Some of the female Saudi
Arabian activists detained by Saudi authorities - From right to left: Samar
Badawi, Aziza al-Yusuf and Lajin al-Hathall
Position on Women’s Equal Rights Applies to All Religions’
Donate Long Locks for Cancer Patients In Dubai
Tlaib Slammed As New House Dems Get Early Uncomfortable Lesson
Hijab, No Vote, Nigerian Muslim Women Tell Politicians
Dangerous Lives Of Iraqi Women Activists
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Saudi Woman Activist Threatened with Naked Footage, Filmed By Her Captors
detained female Saudi activist was filmed naked by her captors, who then used
the footage against her in interrogation.
Al-Qst Human Rights Organisation revealed the shocking details of the Saudi
woman’s suffering in a statement yesterday, detailing how the woman in question
was deliberately filmed naked by her captors, who then displayed the images on the
table in front of her during her interrogation.
to Al-Qst, one of the interrogators then asked the woman who would protect her
after she was arrested and whether human rights organisations would be able to
help her. The statement added that the interrogators also flogged other female
detainees and electrocuted them, highlighting that three are suffering from
severe torture scars, tremors and weight loss.
also pointed out that the former adviser to the Saudi Royal Court, Saud
Al-Qahtani, was seen more than once in the torture chambers, where he
threatened one of the detainees saying: “I will do whatever I desire with you
and then I will decompose your body and flush it down the toilet.” Al-Qahtani
was sanctioned by the US in October for his alleged role in the brutal murder
of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose body was allegedly disintegrated and
statement added that one of the detained women was subjected to psychological
torture, during which interrogators told her that some members of her family
had died and that they need to finish the investigation soon so that she could
see their bodies before they were buried.
welcomed the British Independent Investigation Commission’s request earlier
this week that the Saudi authorities allow them to visit female activists
detained in Saudi prisons to monitor their conditions.
Nations, January 5 (IANS): The UN’s fundamental position on equal rights for
women applies across the board to all religions and in the case of Sabarimala,
since the Supreme Court has ruled on women’s right to enter it, the world body
encourages respect for rule of law, according to an official here.
answering a reporter’s question on Friday about the Sabarimala controversy, UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said: “You
are aware of the UN’s position on equal rights of all people.”
if the UN’s position on equal rights for women applied to all religions,
including Catholicism and Islam, he said: “It applies across the board. The
question is how that is to be carried out… this is a question on which the
courts have pronounced themselves and we encourage respect for the rule of
answer to another reporter’s pointed question about the “frenzy” in Kerala over
two women entering the Lord Ayyappa shrine and former UN
Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor’s criticism of the women, Haq said:
“This is an issue on which the Supreme Court of India has commented. So we will
leave the matter in the hands of the rule of law authorities in India. Of
course, we want all parties to respect the rule of law.”
if not allowing women to enter the temple was a violation of human rights, Haq
did not give a direct answer, but said: “We encourage all to respect the laws
of the country.”
Supreme Court ruled in September against the temple’s ban on women between the
ages of 10 and 50 entering the shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
prolonged protests blocked women from entering the temple, two women in their
40s entered the shrine under police escort on Wednesday.
have been held across Kerala both in support of women entering the temple as
well against it.
now a Congress Party MP representing Thiruvananthapuram, had criticised the
women who went to the shrine on Wednesday, saying that it was an “unnecessary
he added, that he was “very much in favour of women equality but was also in
favour of respecting the sanctity of religious practices in our country”.
30 ladies and young girls on Friday parted with one of their most prized
possessions - their long hair - for a noble cause.
was the first public hair donation event by Hair for Hope India campaign run by
Indian expat Premi Mathew, who creates awareness about hair donations, which
are converted into wigs and given for free to chemotherapy patients.
event saw women of different age groups, religions - Hindus, Muslims,
Christians, etc ? gather at St Thomas Orthodox Church in Oud Metha and donate
at least 12 inches of their hair.
Ninan Philip Panackamattom, vicar of the cathedral, inaugurated the event by
symbolically holding a pair of scissors and helping cut the hair of one of the
said: "Struck by cancer, too many ladies end up confined at home without
the courage to face the society when they lose hair. Hair donation was an
unknown concept when I launched this campaign in 2011, but today it has become
a huge movement.
women even go bald defying social norms and taboos to avenge cancer for
stealing their loved ones. Hundreds of men, too, have donated."
said that the event also falls in line the UAE's Year of Tolerance. "We
saw people of different religions - Hindus, Muslims and Christians - gather at
this church to donate their hair to give a new lease of life to a cancer
patient, regardless of caste or creed."
was the first time that Sumayya, a Muslim resident, entered a church in Dubai.
"My friend told me about this campaign happening at this church and I
didn't think twice about joining in. It was very motivating to sit with so many
women of different religions and age groups and donate our hair at the same
campaign is a great way of involving the community in charity work without
asking them to give anything from their pockets. I have nothing to give
financially but I am giving something more valuable - a part of me - my hair.
This is the third time I'm donating my hair and I will continue to do so
whenever I get a chance."
of two Ancy Binuvarghese was present with her two daughters Sharon, 9, and
Sherin, 6, who were both donating their hair for the first time.
has never let me cut her hair ever since because it is her most prized
possession, but today, for the first time in her life, she has got them chopped
and donated 12 inches of her locks for cancer patients. This is because she has
seen pictures of how cancer patients go bald during the treatment and this is
her way of comforting them. Her younger daughter is just following her elder
sibling. As a parent, I am happy to see them empathise and understand the
importance of helping others," Ancy said.
survivor Steffy Thomas, 27, said that when she was told she had cancer four
years ago, the only worry she had was that she would lose her long hair.
sister donated her hair so that I could get a wig when I was going through the
cancer treatment. For a woman, losing hair is traumatic and I think this
campaign is a great way to spread awareness and bring happiness to both the
donors and the beneficiaries."
event saw 106 ponytails chopped and donated. The hair will be handed over to
Friends of Cancer patients, under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint
Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah.
education of the star-studded class of House freshmen has begun.
one: Speaking with the bluntness of a candidate can produce swift and
Rashida Tlaib learned that before lunch Friday, when her profane remarks the
night before vowing to impeach President Donald Trump drew almost no support,
and plenty of pushback, from members of her party.
been pretty intense," Tlaib, D-Mich., told The Associated Press in a brief
hallway interview Friday as she reported to the House to face her colleagues.
after Tlaib was sworn in as part of the history-making class of freshmen that
helped flip the House to Democratic control, she ran afoul of the widespread
sense among her colleagues that they should focus for now on health care and
other policies rather than impeachment - at least until special counsel Robert
Mueller's investigation concludes.
gonna impeach the motherf---er," Tlaib exclaimed during a party Thursday
night hosted by the liberal activist group MoveOn, according to video and
comments on Twitter.
was a striking coda to the Democrats' heady ascendance to the House majority
Thursday, sparking unusually public corrections from House veterans.
disagree with what she said," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman
Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., during a CNN interview. His committee would be the one
to begin impeachment proceedings.
is too early to talk about that intelligently," Nadler said. "We have
to follow the facts."
routinely stumble as they learn how things are done on Capitol Hill. But Tlaib
and her classmates have been celebrated in magazine profiles for their
independence and their promises to stand up to the powers that be. By rebuking
one, the more seasoned Democrats were effectively warning the others.
think some of our new members probably don't realize that you are always on,
that when you are a member of Congress, there's always someone listening,"
said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. She said she hopes Tlaib's remarks aren't news
than Tlaib's profanity, it was her vow to impeach Trump that drew her
defiance flew in the face of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's warning to focus on
policies the candidates had promised ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.
timing also chafed, just hours before congressional leaders were headed to the
White House to try to resolve the standoff over the border wall Trump is
demanding in exchange for reopening the government. Republicans pounced, using
the occasion to question the Democrats' true priorities and Pelosi's
a tight smile, Pelosi rejected Tlaib's profanity and her impeachment vow.
is not the position of the House Democratic caucus," Pelosi said on MSNBC
of Tlaib's comments. "I don't think we should make a big deal of it."
Gerry Connolly, D-Va., served up a reminder to the new members that seniority
rules in Congress.
a freshman. It's her first day here," Connolly said of Tlaib. "She
went in front of an enthusiastic crowd of her supporters and it was red meat
for them. She yielded to that temptation."
sure upon reflection," Connolly suggested, "She might choose other
words to describe her feelings."
of impeachment remains in the air, fueled by a handful of Democrats on Pelosi's
left flank who are pressuring her to more aggressively pursue the issue. But
such proceedings appear unlikely for now.
if the House advances any articles of impeachment, a two-thirds-majority vote
to convict Trump in the Republican-controlled Senate and remove him from office
would seem out of the question, barring astonishing new revelations.
wasn't the only freshman who got a lesson in how one comment can upend Capitol
of Tlaib's classmates were pursued for reaction - standard results when a
political ally says something that raises eyebrows.
am not talking about those things," laughed Rep. Abigail Spanberger,
D-Va., when asked Friday to respond to Tlaib's remarks.
said she was elected because she talked about preserving health care. "I'm
not going to tell anyone else what to do, but certainly, I think, it would
behoove all of us to really be working for the people who need" Congress'
National Amirah, Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) Organisation, Hajia
Nimatullah Abdullateef has urged politicians vying for various offices in the
country to respect the right of female Muslim to use of hijab.
stated this while addressing Muslim women during the closing ceremony of 23rd
National Convention and Annual Training Forum held at Vanguard Academy,
Odosenlu, Ogun State. Stressing that the believing women will only vote
candidate who respects their inalienable rights to use hijab.
All Progressives Congress, APC, deputy governorship candidate in the state,
Engr. Naimat Salako-Oyedele was a special guest at the occasion. Recall that
the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit recently
stated its members would vote any candidate who will challenge to ban on the
use of hijab in schools.
to Hajia Abdulateef, “we are not a political organisation, but all our members
across different zones in country will not vote any candidate who opposes our
right to use hijab. So, no hijab, no
vote.” Lamenting moral decadence in Nigeria, Hajia Abdullateef said shameful
acts in various forms have become the order of the day, and until mankind
revert to the Creator, solution to Nigeria’s challenges will remain elusive.
“Today, man is in a state of confusion. Vices and moral decadence have become
the norm in the society, music has become the order of the day and musicians
are using their medium to promote all sorts of atrocities, evils and vices. Our
Muslim women cannot freely use their hijab, our young girls are not safe, our
women have become victims of battering, and rape. “Apart from moral decadence
and vices in the world today, there is also a disheartening situation of
economic recession and depression and political instability, war, insecurity,
insurgency and natural disasters. The situation is so terrible that suicide has
now become the order of the day. She however stated that efforts made by
mankind to proffer solution to these problems will only amount futility if
recourse is not made to God. Indigenous Lagosians endorse Sanwo-Olu, seeks
special status for Lagos According to her: “Allah stresses the need for mankind
to keep a steady and constant relationship with Him for proper guidance. So,
any attempt by man to run his affairs by himself without the guidance of the
Creator will only put him at peril. The only hope is to revert to Allah and
adopt the pristine teachings of Islam. “This proposition is not merely
hypothetical as its manifest can be seen
all around us. A very good example is the recent trend in the financial sector
globally on the adoption of the Islamic Non- interest Banking. NIB. On the
forthcoming general elections, Hajia Abdullateef urged the federal government
and the electoral body to adopt the Islamic principles of Justice, equity,
fairness and truthfulness. . She also
advised the electorate not tobe apathetic, but actively participate in the
process without fear or favour. Also, in a lecture titled ‘Islam the only
Hope’, Hajia Idiat Jumah, a seasoned teacher in the state, advised women to
remain steadfast in their prayers and unflinching in their relationship with
God, adding that Prophet Ibrahim and others relied on Allah despite
adversities. She advised leaders to make available interest-free loans arguing
that the subsisting interest based loan is capable of exacerbating the economic
condition of the borrower. In her goodwill message, the Deputy Director,
Ministry of Physical Planning, Lagos State, Alhaja Jelilat AbdulHameed, thanked
organisers of the event, adding that the forum has helped Muslim women to rediscover themselves in
their spiritual and economic pursuit.
- Human rights activism is a risky business in the Middle East in general but
it is more so in Iraq where female activists have been targeted. A series of
killings in 2018 sparked fears of a coordinated campaign to silence successful
and outspoken women in Iraq.
August and September, four prominent women were assassinated, including activist
Soad al-Ali in Basra and social media star Tara Fares in Baghdad. They had
campaigned for women’s freedoms and rights in a conservative, tribal society.
new political situation in Iraq has been detrimental on all Iraqis, especially
women,” said Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom
in Iraq (OWFI). “After the US-led invasion (2003), a new political system was
created leading to a most sectarian, tribal and religious society where women’s
lives don’t have much weight.”
in Iraq are constantly exposed to social stigma and scrutiny because of their
gender. It is a flagrant violation of their rights which under the constitution
are supposed to be equal to men,” Mohammed said in a Skype interview from
self-exile in Canada.
said discriminatory practices against women have become a fait accompli and the
norm in Iraqi families in rural areas as well as big cities, including Baghdad,
after the rise to power of Islamist parties.
introduced extremist religious ideas based on hatred for women and viewing them
as sexual and reproductive tools,” added the activist, who was among the BBC’s
100 most inspirational women worldwide.
campaigning by Mohammed’s OWFI has been instrumental in blocking a personal
status legislation, the Jaafari law, which allows the marriage of 9-year-old
girls to adult men, encourages polygamy and getting rid of wives if they are
not sexually pleasant for husbands.
amount of humiliating material in this law against women is mindboggling and
out of this era. It’s something that modern humanity cannot even conceive,”
activism resulted in scrapping Clause 409 of the Iraqi penal code, which
provided for light sentences for men in cases of so-called honour killings.
intimidations and accusations of promoting secularism and encouraging women to
go against their families, OWFI, which provides shelters for women who survive
domestic violence, has been expanding since it was established in 2003.
the past 15 years, we have been able to save 820 women from inevitable death.
They included victims of domestic violence and potential victims of honour
crimes,” Mohammed said.
had extremely difficult years fearing violence by tribal and Islamist
communities who are utterly opposed to women’s rights and freedoms but we were
determined to continue and today we have ten shelters in Baghdad and in rural
areas where the tribes and clergy are very powerful,” she added.
the shelters, victimised women not only keep safe but are educated and
empowered, Mohammed said, adding: “Our shelters are schools for social
transformation for women to turn from victims into defenders of women.”
Hana Addour, president of Al-Amal organisation, said entrenched tribal values
are still largely applied although Iraq has endorsed the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, which stipulates freedoms of expression, movement, opinion and
the right to choose a partner without force or intimidation.
rates are on the rise in Iraq for many reasons including traditional marriages
without prior acquaintance between couples and early marriage of girls who are
not fit to start a family,” Addour said.
constitution says clearly that women are full citizens and have equal rights as
men but, in Iraq, patriarchy is predominant. However, many unacceptable
practices such as gender-based violence and harsh discrimination against women
can be reversed through raising awareness in the society.”
refuted as “baseless” accusations that activists were provoking women against
social traditions. “We did not import our ideas and we do not contest customs
or religious texts,” Addour said. “We only seek to implement the constitution
by rejecting forced and early marriages and many other matters that we cannot
accept under any pretext.”
by Islamist and sectarian parties, the Iraqi government has been resisting
changes to improve women’s conditions, Mohammed said.
said the government has been reluctant to provide legal status to shelters that
are run by OWFI and other NGOs. Although there is no law that says shelters are
illegal, neither is there a law that determines their legal status.
of the tribal and misogynist officials did tell us in the past that we are
doing an illegal thing but they did not shut us down,” Mohammed said, adding
that one obvious, partial remedy to gender-based violence in Iraq would be to
improve the rule of law.
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Of course it does! No country can live in the past for ever.