The first female headman

Makbule has been the headman of Diyarbakır’s Selahattin Eyyübi Mahallesi district (she lives in the center of Diyarbakır,  Diyarbakır is a province in Turkey) since …

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I lost control as soon as I got into the hospital

Malla from Spain: Only half of my body was rent insensible to avoid the pain while the sutures. There was no reason to prevent me to know about my son’s health or, at least, to see my baby.

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The tick in the fur

Karin from Netherlands/ Germany: “Be like the tick in an animal’s fur: keep biting, so that we don’t forget you’re there!”

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The Blue World of Tomorrow

S.A. from Iran: My mother remembers the sounds of bombs which made her so scared every day and every hour till she thought that I might be dead inside her body… but no! I was much stronger…

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Not allowed

Renad from Yemen/ Sweden: Since the age of thirteen, and to this very day, my family would not allow me to play in the street with my brother, while my brother could do so at any time.

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Yemeni women

Bushra from Yemen: Gender inequality is noticeable on many different levels of interaction with society. Starting with the way women dress, public freedoms, marriage laws, family laws, identity laws, education…

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Not a girlish girl

Sarah from Germany: Unconsciously, I tried to convince others of my “male” characteristics and of the fact that I was not such a “girlish” girl. I reinforced a world view that presents males as being superior over females.

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Am I too free?

Natalie from Germany: I sometimes change direction, if one is forbidden. But not the way: I throw my short life into all the folded arms that cross my path.

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