initiative for Muslim girl: Hyderabad City Police conducts “Coffee with a cop”
to help them know about the various pro-women initiatives taken up by the
of Women from Minority Communities in Higher Education Sees Upward Trend
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with a Cop - Hyderabad Cops' Initiative for Muslim Girls
City police on Friday conducted a programme for Muslim Women titled
"Coffee with a Cop" for the benefit of women in Chaderghat to help
them know about the various pro-women initiatives taken up police.
police commissioner Anjani Kumar while speaking to reporters after the event
said that the purpose of the event was to create awareness among the girls
about rights of women. "The women were explained about the ways to protect
themselves against crime, how a woman should react during crisis situation,
features of dial-100, features of various APPs of Telangana police which people
can use, SOS button, purpose of SHE Team and Bharosa," Anjani Kumar said.
event was attended by nearly 200 women, mostly college-going girls, and after
police explained about the various initiatives of police, the students
interacted with senior police officers by seeking explanation about various
doubts they had.
had coffee with the girl students as part of the event.
an another development, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar on Thursday
night took a surprise walk, reportedly from his Basheerbagh office till his
residence in Amberpet, in his civil dress without his regular security protocol
by walking on the main road. He also interacted with locals and personally
observed the situation on the roads. The whole thing was captured in a camera
and it is unsure who captured his movements and this development since Thursday
night and on Friday too became a talking point. In the video, which got
circulated widely, a safari man was seen walking behind the commissioner.
he maintained a reasonable distance from CP
Delhi: There has been a rise in the enrolment of women from minority
communities in higher education in many states, with New Delhi, Haryana,
Odisha, Chandigarh and Nagaland being the exceptions.
numbers, collated since 2012, have been recorded in the All India Survey on
Higher Education (AISHE) report 2017-18, which was released by HRD Minister
Prakash Javadekar at the conference of vice-chancellors. The three-day
conference began on July 26. Vice-chancellors of central universities, state
public universities, deemed-to-be universities, state private universities and
directors of central institutes are participating in the conference.
trend in Muslim community shows that across India, 8,98,121 Muslim women
enrolled in higher education during 2017-2018, as compared to 8,22,830 women
Bihar, the number went up from 64,585 in 2016-17 to 67,841 in 2017-2018.
Jammu and Kashmir, it rose from 57,200 in 2016-17 to 69,561 in 2017-18. Kerala
showed a jump from 65,947 to 85,316 , while Rajasthan saw an increase from
13,909 to 16,276.
Pradesh, which has a sizeable Muslim population, saw the enrolment of women
from the minority community go up to 1,62,990 in 2017-2018 from 1,58,490 in
to Syed Zafar Mahmood of Zakat Foundation of India, the numbers are
encouraging. “Muslims face adverse situations, especially in times of
propaganda and prejudice. These conditions also drive a community to move
towards education. It is important to have a community internally strong to
counter all biases against it,” he said.
AISHE report added that 4,48,517 women from other minority communities enrolled
for higher education this year as compared to last year’s 4,28,866.
often feels like everyone's opinions of Muslim women receive airtime, apart
from those views that are actually held by, you know, Muslim women.
recent report by the Open Society Justice Initiative highlighted that at
present, around one in three EU member states have applied a legal restrictions
on Muslim women's dress, with almost half having applied bans - including on
headscarves - within workplaces and public institutions.
growing, racist, political trend is actively shutting Muslim women out of jobs,
education and public life, despite their supposedly 'feminist' and liberatory
hardly surprising then, that our daily reality on the streets across the
continent and beyond, is a backdrop of racist, sexist street harassment and
violent attacks. Emboldened by official state policy and government sanction,
Islamophobes across the West are growing in number and confidence.
week, during the gathering of racists and fascists for the 'Free Tommy
Robinson' demonstrations in London, a powerful image circulated on social media
of a Muslim woman bus driver smiling in defiance with her eyes closed, as she
was blocked by the demonstrators holding up 'Britain Loves Trump' placards and
St George flags, banging on the window of her vehicle, while shouting 'We want
many Muslim women who circulated the image, rightly praising the sister for her
strength, it also depicted exactly how they feel living in the UK.
the sister in the picture, we are surrounded. We feel threatened and under
siege. Violent incidents are multiplying, as attackers become more confident.
The screen protecting us is weakening, and could crack at any moment. Yes,
Islamophobia is on the rise in the UK, and as Muslim women, we experience the
bulk of it.
more: You can't take Islamophobia out of the Tory party
of the headlines which followed, read 'Bus driver in headscarf shows far-right
Tommy Robinson demonstrators everything that's great about Britain,'. A person
quoted in the Metro commented that "Like a true Brit and a woman she is
keeping calm and carrying on."
can only imagine what the woman must have felt in the eye of such an
Islamophobic storm, with very few exit options.
some claim her strength is a testament to Britain (ignoring that those
targeting her did so while claiming to represent Britain and defend its women),
I wish that instead we could celebrate our society's ability to build
effective, grassroots anti-fascist and anti-racist movements, whose work would
make it impossible for her - or any other Muslim woman - to find herself in
such a situation.
is often the problem. As Muslim women we are held up as examples as long as our
resistance is considered acceptable, and not a threat.
we endure silently and on our own, or - even better - if we celebrate the state
as our protector, we are quintessentially British, integrated and celebrated.
we organise collectively, fight back, and point the finger back at the
structures which oppress us, we are vilified, rejected, and branded as
this, and so many other reasons which relate to discrimination against Muslim
women in the West, more and more of us take action in a plethora of ways, and
in different spaces across society.
recent speech made by teacher Latifa Abouchakra at the National Education
Union's national conference was but one of those examples.
called out the decision by Ofsted to interrogate young girls on their choice to
wear the hijab, and talked of the direct link between such policies and the
emboldening of far-right groups, many of whom were seen marching in defense of
added, that "we reject this imperialistic saviour thinking" when it
comes to the idea that the British state is there to liberate us from the
misogynistic grip of Muslim men.
teacher asked the conference to stand in solidarity with her choice to wear the
hijab, in line with all women's emancipation after delegates had voted in
favour of reproductive rights. The union, she said, had been central to
defending her rights and this should be the basis on which we organise and
should be that simple, that if you oppose the oppression of women, you oppose
it in all the many forms it takes, including at the intersection of race, class
recent weeks, I have also had the pleasure of participating in a series of
initiatives by Muslim women deciding to
take matters into their own hands and fight back.
arrival of Donald Trump, and his meeting with fellow Islamophobic politician
Theresa May served as an opportunity for a group of young Muslim women - Radical
Muslimahs Resist - to come together and consider the links between US and UK
policy regarding Muslims and communities of colour.
marched, took direct action, and addressed the demonstration. In all our
actions we stressed that when it comes to targeting Muslims, extraditing them,
torturing them in Guantanamo, and stripping them of basic civil rights, May and
Trump have more in common than sets them apart.
also been involved in a project led by Ayman Khwaja at British Muslim TV, with
an incredible team of Muslim Women including Sabah Choudhry, Sumayyah
Al-rashid, Aina Khan and Amina Elbayoumi.
unique panel show they developed, 'Women Like Us' aims to highlight the
strength, power and knowledge of Muslim women in the face of rising structural
is a weekly panel discussion on the questions that impact us across British
society today, and serves as a one-of-a-kind platform in which Muslim women can
talk for and about themselves, debate, analyse and strategise over the ways in
which we navigate, resist and take on the discriminatory society in which we
and for the first time in history, the women's rights committee of the European
parliament addressed the conditions for Muslim women in Europe.
100 Muslim women from different nations signed an open letter stressing the
need to tackle the growing hostility and racist conditions which permeate
public spaces and workplaces.
statement asked, "Why has it been so hard so far to choose inclusion over
exclusion in support of women's emancipation?".
answer is simple. Muslims have been at the centre of western imperialism abroad
and repressive policies at home, and served as the sharp edge of the wedge in
terms of rolling back basic civil liberties across our societies.
open letters, the protests, the speeches, the standing our ground and
resistance are the only weapons we have to force the powerful to back off, and
and to rein in the racists on the streets.
hijab-wearing woman bus driver, the radical Muslimahs, Abouchakra in the NEU,
and the Women Like Us panelists demonstrate in practice that Muslim women are
prepared to lead the way, but alone we won't succeed.
Abouchakra pointed out at the conference, allowing Islamophobia to fester
undermines everyone's freedom. It is therefore necessary for all of us - trade
unionists, students, activists, concerned citizens - to unite, in order to
quell the growing bigotry and hatred across society and fight the racists back.
The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) organized a women’s
poetry night on Wednesday at its Jeddah headquarters in cooperation with the
General Authority for Culture (GAC).
poetry night, moderated by poet Dalal Radi, was attended by prominent Saudi
poets who recited some of their famous works, notably Fatima Al-Ghamdi, Nadia
Al-Maliki named “Khashaf,” and Khadija Al-Sayed.
Juman Al-Ghamdi, supervisor of the Cultural Forum’s Committee at the Society,
stressed that the poetry night, which saw the participation of a number of
women Saudi poets, differed from previous evenings. “It is the first women’s
poetry night that is attended by a large turnout of connoisseurs of culture and
Al-Sabeeh, director of SASCA in Jeddah, highlighted the attention accorded by
SASCA to poetry and poets by organizing several poetry nights.
hones and promotes positive habits within the society, as it reveals and
highlights many of the morals and ethics. Poetry is the language vessel and a
fundamental subject for teaching the language and developing the eloquence
aptitude,” he said.
thanked the GAC for holding the event, as also to the poets and the audience
for participating in the event.
turned out in force in Pakistan's general election this week, shoving aside
often decades of patriarchy and taboo to make their voices heard at the ballot
day later, after claiming victory in a hard-fought election race, Imran Khan
said that he would use his mandate to fight for those without a voice -- and in
deeply conservative, religious Pakistan, that can often mean women.
policies will be geared towards minorities, women, all the oppressed," he
said in a televised address. "My entire efforts will be to raise the
rights of the oppressed."
official figures have not been released, women turned out in large numbers to
register their voices in the pivotal election -- only Pakistan's second
transition of power from one civilian administration to another.
the election, described as one of the most consequential in Pakistan's short
history, advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a report that found while
women have a constitutional right to vote, "millions... have been de facto
barred from voting through agreements among political parties, local elders,
and powerful figures, using outdated customs as an excuse."
columnist and analyst Rafia Zakaria said the old system is crumbling. "It
seemed a lot of (women) voted and that I think is hopeful. I think it's
connected to urbanization, connected to the fact that democracy is what people
are coming to expect."
cricketer to politician, Imran Khan says he's Pakistan's best hope
of taboo broken
the far north of the country, where voting as a woman has traditionally been
difficult -- if not impossible -- for many years, large numbers of women queued
to ensure their voices were heard.
Bibi a schoolteacher from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's Lower Dir, where women
were voting for the first time since the 1970s, said she voted to exercise her
"basic right," and was able to express herself at the ballot for the
first time in four general elections.
this interesting dilemma. My family needs my salary, but they don't provide me
my basic rights of freedom of expression," she told CNN.
had been deprived from casting a vote for the last three elections. This was
the fourth consecutive election that came in my life when I exercised my basic
right of casting my vote for the first time in my life. I am very relieved
also acted as a polling officer, and said that almost all female registered
voters in the area had followed through with their votes.
didn't only exercise my vote but also ensure the maximum turnout at the polling
station. Out of 856 (registered) women voters, 739 votes were cast -- which was
a big achievement."
in Balochistan, Pakistan's restive southwestern province, long queues of female
voters, lined up next to similarly snaking queues of men, spoke to how women
have fought back to vote.
is my fundamental right to elect my candidate," said Bibi Khadija, who
voted for Imran Khan's PTI party in Quetta, the provincial capital.
said that often, women's lifestyles, especially in rural areas, are completely
disconnected from politics. So while they may not be barred from voting by
their male relatives, they are conditioned not to pay attention to elections.
is a lifestyle that is extremely centered in the private sphere, absolutely
unengaged from the election or politics, that imposes different rituals or
daily routines," she said.
know people in my neighborhood who I doubt would have voted, they don't watch
any TV besides religious TV, they're constantly centered around events in the
there are people there, hardliners, who said, don't participate in the
election, it's haram (forbidden); it's still hard for women to leave the home,
those who aren't from liberal or urban backgrounds."
Ali, organizer of the Sarhad Rural Support Program in Peshawar, said that in
the 2013 general election "local elders" had denied women their right
to vote."But this time, it doesn't happen. In my area, women cast more
votes than men."
lack of women's issues discussed in election campaigns means that women don't
tend to vote en bloc, but rather based on ethnic lines or on other issues,
Taj, from the Balochistani town of Turbat, close to the Iranian border, said
she voted "because I want promotion of education and health facilities in
conservatism and promises to bring more religion into public life is comforting
to some women, Zakaria said.
saying he's going to create an Islamic welfare state. For working class and
lower middle class women, that is the thing, if you can create that Medina city
state that he's promised to do, all will be right with the country.
(also) has this strict side, that appeals to women. In terms of safety, some
women think about it in very religious terms, like, 'in a very Islamic society
I won't be harassed.'"
says that, often, women are unaware of their rights. Sadaf Ali, a 29-year-old
health technician said that that is changing.
we don't know our rights and powers. But when I start education only then I
realized that women do have equal rights. But ironically whenever election
comes, our elders would deprive us from exercising our basic right -- casting
kind of society is this where men decide the rights of women? Here men are
considered more conservative-- but women voted against their mens'
Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Women’s Wellness and Research Center (WWRC) has
launched a pilot postnatal midwifery home care program for new mothers and
Postnatal Midwifery Home Care Program, which is the first of its kind in Qatar,
is run by a team of qualified midwives and will initially just be available to
new mothers who had a high-risk pregnancy or caesarian delivery and require
team of qualified midwives will provide new mothers and their newborns with
check-ups, education, and support during the postnatal period. With as many as
one in three women delivering by caesarian section at WWRC, staff at the
hospital care for a large number of women with high-risk pregnancies.
about the launch of the new service, Ms. Haila Johar, Executive Director of
Nursing at the Women’s Wellness and Research Center said, “We are so proud to
be piloting this postnatal midwifery home care program. By visiting women in their
homes shortly after childbirth, HMC’s community midwife team will be able to
help identify and prevent many common maternal and newborn health issues and
will play an important role in enabling women to make informed decisions about
when and where they access care.”
addition to supporting the health and well-being of a mother and her infant,
the program aims to prevent and/or decrease unnecessary visits or admissions to
the WWRC Emergency Department by women who had a high-risk pregnancy or gave
birth by caesarian section. Up to a quarter of women who delivered by caesarian
section will visit the Emergency Department after her baby is born for a
related non-urgent medical issue.
the home visit, one of our midwives will assess the physical and emotional
well-being of the mother and her newborn, educating her about what to expect in
the coming days and weeks, and providing her and her family with support
managing the care of their newborn,” said Ms. Fatima Yusuf, Director of Nursing
at Women’s Wellness and Research Center. “During the visit, our midwives will
also be able to identify if the mother or her baby has any health issues which
may need further attention. They will be able to advise the new mother if she,
and/or her baby, requires any additional follow-up care from her primary
healthcare provider – potentially preventing an unplanned visit to the
the Postnatal Midwifery Home Care Program is only available to women who
deliver at WWRC, live in Doha, and have had a high-risk pregnancy or caesarian
delivery and require wound care. The service will be managed by a team of six
community midwives, with each team conducting12 to 14 home visits per month.
will be referred to the postnatal midwifery home care team by their discharging
physician and their first home visit will be scheduled within 48 to 72 hours of
their delivery. Subsequent follow-up visits will be scheduled as needed.
six weeks directly after a woman gives birth can be both a happy and difficult
time as she adjusts to physical, emotional, and social changes,” said Ms.
Johar. “By providing an in-home service with a qualified midwife, our goal is
to develop a trusting and supportive relationship with our mothers and ensure
they receive consistent advice about maternal health issues and well-being. The
ultimate goal is to keep mother and baby healthy after the birth.”
to Ms. Johar, in the near future, the pilot program at WWRC will be expanded to
all HMC maternity facilities. She added that there are plans to further expand
the service to all birthing facilities in Qatar, providing care to new mothers
who experience a high-risk pregnancy or caesarian delivery within 28 days of
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