An Afghan Woman Under the Taliban
Even though her nephew is with her, and she is fully covered, she can feel the men’s eyes on her, ogling her body. She wonders why the staring is worse than usual, and decides it’s because there are fewer women and girls on the streets. “Look!” Her nephew points to a group of women protestors. They are chanting, “Food, work, freedom! Education is our right! Open the girls’ schools!”
Pushed Back on the Edges of the EU
An Algerian woman had first traveled to Turkey, walked across Bulgaria and finally reached Serbia. She hoped to reach France but, along the way, Bulgarian police struck her with batons while they briefly detained her. “If I ever make it to France, I’ll need psychological treatment,” she said.
Hard News: The Struggle to Report on Myanmar and Belarus From Exile
The situations in Belarus and Myanmar are very different, but what they have in common are attacks on human rights and democracy. In both countries, assaults against freedom of the press have driven most independent journalists into exile.
Tunisia’s President Gives Life to a Zionism Conspiracy Theory
For months, President Kais Saied and his closest advisers have been ingesting the bizarre musings circulated by a tiny, obscure party on Facebook, with one particularly pernicious theory gripping his attention: that Black migrants are pawns in a Zionist settler movement designed to fundamentally strip Tunisia of its identity and land.
The Need to Make Space for Dalit Queer Voices in India
In India, queer people from the Dalit community have to hide their caste and face discrimination on digital platforms. As a result, many Dalit queer forums have sprung up, to create a safe space for people to explore their intersectional identities.
Netanyahu Holds the Key to De-escalating Israel’s Crisis
Protest leaders are clear-eyed that there is nothing politically or institutionally that can force the government to back down, save more public pressure and the disruption of daily life inside the country. The government has so far refused to negotiate or even pause its legislative blitz.
Disinformation Proves an Effective Weapon in Misogynistic Spaces
Hundreds of women in the MENA region have faced gender-based disinformation attacks during the last decade. This is not only a widespread phenomenon, but a growing trend of coordinated and systematized campaigns, pushing many women out of the public sphere.