Tag: Women

Iran on fire: Once again, women are on the vanguard of transformative change

With every wave of protest, the desire for freedom gets stronger, the voices get louder and success is within reach. Once again, Iranian women are at the forefront of demanding transformative change. With the strong support this time of men, political and ethnic minorities and other disenfranchised groups, they may be leading their country closer to a freer and more just society.The Conversation

Source: Iran on fire: Once again, women are on the vanguard of transformative change

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Iranian Teachers’ Union charges Gov’t with Dishonoring Nation’s Girls, Recalling Theme of Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911

Iran Security Fires on Crowd Protesting Death in Custody of Kurdish Woman for “Bad Veiling”, Wounds 13

In Australia you simply have to be Indigenous and strangely enough death in custody occurs

Having locks of hair peak out over the forehead is referred to by Iran’s Shiite hardliners as “bad veiling” (bad-hejabi), and is a crime. Popular protests among activist women against the veiling requirement in recent years have caused Iran’s theocratic government to crack down on women more fiercely than ever before.

Source: Iran Security Fires on Crowd Protesting Death in Custody of Kurdish Woman for “Bad Veiling”, Wounds 13

Why We Should Ignore Women And Greenies! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Still, to be fair, the Coalition have always suggested that minorities need to fit in and we can’t just pander to people who don’t accept the society we live in. It’s just a pity that they didn’t realise that women are one of the few minority groups that actually form a majority.

Source: Why We Should Ignore Women And Greenies! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Julia Banks: Respect at work starts at the top

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly shown a lack of commitment to ensuring respect, safety and equity for all women in the workplace.

It’s shown in large ways and small: “We both respect females in the workplace …” Morrison said at a forum – not only a jarring reference to “females in the workforce”, as if working women are some form of rare species, but also creating another falsehood by wrongly co-opting Albanese, who, based on my experience and that of countless others who have either met or worked with both men, is a decent and respectful man.

I‘d never met Gillard, so I lined up in the queue after the unveiling.

The cameras were clicking furiously, and I knew the microphones would be on. So, when it came my turn, I whispered quietly so that only she could hear, and thanked her for ‘everything she had done for women’.

Obviously aware it had been a stressful time for me, she warmly whispered back while we were still shaking hands, “you know how to get my number – if you want a confidential chat”.

Despite the difference in our political status – and our politics – I saw it as a shared connection of mutual respect. And it was such a warm and embracing gesture – one which I shall never forget – from a former prime minister for whom I shall have enduring respect.

Source: Julia Banks: Respect at work starts at the top

Women voters help Labor extend Newspoll lead to 54-46

Events have handed Scott Morrison a political gift.

Morrison is who he is, and he will be given the sack yet again. But remember, he believes he’s ” been chosen” so the unpredictable still lies ahead within the Liberal Rabble.

One thing is for certain the ALP will be handed a poison chalice, and a decade of mess to clean with the commercial media still barking and chasing the money it feeds off. They still be dancing to the tune of those who have the bulk of it. The ALP will only have a short time to prove themselves and must SAVE THE ABC, et up an integrity commission, and create secure jobs transitioning to clean energy. The must revitalize our global reputation not just their domestic one.

Labor has increased its lead over the Coalition in two new polls as early voting centres open across the country on Monday, two weeks before the federal election. The Australian‘s Newspoll released on Monday shows Labor rising one point to 54-46 per cent on a two-party preferred basis (compared to 53-47 per cent a week before). Support for Labor is at 39 per cent, with the Coalition slipping to 35 per cent.

Source: Women voters help Labor extend Newspoll lead to 54-46

Overturning Roe v. Wade Shows the Right Has Nothing but Contempt for Democracy

ISIS has been REPLCED by yet another sort of terror vying for a medieval state the CHRISTIAN RIGHT

The Right in the US has long been a brazenly antidemocratic force. The latest example is the apparent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the population and the individual rights of millions of people.

Source: Overturning Roe v. Wade Shows the Right Has Nothing but Contempt for Democracy

Politics isn’t super-appealing to women in Australia right now. Is it different elsewhere? – ABC News

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In fact, with less than a third of Lower House seats filled by women, Australia is currently ranked 56th in the world when it comes to female representation in parliament, according to figures from the Inter-Parliamentary Union. So what’s holding Australia back while women elsewhere are seemingly smashing through glass ceilings to hold top office?

Source: Politics isn’t super-appealing to women in Australia right now. Is it different elsewhere? – ABC News

Scott Morrison’s #themtoo moment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When women across the nation joined together in an outpouring of grief and anger to demand change, Scott Morrison refused to come out and face the March 4 Justice crowds, instead saying from the floor of parliament that it was a triumph of democracy that protesters were not “met with bullets”. This is not the time to point at someone else saying they do it too. It shouldn’t be necessary to form another committee to work out what to do either. It’s easy. Just stop it!

Source: Scott Morrison’s #themtoo moment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 3) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Grace refuses to tame the shrew Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year, left the nation in awe with her profoundly eloquent, inspiring and moving acceptance speech. It shamed those of us who could have done more and didn’t. Including female politicians. No more shaming or taming of the shrew within! The end of her courageous speech when she talks of her serial rapist teacher’s command to be quiet, still echoes in my head and turns my gut: “I remember him saying, ‘Don’t make a sound… Well, hear me now! Using my voice, amongst a growing chorus of voices that will not be silenced. Let’s make some noise, Australia!”

Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 3) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia is languishing through lack of leadership. Christian Porter, Scott Morrison and the LNP have forgotten that they are servants to the people. Instead, they are trying to enslave us to a decrepit legacy system that is reliant on coercive control, and social infrastructure drip fed by political bullies.

Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tess Lawrence is not known for holding back when holding forth. In this first excerpt from a longer treatise she calls out Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing him of both implicit and complicit coercive control over women in Australia, including female cabinet ministers as well as complainants of alleged rape and other forms of sexual assault and harassment. Content warning: This article discusses rape and institutional political psychosexual violence. Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women

Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West

March 4 Women

Well may Scott Morrison tear up as he relates how his daughters, wife and widowed mother drive his every decision. The facts are that every move of the Coalition government ensures women are poorer, more insecure at work and more vulnerable to violence on the job. The Industrial Relations bill pushed through last week is a final nail in the coffin for women. Alison Pennington reports.

Source: Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West

As Australia’s vaccination bungle becomes clear, Morrison’s political pain is only just beginning

Morrison now faces multiple, serious threats Coupled with a poorly managed political crisis over the treatment of women, Morrison’s 2021 has been tin-eared. A sharp decline of public trust in government, in expertise, and in institutional competence looms as a clear and present danger for Morrison’s popularity.

Source: As Australia’s vaccination bungle becomes clear, Morrison’s political pain is only just beginning

Morrison can’t take a trick – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison can’t take a trick lately. He fails the 4 million Covid vaccinations by March target he set in January. Massively. Andrew Laming is off on empathy training to stop his stalking women; curb his up-skirting? Because the party needs the pervert’s vote. Morrison doesn’t have the bottle to sack him. He’s barely promoted Amanda Stoker as deputy of his new women’s taskforce when Grace Tame calls him out. He’s either pulling a swiftie or he’s got dud judgement. And the latest skirmish in the PM’s guerrilla war on women who investigate rape accusations against mates and staffers blows up in his face.

Source: Morrison can’t take a trick – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Does the US Have a Culture of Violence? Not the United States of Women | The Smirking Chimp

To repeat, when it comes to cultures, the US has lots. We’ve simply allowed, until recently, a bunch of white western guys, rooted in one particularly patriarchal, white, hierarchical and militaristic set of values to write and enforce their own rules. That said, segregation, spousal rape, white crime on indigenous land, anti-LGBT hate crimes and domestic child abuse were all legal until very recently. The white, male, militarist culture of violence isn’t inevitable. It’s a societal choice. Let’s switch.

Does the US Have a Culture of Violence? Not the United States of Women | The Smirking Chimp

A Giant Step Forward for Women in Australian Soccer

Australia’s national men’s and women’s teams have agreed to pool all revenue generated by both teams in areas such as broadcasting, sponsorship, merchandising and match-day proceeds. The Matildas and Socceroos take an equal percentage of that money, with an additional portion allocated to youth national teams. This change results in an enormous increase — more than 90% — in guaranteed minimum payments for the Matildas over the course of the four-year CBA.

A Giant Step Forward for Women in Australian Soccer

Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West

March 4 Women

Well may Scott Morrison tear up as he relates how his daughters, wife and widowed mother drive his every decision. The facts are that every move of the Coalition government ensures women are poorer, more insecure at work and more vulnerable to violence on the job. The Industrial Relations bill pushed through last week is a final nail in the coffin for women. Alison Pennington reports.

Crocodile tears no mask for Coalition’s economic war on women – Michael West

Patriarchy has had its day – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Men must realise that this implies no threat to them, no disenfranchisement nor emasculation. Empowering women will not disempower men but rather help to, as Robert Kennedy said in 1968; “tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” In the civilised world, in these troubled times, the very survival of humankind depends upon collaboration, cooperation and mutual understanding. Patriarchy has had its day.

Patriarchy has had its day – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison Government turns its back on women, triggering its own demise

The Morrison Government’s handling of the Porter rape allegations has seen a seismic shift in the public mood and people have had enough, writes managing editor Michelle Pini.

Morrison Government turns its back on women, triggering its own demise

Old Dog Thought- even 100k women couldn’t force Morrison out of his white christian waspish Western Men’s shed

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Fighting Fake News with REAL, 17/3/21; Murdoch doesn’t produce “Original Australian Content he’s a Churnalist like Facebook; Lucky Libs and Guns; Liberals are the White Wasp’s Men’s Western Civilisation Shed;

Jane Gilmore: Scott Morrison has ‘ignored women’

Morrison Nice March Girls. Lucky We Aren’t Myanmar Yet

Across the country on Monday, tens of thousands of women marched to protest against gendered injustice. They left the jobs that don’t pay them enough. They left their unequal burden of unpaid work. They left schools and universities and homes to protest, once again, things women have been protesting about for decades. The fact that women are not safe at work. That they are not safe on their way home or after they get home. That they are not safe in childhood or old age. That wealthy white men who show such contempt for women’s lives, bodies, safety and futures are the ones writing the laws and policies that govern us.

Jane Gilmore: Scott Morrison has ‘ignored women’

Old Dog Thought- The Morrison & Murdoch are ducks stamping out bush fires. To be Woke is to be stamping out burning ducks

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Fighting Fake News with REAL 7’3/21; Morrison ain’t WOKE he’s Unconscious. Higgins and Tamale are simply demanding their generational right to cancel a dysfuncional culture the same as first nations peoples have been doing for over 200 years

Whatever the Liberal Party is, it is not a place for women – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day At some time in the human narrative… in our history, the man declared himself superior to women. It must have been an accident, or at least an act of gross stupidity. But that’s men for you. ( John Lord )

Whatever the Liberal Party is, it is not a place for women – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If you’re a woman in Parliament House, nobody hears you scream – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In November 2020, Four Corners aired a program titled Inside the Canberra Bubble. The Morrison government went to great lengths to try to prevent the program going to air, and then threatened the ABC to the extent that the broadcaster’s Chair, Ita Buttrose, publicly defended the program. Alan Tudge, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, who campaigned on family values, was revealed to have had an extra marital affair with staffer, Rachelle Miller, who has now lodged formal complaints of bullying against him, and against Michaelia Cash. Attorney-General Christian Porter was alleged in the program to have a history of sleazy sexist behaviour towards women. Porter immediately announced he was taking legal action against Four Corners. However, we have heard nothing further about any such action. The number of Morrison’s ministers involved in allegations of sexual harassment and the concealment of sexual violence against women in their workplace is astounding. The message to women working in Parliament House is clear. No minister will support you. At time of writing Linda Reynolds, who was due to appear at the National Press Club today, has been admitted to hospital. Reynolds was expected to come under intense scrutiny at the Press Club today over her management of the Higgins rape allegations. The alleged rapist is also in hospital.

If you’re a woman in Parliament House, nobody hears you scream – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There’s a big problem with the Murdoch media no one is talking about — how it treats women leaders

How does the Murdoch press represent women? While studying media representations of women in politics, I’ve noticed a stark difference in Murdoch press coverage of men and women leaders.

There’s a big problem with the Murdoch media no one is talking about — how it treats women leaders

Bernie Sanders surges in Iowa poll ahead of caucuses | US news | The Guardian

Keith Anthony Sikora dressed in a Bernie Sanders jumpsuit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday.

The Vermont senator is now the first choice of 25% of voters, the New York Times/Siena College survey found, an increase of six points from a similar poll taken in October.

A drop in popularity of Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator, from 22% to 15% accounts for Sanders’ boosted standing, with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and former vice-president Joe Biden stagnant in second and third place respectively with 18 and 17%.

Sanders, 78, has been “consolidating support from liberals and benefiting from divisions among more moderate presidential candidates who are clustered behind him”, the New York Times article accompanying the poll data claimed.

via Bernie Sanders surges in Iowa poll ahead of caucuses | US news | The Guardian

The Ilhan Omar Effect? 50% of Americans now favor a Palestinian State (Gallup)

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Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – A Gallup poll has found that for the first time in many years, 50% of Americans favor the establishment of a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank.

I’m not sure what the other 50% think the Palestinians should do. Just stay stateless and without the rights of citizenship? You do understand that they live under foreign military occupation, right? That in the West Bank if they have a dispute, they have to go to an Israeli court; that Israeli squatters can come in and steal their property and water at will; that if you don’t have citizenship in a state, it is sort of like being in jail permanently.

What is remarkable is that the public has swung toward a Palestinian state even though it is not the project of the current president. Earlier high points in this position were reached when Bush and Obama, respectively, were trying to achieve a peace accord.

via The Ilhan Omar Effect? 50% of Americans now favor a Palestinian State (Gallup)

Conservative parties around the world have a problem — and women are losing patience – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Andrew Bolt simply calls women not up to the task, backstabbers, traitors, and incompetant. That’s his wife hes talking about. He complained having to be the only breadwinner in the house. (ODT)

Eleven was the number that stung. When Julie Bishop received only 11 votes in the 2018 leadership contest, after serving as deputy for 11 years, many women saw red.

Some wore it too, with an entire group of Liberal women MPs dressing in red the day after Bishop wore scarlet heels to a press conference announcing her resignation from the front bench.

The message was obvious: it wasn’t about pumps but power, and women’s continued exclusion from it.

Since then, conservative women have revolted in myriad ways.

In 1942, Menzies told Australians he would represent the middle class, the non-elites, “the forgotten people”.

In 2011, then opposition leader Tony Abbott spoke about the country’s “forgotten families”.

But in 2019, a growing number of people are asking if the Liberal Party has actually forgotten women, as well as the fact that they vote.

Ms Mirzabegian said this is why Women Vote was founded — women are frustrated.

“We thought things would be different by now. We strongly believe that the time is now for gender to feature in this federal election,” she said.

Ms Whittaker added: “Women are sick of being represented mainly by men.”

via Conservative parties around the world have a problem — and women are losing patience – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Coalition’s ‘natural’ Government for Australian women

Analysis by the Australian Election Study of the 2016 Election found 7% more women voted Labor than men. Essential pollster and Guardian columnist, Peter Lewis, has suggested the gender voting gap explains Labor’s lead over the Coalition since the 2016 Election. He says if it were not for women voters ‘the contest would be line ball’. This is because men are split 50/50 on a two-party preferred basis between Labor and the Coalition while for women the figures are 56% for Labor and 44% for the Coalition.

via The Coalition’s ‘natural’ Government for Australian women

Wentworth frontrunner Andrew Bragg pulls out, says Liberal Party must preselect woman – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Andrew Bragg, widely considered the frontrunner in the Liberal preselection for the prized seat of Wentworth, has bowed out of the race, saying the party should pick a woman.
Key points:

Mr Bragg said federal MP Julia Banks’ decision to not contest the next election was a factor in his decision
Ms Banks, the Member for Chisolm, said the Liberal Party had a culture of bullying women
Mr Bragg said: “The allegations made by the Member for Chisholm genuinely shocked me”

via Wentworth frontrunner Andrew Bragg pulls out, says Liberal Party must preselect woman – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Get Used To It Girls – » The Australian Independent Media Network

They witnessed ‘Ditch the Witch’ abuse hurled at Julia Gillard by Tony Abbott; they remember Alan Jones’ advice that she should be ‘tied in a chaff bag, taken to sea and dumped’. Liberal males have form in the bullying stakes.

So where are the Liberal women left?

It seems pretty obvious. There will be no apology, no compromise from their male counterparts, certainly no rapprochement.

All they can expect from macho Liberal males is: ‘Get used to it girls’.

via Get Used To It Girls – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Our Minister for Women misses the point….again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Kelly is an improvement on her two predecessors in the role in that she is a woman and also a feminist. (Mind you, it would be hard to find someone worse than Abbott and Cash)

Meanwhile, family benefits have been cut, funding for legal aid has been slashed, refuges have closed, men’s help groups have folded, early intervention community programs have been defunded, over 100,000 are homeless, elder abuse is rampant, anti-bullying programs have been attacked, and women continue to be beaten, raped and killed.

It’s all very nice for high-flying women to empower each other but what about those women who are struggling to survive? They don’t need investment advice. They need a way to put food on the table and a roof over their children’s heads. They need to know that they have a place to be safe.

I agree that economic independence is a desirable goal that provides choices but Kelly seems to think that the only reason many women are not financially independent is because they just don’t understand how the system works.

We understand well enough, it’s just that the majority of women do not have enough left over to worry about whether to put it into superannuation or a negatively-geared property or shares.

Single parents don’t need lessons on economic literacy – they need practical help.

Victims of domestic violence don’t need advertising campaigns – they need safe havens, legal help, and paid DV leave.

It isn’t women that have to get smarter, it’s society that has to change.

via Our Minister for Women misses the point….again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What you need to know about women’s homelessness: the shocking truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

45% of single women over 45 are earning the minimum wage or less and all of these are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness, as the minimum wage is no longer able to pay the lowest rentals. 330,000 women fall into this category.

Very few are mentally ill before they become homeless, and very few are sleeping on park benches. Very few are criminals. Very few are professional beggars. They are mostly perfectly ordinary white collar workers or pensioners.

via What you need to know about women’s homelessness: the shocking truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Muslim Women at forefront of Science: 70% of Iranian Women Graduates come out with Science Degrees | Informed Comment

Muslim Women at forefront of Science: 70% of Iranian Women Graduates come out with Science Degrees

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Iranian women are topping the charts with the highest number of female scientists in the world, far surpassing their western counterparts with over half of students leaving with science diploma.

via Muslim Women at forefront of Science: 70% of Iranian Women Graduates come out with Science Degrees | Informed Comment

Australian politics a slut shaming disgrace

It should not come as a surprise that the conservative forces in society hold conservative views about women. These views express the oppression of women under capitalism, and their role as the unpaid bearers and carers of the next generation of workers.

Only a mass movement of women, the women’s liberation movement, challenged this and won, admittedly, partial victories. However, until the role of women as the brood mares for capitalism is fundamentally challenged, women will continue to be oppressed.

via Australian politics a slut shaming disgrace

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade The author discusses his time in Afghanistan both as a reporter and as a hostage.

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Jere Van Dyk has reported on Afghanistan since the 1970s and has written extensively about the nation’s evolution from a hippie haven to a battleground for the war on terror. His most recent book is The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, which details his search for answers after being kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008. Van Dyk talks about his years in a surprisingly progressive Afghanistan in the early 1970s and the United States’ funding of the mujahideen in the 1970s and 1980s with the hopes of turning Afghanistan into the Soviet Union’s Vietnam. He also discusses harrowing experience of being held captive by the Taliban and explains why he returned to the country years later in spite of great personal risk.

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade | Scheer Intelligence | KCRW

Media’s obsession with appearance putting young women off going into politics, study finds | The Independent

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Obsession with female politicians’ appearance in the media is putting young women off going into politics, a study has revealed, prompting campaigners to call for an end to sexism in political media coverage.  Nearly half (41 per cent) of girls aged between nine and 16 think there has been a rise in media sexism in the last six months, while more than a third (39 per cent) said this has knocked their confidence, according to the new research by Girlguiding.

Source: Media’s obsession with appearance putting young women off going into politics, study finds | The Independent

The double oppression of Gaza’s women | +972 Magazine

Women in Gaza face serious societal constrains at home, but also an ongoing siege that limits their freedom of movement and occupation and alarmingly increases the rate of violence against them. The untold price women pay for Israel’s closure policy. By Aya Zinatey Whenever the issue of Palestinian women in Gaza and the impact the closure has on them comes up, Gaza’s traditional societal structure comes up as well, and there’s a dilemma: how can we talk about the impacts of the closure without mentioning the societal injustice these same women suffer from? I suggest looking at the occupation and…

Source: The double oppression of Gaza’s women | +972 Magazine

Israel’s “chained women” fight for right to divorce – Your Middle East

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The 30-year-old mother of two is hardly unique in struggling to obtain a divorce in a country where men must grant permission for their wives to leave.But her ca

Source: Israel’s “chained women” fight for right to divorce – Your Middle East

Education that teaches girls sex should be ‘pleasurable’. What took them so long? | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

An education resource that teaches girls and boys that sexual intimacy should be pleasurable shouldn’t be revolutionary in 2016 – but it is

Source: Education that teaches girls sex should be ‘pleasurable’. What took them so long? | Van Badham | Opinion | The Guardian

Love, sex and the burden of shame on the Arab woman: changing the narrative – Your Middle East

A monster lives among the Arabs. Its sole purpose is to terrify people from love and sex. No one has seen it, but we’ve all heard it. The monster whispers at t

Source: Love, sex and the burden of shame on the Arab woman: changing the narrative – Your Middle East