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Women Can’t Sing in Iran: One Artist’s Struggle to Be Heard

Fatemeh Hosseinzadeh, Living Life Fearless – 4 April 2021 Samaneh Mahmoudi (Naria) is an up-and-coming singer in Iran who, by law, cannot sing solo because of her gender. Samenah talks about the struggles growing up as a budding singer in a house where her parents urged her to be quiet so the neighbours wouldn’t hear. “Despite…

The Future of Work for Women in the Pacific Islands

Ellen Boccuzzi, Imrana Jalal, Sandra Kraushaar, and Jane Sloane, The Asia Foundation – 17 March 2021 This report by The Asia Foundation addresses the inequality between men and women in labour market participation in the Pacific Islands, and also the challenges and opportunities presented to women as a result of the pandemic. The report discusses how the…

The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan

John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown – Brookings This piece is part of 19A: The Brookings Gender Equality Series. In this essay series, Brookings scholars, public officials, and other subject-area experts examine the current state of gender equality 100 years after the 19th Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution and propose recommendations to cull the…