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15 Black Feminist Books Everyone Should Read. Afghan female stars defy clerics’ pressure.


Empowered women Philippine Star At the Senate hearing yesterday on the so-called sex-for-flight scandal, one of the three accusers, called Michelle, removed her veil and showed her face to the public as she confronted her alleged tormentor, Riyadh-based assistant labor attaché Antonio Villafuerte.

Michelle said she did this to jog the memory of Villafuerte, who denied sexually harassing the women.

On the other hand, another woman, called Angel, said in tears that she could not remove her veil. She indicated that being a rape victim brought shame to her and her family.

Afghan female singer Aryana Sayeed conducts an interview with AFP at Qargha lake on the outskirts of Kabul. The glamorous 28-year-old singer is a judge on worldwide hit series “The Voice” that launched in Kabul in May, immediately attracting huge audiences and an array of angry critics. As a symbol of female independence in a strictly conservative Islamic country, Aryana receives regular death threats and lives in fear of being kidnapped by religious extremists. AFP PHOTO / Massoud HOSSAINI

Afghan female stars defy clerics’ pressure As a symbol of female independence in a strictly conservative Islamic country, Aryana receives regular death threats and lives in fear of being kidnapped by religious extremists.

On the set outside Kabul where the show is filmed for private channel Tolo TV, armed guards outnumber contestants and have machine guns held at the ready.

“I’m here to make a difference for women,” Aryana told AFP. “I want women to have rights, to talk freely, to walk freely, to be able to go shopping when they wish.

“I’m not saying that they have to take their clothes off, or even remove their head scarves. Freedom is being able to live as a human being.”

As contestants belt out songs that could propel them to stardom, Aryana nods encouragingly and sways gently— acutely aware that her every move is studied across the country.

“I have to be so careful as they’re constantly checking what you are doing, what you are saying, even how you laugh,” she said.

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