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Professor Gary R. Bunt

Managing the hate online when you're young, female and Muslim

BBC News, Ruqaiya Haris: managing the hate online when you're young, female and Muslim
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Shamima Begum Case

For details of the Shamima Begum case, click here:
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KSA Gender

Madawi al-Rasheed, Middle East Eye, Why women are fleeing Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia
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German ISIS wife interview

CNN, German teenage ISIS wife wed at 15. Two children later she faces uncertain future Read More…

Iranian women

BBC News, Iranian women - before and after the Islamic Revolution
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10 Commandments

The Specials featuring Saffiyah Khan - 10 Commandments

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Absher

The New Arab, 'Want to track and detain your wife or sister? There's a Saudi app for that' Read More…

'Gender balance' UAE

Opinion/analysis: Moya Crockett, Stylist, Go ahead and mock the UAE’s all-male gender equality awards – but don’t forget the West’s track record
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KSA Documentary

BBC iPlayer, The Real Saudi Arabia: Why I Had to Leave Read More…

Gaza photos

Roads & Kingdoms, Gaza Girls Read More…

Nojoud al-Mandeel

Al Jazeera, Another Saudi woman takes to Twitter to 'escape abusive family'
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Rahaf al-Qunun: updated

Rahaf al-Qunun situation updated: Read More…

KSA activism appeal

NBC, Sister of jailed female activist appeals to Pompeo on eve of Saudi trip
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KSA Women

NYT, Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee
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'How to be a Muslim Woman'

Here's information on the podcasts of the excellent BBC Radio 4 series How to be a Muslim Woman. Read More…

#MeToo Egypt

CNN, Egypt's #MeToo moment targets street harassment
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Rohingya Situation Page - Updated

I'm collecting Rohingya related stories here (many derived from my Twitter @garybunt). It forms an important element in relation to online activism, as well as being a human rights catastrophe. It's not possible to cover everything here, but over-time I intend to write about the digital dimensions of this issue.


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Crowdsourced Twitter study reveals shocking scale of online abuse against women

Amnesty, Crowdsourced Twitter study reveals shocking scale of online abuse against women Read More…

Syria's forgotten women

Independent, Forgotten Women: The displaced Syrian mothers still fighting for change – who say ‘I want you to feel our suffering’, 17 Dec 2018
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Women Making Space in the Mosque

BBC World Service, Heart & Soul, Women Making Space in the Mosque

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Single Muslim Mums

SingleMuslimMums.co.uk

New and noted.
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KSA 'inside-out abaya'

A prominent campaign has appeared on social media from SaudiArabia relating to dress codes over the past week.

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Facebook auction of child bride

Reuters, Facebook auction of South Sudan child bride could inspire other families: activists, 13 Nov 2018 catching up on this story Read More…

Lebanon Shame on Who? Lebanese Campaign Exposes 'Victim Blaming' Attitudes to Rape

albawaba.com, Shame on Who? Lebanese Campaign Exposes 'Victim Blaming' Attitudes to Rape Read More…

'Honour Killing' video

'Honour killing' video shocks Syrians Read More…

Yes, I'm Hot in This.

ImamsOnline, One Muslim Woman’s Mission For Better Representation "One of the best ways that we as Muslims can improve our status in the media is to support people who present a more positive outlook of Islam in the West. One such person is a Muslim artist named Huda Fahmy, aka “Yes, I’m Hot in This“. The name is a play on the question that plagues many a hijabi, where non-Muslims will constantly ask us “Aren’t you hot in that?” and I love the way she takes ownership of who she is, and how she’s feeling."
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Gender specific propaganda

Nikita Malik, Forbes.com, Why Do We Underestimate The Role Of Women In Terrorist Organizations?, 26 Sep 2018 "It is important to remember, moreover, that Islamic State was the first terrorist organization to spearhead a systematic campaign to reach out to women – using gender specific propaganda to do so. The group later inspired others, including the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban, or TTP) to follow suit and produce content tailored specifically for its ‘jihadi sisters’, and elaborate on their role in promoting the mujahideen (fighters)."

Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism

Rachel Bryson, Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, "In this collection of papers, experts weigh in on assumptions about women’s roles in violent Islamist extremism that hold back informed policymaking."

Contesting identities within cultural insecurity

Currently taking a look at this interesting thesis, which draws on a number of elements associated with the study of cyber Islamic Environments. Kathleen Woodhouse-Ledermann, Contesting identities within cultural insecurity: The case of Muslim women in contemporary France (Rutgers, 2018) [PDF download]
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