middle east

Music

Palestinian Rapper Makimakkuk Dreams of a Borderless Future

Makimakkuk a.k.a. Majdal Nijim makes emotive and uplifting music about the realities of life in the West Bank under Israeli occupation.
Sirin Kale
11.16.18
Photos

Stop Stereotyping Arab Women With Your Halloween Costumes

Photographer Yumna Al-Arashi wants you to trash your sexy Jasmine costume and dress up as her heroes instead.
Yumna Al-Arashi
Zing Tsjeng
10.31.18
activism

Ahed Tamimi Is the Young, Defiant Voice of a Palestinian Generation

Amnesty International called her the "Rosa Parks of Palestine" after her arrest at the age of 16. But resisting Israeli military occupation comes at a cost.
Sabrina Faramarzi
5.9.18
jobs

Domestic Workers Are Using WhatsApp to Organize and Escape Abuse

The hugely popular messaging service provides an unlikely lifeline for migrant women working as live-in maids and nannies.
Laura Secorun
5.4.18
history

The World's First Author Was a Chill Priestess to an Even Chiller Goddess

Meet Enheduanna, the Mesopotamian princess and religious leader whose poetry celebrated a celestial goddess who could smash mountains and change people's gender.
Dee Cunning
5.3.18
terrorism

After Escape, Former ISIS Sex Slaves Find Hope in 'Rebaptism' Ceremony

Before the terror group enslaved its women, a Yazidi who had sex with someone outside the faith would be cast out—or worse. Survivors are now finding hope in a new ritual.
Corine Redfern
11.1.17
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Accused of Giving a Female Robot More Rights Than Women

After Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to grant a robot citizenship this week, critics were quick to point out that Saudi women are still denied basic rights and dignities under the country's notorious guardianship system.
Leila Ettachfini
10.27.17
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Women Describe How It Feels to Finally Win the Right to Drive

In the aftermath of Saudi Arabia's historic announcement that women will be allowed to drive starting next year, Broadly spoke to three Saudi women about the long-awaited victory.
Leila Ettachfini
9.27.17
Books

Talking with a Child Soldier and the Young Man He Refused to Kill

He was 13 and meant to kill him. Instead, they escaped and later reunited in Canada.
Mitchell Sunderland
5.28.17
Diary of a Woman Fighting ISIS

What It's Like to Stand Alongside the Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS

Kimberley Taylor is the first British woman to fight ISIS in Syria. In her final diary for Broadly, she takes us inside the radical feminist utopia being built by Kurdish women in Northern Syria.
Kimberley Taylor, as told to Matt Blake
5.19.17
Diary of a Woman Fighting ISIS

'I Was Showered in Blood': What Happened When ISIS Came to Our Camp

Kimberley Taylor is the first British woman to go and fight ISIS alongside Kurdish forces in Syria. This is her diary.
Kimberley Taylor, as told to Matt Blake
5.18.17
Diary of a Woman Fighting ISIS

Surprising Things I Learned as a Woman Fighting ISIS

Kimberley Taylor is the first British woman to go and fight ISIS alongside Kurdish forces in Syria. Read part one of her exclusive three-part diary here.
Kimberley Taylor, as told to Matt Blake
5.17.17
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