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Islam, Women and Feminism

We live in the time of Mullahs. The Juma prayer sermon of a local Masjid, on Women’s Day, narrated the tale of how God created Adam first, the ‘hero’ of our continuing story. And then, almost as an afterthought, from the tip of Adam’s rib, created a companion for Adam This second soul, a woman, the Mullah told his spellbound listeners – all sons of Adam – was created for Adam’s amusement and company. She was created to bear Adam’s children, and look after his belongings while Adam went out to command the vastness of his kingdom in this Earth.....

Saudi Princesses ‘Imprisoned By King For 13 Years’ Plead For Help
Zakia star-crossed Afghan
Saudi Princesses ‘Imprisoned By King For 13 Years’ Plead For Help
New Age Islam News Bureau

Syrian Women Face Whipping and Execution for Breaking Sharia Dress Code

The Sexual Exploitation of Syria's Female Refugees

Two Star-Crossed Afghans Cling to Love, Even At Risk of Death

Faisalabad Woman Forced To Drink Acid by In-Laws

Arab World Failing Women In Gender Equality, Education

'Women’s Unpaid Work Accounts For 10.75% Of GDP' In Bangladesh

Women’s Day Event Denied Permission in Sudan

Saudi Women Proud Of Blue-Collar Jobs

A Restaurant Manned By Saudi Women

Princess Latifa Bint Honours Disabled Children’s Families

India Will Take Around 56 Years to Achieve Female Youth Literacy: Report

Symbolic Initiative: Cyclists Peddle On Women’s Day

Khalil: 2014 Wake-Up Call Year for Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Today Saudi women celebrate International Women’s Day with a strong determination to influence change and serve their sisters who suffer from discrimination and abuse. However, it is no use celebrating this day with empty speeches and flowery words. Women activists should reflect upon their role as community leaders and ask themselves if they doing enough to expose those who stand against progress, and why they have not been effective in ending discriminatory laws and regulations….


Made In Bangladesh: American Ad with Topless Model Causes Outrage

Iraqi Women Protest against Proposed Islamic Law in Iraq

Jakarta: Violence against Women on the Rise

91% Accused In Acid Violence Case Escape Punishment

More Than 500,000 Child Brides Married In Turkey in the Last Decade

Israel Disperses Rally of 300 Women in West Bank

Thousands in Lebanon Shout Down Domestic Violence

Equality for Women Is Progress for All: UN WHO Maldives Coordinator

Syrian Women and the Uprising: Fighting On Multiple Fronts

Voices against Women's Day Remain Rare In Tajikistan

K-P’s Laws to Protect Women Remain Inadequate

Women Workers Still Face Inequality, Turkish Health Union Survey Says

All Aboard! First Women-Only Bus in Pakistan

Muslim State Schools Ordered Not To Discriminate On The Basis Of Gender

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


For Expat Women, the Abaya Is A Real Blessing In Disguise

‘Women Can Be Better Security Advisers than Men’: Dr Bassima Al Saedi

Women’s Participation in Politics ‘Still Low’ In Turkey

Women’s Opportunities in Turkey Hinge on School and Marriage

Philippines Bid To Set Record for Biggest ‘Woman’ Symbol

Women Ambassadors and UN Officials to Perform in a Play on Women’s Rights

Italian Divas in Istanbul for Concert against Domestic Violence

Police Bust Women’s Robbery Gang in Makkah

Gulf Airlines Defend Female Cabin Crew Policies

Govt to Do Legislation to Empower Women: Pak Punjab Law Minister

Pakistan Women Are Headed Towards a Dark Tunnel: Human Rights

Pakistan Women Media Complaint Cell Ensures Gender Responsiveness within Media

Palestinian Women Join West Bank Anti-Riot Force

Frustration in Afghan Women’s Rights Struggle

Spirit of Womanhood Is to Be Launched by the Women’s Interfaith Network

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

US Army Lauds Bangladeshi Female Army Officers for Professionalism

Pak Female MPAs Dress up To Celebrate International Women’s Day

Woman Who Defied Odds to Educate Village Children in Pakistan

Pak women can compete in all fields: Religious Scholar

Sisters in Islam Co-Founder Gets France’s Highest Award

Egypt Deports Female Activists Attempting To Access to Gaza

Fatima Bhutto Nominated For Fiction Prize

49% of Saudi Women Do Not Donate Blood: Study

Saudi First As Woman Becomes Investment Bank Chief

Maldivian NGO Voice of Women Fears Further Discrimination for IGMH Scandal Victim

Dr. Nasrin of Afghanistan Receives International Women of Courage Award

Saudi Wins International Women of Courage Award

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islam is Not the Enemy
Sara Erkal
Islam is Not the Enemy
Sara Erkal

Traditional interpretations of sacred texts can sometimes lead to theories of male dominance, while modern interpretations tend to lean towards gender equality. Naturally, I would posit that interpretations compatible with gender equality would benefit women’s rights in creating a bridge between Western and Islamic feminists, all in an effort to create a more unified feminist movement. Let us move towards achieving this goal.….

China's Female Imams Carrying On Ancient Islamic Tradition
Canadian province's headscarf
China's Female Imams Carrying On Ancient Islamic Tradition
New Age Islam News Bureau

Women with New Wombs Try To Conceive In Sweden

UK Urges World to Tackle Child Marriage in Same Way as FGM

Colombia’s ELN Rebels Recruit Girls to Extort Illegal Miners

UK Party Suspends Member for Insulting Muslim Women

Canadian Province's Religious Bill 'Targets Headscarf'

AFC Welcomes Lifting Of Headscarf Ban

Saudi Lawyers Refuse To Leak Data to Women on Potential Grooms

No Uniform Policy of Indian Waqf Boards on Muslim Widow Pension

Malala Admits She Has No Cell

Ministry Of Gender Celebrates Ghanaian Women

Pak, Punjab Assembly Female Members Form Caucus

Pakistan Mother Kills Two Starving Infants

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Bangladesh's Home Truth
Tahmima Anam
Bangladesh's Home Truth
Tahmima Anam

In London, I hear the word whispered, hedged with caveats and reservations; in Dhaka, it is shouted and sung in public forums as a riposte to the cacophonous voices of religious fundamentalism and ingrained patriarchy.....

Saudi Female Students Are Frequent Users of Social Media
Malala Yousafzai
Saudi Female Students Are Frequent Users of Social Media
New Age Islam News Bureau

Malala Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Major Report Reveals 'Extensive' Abuse Of Women in EU

Islamist Group Slams False Apostasy Claim, Says Slur on Malay Women

Saudis Demand Laws to Protect Girls from Domestic Violence

Iranian Women Push To Tighten Gender Gap

Female Shariah Grads Willing To Work as BIP Investigators

Most Anglos, Allophones Say Secular 'Values' Charter Targets Muslim Women

First Woman to Head Egypt Party Worried Over Military

Somaliland: The Extreme Form of FGM Is Back

Tina Fey and the Taliban to Share the Big Screen

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Pakistani, Afghan Sports Officials Hail FIFA's Headscarf Move
Fizza Malik, 24
Pakistani, Afghan Sports Officials Hail FIFA's Headscarf Move
New Age Islam News Bureau

Princess Nourah Says Saudi Women Playing a Meaningful Role

Women Banned From Wearing Panties to Church by Nairobi Pastor

In Indonesia (Bandung), Activists Fight Adolescent Prostitution

100 Female University Students in Asir to Donate Organs

Honour Killings Rise in Palestinian Territories, Sparking Backlash

Female Pupils in Sirte to Wear the Hijab under Awquaaf Ruling

Facebook Group Tracks How Many Women Have Been Detained In Egypt

Fizza Malik, 24: A Life Snuffed Out In Suicide Bombing In Islamabad

Indonesia Pushes For More Women in Power

Saudi Nurses Call For Right to Scholarships

Libyan Women Find Out More about Self-Development

Makkawi Women Seek Active Role in Development Plans

Women Come Out To Take Part in Anti-Draft Prayer in Jerusalem

‘Agunah Summit’ To Question State’s Role in Reaching Solution on Issue of ‘Chained’ Wives

Seminar Draws Roadmap for Minority Women’s Education in North East India

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Expensive Dowries Damage Women
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
Expensive Dowries Damage Women
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

In Islamic stipulation the man is required to pay the dowry – called Mehr – to the woman as a gift upon completion of the marriage ceremony. The aim is to elevate the status of women by offering a token of affection to seal the marriage contract. Yet today women and their families are demanding unaffordable Mehr from the groom. In a bizarre reversal of the problems facing women in the subcontinent, Muslim men are increasingly facing an unappetising choice between heavy debt and bachelor life....

Sometimes marriage happens between the wrong people, for the wrong reasons, in the wrong environment. It cannot thrive. Sometimes it’s the husband who’s to blame, sometimes it’s the wife, sometimes it’s some third-party person. But it can happen due to a multitude of reasons....

Saudi Women Demand End to 'Absolute Male Authority'
Nora Al-Amr
Saudi Women Demand End to 'Absolute Male Authority'
New Age Islam News Bureau

One Divorce in Malaysia Every 10 Minutes

"Heavily Indoctrinated” French Teenage Girl Caught Heading For Syria Jihad

Central African Republic: Genocide of Muslim Women/Children

International Women's Day Conference Sees Spread of Misogyny

Niger State Passes Sharia Law That Criminalises Marriage to More Than Four Wives

GCC Citizens Top List of Foreigners Married to Saudi Women

Harvard Picks Saudi Woman for Ph.D.

Emirati Teen Ready for Antarctica Expedition

International Conference in Paris on International Day of Women

Indian Muslim Mass Marriages in Warangal

Pakistan Grapples With Discontent over Rape Prosecutions

Kyrgyzstan Tries To Solve Domestic Violence Problem

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Child marriages in Africa, some parts of Asia, Latin America and Oceania are driven due to poverty, illiteracy, culture, tradition, bride price, dowry, religious and social pressure, and even the fear of remaining unmarried....

According to our Sharia law, the fundamental duty of a man is to provide for his wife. I’m positive that even the liberals will agree with this, let alone the staunch Sharia followers. An independent woman, who earns, defeats the purpose of marriage. Call me orthodox if you want to but I’m as concerned with divorce rates as I’m sure you are. Granting her autonomous financial power just makes her realise that she is better off without him and that he is just a formality or red tape.....

Malala and the Mockingbird
Mashhood Roohul Amin

A number of famous people, including Princes Diana and music sensation Michael Jackson bore the brunt of being taken advantage of in one degree or the other. Diana and Jackson met with what the Londoners say at large: Media harassment. Pakistan’s Malala Yousufzai, who is flying high these days, is being treated by her supporters in an entirely different way. Yousafzai, who recently visited a Syrian camp in Jordan, faced an assassination attempt in 2012 at the beginning of her journey, enabling her to see society from an entirely different angle….

British Girls Take To Strip Clubs to Finance Their Education
FIFA lift ban on Islamic headscarves
British Girls Take To Strip Clubs to Finance Their Education
New Age Islam News Bureau

‘Women must be able to make reproductive health decisions’

NY Students Don Hijab for a Day

FIFA Removes Ban on Headscarves

All But Two Institutes Training Nurses Shut By Saudi Authorities

Emirati Girls Taking Up Jiu-Jitsu Regional Championship in Public Schools More Than Ever

Muslims Debate Centuries-Old Tradition of FGM in Somalia

Gender rights: ‘Police raids followed TV report’

Feminine Touch to Afghan Fairytale

Niger's 'Remarkable' Progress in Reducing Child Deaths

Short Film, 'Muallak' Portrays the Pain of Turkish Young Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Tajik Women Fight Mosque Exclusion
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Tajik Women Fight Mosque Exclusion
New Age Islam News Bureau

Panel to Set Criteria for Women’s Vote in Saudi Arabia

Women Are Still Allowed To Drive in Brunei, Non-Muslims Can Wear Religious Symbols

It’s Time For Saudi Women To Prove Themselves: Princess Adelah

Conservative MP Calls for Public Veil Ban

Muslim Marriages in Ghana Are Illegal

Designer Burqas Are In Fashion among Muslim Girls

Gambia: Sub-Regional Dialogue to End FGM Opens in Banjul

First Saudi Woman to Participate In the Environment and Petroleum Forum 2014

Louise Mensch Thinks the Real Face of British Islam Is a Man of Sikh Heritage

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Pakistan’s Most Daring Documentarian

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Palestinian Women Seek Tougher Laws to Combat Honour Killings
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh
Palestinian Women Seek Tougher Laws to Combat Honour Killings
New Age Islam News Bureau

‘Christian Divorce Law in Pakistan Is Insulting To Women’

Leicester Boys’ School Bans Women from Applying For Job as Science Teacher

Achieving Full Women Empowerment in Pakistan

Indian SC Judgment on Adoption Is Not Infringing On Muslim Personal Laws At All

Media Is ‘Best Tool’ To Empower Women, Says Pioneering Female Emirati Lawyer

Report: Woman Convicted Of Terrorism in Israel Worked As Obamacare Navigator

Malnutrition Survey: ‘Over 70% Mothers in Sindh Are Vitamin D Deficient’

Sexual Assault Reports Surge in US Military

Towards A Fashionable Muslimah at USA Islamic Fashion Week

Muslim Movie Aims To Protect Women

Drugs Demerits — Female Force Leads the Way in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Jewellery Shops Not Ready For Women Employees Yet

South African Government Launches Free Contraceptive Device for Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


A First for NATO: 5 Female Defense Ministers

Outcry Grows Over Abuse of Jailed Egyptian Women

FGM Victims in England Could Sue Government for Not Protecting Them

Women Launch Movement for Peace Participation in Mindanao

Comments on Divorcees Create Uproar in Saudi Shoura

Over 50,000 Indian Women Cleared To Work as Domestic Maids in Middle East

165 Saudi and Foreign Women Jailed For Minor Offenses

Sex Change Blesses Family with More Earning Hands

Row between IIU Administration and Female Students Lands in Islamabad HC

Saudi Justice Ministry Tightening the Noose on Marriage Officials

Hague, Jolie to Chair Summit on Rape in War

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

After Tunisia, ‘Sextremist’ Femen Talk Ukraine

Discipline Is ‘Hair’ To Stay: Saudi Girl Students Told To Change ‘Wild’ Style

Afghan women face increasing sexual and physical abuse

2 Young Women Arrested For Picking Pockets in Abu Dhabi

Arab Women's Groups Partner With UN on A Development Document

Plotting For a Woman-Shaped Peace: Syrian And Bosnian Women Confer

Opening New Doors for Young Women in East Java

Pakistan Has Highest Rate of First Day Deaths, Stillbirths

Dubai Ruler Leads Tributes to Pioneering Emirati Nurse Who Died At 80

50,000 Somali Kids at Risk of Malnutrition

Blasphemy Conviction: Aasia Bibi’s Appeal Yet to Be Heard

Returned Bangladesh Housemaids Urge Govt for Compensation

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Young Saudi Ladies Smoke ‘To Stay With the Times’
Hala Shukrallah
Young Saudi Ladies Smoke ‘To Stay With the Times’
New Age Islam News Bureau

Pakistani Village Gives Girls Pioneering Sex Education Class

India's Muslims Prefer Fashionable Niqab

Kids Fathered By Saudis Toil with Mothers in Syria Camps

Religion Is Being Used In Afghanistan to Deny Women Their Rights

Saudi Women Involved In 25 Demonstrations, 14 Sit-Ins

Saudis Lay Claim on Wives’ Salaries as ‘Legal Guardians’

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Could Become a Crime in UK

Forced Marriage: Two Saudi Women File Lawsuits

16 Women Journalists on the Middle East Front Lines

Lebanese Parents Encouraging Children to Move Abroad

Proposed 'Ministry of Marriage and Divorce' Sparks Controversy

Hala Shukrallah President of Constitution Party: 'Something Has Changed'

Products by Saudi Women Steal the Show at Jeddah Wedding Expo

Arab Woman Awards KSA 2014 Winners Honoured

Bihar’s Urdu Girls’ High School to Celebrate Its Golden Jubilee

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Syrian Girls Forced To Marry ISIL Militants

Catholic Nuns and Devote Muslim Women Are Like Two Peas in A Pod

Women Rally against Al Shabaab in Mogadishu

India's Basket Programme Empowers African Women

'Female Genital Mutilation against Girls Is Child Abuse'

Unveiled Women Banned From Entering Girls’ Schools in Riyadh

Yacoubian Urges Women to Act to Win Equality: Lebanon

Trialogue among Female MPs of Pakistan, UK & Afghanistan Ends

First Lifestyle Mobi Site for Muslim Women Launched

Panel on Female Veiling Contrasts Ideas of Repression and Self-Expression

Advocate for Afghan Girls to Speak At Langley International Women's Day Lunch

'Freedom to Love for All': Iranian Pop Queen Releases Pro-LGBT Music Video

The Islamic State of Iran and Gender Discrimination

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Women of Iran Defy Mullahs by Embracing Western Fashions
Hala Shukrallah
Women of Iran Defy Mullahs by Embracing Western Fashions
New Age Islam News Bureau

Fuss at Pakistan Islamic University as Girls ‘Confined’ At Hostel

Cases of ‘Hijabaphobia’ Increasing In Quebec

Meet Egypt’s First Female Political Party Leader, Hala Shukrallah

Nigeria: 'Hijab - A Fundamental Human Right of Female Muslims'

Saudi Woman Helps Companies Stand Out With Her Design Ideas

American Pop Star Katy Perry Debuts as Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra

Women Renting Houses Face Gender Bias in Riyadh

Nigeria: Women's Group Receives Major U.S. Award

Thousands of Kids Lost Parents in South Sudan Fighting

Behind The Scourge of Child Labour in Palestine

Violence against Indigenous Women Rarely Get Law Enforcers’ Attention: Bangladesh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


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    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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