Husa Jalil, has been appointed as Afghanistan deputy interior minister for
policy and strategy
Women Hold Nationwide Protest over Domestic Violence
Of Young Afghan Woman As Deputy Interior Minister Sparks Reactions
Cabinet Approves New Policies to Empower Emirati Women
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of ‘Women’s Trickery’: Conservative Cleric, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi
chairman of the influential Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, Ayatollah
Mohammad Yazdi, has warned judges across Iran to watch out for the chicanery
and deceitfulness of women.
the Islamic term "kayd al-Nisa" or "women's trickery,” Yazdi
said "Since women might influence judges by their deceitfulness, judges
should avoid receiving female individuals alone at their offices."
to a gathering of clerical scholars with legal backgrounds on December 3 Yazdi
warned that women also use their “trickery” in sexual relations.
was the head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary for a decade (1989-1999).
the 87-year-old cautioned against private meetings with women, He did say that
women are highly valued in Islam and that humankind is deeply indebted to them.
Islamic Republic's authorities repeatedly insist on the "high
position" of women and their "great role" in Islam but argue
against their participation in social and political affairs and in favour of
limiting their role to housekeeping and raising children.
of the sexes has been enforced since the founding of the Islamic Republic in
1979, and women’s behaviour is closely scrutinized, from their dress to their
hobbies; even women’s singing in public is forbidden.
who is notorious for his controversial speeches, had earlier cautioned
President Rouhani and his minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance against
promoting music, especially female voices.
on Islam, female singing is 'haram' (forbidden), and all jurists are unanimous
on that matter,” Yazdi said.
also recently rebuked Grand Ayatollah Moussa Shobeiri Zanjani for meeting with
a handful of pro-reform figures, including mid-ranking cleric and former
President Khatami (1997-2005) and former Attorney-General and leader of the
students who stormed the U.S. Embassy in 1979 taking 52 American diplomats
hostage for 444 days, Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha.
an open letter to the 90-year-old Grand Ayatollah, Yazdi told him he had a
responsibility to avoid meeting with “troublesome” political figures like the
letter triggered a barrage of criticism from the pro-reform camp in the
on social media, including younger clerics, also attacked Yazdi for his
disrespectful address. One high-ranking cleric, Ayatollah Mohammad Andalib
Hamadani, resigned from the Society of Seminary Teachers in protest of Yazdi’s
has been removed from most of his official positions, including that of
Tehran’s Friday Prayer Leader, and the reason, according to many observers, is
his bad temper.
head of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom is appointed by the Supreme
Leader of the Islamic Republic.
Thousands of Israeli women protested against domestic violence in a nationwide
strike on Tuesday, calling for more action and state funding to deal with the
strike came after two girls were killed last week, bringing the number of women
and girls murdered in Israel this year to 24, according to Israeli media
were staying home from work and holding demonstrations in cities throughout
Israel, some blocking roads.
observed a moment of silence to mark the 24 deaths this year.
wake up, our blood is not cheap,” protesters chanted near the entrance to
Jerusalem, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his nickname. The
road had been smeared with red paint, symbolising the blood of victims.
on Sunday, Netanyahu mentioned a recent visit to a women’s shelter, following
which he decided to head the governmental committee to combat domestic
will convene the committee time after time,” he pledged, “to bring a better
future and hope for these women.”
of the opposition, however, accused the government of failing to fund the
existing program to deal with the problem.
all a matter of priorities,” Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Union said during a
said 250 million shekels ($67 million) for the program had not been
welfare offices are on the brink of collapse,” said Svetlova.
central rally was planned for Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv.
appointment of a young Afghan woman as deputy interior minister has sparked
mixed reactions as the government eyes increasing role of women in the politics
and other sectors.
to reports, the former acting director of policy in the minister of mines and
petroleum, the 26-year-old Husa Jalil, has been appointed as deputy interior
minister for policy and strategy.
appointment has sparked mixed reactions including uproar among media activists
who oppose the government’s decision despite advocating for increasing role of
women in the politics and other senior positions in the government.
social media activist Shabnam Popalzai has welcomed the government’s decision
to increase the presence of women in the government leadership but added that
the appointment of a young woman with less experience would be nothing more
than a failed experience.
other prominent social media and media activists have also opposed with the
government’s decision to appoint a young woman as deputy interior minister,
specifically pointing towards the current situation of the country and the
existing educated and skilled women whom they believe should have been
the government officials, including President Ghani’s spokesman and deputy
governor of Kabul Munira Yousufzada have endorsed the government’s decision and
have added that the current government has managed to increase the role of
women in the leadership of the government despite facing major challenges.
also added that the women have considerable presence in diplomatic missions,
ministries, and other political and social sectors due to the efforts of the
UAE Cabinet adopted a new package of national legislative policies, and
initiatives to empower Emirati women, Wam reported on Tuesday.
a special session, held at the General Women's Union headquarters, chaired by
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime
Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Cabinet approved the empowerment bundle
in line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, to ensure that Emirati women are conducive partners in the UAE's
new empowerment package is based on three principal axes: Legislation and
Policy, Services, and International Representation, all of which include
resources to support the advancement of Emirati women as active partners in
local, regional and global arenas.
the Cabinet session, Sheikh Mohammed praised HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak,
Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for
Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development
Foundation. He said, "Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak is an inspiring and
exemplary model for all women in the UAE. Her Highness is always invested in
enhancing the role of women and ensure their active participation in building
Fatima has carried on the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, who
sought women's empowerment as a crucial element to the nation's
development," His Highness continued, adding, "and now my Emirati
sisters are reaping the benefits of Zayed's legacy."
we have adopted a well-rounded package of new policies and legislation
favouring Emirati women's empowerment and leadership," the Dubai Ruler
said. "Women constitute over half of society; they build the foundations
of our renaissance whether in education, medicine or engineering. We must,
therefore, enhance their dynamic role in both the UAE and global communities,
across multiple sectors," Sheikh Mohammed affirmed.
Highness said, "We are now embarking on a new phase in which we provide
more tools to enhance women's leadership roles and representation in society
across all fields on the local, regional and global scale. The new initiatives
will see women's increased participating in diplomatic missions, as well as an
increased representation in judicial and legal affairs."
legislative and policies axis will seek to include more female participation in
the UAE's judicial system as well as other leadership positions in business. It
will also set legislative frameworks concerning domestic violence, as per UAE
Cabinet decisions and the nation's human rights frameworks.
for international representation, new policies will ensure the increased
participation of female diplomatic missions and representatives of
international organisations, including UN peace-keeping missions.
Cabinet also agreed to set up a media hub that monitors and reports on the
success of UAE women, led by the UAE Gender Balance Council, in cooperation
with concerned national institutions.
state-run aid agency is helping women in northern Afghanistan gain valuable
aid is going to the women's vocational training in Baghlan, a city in northern
Afghanistan, according to a statement by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination
to TİKA, the donation was made in cooperation with Baghlan's Culture
Directorate to help women get jobs and improve their social status.
aid includes training in stitching and embroidery, lessons on the holy Quran,
literacy, hairdressing and Turkish language courses.
vocational training of up to six months is expected to benefit some 350 women.
Clarifying a Dec 3 news report from Sargodha, the spokesperson for the Punjab
police says 18-month-old Savera fell victim to a family dispute and that no
faith healer had directed her father, Mutahir Rasool, to kill her.
said on the application of Savera’s mother Sundas, Sargodha police have
registered a case against Rasool and five other members of his family.
said further investigation into the case was going on.
The Coalition for Women in Journalism
(CFWIJ) Tuesday organised a roundtable that brought together journalists
and stakeholders from the media industry. The session was aligned with the
global #HearMeToo campaign that addresses the issues women face around the
and journalists came together at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
Islamabad to talk about challenges and opportunities in the context of equal
assignments for women journalists.
Member of CFWIJ Pakistan Chapter Tenzila Mazhar moderated the event and spoke
about the disparity in terms of how some beats are viewed. “There are some
issues that are very sensitive and bold and because they are centred around
women. Men cannot do them justice so women cover them. Now because they are
assigned to women they have been labelled easy or weak, which I feel is
unfair,” she said.
CFWIJ member and panelist at the event, Maira Imran echoed the sentiment. “Men
think that beats such as politics or crime give them a lot of power and they
don’t want to vacate space for women when it comes to these beats. In reality,
these themes are no more important than much of what women are covering,” she
pointed towards the need for a realignment of how different beats are
perceived. “We need to stop looking at these things with a patriarchal lens.
Women are doing some incredible work, and we must see their beats for what they
are: powerful,” she asserted.
Member of CFWIJ Pakistan Chapter Ayesha Tanzeem said that at times editors will
assign certain stories to men because they are deemed better capable of
handling a story.
who is also the VOA Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, offered a
solution: “What women need to do is develop and acquire the same kind of
exposure and “street smarts” that their male counterparts have,” she said.
comments tie in with CFWIJ’s larger goal of ensuring that women journalists
from diverse backgrounds have the skills needed to operate on an equal footing
with men. Often when women reach the middle of their career they are bombarded
with all kinds of stress-inducing issues, including trauma and distress. Women,
when equipped with the tools to tackle such elements, are capable of taking any
Kamran Khan, a #HeForShe supporter for the CFWIJ also participated on the
panel. He was vocal about the many barriers that women journalists have had to
break in the past, and pointed out to discriminations he had witnessed as a
we speak about equal opportunity we must also talk about harassment,
discrimination and exploitation.” These issues he pointed out were not spoken
about traditionally in an environment where women risk being compromised if
they are vocal about the difficulties. With #MeToo though, Kamran says it is
changing. At least some women have “found a voice,” he said.
spoke about the value that women journalists bring to the table in an industry
where diversity is of utmost importance. He emphasised the need for a more
diverse and gender equal workforce in the industry.
session resulted in a robust exchange between men and women journalists on the
challenges that must be addressed going forward to ensure that a greater number
of women have the freedom to cover the stories that matter to them.
of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association (AMWA) have collected more than 100
presents for women and their children, as well as teenage girls who have
suffered physical and/or sexual abuse, living in refuge centres.
the past month, Samina Siddiqi from Ilford, as well as other local members of
the AMWA have collected and donated presents that will be given to those in
refuge centres, just in time for Christmas.
Siddiqi said that the AMWA’s motto is ‘Love for All Hatred for None’, and that
the presents are “all about spreading love and kidness, because that was what
the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught the world”.
is part of long-running efforts by the AMWA to serve humanity and local
communities, which include charity walks, tree planting sessions, visiting old
people’s homes and raising money for charities such as the Royal British Legion
and Macmillan Cancer Support.
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