Of Boobs and Babat: A Story About My Body

by Raudah __ As a plus-size woman, body image is an inner demon that I have fought, lost and have a love-hate relationship with over the years. Heck, sometimes we have brunch on weekends.  I dislike my body. Everything is too much; my feet are too big and I am not able to buy cute…

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Editor’s Letter: Body Image

This editor’s letter is guest-written by Nurul Huda Rashid _ Pertumbuhan tubuhku / Seeds & the Soil   I was in primary school when I was made aware of the darkness of my skin. Its hairiness was identified as ‘gorilla’ and  I was told that I could never be as beautiful as a ‘Malay’ girl. The…

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The Journey of a Single, Unwed Mother

by Rahayu Natalya _ Being a single unwed mother is a challenge on its own. Being a single unwed mother in our country and in the community is a harder challenge altogether.  My journey has not been an easy one. It’s been a roller coaster ride from the moment I found out I was pregnant…

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The persistence of loneliness

by Sasnidar _ Everyone is born in this world has a story or journey of their own. This piece may have similarities to your own or maybe it is a knowledge that some of you might never know exists. * It hurts. it really does hurt her. It tires her down. Consistently being the punching…

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Behind Closed Doors

by Sutera Merah _ [Content warning for descriptions of domestic violence] _ “Alice, Can you help me cross the road, please? I don’t know how to do it with the girls.” It was a call of help to my counsellor.  I was at the crossroads of my life and literally standing at the intersection of…

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The Unfair Divorce of a Filial Wife

by Noor Redha __ Exhausted. Tired.  Tired of everything. Tired of fighting all the time with you.  Speechless is all I can say. Fear. Hopeless and heartbroken all in one.  Tears keep rolling down my cheeks whenever I think about it.  I keep asking myself, why me? Why does it have to turn out this…

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RECAP: Celebrating Hari Raya during Pride Month

By Nurul Deanna _ Ending off Pride Month with a bang, Raya Qonversations 2.0 was held as part of Pink Fest on 28th June to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with the LGBTQ+ Muslim community in Singapore. Co-organisers, Beyond the Hijab, Jejaka, TheHealingCircle.SG and Penawar, organised this event to allow the LGBTQ+ community and its allies…

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Editor’s Letter: Divorce & Single Motherhood

[This editor’s letter is guest-written by Zubee Ali, the wonderful coordinator and collaborator of our recent writing workshop 🙂 ] by Zubee Ali _ “I feel like I have no voice!” Natasha*, a young single mother with a four-year-old shared after her harrowing experience in court trying to claim regular maintenance from her ex. The…

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RECAP: Writing Workshop for Single Mothers and Divorcees

By Sarah Namazie _ On the 2nd of March 2019, Beyond the Hijab held a writing workshop for an upcoming blog series specifically written by divorcees, many of whom were also single mothers. The session started with enthusiasm and laughter from the workshop participants as they went around introducing themselves and what they would like…

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