflict-related sexual violence. 36 of those cases were reported to law enforcement agencies. Only nine cases were ever investigated, resulting in a grand total of four arrests. In the report, nearly 70% of victims described the alleged perpetrators as unidentified armed men, and 32 victims reported that the perpetrators were members of the Sudanese armed forces (Rapid Support Forces and Government Police).

Religion vs. Islam

What if I told you that Islam was sent down to abolish religion?

Women and Morality Laws in Sudan: Flogging and Death by Stoning Sentences Continue

Saadia Rajab is a 22 year old Sudanese woman who was charged with adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. When she first appeared at the Alhaj-Yousf/Bahri Public Order Court in the north of Khartoum, Saadia did not have any legal representation and admitted that she had a relationship with a man while being married to another. She was sentenced to "lapidation" (stoning to death) under Article 146 of the Sudanese Criminal Act of 1991.

Are we falling into religious fundamentalism?

“Muslim fundamentalism is an ideology which stands against choice, hope, change, and humanity. Islamism is a danger for the Muslim population. It is a danger for us.” So what is Islamism and Muslim fundamentalism? These two terms are often interchangeable and most times mean the same thing. We see it being used a lot, but what does it really mean?

Silence Did Not Protect Farinaz Khosravani

Elahe Amani, a WELDD participant from our Beirut workshop 2014, urges us to speak out and transform our silence into action, and bring an end to gender based violence.

Pramada Menon: Why do families occupy so much of our headspace?

Pramada Menon is a queer feminist activist who ponders about all matters she thinks are complex. Here she discusses family in relation to patriarchy; as a source of simultaneous support and oppression.

I am a woman, and I am afraid

A week ago, All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) and DAP Damansara Utama assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin launched a rape awareness campaign with the tagline “No Excuse For Rape”. It didn’t take long before the topic of marital rape came up, and to my dismay, there were people defending it in the name of Islam.

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