Category Archives: Activists

Cosmo UK Protests Honor Killings

image copyLimited-edition covers of the February issue of Cosmopolitan UK depict a woman suffocating in plastic. The shocking image and visceral experience — the plastic needs to be ripped open — is meant to protest honor killings, in which someone is murdered by a relative who believes the victim has brought shame on their family.

Read the rest here.

Good for Cosmopolitan. But why is this “a limited edition”? Make it the cover and cover story of the U.S. edition. And other women’s magazines should follow their lead in reporting this primitive tribal custom based on the master/slave consciousness of an honor/shame culture.

Publish Charlie Hebdo’s Mohammed cartoons in solidarity with the victims of censorship and violence


Chris Moos

In the wake of the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo journalists, we express our solidarity with the victims of intolerance, violence, censorship and religious fundamentalism. While killing journalists and police officers, the assailants were recorded shouting that they have “avenged the prophet Mohammed”.

The journalists at Charlie Hebdo have paid with their lives for a standing up against all attempts to bully them into complying with religious blasphemy norms. As in previous episodes, newspapers have already started to blur or cut out those images in the reporting of the events.

The fight against intolerance requires breaking the self-reinforcing cycle of blasphemy taboos and censorship.

We call on all journalists around the world to publish the full and uncensored cartoons of Charlie Hebdo’s “La vie de Mahomet” as an act of solidarity with those who have tragically paid with their lives for defending the human right to free expression.

Any act of censorship of the cartoons for which the Charlie Hebdo journalists have paid with their lives is another victory for the perpetrators and their aims to intimidate people into silence.

Let’s not give the murderers the satisfaction to achieve their goals.

#IamCharlie #JeSuisCharlie

Editors and journalists around the world
Editor, Guardian Alan Rusbridger
Executive Director, Washington Post Martin Baron
and 7 others
Editor, The Independent Archie Bland
Deputy Editor, New Statesman Helen Lewis
Editor, The Times John Witherow
Political Editor, Channel 4 News Gary Gibbon
Executive Director, New York Times Dean Baquet
Editor, The Daily Telegraph Ian MacGregor (Editor, The Daily Telegraph)
Editor, BBC News Website Steve Herrman (Editor, BBC News Website)
Publish Charlie Hebdo’s Mohammed cartoons in solidarity with the victims of censorship and violence

The ‘Eyes’ Have It in Saudi Arabia

niqab copyWomen with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up under Saudi Arabia’s latest repressive measure, it was reported yesterday.

The ultra-conservative Islamic state has said it has the right to stop women revealing ‘tempting’ eyes in public.

A spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, said a proposal to enshrine the measure in law has been tabled.

Women in Saudi Arabia already have to wear a long black cloak, called an abaya, cover their hair and, in some regions, conceal their faces while in public.

If they do not, they face punishments including fines and public floggings. One report on the Bikya Masr news website suggested the proposal was made after a member of the committee was attracted by a woman’s eyes as he walked along a street, provoking a fight.

Read the rest here.


A Saudi activist’s responds to the misogynists of her country:

One of Saudi Arabia’s preeminent activists [Manal al-Sharif], who led the right-to-drive movement, describes her decision to take off the niqab:. No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil. Many Muslim women are forced to wear it daily. The hijab has a spectrum, of course, from its most radical embodiments, the niqab, which covers the entire face, to loose fitting headscarves.

Saudi Arabia comes come second only to Iran in using the power of the stick (the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice or the religious police) to impose a particular form and color of hejab on all our women. And when I say all our women, I mean all: Saudi and non-Saudi, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

Read the rest of this courageous woman’s article here.


Muslim Feminist Attacked, Hair and Eyebrows Shaved Off

Amina SbouiFormer Femen militant, Tunisia’s Amina Sboui, said she was attacked Sunday at dawn in a Parisian square by five people who ”shaved her eyebrows and hair”.

Amina denounced the aggression on her Facebook page where she posted a selfie a few hours after the alleged attack.

The woman said five people attacked her at around 5 am Sunday in the Clichy station, in Pigalle: ”they shaved my eyebrows and hair, telling me I don’t deserve the beauty Allah gave me, they called me a whore and told me they would raped me and would be thanked by Allah for it!”.

Read the rest: Muslim Feminist Amina Sboui Attacked  (h/t to   More here and here at Amina Sboui’s Facebook page.

Nonie Darwish – “The War on Former Muslim Women”

Nonie DarwishFrontpage Magazine    It is a tragedy and a shame that it had to take the mass kidnapping and sexual enslavement of 300 Nigerian girls by Muslim jihadists for the world to finally express its outrage over Sharia’s evil deeds. 

Former Muslim women like Wafa Sultan, Ayan Hirsi Ali and myself have been writing and speaking about the oppression of women in Islamic society for a long time now. I have written a book
dedicated to connecting the dots between Islamic law and such kidnappings, rapes and other forms of oppression of women. But instead of helping our voices be heard, the leftist media and academia have ignored us, called us names and done everything in their power to silence us. They have treated the American people like children who are told they should not be outraged about far away cultural practices — because all cultures are equal.

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Muslims have convinced the leftist elites that criticism of Islamic doctrine is a hateful phobia equal to hating all Muslim people. Students who wanted to learn the truth about Sharia and its implications on women, jihad, the Arab Israeli conflict and terrorism, have been intimidated and forced to withdraw their invitation to former Muslim women speakers.

And so now, with the Nigerian kidnapping story, Islam’s dirty little secret has been exposed: Sharia legalizes the taking of female hostages as sexual slaves in the jihad battle against non-Muslims. And since the jihad battle against non-Muslims is taught as a permanent institution, the kidnapping, rape and enslavement can happen at any time.

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It is high time for American leftist feminists to acknowledge the truth about Islamic oppression of women. Kidnapping of girls, sexual slavery, female genital mutilation, wife beating, legal discrimination against women in the courtroom and other forms of oppression of women, must never be tolerated under the excuse of cultural relativism.

It is time for the West to condemn Islamic Sharia law by name.

Read all of this article: Nonie Darwish on the War on Former Muslim Women.

Pakistani Poetess Celebrated in Documentary

Poster for the film SalmaPieces of paper tucked between the layers of folded piles of jewel-coloured saris flowed with poems describing her forced marriage and life behind locked doors. It was only when her mother smuggled the poems out in the laundry basket and sent them off to a publisher in Chennai that Salma’s voice was heard.

Salma was trapped by her family and then, after agreeing to an arranged marriage, by her husband, locked away behind barred windows, unable to continue her education and forced to write her heartfelt words in secret.

This sounds like a brutal and ancient tradition but the practice continues to this day and the poet, 46, who is known all over India by just her first name, now devotes her time to campaigning for women’s rights and education for young girls.

Her story is an incredible turn of events that saw her released from her home and elected village leader, going on to become the voice for other women imprisoned by the same fate.

Read the rest: Pakistani Poetess Locked Away by Family

More about the film Salma.

Brandeis Disses Hirsi Ali

ayaan-hirsi-aliAyaan Hirsi Ali, an advocate for women’s rights and outspoken critic of Islam, sharply criticized Brandeis University today for abruptly withdrawing its offer of an honorary degree.

Facing public [Muslim] pressure, the Waltham university announced late Tuesday it would not honor the Somali-born activist, a week after announcing she would receive a degree at next month’s graduation ceremony.

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A former member of the Dutch parliament who has spoken out against female genital mutilation and honor killings, she said she was “completely shocked” when Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence told her the university was rescinding its offer, just a few hours before issuing a public statement.

 “I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin,” she wrote. “For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called “honor killings,” and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices.”

Read the rest: Brandeis Caves to Islam and Uninvites Hirsi Ali

This is dhimmitude, bowing to Islam and its sharia law.

Has Brandeis no shame?  It certainly has no honor or courage.

Muslim Women Challenge 1,400 Years of Islamic Ideology

Zainah AnwarIf a Muslim woman opens up the text of the Holy Qur’an and leafs through its pages until she reaches chapter 4, which is titled “The Verse of Women,” and continues on until she reaches verse 34, she will find the following proclamation: 

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance — [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”

Growing up in Pakistan, I remember reading the verse myself, from a copy of the Holy Qur’an that belonged to my grandmother. I remember my twisted set of feelings that followed — confusion, betrayal, and disappointment.

Read the rest of this amazing article:  Muslim Women Challenge Islamic Patriarchy.

Zainah Anwar and her activist colleagues seek to clarify the language of the Quran and challenge the 1,400 year old gender discrimination deeply embedded in the “DNA of patriarchy” in the doctrine of Islam and its sharia law.  I sincerely hope that they succeed but doubt that they will be able to do so and fear that they will be declared apostates (who can be killed according to sharia law) if their campaign grows.

Muslim Women Stand Naked and Unadorned in Paris

Nude Muslim women protest in ParisOnly in France!

Paris police say they arrested six women Saturday for baring their breasts and more outside the pointy-pyramid entrance to the museum in front of dumbstruck, applauding tourists. They were released after identity checks.

Protest organizer Safia Lebdi says the demonstration was connected to International Women’s Day. She says the women waved flags of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Iran to highlight the many legal and cultural restrictions imposed on women in the Muslim world.

Read more: Naked Muslim Women Protest in Paris   See more: Gallery from Protest of Nude Muslim Women.