On the Rag: We learn more about Muslim feminism

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden, Michèle A’Court and Mahvash Ali tackle the past month in women, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

For our March episode we have brought in an extra special guest to reflect on the month in New Zealand that was. Mahvash Ali is a producer for The Project NZ, and describes herself a sassy Muslim woman, a motor mouth, and claims that coffee is addicted to HER. She also brings with her a wealth of knowledge about Muslim feminism and institutional racism in New Zealand. 

What are some misconceptions that people have about Muslim women and oppression? How can we continue to support our Muslim communities following the Christchurch terror attacks? And why did nobody heed the warnings from Muslim women for years? All that, and more handy uses for the hijab than you ever thought possible.

Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win But I Changed All That by Jane Tolerton and Topp Country: A Culinary Journey by The Topp Twins from The Women’s Bookshop, and enjoy their bestsellers for March:

  1. Womankind: New Zealand Women Making a Difference words by Margie Thomson
  2. Happinessby Aminatta Forna
  3. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  4. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  6. Milkman by Anna Burns
  7. Feel A Little: Little Poems About Big Feelings by Jenny Palmer
  8. Lessby Andrew Sean Greer
  9. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  10. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pour yourself a glass of strong something and get involved with the official hashtag #otrpod, or click here to like us on Facebook.

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