The Controversy behind a Muslim Girl Rock Band

Recently, three Muslim teenage girls from India–Aneeqa Khalid, Noma Nazir, and Farah Deeba–started a rock band called Praagaash, which means “from darkness to light.” They were the only female band in the national Battle of the Bands in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar this past December. The band quickly received a lot of attention, but soon afterwards, their situation took a turn to the worse.

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Dear President Santos: A Letter on Behalf of Monica Roa!

Mónica Roa is a human rights defender and the Program Director of Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW), an NGO promoting Gender Justice in Columbia. This is a letter written for Amnesty International’s annual Write #4rights campaign, by youth blogger Sofia- calling for Sr. Presidente Santos to address the violence, threats and intimidation that WLW has received because of it’s work with reproductive rights.

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Afghanistan’s First Female Rapper

As a result, because she is a female rapper in Afghanistan, some people call her on the phone and threaten to spray acid in her face. Her father gave up his job to protect her, because he was worried that his daughter was going to get hurt on her way to the studios every day. Even worse, because she does all these things and breaks the social norms in Afghanistan, some people in her own family have disowned her.

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