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  “Upholding Gendered Peace at a Time of War: Academics and Activists Speak Out on the Shifting Places of Women in the Arab World This is Women in War’s  second annual conference in a cycle commemorating the place of women in the First World War, which will last from 2014 to 2018. The inaugural conference […]

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Look if you can stomach it at the horrific images of Zarkhunda’s lynching. Again a totally veiled woman, no face showing, like Zarmina, savagely beaten with sticks and stoned … scrutinise the henchmen shouting Allah-u-Akhbar. No bearded Taliban here or shalwar-kamiz, but young men, some teenagers, slick short hair, leather jackets, jeans, wielding sticks and cell phones to film the scene. . Looking just like their contemporaries anywhere on the planet, these kids do not appear to be older than 25 which means that they all benefited, however diminutively from the possibilities afforded to them by the nascent institutions of Post-Taliban Afghanistan. Something comparable could be said for all the thousands leaving Europe and parts of North Africa (especially Tunisia) to join the ranks of ISIS. They are not all illiterate and starving, nor victims of some imperialist plot.

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Clarissa, Elsa et Hayat, trois existences féminines typiques de la France moderne.

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it is urgent that we campaign for the unalienable rights of pregnant women to be recognized by international law in conflict zones.

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But war does not lend itself to colonialist ethnography, reduced to picturesque folklore. Not if you have an ounce of conscience between your earphones.
The main feature of this vapid display is the total absence of women…. This is why the conference organized by the French NGO ‘Women in War’ in Sarajevo held on June 7 and 8 on the these themes was so important and successful. Two full days were spent discussing everything this exhibition refused to consider, mainly the place of women in armed conflict.

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In North Eastern Nigeria where the Boko Haram rule, as in Northern Pakistan and all of rural Afghanistan, under Taliban and Deobandi control infant and maternal mortality are catastrophic…the female body is the battle ground of extremists, quietly murdered with the help of the richest and the most powerful on this planet…

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35 years have elapsed since the revolution that ousted the Shah and put an authoritarian theocracy in place. But does this make it the equivalent of the USSR, 35 years after 1917?

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An open letter to my friends in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

For a change, I want to talk about what’s going on presently in my hometown, Paris.

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I’ve just returned to Sarajevo where some of my closest and dearest friends live. The pessimism is palpable everywhere. Not a single institution seems to be working efficiently, be it hospitals, schools, universities. Museums have been shut for a year. Only supermarkets and religious establishments, principally Muslim, are sprouting everywhere

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Let us imagine a society where such ideologies triumph (which is not excluded in view of the West’s negotiations with Taliban and their look-alike), a society without women, one that is deprived of 50% of its brains, capacities and potential. Gone would be the primary school teachers, nurses, police officers, provincial civil servants, – not to be replaced by male counterparts who neither have the qualifications nor the desire to work in these fields.

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