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When Your Parent Has Mental Illness: Healing From Childhood Trauma

In Middle Eastern, Arab, and African households, the predominant belief is that family and blood ties mean unconditional respect, devotion, and loyalty – even if these family members have been your primary cause of trauma. Growing up in a family of five, I had a pretty stable childhood. My Dad was the big […]

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Teenager Bassant Khalid’s Suicide Highlights the Brutality of Slut-Shaming Culture in Egypt

Earlier this month news, Bassant Khalid committed suicide in Egypt after being blackmailed with deep fake photos. The news was devastating to the Egyptian public, and her death was met with shock and disgust. Egyptians stood by the 17-year-old, and many condemned the young men who blackmailed Bassant. Others also demanded their arrest. […]

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Meet Ola Labib — the first Black Muslim Sudanese woman to perform at the O2

Happy New Year to all AWRA allies and members out there! We’re excited to start the New Year celebrating the accomplishments of African women. In this exclusive interview, AWRA co-founder Reem Abdellatif speaks with Sudanese-British comedian Ola Labib, who is known for her charming personality and edgy humor. Ola is currently the only […]

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‘Purity culture’ is wounding women and sexual assault victims across Africa

There is nothing as damaging as the teachings of purity culture. I would know this as a woman living in Nigeria where our traditions and two main practiced religions are ardent enforcers of the patriarchal principle. While it is common knowledge that both Christianity and Islam preach purity and chastity before marriage […]

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Open Letter: Egypt Must Take Serious and Genuine Steps to End Gender Discrimination

Gender discrimination has been a long-standing crisis in Egypt for far too long. With the 80th Session of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) taking place this month, we urge the Egyptian government to commit to promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls, and […]

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4 Ways We Can Support Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa

The creative manufacturing and handmade sector is the second largest employer in developing countries. The African continent is renowned for its diverse culture and heritage. Many handmade artisans in rural Africa contribute to the development of their regions by crafting unique products for the local and international markets. These products are not limited […]

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Women & Girls in Nigeria Need New Resources to Address Gender-Based Violence

In my home country of Nigeria, there’s always been an eerie silence surrounding gender-based violence (GBV). GBV can be described as any act of violence that is directed at a person or a group of people based on their gender. It is deeply rooted in patriarchy and gender inequality and can be in […]

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Women-led NGO AWRA Empowers African Children Through Comic Series

Meet Kawkab, a 10-year-old Sudanese shero whose superpowers allow her to defy space and time. Kawkab was created by AWRA founding member Reem Abdellatif and Sudanese Artist Ibrahim of Abbas Comics to empower African children through educational comics. Kawkab is one of many young girls who dares to dream. She uses her unique […]

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An Ode to My African-Arab Vagina: I’m Sorry for Not Embracing You

As an Egyptian woman, I’m writing this as an ode to my body – specifically my vagina. I grew up in an extremely patriarchal society where men are given free passes to act out as sexual predators, scratch themselves in public, and freely stick their penises out to urinate in the streets or […]

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In Nigeria, Religious Abuse Perpetuates Violence Against Women and Girls

It is estimated that one in three women experience either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It also states that “globally up to 38 percent of murders of women are committed by intimate partners” and in most cases, violence against […]

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Living with PCOS Taught Me That We Need More Women Doctors Who Center Women

The first time I ever heard about PCOS was in 2018 on a group chat that I created for young African women. As I read caveat after caveat of symptoms and how those who shared their stories have resigned to the possibility of never having kids, I shuddered with fear and was internally […]

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Somalia: Government must end medical negligence and prioritize anti-FGM laws

  A loss of life, especially when it is completely avoidable, stings different. Just a few weeks ago, Fartun Ahmed, a 13-year-old bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia. FGM is a violation that 200 million women and girls — according to UNICEF — survived and live with day in day […]