Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s elder
daughter and senior adviser
Trump Hails Participation of Afghan Women In Intra-Afghan Dialogue In Qatar
Reema Bint Bandar Meets President Trump, Presents Credentials As Saudi Envoy To
for Women in Journalism Urges Pakistan Government To Ensure Safety Of
Journalist Asma Shirazi
Activists Leading Efforts for Women's Rights at Afghan Talks
Rights Group Asks Nicki Minaj to Cancel Performance in Saudi Arabia
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Polygamy Bill Draws Strong Criticisms
(AsiaNews) – Women's rights groups and activists have come out against a bill
recognising polygamy in Aceh, a province with special status on the island
Sumatra that enforces sharia.
Aceh Provincial Legislative Assembly (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Aceh or DPRA) is
vetting the draft legislation (Rancangan Quanun or Raqan).
the Indonesian government does not recognise the ‘nikah siri’, unregistered
religious marriage, the practice is widespread above all among the richer
classes: businessmen, politicians and prominent personalities often resort to
the practice, to silence criticism and gossip over their extramarital affairs.
the nikah siri is not contrary to the teachings of Islam in family matters,
Aceh provincial authorities want to give it a legal framework, specifying basic
requirements, such as the maximum number of wives (4) and conditions under
which a Muslim man can marry more than one woman, such as a wife’s infertility.
The husband must also be able to guarantee the same living standards to his new
wife and children and obtain permission from the Sharia Council, in addition to
that of his first wife.
Indonesia, Muslims follow a religious current called Islam Nusantara
(Archipelago Islam), which is very different from that of the Middle East. It
incorporates local cultural traditions and practices, and tends to be more
moderate and tolerant. For this reason, the draft law in Aceh and polygamy
itself have drawn harsh criticism throughout the country.
head of the 8th Commission of the Aceh Provincial Legislative Assembly,
responded to critics, saying that "The move is aimed at protecting women
and children, in the event that the nikah siri ends in divorce".
Yacob teaches at the Islamic State University of Ar-Raniry. She is also a
women's rights activist. She slammed the bill and criticised the DPRA.
"There is no need to deliberate on the issue, if at the base of all this
there is only the need to let money into the coffers of the local government,
exploiting women as 'object' of sexual desires.".
bill has also been targeted by the National Commission on Violence Against
Women (Komisi Nasional Anti Kekerasan terhadap Perempuan or Komnas Perempuan),
an independent government body set up by presidential decree in 1998.
of its members, Adriana Venny, thinks that the proposed Raqan is only an effort
to "legalise" sexual desire.
are deeply and seriously worried by the issue,” she said. “Polygamy is nothing
more than a form of domestic violence: it should not be accepted and even less
practiced. This practice is not recommended even in countries with an Islamic
majority. Only the husband benefits from it, giving vent to his libido on more
than one woman. I wonder if polyandry (marriage between one woman and several
men) would be accepted in Indonesia?”
98% of Aceh's five million residents are Muslims. Sharia came into effect
around 2005 following a peace agreement between Indonesia’s central government
and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), a separatist group inspired by Islam.
can usually choose whether or not to be punished under Islamic law and
sometimes choose a painful flogging to avoid lengthy court proceedings and
Trump, President Donald Trump’s elder daughter and senior adviser, hailed the
participation of Afghan women in Qatar conference.
posted a statement on Twitter earlier this evening hailing the participation of
the Afghan women in Doha intra-Afghan dialogue on peace.
said “So important that Afghan women are at the negotiating table at the Intra
Afghan Conference for Peace in Doha.”
she said “When women meaningfully participate in peace negotiations, the
likelihood that the resulting peace will endure more than 15 years increases by
intra-Afghan dialogue on peace process kicked off in Qatari capital of Doha on
and Qatar co-hosted the conference in a bid to help the Afghan peace process.
two countries organized the conference amid ongoing peace talks between U.S.
and Taliban representatives in Doha.
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar, has
met with President Donald Trump and presented her credentials as the Kingdom's
top diplomat in Washington.
Ambassador @rbalsaud met with @POTUS Donald J. Trump at the White House today
to present her credentials as the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of #SaudiArabia
to the United States," the Saudi Embassy in Washington said early Tuesday.
stated that the Saudi-U.S. partnership is essential to the interests of both
countries and expressed confidence that the two countries are capable of
overcoming any challenges at the regional or global levels," the embassy
new ambassador also announced her meeting with the US president in a tweet.
credentials today at the White House. Conveyed the well wishes of Kingdom’s
Leadership. Looking forward to working on strengthening and solidifying the
historic Saudi - US partnership,” she said.
Reema assumed her new office on July 4, more than two months after she was
appointed to the key post, replacing Prince Khaled bin Salman, who is now the
Kingdom’s deputy defense minister.
was nominated to the post on February 23 and took her oath before King Salman
in Riyadh in April, becoming Saudi Arabia's first female ambassador and the
11th Saudi diplomatic representative to Washington.
Reema is no stranger to the workings of diplomats, having spent several years
in the US during her youth when her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was Saudi
Arabia’s ambassador to the country.
her diplomatic appointment, Princess Reema held various key positions in
government as well as civic groups and private firms.
held CEO positions for Al Hama LLC and Alfa International from 2005 and has
launched her own handbag brand, Baraboux, in 2013. She also founded the private
equity fund Reemiyah and co-founded Yibreen, a women’s day spa.
is one of the founding members of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association in Riyadh
and is also a member of The World Bank’s Advisory Council for the Women
Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.
was also vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority
since 2016 before her appointment as ambassador.
Pakistan chapter of the Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ) on Monday
urged the country's government to ensure the safety of senior woman journalist
Asma Shirazi following two recent break-in attempts at her home.
a statement carried out by website Medium.com, the CFWIJ has said that a police
investigation into the two break-in attempts at Shirazi's Islamabad home
suggests that they intended towards intimidating and silencing the senior
Shirazi has been the victim of cyber trolling in the past one year, especially
after her 2018 interview with former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif.
then, she has been a target of several "unprecedented online
campaigns" that accuse her of biased journalism and corruption.
sincere hopefulness, we urge Pakistan's PM Imran Khan in the new Pakistan, to
ensure safety to Asma Shirazi," the statement read.
important element of doing so would be for the government to find perpetrators
behind threats online and offline and punish them for obstructing the public's
right to free and fair journalism," the statement read.
group has also asked the Pakistani government to find ways to "stop the
online trolling that Asma and other journalists in the country have been
incidents are indicative of the risk journalists like Asma are facing in the
country, and obstruct their ability to do fair and unbiased journalism.
urge the government to invest solid efforts to put a stop to impunity when
women journalists get attacked this way.
look forward to seeing visible efforts in this direction and will stay tuned
for the results," the statement concluded.
Qatar - Jamila Afghani, a prominent women's rights activist, was getting ready
to address a peace dialogue attended by Afghan leaders and Taliban
representatives in Doha, when she got the news of an attack back home.
fighters had just detonated a car bomb close to the office of Afghanistan's
main intelligence service in Ghazni, killing eight security personnel and six
civilians, including a child. The powerful blast on Sunday wounded at least 180
people, including 60 children attending classes at a nearby private school.
people out of those wounded were Afghani's relatives.
was very upset when I heard about the attack in Ghazni, and when I received a
phone call informing me of my family members injured in the attack, I could
barely believe I am here to talk with the Taliban about peace," Afghani
told Al Jazeera on Monday, her voice choking as she fought back tears.
I took up the opportunity and addressed to them on behalf of everyone in
Afghanistan of how desperate we are for peace."
by Qatar and Germany, the two-day talks in Doha are attended by Taliban
representatives and about 50 Afghan politicians and activists, including 10
gathering was organised in a bid to initiate direct dialogue on sustaining
peace and equality in war-torn Afghanistan after the complete withdrawal of
foreign troops, which is among the issues on the table in separate United
States-Taliban talks also held in Doha but paused for two days to allow for the
intra-Afghan meeting to take place.
the first time since Washington began negotiating with the Taliban last year,
two Afghan government officials came face-to-face with Taliban representatives
at the intra-Afghan gathering.
said many young female Afghans were pinning their hopes on her and other women
delegates to continue talks with the Taliban on women's rights in the country.
meeting is a good start, we have to keep the dialogue going," she said,
adding that the Taliban's "mindset" has changed and are "more
willing to discuss women's rights".
the Taliban was toppled in a US-led invasion in 2001, women were banned from
working and accessing education under the armed group's five-year rule.
in a bid to encourage women's education in post-Taliban Afghanistan, worked
with more than 6,000 Islamic scholars in 22 provinces to educate them on
scholars were asked to encourage Afghan men to bring their daughters and wives
to her Kabul-based foundation, called Noor Educational and Capacity Development
Organization, where Afghani provided free education to women and young girls.
some 60,000 women have learned to read and write in the schools set up by
Afghani's non-profit organisation since 2001.
is your definition of hijab?'
the Doha event, women delegates and the Taliban shared tables while dining and
respectfully spoke to each other.
coming face-to-face with the Taliban, the female participants agreed to be
patient during the talks.
the first day of the event, Fawzia Koofi, a women's rights activist and
politician, recalled how her husband was put in jail under the Taliban rule and
that she was beaten for applying nail polish.
is your definition of hijab," she asked the Taliban on the first day of
the talks. "Because, during the Taliban time, women were beaten for not
wearing a burqa [veil]."
Taliban representative replied by saying: "From our understanding of
Islam, the scarf wrapped around your head is what defines how women should be
covering up. We don't have a problem with that. But if Afghan women prefer
wearing a burqa, which is part of the Afghan tradition, we don't have a problem
with that too."
destination is peace'
the US-Taliban negotiations will resume on Tuesday, with both sides aiming to
hammer out the details of a framework agreement reached in January during the
sixth round of their talks.
with a timeline for the US troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan, the agreement
also includes a ceasefire and a Taliban guarantee to not allow foreign groups
to use the country as a staging ground for attacks elsewhere.
Khalilzad, who is leading the US side on its negotiations with the Taliban in
Doha, told Al Jazeera that "substantive progress" has been made in
the latest round of talks.
along with the other women delegates, said that although they believed that the
two-day gathering would not immediately bare results, they were optimistic that
it would still help set the ground for future negotiations.
think we have to accept that through fighting, no one will win, everybody will
have to accept peace," Afghani said, calling the event "a big step
final destination for Afghans is peace, we have suffered for years, especially
advocacy group has asked rapper Nicki Minaj to cancel a performance in Saudi
Arabia because of the country’s history of human rights violations. But Minaj,
who is busy promoting her latest single “Megatron” on social media, has yet to
was announced last week that Minaj would be the headliner at Jeddah World Fest
at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium on July 18. Just days later, the Human
Rights Foundation sent the Grammy nominee a five-page letter detailing the
country’s continued crackdown on freedom of speech, the press and women’s
Halvorssen, president of the foundation, requests in the letter that “in light
of your status as a global personality,” Minaj should bow out of the concert
“as a symbol of solidarity with the ongoing suffering of the Saudi people.”
isn’t the first time the rapper has been called upon to quit a gig sponsored by
a government with a problematic human rights track record. In 2015, she
performed in Angola at a concert backed by Unitel, a company partially owned by
the family of Angola’s then-president, José Eduardo dos Santos, despite
allegations of corruption and human rights abuses in the country. Dos Santos
and his government had been accused of widespread corruption.
the time, Minaj responded to criticism with a tweet: “Every tongue that rises
up against me in judgement shall be condemned.”
week’s Saudi Arabian concert, which will also feature One Direction alum Liam
Payne and DJ Steve Aoki, will be drug- and alcohol-free in keeping with the
country’s laws, according to the Guardian. Women in attendance will also be
required to wear modest clothing in accordance with Sharia law.
who rarely performs in anything that’s not a leotard, is known for her
in-your-face lyrics and style. Her new song “Megatron” features the hook:
“Shots, shots, shots, I’m drinkin’ / It’s better when I’m drinkin’ / I tune up
when I’m drinkin’.”
marquee names such as Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and Beyoncé have appeared
onstage at the behest of dictators and corrupt regimes in the past. In Saudi
Arabia alone, Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas and Sean Paul
have performed in recent months. For her part, Carey, who was also asked to
cancel her performance, “accepted the opportunity as a positive step towards
the dissolution of gender segregation,” according to the Grammy winner’s rep.
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