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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Knowing What We Know: The Education Of Young Girls

by Zubaida Ali _ Now that I am in my mid-fifties and expecting the birth of my first grand-daughter, I ponder at the thought of how she will receive her education in life. Not the academic education that will surely be given to her but the passing on of cultural knowledge such as beliefs and…

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Education as a weapon for narcissistic abuse

by Sya Taha _ “I don’t know what I did wrong, but perhaps, you are too educated!” My father said to me to end a big quarrel we had. It worked. I was so dumbfounded at this accusation that I shrank away. He had always been, as I perceived, my biggest fan and supporter in…

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Swim Good

by NL __ Awakening Story At the age of 8, I used to take swimming lessons at the Clementi Swimming Complex. For merely twenty dollars a month, many students, or rather their parents, willingly signed up for the swimming courses programmed by the school. On Tuesdays after school, a lot of us would leave class…

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Zinaphobia: Our Love-Hate Relationship With Sex

By Nurul Fadiah Johari _ We live in a society that loves and hates sex at the same time. We love, desire and want to possess it, and yet, we loathe, fear and reject it all the same. And we would do what it takes to assuage our own insecurities towards it, especially through the…

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Not Muslim Enough

by Marina Rosli _ For most of my life, Islam felt like conditional love: I had no right to call myself a Muslim (nor would others call me one) because I hardly prayed, am not too concerned about halal food, constantly challenged longstanding interpretations of the religion and questioned the existence and validity of certain…

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A Story of How She Died

by Raudah Abdul Rashid _ [content warning for partner abuse and violence] Her name was *Siti Ainun. This is a story of how she died. Siti was a 20-year old woman who learnt from a young age to be independent, to rely on herself. As a quiet child growing up amongst siblings and step-siblings, Siti…

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My Mother was Abused by my Father, but Everyone Around Allowed it to Happen

By Ayla Suraya __ (Content Warning for Partner Violence and descriptions of abuse) My mother’s experience of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or domestic violence has definitely had an impact on me. Growing up, my mother would share problems that she should have confided in her spouse or a therapist and my parents’ marriage was the…

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