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In the former Soviet republic, thousands of young girls are kidnapped every year to be forced into marriage, often encountering rape, domestic abuse and even murder in their new homes. Although the practice was outlawed in Kyrgyzstan in 2013, the act still continues, with destructive consequences for the rest of society.
For Nazira* a 23 year old law student, ala kachuu is a painful part of her country’s history. “I decided to originally study law to stop it altogether,” she said, from her home in Bishkek. Ever since she has come of age, Nazira has been…
Farzona. Creds to interviewee
In conservative Tajikistan, women are often a “semi-functional tool” designed to sacrifice themselves. Virginity tests, honour kidnappings and domestic abuse are pervasive norms and, fighting against these issues was seen as ‘vulgar’ or ‘unnecessary’. But for Farzona Saidzoda, a Tajik native now living in Kuwait, keeping quiet was never a choice.
1. You are a young woman addressing profound topics. What inspired you to take this route?
I think I was always meant to go down this path. At some point, I concluded that keeping silent about the issues faced here was no longer an option…
Amiran Karatsev, creds to interviewee
Patriarchy is a pervasive norm in conservative Tajikistan. According to the IPHR, 97% of men believe that a woman “must tolerate violence to keep her family together,”. But for Amiran Karatsev, a Tajikistan native studying social science at the Moscow Higher School of Economics, accepting the status quo is not a choice. For him, it’s everyone’s roles to fight on behalf of the “mother’s, sisters and friends,” who are suffering silently.
Women’s rights shouldn’t just be…
Emmanuelle Capatos, photo courtesy of interviewee
For artist Emmanuelle Capatos, faith and travel are the source of her inspiration. Her childhood in South Africa, time living in the UAE before moving to the UK to study, informs her practice even in lockdown, framing the way she sees the world. Capatos often likes to do sketches and enjoys experimenting with her subjects. She’s moved from colour, to charcoal, to sketching portraits on books.
In an exclusive interview with Nous Mag, Emmanuelle gives us a deep dive into what is shaping her work today.
You weren’t originally meant to pursue art. …
Mountain air has no other synonym that can encapsulate it…it’s just that. Mountain air: crisp and vagrant and full of life, even when the maui blue sky seems to hold its breath.
At least that’s how I felt climbing the Alpine mountains in the quiet town that almost kissed the sky. The small, countryside village with few residents and many cows makes you feel both numb and exhilarated. Even in summer, when the layers of snow melt off and spring crocus flowers crack open beneath blue skies, there’s something refreshing about the landscape.
“Come on,” my cousin said showing me…
Many people don’t see the link between language and climate change. But for researchers, promoting linguistic diversity may be the key to preserving wildlife and promote eco-genetic variety.
At first glance, it may seem that language has little to do with nature and the environment. But linguists have long been interested in “eco-linguistics” or rather the kind of language we use to frame environmental issues.
According to linguist Michael Halliday, English grammar implies that humans are special beings, quite apart from the natural world. We use special pronouns for people, but a dehumanising “it” for everything else, whether it…
J’aime toujours regarder un bon dessin animé quand je veux apprendre une langue.
Bien sûr, vous pouvez évidemment pratiquer l’apprentissage des langues en regardant des films de type live-action (que j’aime aussi), ou des vlogs sur YouTube, mais si vous êtes un enfant au coeur, il n’y a rien de tel que des dessins animés pour étudier les langues étrangers.
Pour apprendre une langue étrangère, voir des bandes dessinées est une alternative qui s’avère très intéressante. Principal avantage de les DA, le plus évident de tous : la possibilité de s’appuyer sur le dessin pour faciliter la compréhension de l’histoire…
I don’t know about you, but I still love to watch a good cartoon.
Sure, you can obviously practice language learning by watching films of the live-action variety (which I also love), or vlogs on YouTube, but if you’re a kid at heart, there’s nothing quite like cartoons to get you your much-needed listening practice.
Okay. But Why Cartoons?
First, cartoons tend to use simpler language than other authentic language resources, so they are ideal for beginners. …
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Note: this is the french version of this article. This is not a transliteration
Forte sensibilité aux bruits, à l’environnement et aux émotions : l’hypersensibilité toucherait 15-20% de la population mondiale. Si vous vous sentez different de les autres, et vous vous ressentez des émotions plus intensément, il y a une forte chance que vous soyez hypersensible.
C’est Quoi La Hypersensibilité?
L’hypersensibilité est un concept récent datant des années 1990, commencé par psychologue américaine, Elaine Aron. …
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The first time I heard I was an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) was at therapy.
The school therapist was doing rounds, checking up everyone at school, and had informed me it was my turn to sit in one of her bright yellow beanbags and talk.
“From what I’ve seen from you since day one, it’s clear you’re a highly sensitive person,”
It didn’t feel surprising hearing what she said. …
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