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Pakistani Women Have Empowered Themselves in Nearly Every Field But Politics
Rafia Zakaria

One wonders how many elections, how many dramatic arrests (or non-arrests), how many rallies and verdicts will have to come to pass before Pakistani politics is not the realm of someone’s daughter, someone’s wife or someone’s sister. This election, creeping up on us, will not be the one to blaze that trail and make that crucial difference....

 

20-Year Sentence for Iranian Woman, Shaparak Shajarizadeh , Who Protested Headscarf

Saudi Women with Notarization License Accept New Work Challenge

Malaysian Muslim Fined for Marrying 11-Year-Old Thai Girl

Iranians Outraged Over Arrest of Teenage Girl for Instagram Dancing Clips

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice Grants 12 Women ‘Verification’ License

Allowing Women to Drive Will Create 50,000 Jobs in Saudi Arabia

Ofsted Chief Accuses Minority Groups of 'Entitlement' In Hijab Row

Young man arrested in first case of harassment against women drivers

Jobless Rate among Saudi Women to Fall By 12.7%

Over 3 Million Women Heads of Household in Iran Are Unemployed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Kerala Madrasa Expels Girl Student for Sporting Bindi, Father’s Facebook Post Goes Viral

Spotting a Woman Out In the Street Driving Still a Rarity in KSA

Let Sabah Muslim Women Marry At 15, Says Shariah Lawyer

The Economic Benefits of Women Driving In Saudi Arabia

Egypt Elected Head of Youths and Women Committee of IPTP

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Me and My Hijab: 5 Montreal Muslim Women Speak For Themselves

‘Under The Abaya’ — Changing the Perception Of Saudi Arabian Women

Belgium: Prosecutors Probe Violent Islamophobic Attack On Muslim Teen Girl

Women 20 Holds Roundtable on Financial Inclusion in Saudi Arabia

Woman Alleges 'Love Jihad', Says Husband Hid the Fact He Is Muslim

Egypt Sentences Lebanese Female to Eight Years Jail for Facebook Post

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

First New Steps for 8-Year-Old Syrian Girl Who Used Tin Cans for Legs

Selfies with the Taliban: Afghan Women Buoyed By Ceasefire Snaps

Musicians Celebrate Saudi Women Drivers with Cover of Beatles’ ‘Drive My Car’

48 Parties Allocated Tickets to 304 Women for Upcoming Polls: ECP

Triple Talaq Crusader Shayara Bano Set To Join BJP

Qatari Women...Partners In Renaissance and Development

Iranian Women's Movement Pushes For More Rights, At Its Own Pace

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Nikah Halala: Does the Quran Permit This? Absolutely Not
Rana Safvi

Thus polygamy was allowed only if they could treat wives equally and verse 129 clarified, “It will not be within your power to treat your wives with equal fairness, however much you may desire.” So, nowhere does the Quran give carte blanche for Muslim men to indulge in polygamy. Forgetting or ignoring the conditions the Quran laid down, men continue these practices....

Record Number of 171 Women in the Run for NA General Seats in Pakistan

Early Marriages of Girl Children in Iran Have Dire Consequences

Egypt's Women Football Referees Push for League Promotion

How ISNA-Canada's 1st Female Chair Hopes To Overcome a Major Scandal

India Today Busts Fake News Linking Muslims To 96 Per Cent Rapes In India

Saudi Women Driving Toward Progress

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

This Muslim Teacher’s Powerful Speech on Why She Chose to Wear Hijab Is Going Viral

Muslim Woman Assaulted In Belgium, Her Hijab and Shirt Pulled Off

Muslim Female Doctor Humiliated In Racial Attack on Dublin Bus

Soon, All-Women Rescue Teams At Dubai Beaches

Islamist-Backed Candidate Becomes First Woman Mayor of Tunis

Hindu Woman Challenging Stereotypes in Election-Bound Pakistan

Saudi Woman's Car Set On Fire near Makkah after Driving Ban Lifted

Fatima Farag, First Arab Woman to Join WAN-IFRA's Board

Meet the First Indian Woman to Get Saudi Driving License

UN in Iraq sees greater role for women in political process

5 Women Detained Over Gulen Links In Turkey’s Manisa

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Role of Women during the Era of Reform against the Backdrop of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and His Contemporaries’ - Part One
Tahir Kamran

Sifting through the annals of history, one may also ask: how was the role of women re-assessed during the era of reform against the backdrop of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and his contemporaries’ bid to make social adjustment in the newly emergent dispensation? The discourse of political decline extended to the social realm. The family as a primary social unit was reconfigured during this period. Deputy Nazir Ahmed, Ashraf Ali Thanwi and even Abul Kalam Azad had a few prescriptions to offer, mostly lamenting the declining scale of morality among women....

 

The UK's First Female Sharia Judge: 'I Am Championing Women's Rights'

‘Some Fear Crashes Will Go Up In Saudi with Women at Wheel’

ST Woman Married to A Muslim Can’t Contest Polls on Caste: Bombay HC

Malaysian Man Ready to Face Legal Action for Marrying 11-Year-Old Girl

Woman from Moderate Islamic Party Elected Mayor of Tunis

Pakistan's First Women-Team Builds Formula Car to Race in International Student Competition

Women to Pay Less for Auto Insurance in Saudi Arabia

Thousands of Palestinian Women Rally on Gaza-Israel Border

Saudi Woman's Car Torched In Suspected Hate Crime

UAE Women Start With ‘One Dream One Team’ Motto

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Afghanistan and Pakistan Need Equal Participation of Women in Maintaining and Promoting Peace and Security
Quhramaana Kakar Anwarzai

Women of the two countries share a history of living in a patriarchal society and facing systematic misogyny in the name of culture and religion. Societies and governments in both countries have often undermined women’s effective role in decision-making. Women’s narratives of peace building have often been ignored, while the rare revelation of their account is very submissive and is not encompassed in serious decisions affecting peace and conflicts....

PML-N Candidate Terms It 'Haram' To Vote for Women

Will Consider Creating Larger Bench on Pleas against 'Nikah-Halala', Polygamy: Indian SC

Married To Muslim, Woman Barred From ST Seat

On College Campus, It’s 'Saffron Shawls Vs Burqas'

Malaysia: Include Child Marriages under Sexual Offences Act

Hundreds of Terrorists Disguised as Women Among Daraa Displaced Syrians

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

But bin Salman’s pronouncement flies in the face of a female dress code that had been for decades strictly enforced by law. Adhering to a literalist strain of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism, Saudi authorities required all women in the country—foreign and local—to wear Abayas in public. They required Muslim women to cover their hair with a hijab or a headscarf. And though the state did not require Saudi women to cover up almost completely with a Burqa, many chose to do so anyway. Given the ambiguities between long-time expectations and bin Salman’s recent pronouncements, observers are now wondering if al-Rifaie was out of line....


 

Change State Shariah Laws to Ban Child Marriage, Say Lawyers

Malaysia Investigating Marriage of Man To 11-Year-Old Girl

Egyptian Website Seeks To Combat Female Genital Mutilation

Pakatan Misses 30pc Women’s Quota for Ministers and Deputies

240% Increase in Licenses Granted To Saudi Women Lawyers in Three Years

Forgiven By Her Native Chechnya, a Woman Is Returned From Islamic State

Saudi Teenager Jailed for Drifting, Impersonating Woman

OIC Prepares for Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in Development

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Muslim Women and Islamophobia: Muslim Women Are Most Affected By Anti-Muslim Hatred
Sultanah Parvin

We are living in a time of deeply polarised politics, in the midst of which are the victims of a scandalous pay gap, sexual violence, prejudice, bigotry, homophobia and the like. Women are disproportionately affected by most forms of discrimination especially poor women and those from black and minority communities, along with our children. Islamophobia forms another aspect of this....

 

Muslim Woman from Kanpur, India, Translates Ramayana into Urdu

Record Number of Women from India Go For Hajj This Year

Saudi Arabian Woman Designs Abayas for Freer Lifestyles

Swedish Woman Embraces Islam at Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine

Muslim Woman Working For Cow Protection Seeks PM Modi Help

More Women Seek Cosmetic Gynaecology Procedures in UAE

Turkish Woman Who Lost All Teeth in Botched Operation Begs For Euthanasia In Europe

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Turkish Mufti Says ‘Woman Should Not Reveal Her Body to another Woman While Swimming

Haifaa Al-Mansour Hopes To Empower Young Women with Her Latest Film ‘Mary Shelley’

Meet the Syrian Women Educating Refugee Girls about Early Marriage

Muslim Woman Who Filed PIL in SC against Nikah Halala, Polygamy Faces Rape, Death Threats

Govt Set to Oppose Nikah Halala and Polygamy in Supreme Court, Stick to Triple Talaq-Like Stand

Hyderabad: Hindu Man Stabbed Mercilessly For Adopting Muslim Girl

500 Women Held In US Immigration Protest

Constitutional Court Ruling a Victory for Muslim Women in Polygamous Marriages

Saudi Ministry of Labour to Provide Legal Aid to Women In Care Centres

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Mithali Raj and Sania Mirza Speak About Gender Equality at UN India Women's Anthem Launch

Second Canadian Judge Suspends Quebec Niqab Ban

Turkish Publisher under Fire for Bias against Headscarved Women

Egypt: More Women to Join Peacekeeping Force

Singer, the Filipina Woman, on Trial in UAE for Insulting Islam on Instagram

Team behind Arab Women’s Sports Tournament Feted

Another First — Women Drivers Can Accept Male Clients

Searching For Love Online, Indonesian Maids Vulnerable To Being Recruited By Islamic State: Documentary

Grand Gathering of Iranians in Paris: Women Dignitaries Lend Support

New Parliament Welcomes More Women in Politics to Improve Turkey’s Governance

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Male Guardianship for Saudi Women: Such an Archaic, Authoritarian System Has No Place in Islam
Sheema Khan

While abolishment of the driving ban should be celebrated, we must not forget the real target should be the male guardianship system, whereby a woman must obtain permission by her male guardian (husband, father, son, uncle, etc) for basic life decisions. No matter her age or marital or professional status, she remains a legal dependent throughout her life....

 

MeToo Will Not Solve Girls Problems They Need Encouragement
Misha Rehman

And this last one is for all the girls and women around the globe. Don’t ask men to stop harassing, looking, teasing or attacking us. We are begging for a long time. They will remain the same. Now the time has come to deal with them on their grounds. Always keep in mind God has given everyone power, and someone who is negative can never be strong. So don’t be scared just because the one in front of you is a boy. Be courageous and be ready to “Attack Back”....

 

The Journey of a Female Is Marked By Discrimination from Birth to Death
Zakia Soman

In recent years, there have been instances where elected representatives and religious leaders have openly espoused patriarchal and misogynist views. An elected representative in UP exhorted Hindu women to give birth to more number of children to counter the Muslim population growth. Another Hindutva leader in that state suggested that Muslim women can overcome the issue of triple Talaq by becoming Hindu. Such utterances undermine the Muslim women’s movement for justice and strengthen the conservatives in the community....

 

Female Saudi TV Presenter Flees Kingdom Over 'Indecent Dress' Probe

Swiss Government Rejects Proposed Burqa Ban

The Netherlands Just Passed a Law Banning Face Veils in Public Buildings

Shariah Awareness: AIMPLB to Rope In Women Members

Women among Several Afghan Air Force Pilots Graduated In Czech Republic

More Than 2,000 Women to Contest Election In Pakistan For First Time

Saudi Woman Activist Held in Widening Crackdown

Saudi Woman Releases Hijazi Rap Song on Women Driving

Women Driving 'To Create 500,000 Jobs in 10 Years'

Would-Be Islamic State Female Suicide Bombers Recruited On Social Media Show No Remorse

Car Insurance Companies Offer New Services To Women Clients

Saudi women engineers beat 40 countries to win global contest

I Want to Prove Saudi Women Can Excel In Any Field: Careem's First Female Captain

More Women Set To Take Seats in Turkey's Parliament

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Burkinis Should Be Allowed In German Swim Classes, Says Family Minister

Pakistan’s Southern Punjab Female Candidates Set to Challenge Feudal Lords

No Turning Back On a More Inclusive Saudi Arabia, Says Princess Reema

Saudi Women Launch All-Female Ambulance to Allow For Greater Privacy

Dutch Senators Approve Partial Ban on Burqa

Far-Right Group Targets Famous Statues in ‘Ban the Burqa’ Protest

French Delegation Lauds Saudi Reforms For Women

Mastercard Welcomes Saudi Female as New Marketing Manager for Saudi Arabia

Women's Centre Opens Its Doors to Formerly Displaced In Iraq's Qaraqosh

AK Party to Have Highest Number of Female Lawmakers in Turkish Parliament’s New Term

Raped, Shamed, Surviving: The Legacy of War For Syria's Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

‘Women behind the Wheel Is a PR Move’: Saudia Arabia Has Lifted Its Ban on Female Drivers, but This Is a Rebrand, Not a Revolution
Arwa Mahdawi

If I see one more article about Saudi women being able to drive I am going to throw myself under a car. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad Saudi Arabia has lifted the world’s only ban on women driving. But I am also worried. Rather than being a meaningful step towards progress, as much of the coverage suggests, the reversal of the driving ban is quite the opposite....

 

Afghan Women:  Not Simply the Victims of the Taliban Reign of Obscurantist Religious Interpretations; But Also the Victims of Their Culture
Rafia Zakaria

It laments the continued persistence of ‘traditional practices’ that impede women’s access to justice. The conclusion is correct; ‘traditional practices’, honour crimes, and Badal all involve female subjugation of one sort or another. If they were considered essential before, they are imagined as even more crucial now, the parts of Afghanistan that no one could change, that no one will change. The cruel price of this is to be paid by Afghan women....

 


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