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‘Not your habibti’: Palestinian designer seeks to empower women

Palestinian fashion designer Yasmeen Mjalli speaks while standing in her clothing shop where her label collection “BabyFist” carrying anti-sexual harassment slogans is showcased, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on December 19, 2018.

It’s only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli’s collection, but they carry a powerful message: “Not your habibti”, or darling.

She sees the clothes as helping empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public.

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15.01.2019 | 13:30

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Barred from bathing and banished from home – period taboos around the world

In this photograph taken on February 3, 2017, Nepalese woman Pabitra Giri prepares to sleep in a Chhaupadi hut during her menstruation period in Surkhet District, some 520km west of Kathmandu.
The practice of banning women from the home when they are menstruating is linked to Hinduism and considers women untouchable at this time. They are banished from the home — barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men — and forced into a monthly exile sleeping in basic huts.

In many countries women are excluded from religious rituals and banished from their homes while they are on their periods.

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12.01.2019 | 21:02

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Nazareth preserves its Arab traditions as Christmas nears

Women knit during a Christmas workshop to teach embroidery in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, December 6, 2018. Picture taken December 6, 2018.

As Nazareth was decked out for Christmas, a group of weavers gathered in the cobblestone alleys of Israel’s largest Arab city, intent on preserving their Palestinian heritage at a time when their communities feel under pressure.

Date

23.12.2018 | 14:36

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First women’s yoga training centre in Gaza

A small group of Palestinian women in Gaza are stretching their limbs with yoga to help them teach others to cope with the stresses and traumas of living in the embattled territory.

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29.03.2018 | 14:47

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Gaza female Instagram stars want world to get the picture

Palestinian Kholoud Nassar (26)

They may not be able to leave Gaza without Israeli or Egyptian permission, but their photos can. The two women are among a small number of Instagram stars in the blockaded Palestinian enclave, showing followers a different side of their homeland from what much of the world may be used to hearing or seeing.

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29.03.2018 | 14:37

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Women in the News

Kesha

Is it easy for a woman to talk about sexual assault that she experienced? No! It is not! Mentally it takes a lot of strength and courage to go through it again, even once. That is why some women do not file a case and keep silent. In some cases even the court of justice, not only society, rejects her “plea”. For example: Kesha’s case. Read more here!

 

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26.02.2016 | 15:12

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Women in the News

CologneCologne was the scene of mass sexual assault on New Year’s Eve. Police say more than 500 complaints have now been filed, with about 40 percent involving sexual offenses. Read more here and check out other news about women that made it to the headlines this week.

Date

14.01.2016 | 21:41

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