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Islam, Women and Feminism

Girls' Schools in Afghanistan Wonder 'What Tomorrow Brings'
Faryal Talpur, Zardari’s Sisters

Girl Expelled for Getting Married for Fear of Negative Impact on Other Students in Pakistan

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Jews in a Strop after Knesset Raises Marriage Age

Extremist Detained In Moscow for Recruiting 'Shy Girls'

Yemen Must Ban Child Marriage in New Constitution - Right Group

Child marriage: 11-year-old married to 12-year-old in Pakistan

'Virtual' Filipina girl identifies 1,000 webcam sex tourists

'Devil' caused Egyptian to sexually harass woman in Dubai

Muslim Girl, 14, In Forced Marriage: Judge 'Powerless' To Help

Turkey ‘Conservative’ On Women’s Role

Acid Attack Victim, Pashto Actress Bushra, Cries for Justice

Tanzania: Taking Women's Sense of Dress to another Level

Differences with Zardari’s Sisters Cost Minister Dear

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Sudan Woman in Legal Limbo over Refusal to Cover Hair
Transexual Muslim Lucy Vallender

Mosque Return for Trans-Sexual Muslim

Great Mothers, “Widows of Martyred Intellectuals” Deserve State Recognition: ICT

Facebook Campaigns Denounce Egyptian Films That Degrade Women

Malaysia No Place for LGBT Rights, Religious Freedom, Says Islamist Group

Eva's Story Highlights Plight of Women in Lebanon

Female Criminal Gangs in Saudi Arabia Do Not Face Penalties: Report

‘Girls of Riyadh’ Author Honoured In US for Stem Cell Research

Hijab Girl Unveils New Range Of Hijab Fabrics

A Strong Woman in Muzaffarnagar Where Fighting Left Dozens Dead

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Having an internationally ratified punishment is the only way that crimes like rape can be controlled. This is especially true for developing countries like Kenya and Pakistan where women are the worst victims in society. On the list of countries with low human development, Kenya is second while Pakistan trails close behind at number four.....

Muslim Women Must Remove Face Veils for Australian Police

Saudi Shop Owners Reluctant To Report Thefts Carried Out By Women

Muslim Women: Waging a Jihad for Peace

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Accordingly, the operation serves as a guarantee for the chastity of young girls and suppresses their sexual desires. Female genital mutilation thereby serves as a patriarchal instrument of control over women by men. The fact that Islam attaches great importance to the fulfilment of sexuality for both men and women contradicts the assumption that female genital mutilation is tied up with a religious tradition.....

Up To 91,000 Girls under the Age of 18 Give Birth Every Year in Turkey: UN
Baby Ghadi

Turkey Women MPSsWear Headscarves in Parliament

Activists Call For Social Awareness to Curb Adolescent Pregnancy

Saudi Women’s Catering Success Attracts Major Hotel Chains

‘Pakistani Rural Women Still Deprived Of Their Rights’

STD Virus Vaccine for Eighth-Grade Girls: Rabbis and Religious Communities Say No

Women of the Wall Divided as Dissenters Refuse to Budge from Women’s Section

Baby Ghadi's Religion Isn't On His Birth Certificate, a First for Sectarian Lebanon

Kenyans demand gang-rape justice in police petition

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Pakistan: Second Grader Married Off To Settle a Family Dispute
Turkey Minister Fatma Sahin

Women Now Taking on Key Men’s Jobs in Saudi Kingdom

‘Afghan Girl’ Photographer Tells Stories Behind Images

Turkish Govt to Offer Loans For Newly Married Couples

Saudi writer who opposed ban on women driving held

Women Gain As Gender Gap ‘Narrows’: World Economic Forum

New Court Documents Detail Abuse of Pregnant Woman in UK-US Libya Renditions

Islamic World Should Empower Women for Economic Advancement: Malaysian PM

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Addressing the Subject of Women in Islam
Tariq Ramadan

The Creator addresses women as being on an equal footing with men, their status as beings and believers is the same as men’s and the requirements of worship are absolutely identical. They are partners on the spiritual path, in which support and protection are needed: “They are your garments as you are their garments.” “Love and mercy [kindness]” are the heart’s resources that make life together possible: love to combine qualities, mercy to overlook failings and weaknesses. …..

Women in Pakistan Being Stabbed “For Leaving Their Houses after Sunset”
Malala Yousafzai

Qatar, Turkey and Lebanon Work Together To Free Women from Assad's Jails

A Father's Heartbreak as His Daughters Leave Norway to Join Jihad in Syria

Many women get behind wheels, face road bumps

Protests in Kenya after 3 rapists asked to cut grass as punishment

Women of the Wall Demand Right to Read from Torah At Kotel

Tunis Women Performing Controversial 'Sexual Jihad' Arrested

Calls for Massive Campaign to Curb Domestic Violence in Saudi Kingdom

Jerusalem Women Remembered For Role in Palestinian Politics

Vitamin D Deficiency in Saudi Women Rise at Alarming Rate

Leaving Teen Girls to the Taliban

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Saudi Arabia Is the Only Country in the World Where Women Are Not Allowed To Drive, Despite Decades of Effort by A Few Activists
Ben Hubbard

The fact that the activists have been at it for so long without creating a mass movement or any change in government policy underlines the power of tradition in Saudi society and the tremendous political clout of social conservatives who fear that Westernization or anything that looks as if it will detract from the kingdom’s Islamic character, even though malls, high-end shops and fast-food outlets cover the Saudi landscape....

Malala's heart is as beautiful and as pure as the natural beauty of the Swat valley and likewise the beauty of Islamic attitude towards male and female education. Malala, a child prodigy, could beautifully and correctly understand the meaning of the cause that Islam stands for which the Taliban failed to understand. Such a brutal act committed by the Taliban will cause them lose the last of their sympathizer, if there is any, not only because of their such kind of brutality committed against a minor but also because of their lack of understanding of the religion they are fighting to establish.....

Let Malala Achieve Her Dreams, Medals Can Wait
Sonya Fatah

The anti-Malala camp should not take heart from this. Malala deserves whatever laurels have been given her, even if others are using her to advocate their cause. Discussions and debates on her father's credibility, hinting that he is Pakistani version of a Jon Benet Ramsey parent, are rubbish……


Number of Women Smokers Increasing In Saudi Arabia
Rupa Jha, co-host of 100 Women Conference

16 Saudi women fined for defying driving ban

Afghanistan's Women Still Suffer Threat of 'Honour Killings'

Emirati Women Run School Canteens in Bid to Boost Healthy Living

Saudi Woman Sets Up Book Bank

Few Saudi Women Get Behind the Wheel in Driving Protest after Government Warning

Lawyers Call For Special Courts to Try Sexual Harassment Cases in Saudi Kingdom

Girls Settle in to First Year at Old Delhi’s Anglo-Arabic School

Malawi: Local NGO Urges Girls in the North to High Participate in EC Registration Exercise

‘The Biggest Casualty of a War Are Women’

2nd National Conference for Bahrain Women Held

Introspection at global women’s conference

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


We Pakistanis certainly have a lot to learn from how people reacted to Nirbhaya’s case in India. In India, people did not say that there are many Nirbhayas so why care about this one. They did not say that the west has a poor record on gender equality so why should we be judged. They certainly did not say that Nirbhaya was never assaulted, and the incident was a western plot to demonise their country. Instead, they accepted that this tragedy happened due to shortcomings within their own society and vowed to improve on them. Nirbhaya became a symbol of women and the people of India decided that the current state of their country was unacceptable to them…..


Sexual Harassment Has No Geographical Location
Komal Ali

The truth is, women are stereotyped and harassed independent of their religion, culture, skin colour and sexuality. Women are harassed for being women, and the sooner we realise that and raise our voice every time we become victim of harassment, the sooner women will hopefully cease to be second-class world citizens…..


Saudi Authorities Issue Warning Ahead Of Women Driving Campaign
Saheela Ibraheem

UN Rights Body Adopts Landmark Text on Women

Haven for Women: Rules Framed To Improve Darul Amans in Sindh

85pc Bangladesh People Think More Women Should Run For General Seats

Girls Most Harassed At Disaster Shelters

Syrian, Cambodian, Afghan Women Win Media Awards

Syria Frees Women Inmates after Hostage Deal

Genius Nigerian Muslim Girl Makes Record

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

The Power of Women
Hedayat Abdel-Nabi

“The European Union attaches great importance to Egypt’s future, based on a democratic solution with fully functioning democratic institutions that protect all citizens, including groups belonging to minorities and women. In this regard, the European Union stresses the importance of the rule of law and human rights, with particular emphasis on the fundamental freedoms of association and the rights of women...


Education can play a role in preventing violence against women and girls. Today, one in three women is subjected to violence, and more than half of all victims of sexual assault are girls under the age of 16. In Bangladesh, 66% of girls marry by the time they are 18. Early marriage often prevents continued education for girls. While there are many contributing factors to gender-based violence, one of the most mitigating factors is women’s education…..


Pakistan: A Women-Free Society
Harris Khalique

When nations of the world – advanced, developing and underdeveloped – are striving hard to make or keep their countries drug-free, polio-free, malaria-free, tuberculosis-free, cholera-free, and diphtheria-free, etc and taking steps to counter chronic poverty and illiteracy, our society and legal system continue to focus most diligently on making Pakistan a women-free society. ….


Malala Yousafzai Belongs To Pakistan
Nora Boustany

“They thought that the bullet would silence us. But they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born ... So here I stand. So here I stand, one girl among many.”….

Mohammed, the Feminist
Mitchell Hailstone

The heart of Islam, and the heart of the Prophet, was to liberate women from the tyranny experienced in the Jahiliya. Unfortunately, it seems the Qur’an’s message has been overlooked. In an attempt to follow the laws of Allah and please Him, many men in the Muslim world have missed the spirit of the instruction. The Qur’an’s words have been twisted…..

Teenage Girls vs. the Taliban: What Will Happen When U.S. Leaves?
Nina Burleigh

Their strain of Islam contradicts major tenets of the traditional faith and offends many believers. But the Saudis have been successfully exporting it, financed by whopping oil profits, since the early 1970s. According to its own figures, the kingdom spent more than $80 billion between 1973 and 2002 creating a worldwide network of Wahhabi mosques, Islamic centers, madrasas and charities. The Afghan Taliban is among the recipients of that money….

Britain Does Not Need a French-style Burqa Ban
Sara Silvestri

To ban or not to ban: Britain is facing the Burqa issue with a streak of pragmatism, and there is currently little appetite from the center-right coalition government for a ban Unlike the French, Britain has taken a fluid approach to difference and the multicultural character of its society, and in the current circumstances, it is unclear – perhaps impossible – to establish where the limit for "difference" lies….


Moroccan Islamists Throw Chairs at Kissing Couples
Asma Al-Assad

Syrian First Lady Asma Al-Assad Pledges to Stand by Husband

Himachal Offers Muslim Women Free Bus Ride on Eid

Algerian Woman Kept Her Dower Half a Century for Haj

Afghan Women Risk Losing Post-Taliban Gains after Security Transition

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Pak Beauticians Set to Greet Girls Intending to Doll Themselves Up at Eid ul Azha

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa LG Bill Proposes Increase in Reserved Seats for Women To 33%

Mardan’s Sole Orphanage Strives to Keep Its Children

Haj Meeting Ends Strained Relations between 2 Sisters

6-Year-Old Pakistani Serves Mother during Haj

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Makkawi Women Crowd the Grand Mosque on Arafat Day
Amina, 85-year-old Pakistani woman

Taliban Misfire as Malala Yousafzai Spurs Pakistan School Rush

FIA Assures Action against Fake Facebook ID of Girl

Turkish Govt Announces New Rights for Working Moms

Expat Children Denied Education Because Of Nitaqat

Savings Box Helps Pak Woman, 85, Perform Haj

Turkish Moves on Women’s Rights Renew Fears of Authoritarianism, Islamism

Child Marriage: India's Stand Slammed By Women and Reformers

Children of Migrant Workers Show Off Love for ‘Wonderful’ Lebanon

‘We Gave Up Our Play Time to Serve Pilgrims’

Everywhere, every day, Women Face Discrimination

Three Women ‘Raped’, Boy 'Sodomised' In Faisalabad

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


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