Amid record-breaking government shutdowns, devastating congressional testimonies and the first signs of the 2020 election cycle bearing fruit, there is only one story from across the Atlantic that has caught my eye in the last month or so. That is the story of Alexandria Oscaio-Cortez: a 29-year-old, Hispanic-American bar tender from the Bronx. Oh, and … More ‘Alexandria Oscaio-Cortez is but the latest victim of a political and cultural environment that seeks to silence and demonise ambitious women’.
They say we get to pick our friends, so what does who we choose say about us? I have had the enormous pleasure of “picking” a diverse plethora of friends, ranging in where we’re from to where we’re going. And although cultural clashes are common, walking a mile in their shoes had taught me to be more tolerant and sympathetic of others. … More We Are The Company We Keep
Arzu Qaderi is behind “My Afghan Diary” – a documentary that seeks to give a platform to strong women through a series of controversial and confidential interviews. Tackling the victim stereotype usually perpetuated in the media, “My Afghan Diary” has a fresh perspective on women in Afghanistan and seeks to celebrate a nuanced portrait of individuals who are brimming with endurance and passion. The women interviewed are artists, performers, teachers, scholars, mothers and role models for the next generation of women in Afghanistan. Soosan Firooz is among them, she uses rap to express both personal and societal problems and was one of the first female rappers in her country. … More In Conversation with Afghan-German Filmmaker Arzu Qaderi about Feminism, Filmmaking and Empowered Women in Afghanistan
We live in an age where our identity has become something to be celebrated; especially those who come from minority groups who aren’t usually the focus of mainstream media. There are many Instagram pages, blogs and YouTubers who aim to make these groups feel empowered and as a young black Muslim woman to see these … More How do societal expectations continue to limit our identity?