June 28, 2011

Gains by Afghan women in peril if Taliban return to power

For Afghan women like Nahida*, a mother of four children - three to a Taliban father - Barack Obama last week delivered a painful and shocking blow. Like most women in Afghanistan, Nahida is terrified of a return to Taliban power.
June 1, 2011

“The Afghanistan Conflict and Australia’s Role” Ed by Prof Amin Saikal”….. (June 2011 MUP)

Television journalist Jamila Mujahid will never forget the day she broke the biggest story of her life. And she did it wearing her bedroom slippers! The city of Kabul had been under heavy fire for days, and the Taliban were weakening. Finally on the 13th of November 2001 they succumbed, and before dawn truckloads of Taliban fled the capital. Later that morning a fierce gun battle with the remaining hardliners ended in a bloodbath, with Taliban bodies splayed on the street. When the shooting stopped Jamila ran out of her home and raced through the streets in her Burqa and slippers.
May 18, 2011

Both parties are completely blinkered by family bifocals

It was the sort of refreshing honesty from a politician that slips under the radar but gives a clue as to how progressive politics might handle the ''women issue'' in the future.
September 28, 2010

Feminism is failing in the global war against women

Traditional, cultural practices that assert male authority will always disadvantage women. (Reuters: Ahmad Masood ) In a chilling ABC radio interview last week, a young Palestinian man calmly described how he repeatedly smashed his sister's head against the wall until he killed her.
June 29, 2010

The polka dots dance on the federal stage

Julia Gillard wore big, brave polka dots in her first interview as Prime Minister with Laurie Oakes on Sunday morning. It was an interesting choice. I have no idea if it was deliberate, but I suspect I wasn't the only woman to smile at the echoes of Joan Kirner.