Arab Women Foundation announced on Sunday Norah Muhammad Al-Haqbani, from Saudi
Arabia, has joined it as a member of its Board of Directors.
Becomes First Saudi to Sit On Board of Arab Women Foundation
Saudi Women Flee On Sisters’ ID
Girl's Family Begs UK to Show Mercy by Restoring Her Citizenship
Saudi Women Become KSA’s First Tour Guides
Mother Bethany Vierra Refutes Media Claims She Is Trapped In Saudi Arabia, Says
Her Residency Issues Were Resolved Promptly
Young Artist Boosts Arab Women Empowerment through Art
Keep Fighting': The Afghan Women Eyeing Paralympic Gold
Professor Appointed Oklahoma Status of Women Commissioner
ISIL Women 'Losing Hope' After Belgium Court Refused Their Bid to Return Home
of Govt Jobs Set Aside For Women: HRC
Jawaher Announces Women’s Summit Dates
Drives More Iranian Women to Commit Suicide
Continue In Iran and Women Actively Participate
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Woman’ Defends Arabs against Netanyahu’s Rhetoric
Hollywood star Gal Gadot has leapt to defend a fellow actress who was chided by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for challenging his party’s treatment
of Arab citizens.
and his Likud party have been accused of using scare tactics and demonizing
Israel’s Arab population ahead of April 9 elections in a bid to motivate their
your neighbor as yourself,” Israeli-born Gadot wrote on Instagram late Sunday
after popular Israeli model and television actress Rotem Sela received online
abuse from the public and a personal reprimand from Netanyahu.
isn’t a matter of right or left. Jew or Arab. Secular or religious,” the
“Wonder Woman” star posted.
a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace and security and of our tolerance
of one toward the other.”
fired off an angry Instagram post late Saturday after watching right-wing
firebrand culture minister Miri Regev on TV.
stated the Likud’s line, warning voters in the April election not to choose its
main opponents because if elected it would form an alliance with Israeli Arab
parties in parliament — a highly unlikely scenario.
the hell will someone in this government convey to the public that Israel is a
state of all its citizens and that all people were created equal?” Sela wrote.
the Arabs — believe it or not — are human beings, and the Druze and the gays,
by the way, and the lesbians and — shock — leftists.”
answered with an Instagram message of his own, addressed to “Dear Rotem.”
is not a state of all its citizens,” he wrote.
to the basic nationality law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the
Jewish people — and only it.”
was referring to a deeply controversial law passed last year declaring Israel
the nation-state of the Jewish people and downgrading Arabic’s status as an
returned to the theme at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, where he called
Israel a “Jewish, democratic state” with equal rights, but “the nation-state
not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.”
Arabs make up around 17.5 percent of the population.
has continually warned that his opponents will receive the support of Arab
parties and that they will make significant concessions to the Palestinians.
parties would be extremely unlikely to be part of any coalition government
Israelis are Palestinians who remained on their land after the 1948 creation of
Israel and are largely supportive of the Palestinian cause.
message showed a re-post of Sela’s comment in the background.
sister, you’re an inspiration to us all,” she wrote.
— The Arab Women Foundation announced on Sunday Norah Muhammad Al-Haqbani, from
Saudi Arabia, has joined it as a member of its Board of Directors.
a press statement, Fatima Majed Al-Sirri, deputy chairperson of the Dubai-based
Foundation, said Al-Haqbani was chosen unanimously in recognition of her
professionalism and her various contributions to women’s causes.
added Al-Haqbani became the first Saudi to be at the helm of the foundation
since its founding.
Arab Women Foundation was established in 2000 and is deemed one of the most
important Arab organizations concerned with developing and expanding women’s
role and participation in the development process via several development,
scientific and humanitarian programs.
Foundation is carrying out a series of projects for the benefit of women in the
less developed countries in such fields as education, training and health. In
the forefront of its pioneering projects is the initiative to build centers for
the early detection of breast cancer as well as modern centers for obstetrics
and women’s health. These centers won the praise from the United Nations.
Foundation carries out many other activities, including the Distinctive Arab
Woman’s Prize, dialogue forums and annual report on the current status of Arab
women’s participation in the decision-making bodies, and an integrated program
for scholarships in postgraduate studies allotted for female students in poor
Foundation announced earlier the setting up of the Women International Football
Association (WIFA), with its headquarters in London. This comes within the
strategy to support women in the sports field.
the next two years, WIFA is set to organize a championship within the “Nations’
Cup for Women” through cooperation agreements with the organizations concerned
with women’s football.— SG
KUWAIT CITY, March 11: Two employees at the Salmi border post have been
detained and are being interrogated for negligence for ‘allowing’ a Saudi man
to leave the country with his two daughters using the IDs of their sisters,
reports Al-Rai daily.
Saudi man took the two girls from their homes although they are married to
Kuwaitis and left the country using the IDs of their sisters who reside in
of the husbands allegedly contacted the Operations Room of the Ministry of
Interior and the latter contacted the borders department, but it was too late, the
women had already left the country. Initial investigations show the men at the
border failed to double check if the IDs belonged to the women or not.
family of Shamima Begum, the girl who has been deprived of her British
citizenship over joining Daesh terrorists in Syria, has written to interior
minister Sajid Javid to allow the girl to return to the UK as an act of “mercy”
after her baby boy died in a refugee camp in the Arab country.
lawyers representing Begum’s family sent a letter to Javid on Monday, demanding
the girl’s citizenship be restored.
the tragic and entirely avoidable death of Shamima Begum's son, we have written
to the home secretary requesting that he reconsider his original decision to
strip Ms Begum of her British citizenship,” said Tasnime Akunjee.
layer said the letter was sent as “an urgent bid to avoid further tragedy”,
adding that there were huge fears about Shamima’s own safety in the camp she
lives in northeastern Syria.
call comes amid criticism of Javid over his last month’s decision to strip
Begum of her citizenship while she was begging authorities to allow her to
return to the UK to be able to raise her third and only surviving child.
criticism intensified last week when it was announced that Begum’s son Jarrah
had died of pneumonia while he was only three weeks old. The boy was technically
a British citizen as he had been born days before Javid revoked his mother’s
case has sparked outrage about Britain’s hypocrisy when it comes to dealing
with terrorism in Syria. Critics say people like Begum are being punished for
travelling to Syria to join terrorist groups at a time when London is
continuing to offer direct support to several armed groups in the country.
British authorities have even accommodated militants and their families in the
UK after they were defeated by the Syrian government.
Three Saudi women have been given tickets to guide after taking part in special
Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) branch in the
Kingdom’s Tabuk region on Sunday issued licenses to the first females in the
country to work as tour guides.
general manager of SCTH in Tabuk, Dr. Mabrouk Al-Shilaibi, handed the licenses
to Hiba Mohammed Al-Aidi, Nada Saleh Al-Enezi and Hanan Hatem Al-Humaidi after
their successful completion of an intensive training course.
said the awards reflected the important role played by women in society and the
economic, social and cultural development of the Kingdom.
report, published with the National Center for Tourism Human Resources
Development (Takamul), has revealed that since its launch 474 female students
benefitted from the “Your Job ... Your Scholarship” program, and that 9,631 had
taken part in training provided as part of the National Transformation Program
report also noted that 205 female tour guides had benefited from workshops run
by Takamul, studying at 14 colleges across the Kingdom.
An American woman estranged from her Saudi husband has denied claims that she
is trapped in the Kingdom by Saudi guardianship laws.
is my home,” Bethany Vierra, 31, told Arab News. “I’ve worked hard in building
a community, a company here and a home for my daughter and me. I am here to
stay in Saudi Arabia.”
in some Western media suggested that Vierra was being forced to remain in the
Kingdom because her estranged husband had failed to renew her residency. In
fact, as the mother of Zaina, 4 — a Saudi citizen — Vierra has a legal right of
permanent residency without a sponsor.
only that, she has no wish to leave. “I was never trying to escape Saudi
Arabia,” she said. “I have dedicated my life’s work to this country and being a
part of its growth, development, and vision for its future.”
law issued in 2013 by then Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz states that the
non-Saudi mother of Saudi children is to be granted permanent residence in the
Kingdom without the need for a sponsor.
It added that the State shall bear the fees for her residence and she
would be allowed to work in the private sector, and she shall be included
within Saudization ratios.
who has lived in Riyadh since 2011 and runs her own business, believes that a
custody dispute over Zaina between her and her estranged husband may have led
to a misunderstanding over her situation.
not trying to politicize my divorce; this is not a guardian issue,” she said.
“As soon as the Saudi authorities were aware of my situation, they intervened
and within hours my residency issue was solved. I commend the Saudi authorities
for addressing our issue so promptly, and to everyone in my community here that
has so graciously helped my daughter and myself along the way.”
is also keen for her daughter to grow up in Saudi Arabia, and to have regular
contact with her father and his family. “I want her to know and understand that
she is a Saudi.”
a full statement Ms. Vierra issued through her lawyer, Hazim Madani:
would like it to be made clear that I was never trying to escape Saudi Arabia.
I have dedicated my life’s work to this country and being a part of its growth,
development, and vision for its future. I am proud to have worked hard to build
a community, a business and a life here for my daughter and myself.
soon as the Saudi authorities were aware of my situation, they intervened and
within hours my residency issue was solved. I commend the Saudi authorities for
addressing our issue so promptly, and to everyone in my community here that has
so graciously helped my daughter and myself along the way.
filed my cases in the Saudi court system because I have faith that justice will
be provided there. Despite the fact that it may take some time to get those
cases resolved (as in any other Country in the world) eventually I do believe I
have a good chance to reach to my goal. As my court cases are still ongoing, I
ask that the privacy of my family is respected during this very sensitive
– 8 March 2019: Lebanese artist Christina Atik has made a group of digital
pictures to highlight famed sentences used in Arab countries to criticize
explained that she produced these pictures to boost Arab women empowerment.
pictures illustrate issues related to women such as liberty, beauty and
sexuality in male dominated societies.
27 years old artist said that the idea of the project came to her after her
younger sister Maria was subjected to criticism from their mother.
has a big nose and my mum always made fun of her saying ‘when are you going to
do an operation for your nose?’, ‘your nose is not nice for a girl, I decided
to do a drawing for my sister to show her that her nose is beautiful and she
doesn’t have to listen to mum. And this worked, she did not do an operation for
her nose” Atik said to Reuters.
of Atik’s pictures comprises a sketch, along with a comment in Arabic.
hadn’t at all expected people to share them that much, and women have started
to send me things they hear from their families and societies around them.
Women from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia... were touched by the illustrations I
did, so that was something really nice,” she said to Reuters.
year the young Lebanese artist celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8
by partying with friends.
Bayat played her first game of wheelchair basketball in an open court in the
middle of Kabul, surrounded by mainly male onlookers who shouted insults and
called her names.
decided to keep playing anyway.
the 24-year-old captain and her all-female team are preparing to qualify for
next year’s Paralympic games in Tokyo – a challenge, but hardly the only one
the young team is facing.
our training sessions are cancelled due to insecurity, and many players don’t
have their family’s support. A number of women even dropped out after getting
married. Their husbands wouldn’t let them play,” says Bayat, adding that –
especially in such tough circumstances – she is proud to play internationally.
into wheelchairs, the team whizzes across the gym, their hands covered in grey
dust from accelerating the wheels. Basketballs fly through the air as loud
cheers echo. The majority of players have full-time jobs, so training takes
place as the sun rises during their free weekends.
female national wheelchair basketball team only started competing
internationally two years ago, at the Bali Cup. It did not stop them from
taking home the gold medal. The team of 12 has since participated in the Asian
Para Games, and will travel to Thailand later this year in an effort to qualify
for Tokyo 2020.
few things have changed for the better since the team first picked up a
basketball in 2012. For starters, they now have their own gym, nestled between
Kabul’s hills, offering privacy from the staring crowds. In 2014, the country’s
wheelchair basketball federation was recognised internationally, paving the way
for the women to compete around the world.
now has 126 female players in different cities across the country; most of them
are striving to become Paralympic champions.
progressed dramatically,” says Shukrullah Zeerak, vice-president of the
Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Afghanistan. “All they had was basic
equipment. No weights, no place to work out or do strength training. Just
wheelchairs and basketballs.”
is also a huge value for the women in finding a like-minded community, and a
place to discuss everyday difficulties with close friends. “Being a woman in
Afghanistan and living with a disability is almost a double curse,” says Bayat.
number of people living with disabilities in Afghanistan is rising and,
according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 2,000
wheelchairs and 22,000 prosthetics were provided last year. About 1.5 million
people – or one in 20 – lives with some kind of physical disability in
Afghanistan, many of them caused by decades of war.
was a toddler when her family’s house in Kabul was hit by a rocket during the
Taliban regime. Pieces of shrapnel injured her spinal cord and burned her back.
Her brother was killed.
was in hospital for a year and had one surgery after another,” she recalls,
adding that she hopes to recover further. In recent years, she’s been working
for the ICRC, supporting her family with her income. Her biggest fan is her
father, who defends her when other family members complain about her playing
sports. But, she says, he is the exception. “Men here don’t want to admit that
women are strong. We’re not at the table of decision-makers.”
in her wheelchair, she watches her team warm up from the corner of the gym. “I
still believe women are stronger. I see a lot of men give up, but I see my
friends – even those with disabilities – go far,” she says.
most of the team, Bayat only began travelling outside Afghanistan with the
start of their international competitions and, she admits, it’s tough. “Our
backgrounds are different. Some players are war-wounded like me, others are
amputees or paraplegic. All of us travel with wheelchairs, a lot of luggage and
a lot of help,” she says.
the team will qualify for next year’s Paralympic games is still up in the air,
but the women are optimistic.
starting to practise more often. We feel confident and will keep cheering each
other on,” says Mulkara Rahimi, a 30-year-old basketball player and physical
therapist who’s had trouble walking ever since suffering polio in childhood.
“Due to constant insecurity, it’s difficult to find good coaches, too,” she
Ahmedi, 40, the team’s current coach, has taken over as trainer after several
short-term foreign coaches left the country. “Many think it’s not safe to come
here,” he says.
he wheels across the gym, shouting instructions to the team, a tyre suddenly
bursts and a loud bang echoes through the hall. The women freeze for a moment,
exchanging looks of panic. A second later, laughter erupts. The women are
relieved but acknowledge that fear sits deep.
only seen war, and we still think about war a lot,” says Rahimi. “You know, my
family actually doesn’t like me playing basketball. It’s tough for women, but
we will keep fighting – for a changed future generation and for a Paralympic
author, speaker and Professor at Oklahoma State University Dr. Nyla Ali Khan has been appointed as on
the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, Reddirtreport reported.
has been appointed for a five-year term by Senator Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma
City), Republican President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate
Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women was created by the Oklahoma
Legislature in 1994 to act as an advisory entity on equity issues relating to
gender bias. It serves to monitor legislation to determine whether it is discriminatory
toward one gender or the other and act as a resource and a clearinghouse for
research on issues related to women and gender bias.
Ali Khan is the first South Asian Muslim member of the Oklahoma Commission on
the Status of Women. She has served on the commission’s advisory council since
a member of the Commission on the Status of Women, she acts as a resource and
provides her expertise on societal violence and structural inequities that
result from what she describes as “deep-rooted prejudices against women.”
Khan stated, “The questions to which I seek to provide well-substantiated
answers are as follows: How can we, as women, develop the ability to organize
and mobilize for social change, which requires the creation of awareness not
just at the individual level but at the collective level as well? How can we
develop self-esteem for which some form of financial autonomy is a basis? How
can we make strategic life choices that are critical for people to lead the
sort of lives they want to lead? We require a quality education for these
received her Ph.D. in English Literature and her Masters in Postcolonial
Literature and Theory at the University of Oklahoma.
author of several published articles, book reviews and editorials, Khan has
written four books: The Parchment of Kashmir: History, Society and Polity, The
Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism, Islam Women and Violence
in Kashmir Between India and Pakistan, and A Labor of Love.
has given lectures on the subject of Kashmir at several universities including
American University, Columbia University and New York University. As an
Oklahoma Humanities Scholar she speaks publicly statewide, including at women’s
correctional facilities, on education and women’s empowerment.
Belgian women who joined the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria said on
Sunday they were losing hope of ever going back home after a Belgian court
overturned a ruling to repatriate them and their six children.
Wielandt and Bouchra Abouallal, 26, both left ISIL after they saw how militants
murdered people, including foreigners, who had joined the cause. They are now
living in the Ain Issa camp in northern Syria.
year, a judge ordered Belgium to allow the two women and their children to
return but the state decided to fight against the ruling and won the appeal
back in February.
the first interview since Belgium won the appeal, Wielandt told Reuters her
children couldn’t continue living in a refugee camp. “They have no education.
They have nothing,” she said.
said it would abide by a 2017 decision to receive all children — of Belgian
nationals — under 10 from Iraq and Syria but it is no longer required to act in
the case of the six children.
mothers said they were ready to send their children back to Belgium alone if it
was the only way to secure them a better life.
European nations are struggling to decide whether to allow back women who left
to join ISIL and the children they’ve had with militants as the self-declared
interior minister Saji Javid came under harsh criticism for not allowing
Shamima Begum's newborn son Jarrah to go to the UK. The baby died of pneumonia
forces in Syria who have captured thousands of foreign jihadists along with
their wives and children said they cannot hold them for much longer.
women surrendered to Kurdish forces in 2017 after ISIL lost its base in Raqqa
city, where they lived. They told Reuters they spent two months in prison
before being sent to a camp in the northeast.
converted to Islam to marry Abouallal's brother in her teenage years. Both,
Wielandt and Abouallal, left for Syria with their husbands and a baby each.
husbands died within a year and the two women returned to Belgium each pregnant
with a second child in 2014.
the women didn’t stay in Belgium for long. In 2015, they decided to return to
Syria and both of them got remarried and had more children.
sisters-in-law said they were ready to face punishment if they returned to
don't even fight this. I made a mistake and I need to get punished for
it," said Abouallal. "If I ever go back to Belgium, I hope they give
me an injection or whatever to forget this whole part of our lives."
to security sources, there are still 17 Belgian women and 32 children in Syria.
— Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) has said that one third of all
government jobs in the country are set aside for Saudi women.
Justice Ministry and the Public Prosecution alone employed 4,495 women,
Al-Madina Arabic newspaper said quoting an HRC report.
report said all the government ministries and departments were making efforts
to empower women, consolidate their rights and ensure their participation in
the development process.
said as many as 220 Saudi women have joined the Ministry of Justice since it
opened the door for them last year.
commission said women worked as social, Shariah and legal researchers,
administrative assistants and computer program developers.
said 418 Saudi women lawyers have obtained licenses to practice, adding that
the number of licenses issued to women lawyers rose by 240 percent.
commission said as many as 3,140 women lawyers were currently under training to
many as 200 Saudi women work as lawyers in the Public Prosecution and about 300
work as administrators while 150 others are under training in various
departments, it added.
commission said, within efforts to empower women, a number of colleges and
departments were opened for them at various universities offering programs in
media studies, politics, engineering, law, among others.
said the Ministry of Education has launched a number of initiatives to
eradicate illiteracy among women in addition to introducing sports and cultural
activities in schools and universities.
commission said a large number of Saudi women were currently doing higher
studies in international universities under the Scholarship Program of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Min, Prosecution employ 4,495 females
ministries and government departments are making efforts to empower women,
consolidate their rights and ensure their participation in the development
The second edition of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit will be
held on December 10-11 it was announced by Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al
Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council
Member and Ruler of Sharjah; and Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement
Establishment (NAMA) on Sunday.
summit is organised by NAMA in collaboration with UN Women and will be hosted
two-day event will build on the success of the first edition held in December
2017, and combine global efforts to ensure female inclusion in all sectors, to
promote equal opportunities and contribute to advancing the women’s economic
agenda within the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.
subject of women’s inclusion and empowerment is increasingly gaining in
importance during policy discussions in both public and private sectors
worldwide,” said Shaikha Jawaher.
efforts have created a real opportunity for the world to enter an era of effective
female-male partnerships and genuine equity. The only way to make the most of
this opportunity is to create a world where we see women’s contributions as key
to multifaceted development, encompassing the sociocultural, economic and human
development – not just as an economic necessity.
participation in the global economy can add $12 billion (Dh44 billion) to the
world’s GDP and help eradicate high rates of unemployment and illiteracy.
However, the goal of ensuring women the participatory rights they deserve goes
beyond these figures. Equitable distribution of income and full utilisation of
human capital in both advanced and developing communities will offer us all a
major impetus in realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”
summit, which is held every two years, promotes women’s achievements in various
economic sectors, gives women access to the market and emerging economic
sectors, as well as provides a platform to share best practices and commitment
to action to create an enabling economy for women.
2019 will address the most important factors that contribute to building an
integrated and diversified economy for women to better access and participate.
women are committing suicide in Iran due to poverty and destitution, some
taking their young children with them.
a harrowing incident on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, an impoverished family of
three doused themselves with kerosene and set themselves alight. The
30-year-old pregnant mother, Fereshteh Kahrarian, died, leaving behind her
husband and young kid with severe burn injuries. Her six-month fetus was
brought out of her womb and placed in an incubator.
Sunday, March 3, 2019, Leila Ramazani, 24, who had previously set herself on
fire, died in hospital. She was from Salas-e Babajani, one of the areas in
western Iran hardest hit by the earthquake in November 2017. Leila Ramazani was
married and had a one-year-old child. She committed suicide due to extreme
Friday, March 1, 2019, in Sarpol-e Zahab, Parisa Nazari, 25, married with two
children, took her own life by hanging herself. Sarpol-e Zahab was the center
of earthquake last year.
Saturday, February 24, 2019, a young woman by the name of Shab-bou Bayazid
Panah, and a 44-year-old woman by the name of Sargol Azizi, took their own
lives by hanging themselves, in a Mahabad village and in Javanrood,
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, a 22-year-old pregnant woman by the name of
Pershang Karimi, hanged herself in Sarpol-e Zahab and ended her life.
more women are committing suicide and taking their own lives due to poverty.
month, on February 10, 2019, a young woman by the name of Zahra Rahmati, first
killed her two children, 6 and 3 years old, and then hanged herself in one of
the villages of Kermanshah and shocked everyone. She ended her life due to
Kurdish source recently reported that some 100 women committed suicide in only
four western Iranian provinces in one year from March 2018 to March 2019.
Thirty-two of these women were under 18.
teachers and educators in six cities continued their protests after their
three-day nationwide strikes and sit-in on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
teachers and educators held their protests outside the Department of Education
in the cities of Kermanshah, Mashhad, Isfahan, Urmia and Qazvin, demanding an
answer for their righteous demands. Women actively participated in these
protests and played an effective role.
medical personnel of Khomeini Hospital in Karaj, including large numbers of
women, also held another round of protests on Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday,
March 7, 2019, outside the Alborz Governor’s Office, demanding their unpaid
salaries and wages. In another act of protest, the defrauded clients of the
fraudulent Padideh Shandiz Institute gathered outside the Governor’s Office of
Khorasan Razavi in Mashhad.
of retired government employees marched toward the Governor’s Office in Isfahan
on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. They are demanding raise in their pensions. The
retirees marched as security forces and anti-riot vans had surrounded them.
group of employees of Saham-e Edalat company, also held a protest on Wednesday,
March 6, 2019, outside the Ministry of Economy in Tehran. One of the protesters
said, “After three-days of futile pickets outside the Privatization
Organization, we decided to hold our protest outside the Ministry of Economy as
they are holding an important meeting today in this ministry to suspend city
coops in other provinces.”
protester said, “We expect that the officials who attend today’s meeting would
pay special attention to the employment status and salaries of the employees of
Saham-e Eadalat company.”
participated in 1499 protests over the past year spanning from March 2018 to
the end of February 2019. This shows a threefold increase in women’s
participation protests compared to the previous year. Female teachers and
retirees participated in at least 581 protests and strikes in the same period.
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