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Sonita Alizadeh was just fifteen when her parents told her she going to be sold into an arranged marriage. It’s a sickening reality many young girls face in developing countries, where one in three will marry before age eighteen. Terrified of becoming a part of that statistic, Sonita resisted – by rapping. In a recent interview with PRI, she told her story. She grew up in Tehran, where a non-profit organization taught children things like photography and music. It was here that her passion for rapping would begin: “Rap music let’s you tell your story to other people. Read More
In Afghanistan, where having a son is vital for any respectable family, little girls are sometimes disguised and raised as boys.  Here, journalist Jenny Nordberg investigates this complicated cultural game of hidden identity. One of the eager-looking twins nods to reaffirm her words. Then she turns to her sister. She agrees. Yes, it is true. She can confirm it.fgha They are two 10-year-old identical girls, each with black hair, squirrel eyes, and a few small freckles. We are sitting on a gold-embroidered sofa in their home in Kabul, Afghanistan. Read More
In Afghanistan, where having a son is vital for any respectable family, little girls are sometimes disguised and raised as boys. Here, journalist Jenny Nordberg investigates this complicated cultural game of hidden identity   “Our brother is really a girl.” One of the eager-looking twins nods to reaffirm her words. Then she turns to her sister. She agrees. Yes, it is true. She can confirm it. They are two 10-year-old identical girls, each with black hair, squirrel eyes, and a few small freckles. We are sitting on a gold-embroidered sofa in their home in Kabul, Afghanistan. Read More
  Jenny Nordberg, who wrote “Undercover Sister” for our Oct/Nov issue this year, was interviewed last Monday on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the interview she discussed a practice in Afghanistan, where some families disguise a daughter as a son and raise her as a boy until she hits puberty. The interview goes into the reasoning behind the practice, and its long-term effect psychologically on the girls who experience such shifts.  Afghanistan being a deeply patriarchal society, the birth of a girl is often far from a joyous event. Read More
  Elections for the European Union will be held this Sunday, May 25th, and polls are predicting that Soraya Post will become the first candidate from the Swedish “Feminist Initiative” party (Fi) to take a seat in the EU parliament.   Soraya Post of the Swedish Feminist Initiative, Image Courtesy of  The Guardian  Fi’s feisty slogan, "Out with the racists, in with the feminists," makes the important point that feminism can be used as a platform for change in all forms of discrimination. Read More