Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

Refreshing is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the film “Wadjda.

As someone who has an academic background in Gender and Women’s Studies and who has studied and written about how people in the West should discuss women’s issues abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to find a film about a young girl in modern-day Saudi Arabia that didn’t feature horrific and gruesome violence against women. Continue reading Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

Archived: Representations of Afghan women in the US media today

**Note: I recently sorted through some old blog posts that I either never posted, or that were posted on an old blog. So I will be adding a few here just to have them all in one place. Enjoy!***

May 3, 2012: Yesterday I defended my Master’s thesis that dealt with a US feminist organization’s campaign for Afghan women and girls. Later that day, two people that were at my defense shared with me an NPR story on a young Afghan woman that came out yesterday, and wanted to know what I thought. So, this is what I think! Continue reading Archived: Representations of Afghan women in the US media today

Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia

Earlier this evening at an event hosted by the International Museum of Women, and held at San Francisco’s World Affairs Council, four Muslim women from the Bay area discussed their experiences as Muslim women in the US in a post-9/11 world, in a time where a young girl (Malala Yousafzai) has become a symbol for the strength of Muslim women and girls. Continue reading Inspired by Malala: Local Muslim Women Discuss Activism, Community, and Islamophobia