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Noora Al Shami was forced to wed a man in his 30s when she was 11 years old. Her story is typical of many girls and young women in the Yemen. But what can be done to spare future generations the same fate?...

 

Arifa Bibi's uncle, cousins and others hurled stones and bricks at her until she died, according to media reports. She was buried in a desert far from her village. It's unlikely anyone was arrested. Her case is not unique. Stoning is legal or practiced in at least 15 countries or regions. And campaigners fear this barbaric form of execution may be on the rise, particularly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq….

 
Sharia: How Safiya Escaped Death by Stoning
Safiya Hussaini
Sharia: How Safiya Escaped Death by Stoning
Francis Famoroti

Safiya Hussaini was a divorced woman at the centre of an alleged adultery offence about 13 years ago in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria. She was condemned to death by stoning for the offence by a Sharia Court in October 2001. On appeal against the verdict, she was discharged and acquitted on March 25, 2002. FRANCIS FAMOROTI, Head, Judiciary, writes that the Sharia Appeal Court’s pronouncement actually put the Islamic jurisprudence to test….

 

Western Female Furies for Jihad

Nikhat Zareen Wins Over Family Resistance and Youth World Boxing Silver Medal

Saudi Doctor Dismisses Cleric's Claim That Driving Cars Hurts Women's Ovaries

An American Non-Muslim Hijabi Shares her Story

Protesters in Upper Nazareth Decry Violence against Arab Women

African Youth Push for Fulfillment of Promises to Women and Girls

Women Mutawifs (Haj Guide) Seek a Bigger Role during Haj

Afghan Rehab Centers Aim To Get Women, Children — and Even Taliban — Off Of Opium

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Medina Court Upholds WhatsApp Divorce
Saudi-American Woman Ranya al-Huthaili
Medina Court Upholds WhatsApp Divorce
New Age Islam News Bureau

A Muslim Prosecutor in Britain, Fighting Forced Marriages and Honour Crimes

Using Women to Win in Syria

Marriage age: A big 'no' from Keralite Muslim girls

Turkey Lifts Ban on Headscarves in Public Institutions

Tear gas fired at Sudan women's university protest

‘Pakistan’s Britney Spears’ seeks fame in UK, but won’t twerk

35% of Gaza Brides Are Under 17

Refugee School Girls in Jordan Sing Lyrics of Loss

Saudi-American Woman Detained For Robbing Five Banks

The State School Where Girls Are Forced To Wear Hijabs In and Outside School

Despite Constraints, Saudi Women Upbeat about Empowerment

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Fears of Afghan Women
Razeshta Sethna
Fears of Afghan Women
Razeshta Sethna

A pattern of what might unfold is becoming clearer: the number of women killed or injured in the first half of this year alone is two-thirds higher than last year according to a UN report on civilian casualties….

 

Through the medieval ages and until the advent of family planning in the post war era, families were large, incomes were low, living conditions were harsh, personal security was lacking and women had no significant intellectual or economic role. The growing girls were then a burden on the family to be disposed off through marriage as soon as they approached puberty and drew the attention of male onlookers. In some cultures marriages were contracted when the girls were in infancy or even before they were born. This ensured the financial and personal security of a girl child as she grew up in a hazardous and hostile environment, and saved the parents from any worries regarding the final settlement of their daughters in the conjugal phase of life….

 

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Now, Indonesia has gone one better in its bid to appease the morally wounded, with the announcement of the Muslimah World contest. The founder of the pageant, Eka Shanti, told AFP that it's "Islam's answer to Miss World." It's still called a "beauty pageant," but instead of looks the contestants will be judged on their behaviour - namely, "you have to be pious, be a positive role model and show how you balance a life of spirituality in today's modernised world," says Shanti…..

 

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Calling All Feminists: Get Over the Veil Debate, Focus on Real Problems
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Early Marriage and Early Islam
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India is a secular democratic nation-state, with a population of over 1 billion, a poverty rate at best estimated at 22% [1].  It ranks as the 55th worst country with regard to its maternal mortality rate[2] with estimates as high as 450 per 100,000 [3], and has an infant mortality rate of 44-55 per 1000[4]. All the above factors have a direct corollary to child marriage: poverty, maternal mortality (think babies having babies), and thus, infant mortality is directly related to the national age of marriage. ….

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