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Egypt’s ‘Farewell Intercourse’ Law with Deceased Wives Sparks Fury
Egypt’s Controversial, Farewell Intercourse Law sparks fury
Egypt’s ‘Farewell Intercourse’ Law with Deceased Wives Sparks Fury
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Iraqi farmer marries two women in one night Fighting child marriage in Sudan
India: Mangalore College bans burqa in class
Female circumcision anger aired in India
Indonesia: Six married students barred from exams
Indonesian Women urged to stop using animal products
Dutch burqa ban may go after govt falls
Khalifa grants citizenship to 930 children of Emirati women
1.6 million Saudi women jobless
Indonesian teens defy re-education attempt
Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi arrested

10-year-old girls can marry, says Saudi grand mufti
10-year-old girls can marry: Saudi grand mufti
10-year-old girls can marry, says Saudi grand mufti
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Saudi Arabian girls' school defies basketball ban
In Afghanistan, underground girls school defies Taliban edict, threats
Converted Muslim sisters face the ire in Pakistan
Veiled beauty: Turkish mag fuses fashion and tradition
PATNA: City thumbs up to Deoband advice against polygamy
Anger over female circumcision in a Muslim sub-sect in India
'Middle class Muslim women still victims of bias'
Iraqis under threat, modern Indian women in focus at Tribeca
Photo: '10-year-old girls can marry,' says Saudi grand mufti
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Just as regime-appointed clerics lull the poor across the region with promises of justice — and nubile virgins — in the next world rather than a reckoning with the corruption and nepotism of the dictator in this life, so women are silenced by a deadly combination of men who hate them while also claiming to have God firmly on their side. Just as regime-appointed clerics lull the poor across the region with promises of justice — and nubile virgins — in the next world….

Tehran police in new vulgar dress code crackdown
Tehran's police chief, Hossein Sajedinia, said the crackdown on women
Tehran police in new vulgar dress code crackdown
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Egypt’s women urge not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws
India Muslim Women Get Right to Divorce
Marriage Law in case of rape Tests Morocco Islamists
Qur’an Promotes Women Rights in Yemen
Muslim Woman Fights Nigeria Divorce Plight
Nigeria Muslims Sue Govt Over Hijab Ban
France’s Frontrunner to Uphold Burqa Ban
Female British Muslims are at last finding their voice
Islam promotes equality, American Muslim woman says
Yemen's Child Marriages
American Team Don Hijab to Support Captain
Saudi officials retreated: Saudi women might gain entry as unofficial participants Muslim Women Fashion Fascinates Australia
Wedlock Policy Saves Pakistan Family Life
Missouri Jail Allows Muslim Hijab
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Photo: Tehran's police chief, Hossein Sajedinia, said the crackdown on women

 

Arab societies often appear rigid and resistant to change to outsiders, because what outsiders see is these countries' ruling regimes, which mostly do resist development and change. But this image is nearly the opposite of reality in Arab societies, where enormous dynamism is opening doors to many types of change, albeit at different speeds and in complex, contradictory ways – particularly when change from below is held back from above.

 
Feminism in the Arab World: The Silent Revolution
Gema Martín Muñoz is Professor of Sociology of the Arab and Islamic World
Feminism in the Arab World: The Silent Revolution
Gema Martín Muñoz

Consider Arab women. The predominant image is of a passive, exotic and veiled victim-woman who reacts to events instead of actively participating in them. She is an impersonal object of communal stereotypes that sustain cultural prejudices. In fact, Arab societies are engaged in a process of immense and irreversible change in which women are playing a crucial role. …

The Day I Wore A Niqab
Mariam Magsi is a photographer, writer and curator
The Day I Wore A Niqab
Mariam Magsi

Books have been written about it, feminists have insulted it, Muslim feminists, however, have defended it, and international laws are being passed against it. While there are some extreme cases where women are forced to wear Niqab…  It had started. The stigma; the discomfort I was causing. I was supposed to conform and wear formal, Western work attire. …

It is the latest chapter in the sorry tale of women in India, where regressive practices and age-old traditions continue to sit … So, where does it end? It probably doesn't, not even in the India of today that prides itself on its many achievements, its woman president, its woman speaker, its woman leader of opposition and woman chair of the ruling alliance. …

The female of the species is more deadly than the male, cautioned Rudyard Kipling. Given Kipling's love of mythology and prehistoric studies, he should perhaps have added "and smarter". Because of all deities of wisdom across the globe and through known time, the massive majority – 97% – were (or are) female. Mankind, for the vast span of human experience, has worshipped at the shrine not of the god, but the goddess, of wisdom. …

On Being Born a Girl
Aijaz Zaka Syed is a Gulf based commentator
On Being Born a Girl
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Is there anything more beautiful in God’s creation than children? Is there anything more divine than the carefree smile playing on a child’s face, especially if he or she is of your own? There’s something so magical about children that it touches and melts the stoniest of hearts. But even if you aren’t blessed with children, you can’t help stop loving them. Umer Farook, her manly father named after the great Muslim caliph and conqueror, wanted his firstborn to be a male heir to take charge of his kingdom. …

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What Changes I would like to See: Saudi Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz
Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz
What Changes I would like to See: Saudi Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz
BBC World Service

Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz tells the BBC there are many changes she would like to see in Saudi Arabia - but that now is not the time for women to be allowed to drive. My father established the first women's university in the kingdom, abolished slavery and tried to establish a constitutional monarchy that separates the position of king from that of prime minister. But I am saddened to say that my beloved country today has not fulfilled that early promise. …

Innocent Afreen: Death by Gender
Patralekha Chatterjee focuses on development issue
Innocent Afreen: Death by Gender
Patralekha Chatterjee

Tuesday night, as I was watching the news on television, the macabreness hit me: even as Afreen was struggling for survival, the city’s corporators were spewing rage. The object of their fury was not Afreen’s father who had severely injured his daughter, and wanted her dead, nor the social system which allows such savagery towards little girls. They were outraged at being denied free passes to the Indian Premier League cricket matches. …

Karachi can Learn from Liberian Women
Beena Sarwar is a writer and filmmaker
Karachi can Learn from Liberian Women
Beena Sarwar

Every day, for over two years, women numbering in their hundreds, the numbers rising to 2,500 at the movement’s peak, lined the main road, under the blazing hot sun or torrential downpours – many carried umbrellas. They held up cardboard placards saying “No more war”, “We tired running, we want peace”, “Stop the killing”, and so on. …

Some important Islamic scholars in Jordan have gone even further by declaring honour-crimes an Islamic imperative that derives from the ‘values of virility advocated by Islam’ A landmark judgment by the Indian Supreme Court in an honour killing case called such killings a slur on the nation and a barbaric, feudal practice that ought to be stamped out. …

Proposed Amendments to Marriage Laws do not Guarantee Full Women Rights
Flavia Agnes is a Social Activist and Advocate
Proposed Amendments to Marriage Laws do not Guarantee Full Women Rights
Flavia Agnes

It is in this context that the Centre’s move to amend the Hindu and Special Marriage laws lacks clarity, transparency and is also extremely narrow in its scope, as it leaves out all women from minority communities and restricts their right to claim property division at the time of divorce. The bill was secular in character, and was made applicable to all marriages irrespective of religious affiliations. …

 
Stand Up For Religious Freedom
Sarah Posner is an author.
Stand Up For Religious Freedom
Sarah Posner

The contraception coverage requirement, Sweeney said in his speech, was “abnormal” and “not how things should be.” He warned of a “brand new form of bondage” due to people who “want to dip their hands into the government treasury.”  ” She told me that, as a “kid of the ’60s” she wasn’t always opposed to contraception, but that “the more we know, the more know how bad it is.”…

 
Crimes against Humanity
Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq is an advocate of the High Court Pakistan
Crimes against Humanity
Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq

Women are killed on account of honour, not only for allegedly having affairs, but also for exercising a right to choose their partner, an inalienable right guaranteed by Islam and the law. In a sizeable majority of cases, the ‘honour’ that is so dishonoured, is actually a guise for grabbing property. The Quran terms murder of one person equivalent to the slaying of the entire humanity. …

In our society, parents are in a rush to marry off their daughters before they hit the twenty-fifth birthday mark (or even earlier), and the foremost attribute they seek is financial stability, even if the candidate is a whole generation ahead in terms of age and experience. The stigma associated with divorce and unmarried life for a woman, is such that they learn to compromise with a man who they have absolutely nothing in common with. ۔۔۔

Clothe Your Women with Kindness
The writer is a journalist, writer and educator.
Clothe Your Women with Kindness
Fahad Faruqui

Every time I hear news of a man using physical force on his wife and children, I become furious. What is further infuriating is that as a man, to react the way I do is deemed strange. For some godforsaken reason it is widely accepted that it's a man's prerogative to correct women by force, especially if they are ungrateful and if they don't obey the commands of their husbands. …

No rocket science needed to realise that the only way to save the bodies and souls of our brothers and sisters is to segregate the sexes completely — Is it not against the injunctions of Islam to have men and women touching bodies in public, even if they are married, and especially if they are not? Of course it is. And if something is against the teachings of Islam as interpreted by our Ulema, then it is automatically in violation of the constitution. … 

Tunisia: Women Try to Assert Independence
Sarah Mersch is a freelance film critic and journalist
Tunisia: Women Try to Assert Independence
Sarah Mersch

After gaining independence from France in 1956, Tunisia was one of the most progressive countries in the Arab world in terms of women's status. Women were quickly given the right to divorce and vote. "We want to keep moving forward and not make a U-turn." - Activists fear Tunisia's new government might try to roll back the rights of women. …

I was still unable to control my sobs and cries over the unwanted pregnancy. If killing an unborn baby is a crime, then bringing an unwanted baby into the world is a far bigger crime, because you will not be able to nurture the baby the way his existence deserves to be nurtured. The system of the world is not gender-friendly anyway, unless there are enough women in the making of social policies. …

Pakistan is a strange country. The importance of being out and about in politics is obvious to anyone with a passing interest in it. It is about time that political parties realise that women are a political constituency and their concerns need to be addressed and fought for,… In politics, the importance of constituency cannot be overstated. …

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America,... Virginia’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, touted as a vice-presidential prospect, also wants to drag women back into a cave. “I cannot believe that you would disrespect women and mothers in such a way,” he chided colleagues. “This legislation is simply mean-spirited, and it is bullying, bullying women simply because you can.”...

 

Given all this, one might be forgiven for overlooking the fact that it was a woman who played the central role in initiating the Egyptian revolution. Arab women not only took to the streets during the uprisings, they were also active in the media and in the organization of protests. ...



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