Brexit irony

Here's three reasons not to call Brexit the UK's 'Independence Day'

The historic Brexit vote has divided Britain.

Ruby Hamad Jokes aside, the idea that Brexit is a win for “independence” is a fantasy that must not be legitimised, Ruby Hamad writes.

Long face syndrome

If you ask me 'why the long face?' you might be surprised by the answer

Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad Would you believe the way you breathe can change your facial structure? Ruby Hamad recently found out the hard way.

Mythbusting film

'Muslim women are not always victims. They're fighters'

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

Ruby Hamad Filmmakers Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Geeta Ghandbir cut through prevailing stereotypes in their work, and their latest doco about Bangladeshi women peacekeepers is no exception.

Climbing costs

The ego trip of a lifetime: Our obsession with climbing Everest comes at a price


Ruby Hamad It's time to end the farce; Sherpa climb mountains, everyone else just stands on their shoulders.

Fighting colourism

Anti-black racism is not just the domain of white societies

The ad for a Chinese laundry detergent that has attracted racism claims.

Ruby Hamad Anti-blackness is where racial discrimination begins, and must be the first thing to go, writes Ruby Hamad.

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Why Christian and Muslim fundamentalists actually aren't enemies

Far from being natural enemies, these groups have been working together behind the scenes to advance a regressive social agenda at the UN.

Ruby Hamad Far from being natural enemies, these groups have been working together behind the scenes to advance a regressive social agenda at the UN.


When will Q&A stop discussing Muslims without any Muslims present?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Q&A.

Ruby Hamad Almost every week, Q&A panellists talk about Muslims. But how often do the people who are the topic of conversation get to speak?

Peacekeeper or predator?

The devastating irony of calling UN troops 'peacekeepers'

The world can look the other way because of the strength of the good guy narrative, writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad When those literally employed to "keep the peace" are running illegal brothels, raping with impunity, and forcing children to perform sex acts with dogs, the term has lost all legitimate meaning.

Refugee parenting

For these women in Lebanon, going to mothers' group is truly a lifeline

Syrian refugee Dima, 34, sits on a couch with her son after an interview with Plan International Australia at the Primary Health Case Centre in Fanar, in Beirut's suburbs, Lebanon, Monday, March 14, 2016. Dima participated earlier that day in a parenting session with other Syrian refugee women.

Ruby Hamad "We are in difficult situations. We can't even go back to where we came from, and these hard circumstances of make things worse for our kids."

Late bloomers

The anxiety-inducing pressure to be professionally accomplished at a young age


Ruby Hamad "There is time in a long life to try many different things. It's OK to take your time," Ruby Hamad writes.

Sex and shame

Why did a priest equate the 'sin' of a woman's adultery with paedophilia?

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad examines the link between child sex abuse and the demonisation of women's sexuality.

60 Minutes

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

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Ruby Hamad What made these journalists think they could do this, and get away with it? Ruby Hamad thinks western entitlement played a part.

Right to choose

Hillary Clinton is wrong: You cannot be a feminist and 'pro-life'

Ruby Hamad Feminism is a broad church, one in which we disagree on many issues. But this is one thing on which we must agree, writes Ruby Hamad.

Everyday racism

If having two non-white Logie nominees has caused such a stir, what would real equality provoke?

Nominees for the 2016 TV Week Gold Logie: (l-r) Carrie Bickmore, Essie Davis, Grant Denyer, Scott Cam, Lee Lin Chin and Waleed Aly.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on what the Logies brouhaha tells about Australia's underlying racism.

Remembering Srebrenica

What the Srebrenica Massacre verdict reminds us about religion's role in terrorism

Ruby Hamad So accustomed are we to seeing today's conflicts framed as the West versus Islam, we easily overlook the real nature of war and terror, writes Ruby Hamad.

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Why jail time alone won't stop female genital mutilation

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri arrives for sentencing in Australia's first genital mutilation trial on March 18, 2016

Ruby Hamad To put an end to this ugly crime, we need to understand the context in which it occurs.

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The grief of returning to Lebanon in the wake of Syria's civil war

A refugee child fled from the unrest in Syria to the Akkar district in north Beirut, Lebanon.

Ruby Hamad "I have returned to Lebanon for the first time since my family fled the civil war in 1977 to meet people trapped in a predicament that could just as well have been my own," writes Ruby Hamad.

All About Women

Why do so few men turn up to hear women speak?

Orange Is The New Black author Piper Kerman in conversation with Jane Caro.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad chaired two sessions at Sydney Opera House's 'All About Women' festival on Sunday, and she was dismayed by the absence of men the crowd.

Migrant women

The challenge of balancing loyalty and independence as a migrant woman

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Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on the difficult task of opening up a space within migrant communities for women to find autonomy and voice dissent.

Misogyny undercurrent

What the women we love to hate tell us about unconscious misogyny

Baby boy for Kim Kardashian.

Ruby Hamad Not only will very few people admit to to hating women, many of those who do so don't even realise it, writes Ruby Hamad.