Egypt’s State Council President Ahmed Abou Al-Azm said there was no
constitutional prohibition to appointing women as judges in the State Council,
adding that the State Council itself has no objection to the matter.
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marriages prevention bill on the table in Balochistan
Woman in Hawaii Claims License Renewal Discrimination
Agha elected as first PAS female president
praises Malala’s for her struggle
champions ‘drift’ car racing for women
Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association Annual Gathering – 2018.
woman in Terengganu sentenced to caning on prostitution charge
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Ready to Appoint Women Judges in State Council
State Council President Ahmed Abou Al-Azm said there was no constitutional
prohibition to appointing women as judges in the State Council, adding that the
State Council itself has no objection to the matter.
he said the entire process was a “matter of time”, as there are protocols that
have to be followed to appoint women as state council judges, some of which
include vacating suitable positions for women.
a speech he gave at the International Conference of the Arab Union of
Administrative Judiciary, Abou Al-Azm added that, at that point, Egypt is
content with the number of female ministers in the current government, which is
evidence that Egypt is keen on women participating in different fields.
a similar note, ex-Minister of Communications Maged Othman said that giving the
chance for women to have access to all leadership positions has become a
priority of utmost importance, as it is a basic right for women.
has been taking many steps in the field of gender equality in leadership
positions in recent years. The appointment of Egyptian females’ in government
leadership positions has been seeing a gradual increase since 2015.
the current government has eight female ministers: Minister of Planning Hala
El-Saeed, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr,
Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate’s Affairs Nabila Makram, Minister
of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, Minister
of Environment Yasmeen Fouad, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat and Minister
of Health Hala Zayed.
Egypt recently appointed two female governors: Beheira Governor Nadia Abdou,
who was appointed in 2017, and Damietta Governor Manal Awad Mikhail, who became
Egypt’s first female Coptic governor in the most recent shuffle in 2018.
have also been taking positive steps in being an integral part of the judiciary
system. In 2015, Egypt swore in 26 new female judges, the largest number to be
sworn in since 2007, bringing the total number of female judges in the country
to 80. In August 2018, 16 female Egyptian judges were promoted to higher
Arabia took part in deliberations of the Social, Human and Cultural Committee
of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, reported SPA.
the audience, the Kingdom’s mission said women participation in the development
of Saudi Arabia is a key aspect of Saudi Vision 2030.
Saudi representatives said the Kingdom is also making continuous efforts to
prevent and combat human trafficking.
the Kingdom also lifted a ban on women driving, which will help boost women’s
financial power and allow them to play a bigger role in economic and social
diversification in line with Vision 2030.
Saudi women’s participation in the labor market will help in achieving one of
the most important goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which is to increase
Saudi women’s participation in the market to 30 percent, up from 22 percent in
2016. It will also help reduce the unemployment rate among Saudi women, which
has reached a record high of 33 percent.
number of sectors in the Kingdom will also benefit from women being allowed to
drive, such as car sales, which are expected to increase by about 145 percent
to reach SR108 billion by 2022 from SR44 billion in 2017, according to one
A senior leader of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Sana Durrani, has urged
the provincial government to move the Prevent Child Marriages bill in the
provincial assembly for legislation as soon as possible.
at a joint press conference, along with representatives of different NGOs,
including Robina Rizwan, Ms Samreen, Abdul Sattar Baloch, Gul Khan Naseer and
Zia Baloch, Ms Durrani said that NGOs have played a leading role in the
campaign for this bill to be presented.
said that the bill was discussed in the assembly by members from both sides and
the majority of the elected representatives agreed to go ahead with it. The
only point of contention among some of them, she said, was on the matter of the
points on the age limits of girls the bill addressed.
Durrani said that the bill was about to be passed in the assembly but because
it was the end of its tenure, the bill remained pending. She said that
Balochistan was notorious for child marriages, which causes a high child
(AP) — A Muslim woman who wears a hijab was discriminated against while trying
to renew her Hawaii driver's license, a civil liberties group said in a
complaint letter Tuesday.
American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii sent a letter to officials who oversee
driver's licensing on the Big Island demanding that they change
county denies discriminating against her, Hawaii County Corporation Counsel
Joseph Kamelamela said.
Tobosa was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, where she lives. She traveled to
Egypt after graduating from college in Hawaii, decided to convert to Islam and
began wearing a headscarf, the ACLU said.
officials made it difficult for her to renew her license, the letter said.
Tobosa received a provisional license because her headscarf covered her ears in
her photograph. It took 18 weeks for her to get a full license. She was
required to submit a "document of approval" from the religion
department at the University of Hawaii's Manoa confirming her religious
county said in a news release that officials followed U.S. requirements they
believed were in place at the time that veils, scarves or headdresses must not
obscure an applicant's facial features.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security updated its interpretation of requirements
regarding head coverings but didn't immediately notify state or county
officials, the release said.
was a lot of discussion with the applicant and the state Department of
Transportation as we tried to clarify the rules and carry them out
correctly," said Naomi O'Dell, administrator for the county Vehicle
Registration and Licensing Division.
attorney Wookie Kim called the county's statement misleading.
county "seeks to justify its violations of the Constitution by claiming
they were unaware of the Department of Homeland Security's guidance on the REAL
ID Act and religious accommodation - which were in fact published on the DHS
website as early as 2016. The County of Hawaii's discriminatory enforcement of
the REAL ID Act's photo requirements against Muslim women and women wearing
headscarves_but not against people whose hair naturally covers their
ears_violates the First Amendment to the Constitution regardless of County
officials' flawed understanding of what "ear-to-ear" means," Kim
said in a statement.
ACLU said if county officials don't respond with a plan for correcting
"constitutional violations" by Nov. 1, the group will consider
options, including a lawsuit.
asking Hawaii's other counties to confirm they don't impose similar policies.
the first time in its history, the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS)
Officers Association has unanimously elected a female officer, Rabiya Javeri
Agha, as its president.
president Younus Dagha proposed Agha’s name at an event held by the
organisation at Islamabad Club on October 8.
after her election, Rabiya asked her fellow officers to persevere towards
national interest as the country was passing through challenging times.
senior female officer of the Pakistani government, Agha currently holds the
post of federal secretary for human rights. She entered the civil service in
1986 after graduating from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
has held esteemed positions in the government including director general, federal
ombudsman, secretary local government board, and financial advisor to the Mayor
of Karachi from 1998 to 2000.
also played an integral role in instituting free legal aid facilities and
shelters throughout Sindh for underprivileged women while serving as secretary
of the women’s development department. Prior to this, she also served as
secretary for the energy department, tourism department and special secretary
to the Governor of Sindh.
her time in the human rights ministry, Rabiya was responsible for promulgation
of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill 2017, the Hindu
marriage Act 2017, the ICT Child Protection Bill and Juvenile Justice Ordinance
System 2018. She has also has presented and defended five treaty reports at the
joining the bureaucracy, Rabiya worked as a journalist for a leading daily.
first lady of the United States Hillary Clinton on Wednesday hailed Nobel
laureate Malala Yousafzai for her commitment for the rights of girls around the
a former secretary of state, took to Instagram and said, “Six years ago today,
a Taliban gunman walked up to Malala Yousafzai as she was trying to board her
school bus in northern Pakistan and shot her for the crime of wanting an
resilience and commitment to justice has made her a leading voice for the
rights of girls around the world. As she has said: “If one man can destroy
everything, why can't one girl change it?” Clinton added.
is currently studying at Oxford University and is an advocate for girls'
was shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012 while sitting in her school bus in Swat
EL SHEIKH, Egypt: Noor Daoud was the only woman to take to the track in Egypt’s
Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the Palestinian racer impressed the
crowds with her “drift” driving skills.
has mastered the art of drift — deliberately oversteering to make the rear
wheels skid — and traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh for a regional competition.
I was little I’ve become used to meeting up with the guys to play football or
tennis,” said the 27-year-old on the sidelines of the competition.
now dominates her life, evident from Instagram where she often poses with her
thick wavy hair falling over driving leathers.
I was little, I loved cars and I had a collection of them to play with,” said
Daoud, a polyglot who was born in the US state of Texas and went to a French
school in Jerusalem.
Sharm el-Sheikh, she zigzagged around the tarmac track and dodged obstacles as
thick white smoke and sparks came off her car.
only one girl!” said a young enthusiast of drift, which emerged in Japan in the
were judged by a professional panel on their style and their driving skills,
which count as much as their speed.
had to abandon the second round of the competition due to engine failure, but
nonetheless picked up a trophy for her participation as the sole woman.
wishes other Arab women would take part in professional competitions. “Let Arab
girls show the world that we also follow our dreams,” she said.
are however more women racing cars in the region, including four other
Palestinians who featured alongside Daoud in a “Speed Sisters” documentary.
has been more than a decade since Daoud first raced, borrowing a car from her
mother who she credits as being the sole supporter of her ambitions.
learnt drifting “on the streets of Palestine” in 2010, before moving to Dubai
where she now lives.
first, in Palestine, people would say to me: ‘But what are you doing? The sport
is for the guys!’” she said.
went for what I want I didn’t listen to anyone... When I got successful people
started to respect me (and say) ‘wow, she did it!’” added Daoud, who regularly
takes part in international competitions.
drifting is more than just sport and spectacle for Daoud.
are under occupation so this helps us, it helps me to drive to feel free,” she
Jerusalem, seen by Palestinians as the capital of their future state, and the
West Bank have been occupied by Israel since 1967.
want to show the world that just because we are under occupation, it doesn’t
mean we will stay holed up in our homes,” Daoud said.
A. Abdul Aziz
Imaillah (Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association) Sri Lanka held its Annual Gathering
(Ijtima) recently at Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall Negombo. The event started with
flag hoisting by A.H. Nasir Ahmad – National President of Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community, followed by silent prayer. Mrs. Shakeela Aslam – President of
the Ahmadiyya Women Association chaired the event which began with the
recitation of Holy Qur’an.
his address, the National President said:
gain pious children the standards of righteousness (Taqwa) of the parents
should be high because the world today is in a horrible state. God has given
the Spiritual System of Leadership (Caliphs) to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
So we must follow the advice given by them. Our actions must show piety, that
will display a preaching to others. The National President went on to say that,
the circumstances in homes must be full of examples of righteousness to your
children. Give them right advise in right time and create atmosphere of love,
forgiveness, and understanding. He concluded by advising to establish and
protect the rights of all namely neighbors, relatives and the Community you
attached to. In his address, the National President quoted from the addresses
delivered by Ahmadiyya Khalifa Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad during the recent
Ahmadiyya Ladies Conventions held in U.K., Germany and Belgium.
her short inaugural address, President of Ahmadiyya Ladies Wing Shakeela Aslam said, the aim of such
gathering (Ijtima) is to promote love and brotherhood among its members and to
create righteousness and pious among themselves.
NISA – A publication of Ahmadiyya Ladies Wing was launched and the first copy
was handed over to the National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Sri
daylong m event includes academic competition such as Hifs-e-Qur’an
Competition, Quiz Competition and Urdu Poem competition etc. Ahmadi girls and
ladies from all the Chapters of Ahmadiyya Community in the country attended.
Imaillah: is the organization of Ahmadi women 15 years and above, headed by a
President in each country known as Sadr Lajna Imaillah who is answerable to
Ahmadiyya Supreme Head – Khalifa. This ladies wing has a sub-organization for
girls of 7 to 15 years known as Nasiratul Ahmadiyya.
Imaillah means maidservants of Allah.” The organization was founded in 1922 by
the second Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hazrat Mirza Bashiruddin
Mahmood Ahmad. He defined its primary objectives as:
educate Ahmadi women and reinforce the necessity of living their lives
according to Islamic teachings.
prepare them to serve their fellow beings lovingly and to preach Islam in the
best manner possible.
encourage them to instruct, guide and train their children in the precept and
practices of Islam.
promote in Ahmadi women such a spirit of sacrifice as to keep them ever ready
for offering their lives, properties and their children in the cause of Islam
and for the preservation of the Ahmadiyya Khilafat (Spiritual Leadership) .
There are currently more than 700 branches of Ahmadi women Associations in
various parts of the world. These branches, by promoting cooperation and
teamwork among their members, are trying to realize their objectives throughout
the world. One of their important achievements is its contribution towards
building mosques. The Fazl Mosque in London, the Mubarak Mosque in Holland and
the Nusrat Jehan Mosque in Denmark were built exclusively by donations by
TERENGGANU: The Syariah High Court here sentenced a woman to four strokes of
the cane and to undergo rehabilitation after she pleaded guilty to a
Kamalruazmi Ismail meted out the penalties after considering several facts,
including that it was the woman's first offence and the severity of the crime
also granted the 45-year-old a 14-day period to appeal her caning sentence.
woman, who was represented by her lawyer Fazru Anuar Yusof, has been ordered to
spend the next six months in rehabilitation at the Baitul Ehsan Women's Shelter
in Sabak Bernam.
was caught in a room with a man believed to be her client during a raid at a
hotel in Pulau Duyong at around 11pm on Sept 19.
from the Terengganu Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) also seized eight
items from the room including unused condoms, bottles of oil and lubricant gel.
Syariah Prosecutor Khasmizan Abdullah prosecuted.
month, a 30-year-old divorcee was sentenced by the Syariah High Court here to
six months in prison and six strokes for offering sexual services.
Al Olayan will be the first Saudi woman to operate a financial institution in
Gulf region after being appointed chair to a new bank that is a merger of
Alawaal Bank and Saudi British Bank (SABB).
upcoming bank will be the third largest bank in the Kingdom. Olayan has been
Alawwal Bank’s deputy chair for four years. In 2004, the 63-year-old made waves
at the Jeddah Economic Forum as the first Saudi woman to give the keynote
speech. She also topped Forbes Middle East’s Most Influential Women’s list.
recent liberation of women’s roles that have been taking over a kingdom are
part of Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salan’s reform vision 2030. As a result, Saudi
women have been making many firsts in the kingdom. Just last month, Weam Al
Dakheel was the first Saudi women to anchor the evening news on‘Saudi TV
Channel 1’, a national television channel.
Bin Salman’s reform vision is reshaping women’s roles in the kingdom. Just this
summer, the kingdom seated its women behind the wheels for the first time.
After finally allowing women to drive cars, the world’s biggest flight training
program, Oxford Aviation Academy, opened its doors to welcome numerous female
pilots in its branch in Saudi Arabia. In October of 2017, women were finally
allowed inside football stadiums for the first time without facing legal
Nations Women Pakistan chapter delegation visited Punjab Safe Cities Authority
under the leadership of UN Women Pakistan Chief Jamshed Qazi and Punjab Lead
3-member team was received by COO PSCA Akbar Nasir Khan who discussed agenda
points such as women empowerment, protection and workforce participation within
and through PSCA as both an organization and a law enforcement cum
security-provider body in the society.
also substantiated to the UN Women delegation the promising fact of women
participation being up to 25% of the authority’s total workforce.
UNWP representatives lauded PSCA’s initiatives of providing easily accessible
security on the palm of women by PSCA’s comprehensively featured android apps
namely Public Safety and Women Safety arrayed on Google Play store.
apps are loaded with features such as secured route mapping, location sharing
and one-touch SOS call for immediate security provision and deployment.
UNWP team was taken to various sections of IC3 for a real-time functional
demonstration of the integrated security platform.
Secretary Punjab Capt. (R) Fazeel Asgher followed UNWP Team shortly after.
Secretary was welcomed and briefed by MD PSCA Malik Ali Amir and COO PSCA Akbar
Nasir Khan whereas CAO PSCA Kamran Khan was also present in the meeting. Home
Secretary was briefed about PSCA’s E-Challaning initiative, stats and its initial
impact vis-à-vis intelligent traffic management drive of PSCA.
was told that since signal jumping had been the most frequent felony committed
on road – PSCA focused the same initially in pursuit of the orders of Lahore
was also apprised of the PSCA’s ongoing crackdown against Vehicles with no or
phony IDs. MD PSCA also brought to the knowledge of Capt. (R) Asgher the number
of times PSCA provided electronic data and footages to various LEAs in addition
to investigative wings of Police as concluding evidence. At this moment, the
Home Secretary acknowledged the game-changing impact of PSCA in cosmopolitan
security and policing.
appreciated PSCA’s E-Challaning and termed it as a change agent curbing down
accidents, head injuries and resulting deaths.
Home Secretary also urged Excise & Taxation department to fix the
discrepancies in its address database for optimum efficiency of E-Challans and
similar future initiatives.
admitted that PSCA truly connoted a beginning of new police culture.
parents of the 36-year-old from Uig, on the Isle of Lewis, set up a charity
foundation in their daughter’s memory, and have raised more than £1 million to
help women and children affected by the Afghan war.
the aid worker was kidnapped by rebels, US forces launched a rescue bid on
October 8, 2010, which ended in her death.
parents, John and Lorna, wanted Linda to be remembered for her contribution to
life, rather than the tragedy, and set up the foundation.
of the latest projects they have supported include business training
initiatives for women in beekeeping and silk weaving.
parents said: “A couple of years ago we gave two grants to a womens’ beekeeping
co-operative in Bamyar Province in the mountains of central Afghanistan.
are now doing so well that, as well as selling loads of honey, they have been
able to split bee swarms to sell – a real cottage industry is evolving.”
added: “Earlier this year we were approached by Dr Habib Noori, the vet and bee
enthusiast who advised the Bamyar group 50km north of Kabul in the foothill of
the Hindu Kush mountains.
group has not previously received any outside help and our grant of £5,300 will
finance a significant expansion by providing training for another 23 women and
equip each with two hives and colonies.
all goes well it could gain a profit of $300 a year – a significant income in
Linda Norgrove Foundation has also donated £6,865 to Scawna, an Afghan
educational charity a rundown area of Kabul for children who do not attend
school and provide training in tailoring for women and single mothers, enabling
them to make a small income.
parents added: “These projects are popular with us – run by experienced
enthusiasts in a rural area, empowering women and providing them with a modest
Foundation has also provided funding to provide scholarships enabling dozens of
poor girls to attend university, including a number training to be doctors.
has given a grant to Healthprom, which involves digging underground tanks from
solid rock to provide safe drinking water to isolated villages.
Linda died during failed rescue
Norgrove was working as an aid worker for American charity DAI in Afghanistan
when she was kidnapped from Kunar province and killed in 2010.
36-year-old humanitarian worker was seized by militants in the Dewagal valley
on September 26 alongside three local staff after their vehicles were ambushed.
was held by her kidnappers for 12 days before being killed during a failed
rescue attempt by US Special Forces on October 8, 2010, where grenades were
other staff were released unharmed.
her time in the Middle East, Miss Norgrove was overseeing the completion of
development projects such as road building and irrigation projects. This
followed on from her previous three-year stint as an aid worker.
recognition of her achievements and her contribution to Afghan life, her family
have since founded the Linda Norgrove Foundation; supporting grass-roots
projects and providing scholarships for young females in the country.
than eight years following Miss Norgrove’s death, the foundation has now
recruited 21 young women to study medicine in Afghanistan.
- 9 October 2018: President of the National Council of Women Maya Morsi
attended Tuesday, Oct.9 the Union for Mediterranean (UFM) Conference: Women for
the Mediterranean 2018.
conference will witness the attendance of member of the Women Rights Council
Mona Omar and member of the Foreign Relations Committee for the Representation
of Egyptian Women Wafa Bassem.
conference was organized by the Union for the Mediterranean in cooperation with
the Portuguese republic and will take place from October 9- 11 in Lisbon,
will discuss the most important issues facing women with the president of
Portugal and the president of Malta in light of the current economic and
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