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In the Era of the “Islamic State” Women of Muslim Heritage Speak about Anti-Jihad and Secularism

We all know about jihadists, but what about those waging an ‘anti-jihad’?

By Karima Bennoune

notalibanAs the UN Security Council tackles the entity claiming to be “Islamic State,” and President Barack Obama invokes global Muslim responsibility, many ask whether people of Muslim heritage do enough to counter extremism.

The fact is, away from the media spotlight, thousands wage daily battles in their own countries against what President Obama called a “network of death.”

Unfortunately, jihadists make headlines while those who wage the anti-jihad rarely do. After all, everyone has heard of Osama bin Laden, but few know of those standing up to would-be bin Ladens across the globe.

There is a long, untold history of brave individuals of Muslim heritage who have challenged extremists.

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What’s in a Name?

SusannaGeorgeWhy we will continue as Isis International

By Susanna George

Recently, we received an email that says: "Isis is a low scumbag - can't wait till we bomb you to hell..."

How should an organization that has for forty years worked on promoting women's human rights and feminist movement building using the name Isis International respond? As the Islamic State (IS) beheads and murders its way to infamy, ISIS, the acronym that was used by global media outlets for the English translation of the Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham's long Arabic name, seems to have stuck. The fact that our name has inadvertently become associated with a band of terrifying, social media-savvy murderers had not escaped our notice certainly. We, like so many others, are incredulous and horrified at the enormity of the IS.

Read more: What’s in a Name?

“Warrior Princess Avatars: Feminists Engage Social Media”

GuyEstradaSylvia Estrada Claudio, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Women and Development Studies

College of Social Work and Community Development

University of the Phillipines


(Delivered at the “ASEAN, Asia-Pacific and Global Trends in Women’s Studies: Women Connecting Communities and Claiming Spaces in the Digital Era”, International Symposium of the Asian Association of Women's Studies.

 In coordination with University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), UP Center for Women’s Studies and Women’s Studies Association of the Philippines.

Held at the Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL)

University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), Los Baños, Laguna, September 22-23, 2014.)

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Women's equality needs democracy, socialism, secularism

Credit: Rita Thapa(This article originally appeared in Kaantipur Report, Nepal, 29 September 2014)

Organisations working on women's issues from all over Nepal came together in Kathmandu on late September 2014 to mark the launch of One Billion Rising Revolution, a global campaign to end violence against women. Darshan Karki spoke to Kamla Bhasin, a celebrated feminist and the campaign's South Asia coordinator, about the possibility of a common agenda for the women's movement, its criticism in Nepal, and the challenges feminism is facing today.

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Call for Applications to the Asia Pacific Beijing+20 Civil Society Forum


On 14-16 November 2014, Asia Pacific civil society organisations will gather in Bangkok, Thailand to develop a collective strategy on the priority issues for the Asia Pacific region on the Beijing +20 review processes.

You can apply to attend and to have a workshop at the forum via the online application form or download the form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applicants also applying to organise workshops at the forum will need to submit their workshop application separately.

Read more: Call for Applications to the Asia Pacific Beijing+20 Civil Society Forum
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Research Report, Women and Peacebuilding, Philippines

Recognising Women’s Participation in Sustainable and Lasting Peace.  Isis International realised it is essential to initially find out to what extent or if any at all do peace advocates include or consider women and gender in their peace work with from ICCO foundation, Isis carried out a study on women peacemakers in the Philippines.



Isis Resource Center holds one of the largest feminist collections of materials in the Global South. With 40 years of publication experience, Isis holds a vast collection.

Click here to see some of these historical treasures.

Relive the historical milestones of the women’s movement with this Isis collection of posters. 


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