Abeer Al Hadrami wants to bring her paintings to the
world through international art events. Photh by Saeed Al Batati
Arabia Hunting Down Fleeing Women by Tracking IMEI Number On Their Cellphones
Fields’ Documentary Puts Libyan Women Back On the World's Cinematic Stage
Woman Fighting For the Arts amid Conflict in Yemen
Team Helps Child Soldiers Become ‘Peace-Builders’
Should Be Fearful”: Muslim Women on the Prospect of Boris Johnson as Prime
Regime Increases Pressure on Women Defying Forced Hijab
Players Dominate at Women’s Bowling Championship in Jeddah
Continue To Be Persecuted In Iran
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Report Details Islamic State Propaganda for Women
HAGUE, Netherlands — Islamic State's recruitment and use of women to support
its extremist cause could pave the way for more front-line roles for women in
jihadi groups in the future, the European Union's police agency said in a
report published Friday.
the 34-page report entitled "Women in Islamic State Propaganda,"
Europol said "female jihadis are as ideologically motivated as their male
counterparts and their sense of empowerment lies in contributing to the
building of an Islamic state."
concludes that "numerous examples" of women, who either carried out
extremist attacks or were arrested preventively, "prove that women are
willing to use violence if the ideology allows them to do so. For now, it is
not yet their role, but this balance may easily shift according to the
organization's strategic needs and developments on the ground,"
report comes amid concerns about the risk posed by foreign fighters, including
women, returning to their homes in Europe after the fall of the self-styled
Islamic State caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Executive Director Catherine De Bolle said that 15% people convicted on
"jihadi terrorism charges" in the EU in 2018 were women.
report's authors studied propaganda targeting women, but also mentioned women
who take active roles in Islamist combat, saying they were sometimes used to
shame men into taking part in the group's armed struggle.
report cited an example from an Islamic State publication that praised three
women who attacked a police station in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2016 and asked what
was wrong with men who had "laid down their swords."
its peak, in 2014-15, IS controlled an area the size of Britain across Syria
and Iraq and launched a series of attacks around the world.
March, U.S.-backed forces declared victory over IS, but the group's affiliates
in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Afghanistan and other countries continue to pose a
threat, and the group's ideology has inspired so-called lone-wolf attacks that
had little if any connection to its leadership.
in Saudi Arabia are reportedly resorting to military-grade technology and
making use of the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number in a
bid to track down the cellphones of women who are fleeing the repressive and
male-dominated system in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
to multiple sources who spoke with American financial and business news website
Business Insider, Saudi officials could track them from their new homes in the
women, who fled together in early 2019, said Saudi security services came to
their family homes after they left, and demanded to be shown the packaging of
refugees, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said Saudi
agents told their families that the IMEI number was the key to finding and
taking them back to the country.
third Saudi woman, apprehended in the small South Caucasus country of Georgia
in 2018, was informed by her Georgian state-funded attorney that Saudi
intelligence found her IMEI number.
attorney said Saudi officials used the number and worked with the Georgian
police to find her. The woman was repatriated to Saudi Arabia, where she has
fourth woman, who was about to be taken back to Saudi Arabia after fleeing to
Australia, said Saudi agents found her via her IMEI number. She was able to
secure asylum before Saudi officials could arrange for her return.
Saudi female escapees believe they will either be killed by their families, or
imprisoned, if they are returned. One of them, identified as Dina Ali Lasloom,
was captured in Manila in April 2017, has not been seen since she was
repatriated against her will.
numbers are commonly written on the SIM tray or behind the battery pack of a
cellphone. Police, national security, and military bodies used the numbers to
US National Security Agency uses IMEI numbers from phones belonging to targets
in Afghanistan to direct drone strikes, according to leaked documents published
in October 2015 by The Intercept.
a new SIM into a phone will change its IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber
Identity) number, but the phone will still have the same IMEI number, so
cellphone companies can easily see that these different SIM cards are being
used in the same phone,” Matthew Hickey, a professional hacker with over 15
years of experience, said.
added, “The only way for an individual to avoid this type of tracking is to
replace the handset, physically remove and replace a chip to obtain a new IMEI,
or use a phone which has a reprogrammable IMEI.”
report comes as Saudi officials have created an application that allows male
guardians to track their female family members and prevent them from traveling
due to an escalating numbers of women fleeing the country.
app, called Absher meaning "Good Tidings" in Arabic, allows men to
obtain or revoke their authorization with a few clicks.
Absher, men can perform several tasks, such as paying parking fines, renewing
driving license, and granting travel permissions to their female “dependents,”
such as wives, daughters and sisters.
is equipped to give a comprehensive readout of each journey a registered woman
has made. Her male guardian can anytime access his own travel logs along with
those of children and women in the family.
app also gives men the ability to receive SMS alerts, when one of their female
family members shows their passport at the border or at an airport.
Saudi Ministry of Interior sends the message directly through the application.
to a report by investigate website the Insider, Saudi women seeking asylum
overseas had to resort to stealing their male guardians’ phones to disable the
app or to secretly give themselves permission to travel before fleeing the
women have already tried to change the alert phone number so that tracking SMSs
are sent to them rather than their guardians.
giant technology companies Apple and Google have come under fierce criticism
for hosting the application, and have been accused of helping "enforce
gender apartheid" as the app is available on Google Play and Apple's App
- Libya’s revolution in 2011 upended forty-two years of Muammar Ghaddafi’s
rulership but the promise of greater suffrage for women never bloomed. As the
lid off of authoritarian rule came off, a new authoritarianism sought to banish
women from public life and prolong their silence.
the gains achieved by women gradually rolled back, uncritical readings of how
women truly fared in post-Gaddafi Libya across international press exposed a
lack of gender consciousness. On screen women and in print press were
celebrated or cast-typed as the surface of their struggle was barely scratched.
and actor, Naziha Arebi’s colourful film, ‘Freedom Fields’, offers a rich and
holistic reading of women in post-Gaddafi Libya as she follows members of
Libya’s national football team between the years 2011 and 2017. A year earlier
Arebi marked her first homecoming as she and her father returned to their
ancestral home but she returned 12 months later and stayed.
film depicts what few have captured a plural Libya, multiethnic and
multitalented, through the lens of ordinary youth which as Arebi said revealed
during a premier hosted by birds eye view film took 6 months to track “like
ghosts, they were”. The team, initially founded in 1997, was revived following
Ghaddafi’s removal from power but its fate remained precarious and quality
remained poor, in spite of the wealth of talents its members boasted.
half British half Libyan, captures what few before her have — the plurality of
Libyan society — away from the disservice of inflated stereotypes that skim
over the lack of physical security and equal rights afforded to women after
are placed at the heart of the film “all very different to each other,” Arebi
told audiences at picturehouse premier in London, zooming in on the obstacles
society, unknowingly and knowingly, places in the way of its women.
team Arebi follows, represents one of Libya’s few post-Gaddafi democratic
spaces. Girls from diametrically opposite worlds — an engineer, medical student
and internally displaced youth — are united, alongside others, by their love of
sport and hunger to represent Libya at the local and international level.
of public support, the biggest barrier that stood in their way, coloured even
the attitude of supporting parents aware of their inability to convert the
Libyan street as it actively fought against aspiring Libyan sportswomen.
hope that football represented for women quickly dissipated while in the
political domain observers pointed to the ministry of health and social affairs
headed by women as evidence of female empowerment in post-Gaddafi Libya. The
emotionally laden film captures a cynical sense of humour that runs right
through the female demographic that helps viewers unfamiliar with Libya to
identify these contradictions.
therefore serves as the perfect metaphor of the double-bind dilemma women in
Libya, and elsewhere in the region, find themselves in. On the pitch, athletes
were sexualised and scapegoated for moral decay while off pitch, their efforts
to break free from patriarchal norms were repeatedly thwarted, largely by men
but also women.
team’s complicated relationship with the Libyan Football Federation holds up a
mirror to the relationship society at large has with power, characterised by
betrayal, conditional support and exploitation which culminated in explosive
arguments during the teams first ever international match, 4 years after the
revolution, in Lebanon.
humour, light heartedness and lion-hearted personas Arebi’s film teases out,
neither downplays or exaggerates the deeply conservative texture of Libya where
patriarchy infiltrates society at all levels, old and young, male and female.
up to people to take what they want from it” Arebi Arebi told audience members
when asked about the film message and framing, “films ought to work on these
different layers” and later added that “it was never really about football”.
spoke of moments of friendship, laughter and conflict and how she and the films
protagonists became “friends for life. I’m not just a journalist that goes in
and leaves” Arebi said commenting on her responsibilities as a filmmaker.
the film, at all its levels, provides a corrective to the stereotypes that
plaster over the lived reality for women who from a young age are shaped to
accept an inferior status in society.
laborious 7 year old project goes further in her analysis of post-Gaddafi Libya
than male news commentators and observers. She brings to life a story about the
unravelling of state institutions and how this was matched by the erosion of
women’s rights and an attempt to prolong their silence or confine them to the
shadows of their homes.
final victory for the girls comes not after competing in international
tournaments but after they walked away from the federation that betrayed them
to set up their own NGO, Hera, using sports to facilitate healing and trauma
relief to nurture and not crush the aspiration of subsequent female
film is back on tour across the UK across the months of June and July.
Mohammed Al Hadrami stores about 100 of her own paintings in her parent’s
three-room apartment in the port city of Mukalla, the capital of Yemen’s
south-eastern province, Hadramout. You’ll find some inside or on top of
cupboards, and even under her bed.
Hadrami’s favourite stands out among them. It’s a 50 centimetre by 70cm piece
that highlights the issue of child marriage. In it, a grey-haired pregnant girl
is depicted wearing a white wedding dress and carrying a small toy. An
over-sized hand clutches her right shoulder. “This is the hand of the society
or parents,” Al Hadrami explains. “I love this artwork too much.”
young artist was born in Aden, raised in the capital, Sanaa, and now lives with
her mother and father in Mukalla, where Al Hadrami also has a small studio. She
has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. “At home, I used to
decorate cups, clothes and plates, and art was my favourite subject during
primary school.” She flashes a smile and winks at her mother, who nods her head
and shares her own memories of her daughter who, as a baby, broke cups while
trying to paint them. They both laugh as they explain how Al Hadrami scratched
and scribbled her drawings wherever she could find an empty space.
unsurprising then that she eventually pursued a career in art, particularly as
the creative bug also runs in the family. “My sister, uncles and cousins are
artists. My brother is a lute player,” she explains.
was clearly influenced by them as a child, but it wasn’t until she went to
college that Al Hadrami had the chance to truly explore her love of art, when
she met a teacher who encouraged the budding artist to chase her dreams. “My
teacher, Anwar, and my parents were the agents behind my early passion for
art,” she recalls. “My amateur skills were polished when I was at college from
2010 to 2014.”
those four years, Al Hadrami discovered different artistic mediums. “It was a
different experience that helped me turn professional,” she says. She soon
decided to focus on painting, making use of the constructive criticism she
received from her teachers as she learnt as much as she could about the various
theories and schools of modern art. “I now practise expressive painting,” she
can take her anywhere from several hours to three days to produce a painting,
and over the past few years Al Hadrami has taken part in more than 30 art
exhibitions across Hadramout, as well as a show in Malaysia. She’s a founding
member of Hadramout Talents, an independent non-governmental organisation that
has brought together about 100 artists – both men and women – from the area.
Alongside several other artists, Al Hadrami is working to revive modern art in
a city that’s all but forgotten about creative pursuits during a time of war.
Hadrami spends her time lobbying local artists to help her raise awareness of
the importance of modern art in their conservative society, whether that’s
producing paintings, sketches or even graffiti. The artists spend their savings
at art galleries. “In the past, it was hard to convince the rich to fund
galleries,” Al Hadrami says. “We worked hard on displaying our work to them.”
Yemen's attitude towards art
after several campaigns to raise funds and awareness, Al Hadrami says she feels
local perceptions of modern art are beginning to shift. “There is a great
understanding and appreciation of our artworks now,” she says. “As you can see,
graffiti is covering street buildings and walls. The young artists imposed
themselves on the society here.”
officials have even stepped in to help her; Al Hadrami received funds from the
governor of Hadramout, which meant she could take part in a show at an
international art gallery in Cairo. Still, Al Hadrami says such achievements
are only another step in a much longer journey.
promoting art in her home town, she also works in an administrative role with an
international aid organisation, while her parents give her pocket money, too.
She’s also sold a few of her beloved paintings. “I sold a collection of my
paintings in Malaysia for $2,000 [Dh7,346]. I saved the money to buy a car,”
she says. She also sold a painting for 1,000 Saudi Arabian riyals [Dh979] to a
local art pundit. “By selling their work, artists can buy materials and pay to
participate in international exhibitions, as well as helping to arrange
exhibitions locally,” she says.
it can be difficult for budding talents, she says, lamenting that international
galleries usually only invite renowned artists from Yemen to exhibit. “We are
struggling to build our names,” she says. Al Hadrami relies heavily on social
media – predominantly Twitter and Facebook – as a platform to get her work
seen, she adds.
ongoing conflict in Yemen also makes her career path in the art world far from
clear. In early 2015, when the Houthi rebels stormed Aden, Al Hadrami watched
nervously as local military forces and resistance fighters flooded into the
city. “During the fighting, my paintings that portray the army, the people and
the war in Aden have increased,” she says.
all that she and her family have been through, however, Al Hadrami is confident
her paintings have the potential to win international awards, if she could only
get the chance to display them in front of a global audience. “I want to
introduce my paintings to renowned painters,” she says. “I have talked to some
of those painters. They either cautiously respond to my messages or ignore
them, simply because they do not know me.”
YORK: A delegation from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center
(KSRelief) met Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, to
discuss its work rehabilitating Yemeni child soldiers.
is taking part in sessions with experts from the International Coalition for
the Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers, headed by Dr. Amal Al-Habdan, director of
KSRelief’s Community Support Department, and members Dr. Abeer Harbi and Madawi
coalition, which is supervised by the UN, includes 16 specialists from four
continents with extensive experience in the rehabilitation of child soldiers.
meetings highlight the role of reintegration programs in breaking the cycle of
violence, reducing the risk of re-recruitment, and sharing experiences with
people who have been involved in reintegration programs.
also focus on helping Yemen’s child soldiers become peace-builders and
supporting positive changes in their communities.
sessions were launched under the auspices of the secretary-general for Children
and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and the permanent representative of the
Republic of Korea to the UN, Young-Jin Choi.
workshop discussed issues related to the needs and gaps in the reintegration
programs for the child soldiers recruited in target cities to help achieve the
highest level of humanitarian response in this area.
participation in the workshop is part of its humanitarian work focused on
children, particularly the rehabilitation of child soldiers.
August last year, 21 Muslim women in the UK reported Islamophobic abuse in one
week. Fourteen wore the hijab and seven wore the niqab.
were on the receiving end of a spike in hate crime against Muslim women that
occurred after 5 August 2018, when Boris Johnson wrote a Daily Telegraph column
describing women wearing the burqa as “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. It was
a sharp rise on the previous week, which saw five reports to the hate crime
monitor Tell MAMA, which gathered the stats.
days after his words were published, two white women in London repeated
Johnson’s “letter box” insult loudly while sitting by a woman wearing a hijab
waiting in a doctor’s surgery. They were describing another woman present, who
was wearing a niqab: “She does look like a letter box though… I can’t even understand
what she’s saying coz her face is covered.”
days after the column, a man in the Exeter area repeatedly shouted “letter box”
at a woman walking to Friday prayers, in the company of a child. Three days
later, her older sister was called a “letter box” by a man as she returned home
from work, passing a group of people drinking outside a pub. Both women wore
two weeks after, a Muslim woman wearing an abaya and niqab on her way to work
in the London area was shouted at and called a “post box” by construction
workers, who also asked her if they were “expecting a delivery”.
were plenty more, told to get out of “this country”, called “terrorists” and
threatened that they should “be shot”, in what was described as a “sharp and
temporary spike in reports from Muslim women” following Johnson’s comments by
Tell MAMA at the time.
Johnson faced investigation by the party, 100 British Muslim women who wear the
burqa or niqab wrote a letter to the Conservative chairman, Brandon Lewis, demanding
the former foreign secretary be kicked out of the party. They agreed with the
Conservative peer, Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh, who called for Johnson to have the
whip removed. “Such vile language which has real consequences for us, should
never be acceptable,” they wrote.
Johnson was cleared by the investigation, has refused to apologise for his
language, and when asked about it at his leadership launch this week, insisted:
“I will continue to speak as directly as I can.”
he leads the leadership race with 114 votes from his fellow MPs, and is the
frontrunner to be next prime minister.
do Muslim woman in Britain feel about this prospect?
fact that a man with that history who has provoked that kind of reaction — and
people who are impacted by it will tell you he is an Islamophobe — that
somebody who holds those views, has hurt people in that way, and finds those
ideas acceptable, will be our prime minister is scary and it’s insulting,” says
Rehana Faisal, 41, who lives in Luton and wears an abaya and hijab.
direction that Britain is going in is quite a scary prospect for us already,”
she tells me. Indeed, Muslim women bear the brunt of the rise in Islamophobic
hate crimes in the UK.
think there is an acceptability around Islamophobia that isn’t sitting in the
fringes somewhere but is very mainstream, and is regurgitated on mainstream TV
with very little challenge,” she tells me.
it was already a very difficult time, but I think that Boris Johnson becoming
prime minister sends a signal to us about the direction the country is going
in, and that we should be legitimately more fearful about the way we are
has chaired a Muslim women’s community group called Lantern in Luton for four
years, and knows of women who experienced hostility after Johnson’s column was
remember a number of women either having people they knew jokingly use those
terms, but in a few cases just shouting it across the road,” she says. “[In
general] I think there is a marked increase in hostility, a marked increase in
bigotry. Whether it’s overt or whether it’s more subtle, you certainly see a
lot more of it and hear a lot more of it.”
sees the success of Johnson as a sign of “the acceptability of those
conversations within our mainstream”: “He still thinks that it was ok for him
to refer to a minority within a minority within a minority as ‘bank robbers’
and ‘letter boxes’. He thinks it’s ok to refer to human beings as inanimate
she heard the news of Johnson running for the Conservative leadership, the
first thing Nazmin Akthar, a lawyer from the northeast, thought of was his
Telegraph column about the burqa.
he did become prime minister, essentially it would send out the message to
Muslim women that it’s perfectly acceptable to objectify and dehumanise them
for personal and political gain,” she tells me.
doesn’t wear the hijab herself, but she tells me her mother does, and her
mother’s best friend wears the veil and headscarf. As chair of the Muslim Women’s
Network UK, she hears “frequent” stories of racist abuse, including that of “a
woman who was having her hijab pulled and being told to ‘get out of the
country, you look ridiculous’” a couple of months ago.
was “a lot of disappointment, sadness, some were worried as well” among the
reactions of women in her network to Johnson’s column. “One comment that came
to us was what he doesn’t realise is that such comments have real consequences
for real women in the real world,” she says.
is going to read what you say, interpret it, apply it, and ultimately it’s
Muslim women who are impacted by it, especially visibly Muslim women, so women
who wear the hijab or the face veil. They’re the ones that are attacked the
making such comments “essentially gives those on the far right the go-ahead”,
she says. “They think, ‘if politicians are saying that then we must be right,
it’s perfectly acceptable for us to then shout abuse at Muslim women or go as
far as throwing things at them, hitting them, trying to pull the veil.’”
real-life impact is one of the main reasons Mohammed Amin, chairman of the
Conservative Muslim Forum — a grouping inside the Conservative Party — is so
against a Boris Johnson premiership.
was a clear spike in anti-Muslim incidents particularly directed at women in
the few weeks following that column, which linked directly back to the column,”
he tells me. “There’s no doubt about it at all, that article directly
contributed to verbal abuse of Muslim women and in some cases physical abuse,
like men trying to tear off women’s niqabs.”
who has been a member of the party for 36 years and whose own extended family
do not wear the hijab or burqa, will resign his post and leave the party if
Boris Johnson becomes leader of the party, I consider him so unfit to be leader
that I will leave the party, after 36 years,” he says. “I think the man has no
concept of truth or falsehood. I don’t trust him in the slightest… I think
there are many other people who would be equally unhappy with Boris Johnson as
Conservative Party leader, if they’re Muslims. I don’t know whether other
people will resign as I intend to do, but I’m quite clear that I will resign.”
also reveals that he received emails and messages from Conservative Muslim
voters and members saying “they were thinking of leaving” after Johnson’s
had a lot of contacts from people, and the consistent view from that time
onwards was that — and this was a view that came strongly from lots of people
who themselves don’t wear hijab or burqa – they were all horrified by the
approach that Boris took,” he says.
the one hand he was being liberal Boris saying we shouldn’t ban this, but at
the same time by slagging off women who wear it, he was clearly trying to
appeal to quite xenophobic people, the kind of people who are most of the
membership of the present-day Conservative Party,” he adds.
members on average are quite a lot older than the average person in society.
The party is much whiter than society as a whole. And I believe that Boris
wrote that article quite deliberately to basically pander to those sentiments
as part of a future leadership bid.”
won’t be long until Tory Muslims, and the UK’s Muslim community as a whole,
will found out with the rest of the country whether this perceived strategy has
for Rehana Faisal in Luton, she fears for her children’s future in Boris
Johnson’s Britain. “I’ve experienced racism all through my life. I’m a woman of
colour, I’m visibly Muslim, I’ve experienced that all my life, but I expected
for that to change over time — and it has changed, but it’s changed for the
Iranian regime’s State Security Forces have increased pressure on women by
tightening the rules on compulsory veiling.
Soleimani, the acting commander of the State Security Forces, has once again
said that any woman who removes her hijab, whether to protest the sexist law or
for any other reason, is committing an obvious crime and would be dealt with by
the police. He then went on to make a ridiculous comparison between hijabs and
seatbelts, after a reporter asked him why taxi drivers were being punished when
passengers removed the veil during a ride.
said: “The legal responsibility of any car is with the owner. Just like the passenger’s
failure to fasten the seat belt, for which the car owner must account before
the law, drivers must note and be committed to their legal responsibility. They
must not allow their passengers to break the law by removing their veil. All
agencies must emphasize on their rules for observing the veil and Islamic
course, one might well ask why anyone would be punished for a woman’s dress,
but the answer to that is misogyny; pure and simple.
question about the taxi driver and veils stems from an incident on June 10,
when a driver from the SNAP company gave a warning to a female passenger he
considered to be improperly veiled. (This could mean anything from having
removed the veil altogether to her hair being slightly visible.) He then
dropped her off before her destination in a place where she had no access to
other transportation, leaving her to make her own way home. The woman tweeted
about her mistreatment and her story garnered much attention.
State Security Forces have been cracking down on people all over Iran for what
they consider immoral behaviour. On June 8, it was reported by the state-run
ROKNA news agency that a group of men and women were arrested in Mazandaran for
dressing in swimming suits while riding boats in a dam.
in Kermanshah, the State Security Forces reported arresting 611 people,
including 64 women, during the month of Ramadan for eating in public and other
things that are against the regime’s values.
Reza Amou’ii, social deputy of the State Security Forces Command in Kermanshah
Province, said that over 4,000 people had been warned about eating in public
and that food shops and restaurants that had broken the regime’s rules had been
sealed up. https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/women/26320-iran-regime-increases-pressure-on-women-defying-forced-hijab
Filipina players took the top three places at the sixth Women’s Singles Bowling
Championship, which was held at Jeddah City Bowling Center on Friday.
Ventura won the gold medal and top prize of SR 4,000. Mica Ecalnir took the
silver medal and SR 2,000, while Elizapeth Policarpio received the bronze medal
and SR 1,000
players from six countries — the Philippines, Malaysia, Kuwait, Eritrea,
Tanzania, and Saudi Arabia — competed in the event, which was organized by the
Saudi Bowling Federation and sponsored by Arab News and Arriyadiyah newspapers.
The Saudi players came from Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.
Razan Baker, a member of the federation’s board of directors, presented the
winners with their prizes. She noted that since the fifth championship in
Alkhobar, 30 new players —Saudis and foreigners — had joined the federation.
tournament has seen an increase in the number of competitors...which shows the
interest in the game in Saudi society, and gives us an incentive to provide
more,” she said, as she highlighted how far the sport has come in Saudi Arabia
in just two years.
have come a long way from having only a small team in Alkhobar to having three
teams this year in Jeddah, Riyadh and Alkhobar, in addition to creating a new
bowling community of mixed nationalities, including Saudis, who are eager to
participate and happy to travel from one city to another to play, have fun and
enhance their experiences and skills.”
the players were four Malaysians who were competing for the first time in the
bowler Nurima Saydak said: “There were about 45 Malaysian players in Saudi
Arabia and they were keen to play in Filipino and Malaysian tournaments. Now we
are happy to participate in the Saudi women’s league (where we can have) a
wonderful time while developing our skills.”
deaf players from Jeddah — Lujain Bashnini, Duaa Bukhari and Elaf Issa — also
competed for the first time in the championship, under the supervision of Dr.
Faiza Natto, chair of the board of Deaf Women in Jeddah and a member of the
Saudi Deaf Sport Federation.
said the players were part of a team of 12 deaf people who began bowling about
five months ago, and that the experience has helped them to conquer their fears
and increase their self-confidence by encouraging them to become role models.
She added that Alanoud Al-Aslab, a 17-year-old student, had played a big role
in forming the team, out of a desire to help and encourage deaf people.
concluded the event by highlighting the great achievements of the Saudi Bowling
Federation, especially its support of women, in less than two years since Saudi
women began to play and participate in a local and international tournaments,
which she said was a great incentive for them to continue to improve and
compete on a global level.
Iranian regime is under immense pressure on several fronts – the domestic
front, the international front and on the economic front. It is helpless as to
how to remedy the situation because it is running out of options, but it always
resorts back to cracking down further on the people of Iran.
reports form inside the country suggest that the security forces have been
targeting women, especially by tightening and enforcing regulations regarding
the compulsory veiling.
the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women have been subjected to very strict dress
codes. They have to wear loose-fitting clothes and the hijab is compulsory.
Soleimani, the commander of the country’s State Security Force, reiterated the
regime’s regulations, saying that any woman who removes her veil in public is
committing a crime and will be treated accordingly.
went on to explain that the responsibility lies with society as a whole. He
said that just like a driver is ultimately responsible for their passengers
wearing a seatbelt, the same appliers to taxi drivers who must ensure that any
female passengers are properly veiled. Speaking to a reporter, Solaimani said:
“The legal responsibility of any car is with the owner. Just like the
passenger’s failure to fasten the seat belt, for which the car owner must
account before the law, drivers must note and be committed to their legal
responsibility. They must not allow their passengers to break the law by removing
their veil. All agencies must emphasize on their rules for observing the veil
and Islamic principles.”
a few days ago, a woman in Iran recounted her recent experience on social
media. A taxi driver ordered her to get out of the vehicle because she was not
properly veiled. She was ordered to get out of the taxi in a place where she
was unable to find another means of transport and was effectively stranded.
women of Iran are rising up against the Iranian regime and have held protests
and demonstrations to make their voice heard. Activists from all over the word
have been speaking out about the issue and raising their concerns about the
treatment of women in the country.
the years, many people have been arrested and punished for not adhering to what
the clerical regime deems appropriate. Last year, the country’s police force
issued an official statement saying that females that protested against the
veiling regulations would be charged with “inciting corruption and
have been lashed, imprisoned and fined for what the regime sees as a crime.
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