Your Voice, My Strength

By Raashida Khan   Amina painstakingly applied the make-up to shield the bruise on her left cheek. Fortunately, there was no cut and not much swelling. It still hurt like hell though. Luqmaan never left tell-tale marks. That left him only her whole body since she was covered head to foot. All anyone saw of…

She Who is Veiled

by Juwairiya Patel The danger of the single story   “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche   Between…

Ramadan for the Working Woman

By Nadia Cassim Ramadan in Arabic is derived from the word Ramida¹ which means to ‘be hot’ and was initially observed during one of the hot months in the desert region of Saudi Arabia. On this bitterly cold winter’s day in Johannesburg however, nothing can be further from the primary experience as the holy month…