March 13, 2016
A call for articles for sister-hood magazine, an online publication to promote pro-secular, feminist women of Muslim heritage
Filmmaker and activist Deeyah Khan is launching sister-hood, an English language online global magazine which will promote the progressive and creative voices of women of Muslim heritage from around the world. Deeyah says, ‘We are tired of everybody speaking about us, and speaking at us. We will no longer be spoken over by people with their own agendas – whether they are religious conservatives or xenophobes. It is time to insist that women’s progressive, feminist and secular voices are included in the global discourse — particularly on the topics that impact us the most.’
sister-hood’s goal is to help continue bringing the perspectives and experiences of these women to the attention of mainstream media and the public. In partnership with existing networks of activists, sister-hood will stress the crucial input of these voices in tackling some of the most important topics of our time. sister-hood will promote the work of women of Muslim heritage: known and unknown, whether practicing, cultural or ex-Muslims, regardless of sect or sexual orientation, and whether from the diaspora or the so-called ‘Muslim world’. sister-hood will address subjects such as radicalisation, terrorism, political repression, conflict, violence, sexism and racism. We hope to contribute towards building a more productive and inclusive cross-cultural public dialogue.
Deeyah Khan is an award-winning film-maker and activist, founder of the media and arts company Fuuse, which was established to explore the issues arising within our increasing inter-connected world. Fuuse has, since its inception, worked towards the promotion of excluded voices, with a particular interest in challenging the stereotypes around women of Muslim heritage.
In January 2015, Fuuse organised a global conference in Oslo featuring women from across the Muslim world and beyond. It was a gathering of change-makers, peace-makers, revolutionaries, trouble-makers, activists and artists, including Nawal el-Sadaawi, Hina Jilani, Yanar Mohammad, Şafak Pavey, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Kamilya Jubran, Mona Eltahawy, Rana Husseini and Sister Fa. This event laid the foundation of many of the aims that now underpin sister-hood. Fuuse will be organising similar conferences in future to complement the work presented through the sister-hood magazine. Together, the sister-hood conferences and magazine will amplify the voices of women of Muslim origin, and promote solidarity in the struggle against exclusion and injustice.
We are now looking for: articles written in English by women of Muslim heritage as described above. We also accept artwork, video and audio files, poetry and photographs.
Article length: no more than 1000 words. If you instead choose to make audio and video files these should last no longer than 10 minutes.
Article topics: sister-hood seeks articles that challenge the status quo and reflect pro-secular, progressive, feminist positions, and which engage with the contemporary realities concerning women of Muslim heritage – from politics to their personal lives.
Your info: please include a short bio that you would like to appear with your article. If you prefer to write anonymously by using a pen name, that is also acceptable.
Deadline: Our first issue is being launched in the first week of April so please send your article by the 25th of March to info fuuse.net for consideration, and editing (if accepted).