Facebook group “Surviving Hijab” is set to receive a Facebook Fellowship Award.
The group supports women who wear a hijab. (Shutterstock)
Shoura Votes Down Proposal to Appoint Women in Judiciary
Government Making All Out Efforts to Ensure Women’s Right To Inheritance
Investigating Viral Photo of Policewoman Hugging Niqab-Wearing Protester
Rania Highlights Arab Women’s Unique Challenges at HeforShe IMPACT Summit
Blasphemy Woman Endures Cramped Cell, Bad Food
Former First Lady Grilled for Eight Hours
Women Learning How to Drive In Bahrain Do Not Need Residence Proof
Women Make Presence Felt In Asian Congress
Number Of Women Actively Participated In 10 Protests In Tehran
Women's Rights Activist Shot Dead In Basra
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Support Group Nabs Facebook Award
The Facebook group “Surviving Hijab,” which aims to support women who wear the
covering, is set to receive Facebook Fellowship Award, it was announced this
of more than 6000 applicants, @survivinghijabinitiative was chosen due to its
ever-expanding community and positive aim. They will be receiving monetary
support to grow and help more hijab-wearing woman around the world.
social media platform was created by Manal Rostom, the first-ever athlete to
compete in a major competition sporting a Nike Pro Hijab.
took to Instagram and wrote: “This is a *HUGE* moment for us as a community
that strives to smash stereotypes and break glass ceilings. To every hijabi
girl who has been humiliated, denied access to restaurants, pools, hotels and
denied jobs — today, this award is for you...To speak up LOUDER, STRONGER and
have NO FEAR to stand up for your right…Thank you @Facebook for giving us a
voice and for giving us a platform to express ourselves with a mere objective to
change the world (sic).”
Facebook community leadership program was created to inspire and give a
platform to community global leaders and support them through monetary means.
— The lack of majority votes has obstructed the Shoura Council from approving
three proposals to appoint women in the judiciary, secure their financial
rights after divorce, and to stop accusing them of parental disobedience.
proposals were tabled by members Faisal Al-Fadil, Atta Al-Sibaiti and Latifa
council on Tuesday listened to the viewpoints of its committee on Islamic
affairs and judiciary on the annual report of the Justice Ministry.
three members proposed that women who are qualified in general law and Shariah
law should be appointed in judicial positions but their proposals were only
backed by 53 members and failed to secure the required majority of 76 votes.
on the lack of sufficient support to their proposals, Al-Shaalan has said, “The
enlightenment moves in the council for empowering women will not stop
regardless of the inability to secure the required votes. The votes we obtained
were much more than I expected and they represented more than a third of the
number of votes.”
believed that a decision to empower women might be sooner than expected in view
of the reforms being made by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and
Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.
on his part, said the 53 votes they had obtained were more than they had
expected though they failed short of securing the majority needed to approve
is enough number of votes to convey a clear message to the Justice Ministry and
the Supreme Judicial Council to appoint qualified women in the judiciary,” he
said recalling that the Kingdom’s judicial system does not differentiate
between men and women. The three members said there are enough qualified Saudi
women to hold judicial positions and work as judges especially in view of the
acute shortage in the number of judges.
said preventing women from taking up judicial positions was not in harmony with
the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision.
enlightenment moves in the council for empowering women will not stop
regardless of the inability to secure the required votes. The votes we obtained
were much more than I expected and they represented more than a third of the
number of votes.
Keeping in view the cross cutting nature of inheritance related issues,
coordinated efforts of various social sector federal ministries and provincial
departments are imperative to ensure women’s right to inheritance in the
views were expressed by the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Ms.
Rabiya Javeri Agha, while chairing the meeting of federal and provincial
stakeholders on women’s right to inheritance to review held at Islamabad on
highlighted social, cultural issues restricting women to get their due share in
inherited property and stressed to take short term and long term measures,
including registration of births, deaths and marriages, awareness raising to
change the mindset, amendment in laws.
the representatives of relevant provincial and federal Governments, Director
General (International Cooperation), and Director General (Human Rights), also
attended the meeting.
the welcome remarks by Secretary Ministry of Human Rights Rabiya Javeri Agha,
the Director General (International Cooperation) briefed the participants about
the issue of women’s right to inheritance.
also shared key points of the proposed actions including review of laws to
identify gaps, establishment of Federal and Provincial Task Forces/ Committees,
and awareness raising mechanism. Besides, a set of questions was also shared
with the participants for seeking their input to come up with possible
meeting discussed various issues and mechanisms with regard to transfer of
inheritance to women. In this regard, the participants of the meeting gave
their input to address the bottlenecks and hurdles with possible solutions
keeping in view the ground realities. The participants were asked to furnish
their response in writing to the Ministry of Human Rights.
thorough deliberations, various proposals and suggestions were given by the
participants to remove the hurdles being faced while transferring the due share
of inheritance to women.
main recommendations include, launching a large scale awareness campaign to
change the mindset at societal level both in urban and rural areas, besides
motivation to ensure documentation through registration of births and deaths as
well as nikah nama/ Form B, recruitment of female staff at Union Council level,
involvement of Women Parliamentary Caucus, and Village Councils at grassroots
this regard, the representative of Council of Islamic Ideology also mentioned
their two key recommendations, made in the past i.e. division of inherited
property among the legal heirs as per Islamic law, in case of Hiba; and
addition of two columns in death certificate indicating detail of movable and
immovable property of the deceased and the names of legal heirs.
Federal secretary for Human Rights Rights, Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha chairing the
meeting of federal and provincial stakeholders on women’s right to inheritance
here in Islamabad on September 26, 2018.
police said on Wednesday that they had opened an investigation into a
policewoman who embraced a veiled protester wearing a niqab during a
demonstration in Copenhagen last month.
Reuters photographer took pictures of the incident on Aug. 1 in what appeared
to be the protestor crying when the ban on the face veil came into effect in
public places across Denmark.
picture forced the police to be involuntarily involved in a very sensitive
political debate,” said Marcus Knuth of the Venstre party, the ruling liberal
party in the country.
and other critics drew the attention of complaints made regarding the viral
incident, saying that “the task of the police is to enforce the law and not
embrace those who oppose it”.
— Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah called for increased attention to the
challenges faced by Arab women, hailing their “spirit of steel” despite their
at the HeForShe IMPACT Summit in New York on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the
73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Her Majesty explained that women are
not only disproportionately affected by crises, but that during times of turmoil
“women slip off national agendas, increasing the gap between hardship and
initiative of UN Women, HeForShe recognises men and boys as partners for
women’s rights, and highlights the ways in which all people benefit from gender
equality, a statement from Her Majesty’s Office said.
HeForShe for “awakening women and men to the promise of new horizons”, the
Queen asserted that gender inequality remains a global problem.
someone who travels between East and West, hearing women’s stories, I can tell
you: when it comes to the issue of women’s empowerment, distances shrink and
differences fade,” Her Majesty said.
Rania noted that women everywhere are on the same page when it comes to the
universal frustrations they face, including balancing motherhood with a career,
seeing male colleagues paid more for the same job, and needing to “work twice
as hard to get half the recognition”.
top of these universal challenges, women in my region face another
heartbreaking set of hurdles,” she stated. “Through civil war and armed
conflict, unemployment and forced displacement, Arab women are digging deep to
hold their families together in the most testing conditions.”
tribute to Arab women’s determination, Her Majesty shared the positive example
of Jordanian digital platform, SitatByoot, which helps women working from home
find jobs and market their skills.
is contagious — I see it lighting up the faces of our youngest girls,” Queen
Rania said. “It’s what I call ‘the reverse domino effect’: lift up one woman,
and she’ll lift up others, who lift up more.”
recent strides in women’s health and education, “there’s a reason our region
came last in the World Economic Forum’s recent Gender Gap Report”, Her Majesty
Queen concluded her remarks by urging her audience to reach over borders and
boundaries and “pull up women weighed down by hurdles”.
HeForShe IMPACT Summit convened world leaders, global CEOs, university
presidents, and public sector leaders to share groundbreaking practices and
concrete solutions towards the achievement of gender equality.
speakers at the event included the presidents of Finland, Rwanda, Iceland and
Malawi, as well as actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne
Hathaway, and actor and activist, Winston Duke.
its launch in 2014, the HeForShe solidarity movement has mobilised 1.7 million
men as advocates for gender equality, and generated more than 1.3 billion
conversations on social media.
Indonesia – A rights group says the
Indonesian woman imprisoned for blasphemy after complaining about noise from a
mosque is sharing a cramped cell with 16 other women and given
Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono said the ethnic Chinese woman, Meliana,
was emotional but tough when he and other supporters visited her in prison in
Medan this week.
was sobbing when talking to us," Harsono said Thursday in a statement
about the visit. "The cell is about 30 square meters. The food is
terrible," he said.
case has highlighted how Indonesia's blasphemy law has become a tool for
Islamic hardliners to persecute followers of minority religions.
who uses one name, was sentenced to 18 months in prison last month. She was
charged in May, nearly two years after her comments sparked riots in Tanjung
Balai, a Sumatran port town.
husband and two sons feared for their safety and moved to Medan, said Gomar
Gultom, secretary general of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia.
wrote on Facebook after visiting Meliana that she was a "great person who
dared to voice something that has been buried in the hearts of many people,
maybe even in the hearts of some rational-minded Muslim friends."
largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, has criticized the conviction and
said the complaint wasn't blasphemous. A civil society group is raising funds
for an appeal.
ordeal began in July 2016 when she asked if the volume of the loudspeakers at
her neighborhood mosque in the Sumatran port town of Tanjung Balai could be
spread in Tanjung Balai that she wanted to stop the five-times-a-day call to
prayer. Days later mobs attacked her home and burned and ransacked at least 14
police were busy dealing with the riots. But they also questioned Meliana. She
was not charged but needed to report to the police once a week for two
years," said Harsono. "But the case did not go away. Pressure from
Islamists made the police hand over the case to the blasphemy law office."
147 people have been imprisoned under blasphemy or related laws since 2004,
according to monitoring by Human Rights Watch. The number of cases has slowed
since 2014 under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.
year, former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, a
Christian, was imprisoned for two years after being found guilty of blasphemy
for comments made during his re-election campaign.
LUMPUR: Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, was
brought in for questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)
in connection to the 1MDB state fund probe on Wednesday.
former first lady faced an eight-hour long interrogation at the agency’s
headquarters in Putrajaya. It was her second summons in connection with the
money transfers into her husband’s bank account that aroused suspicion. Her first
interrogation session in June lasted for three hours.
in green headscarf and traditional Malay ensemble, Mansor arrived at the MACC
building at 9.50 a.m. in a black car. She was quickly ushered into the building
with her lawyers for questioning.
and international journalists had been crowding the MACC building as early as
was the second time she was called in for questioning by the Malaysia
anti-graft investigators. Mansor was probed in June at the MACC headquarters on
the case related to the scandal-plagued 1MDB-linked company, SRC International.
public continues to demand thorough, transparent and fair investigations into
1MDB. It is imperative that all parties continue to render assistance to the
investigative authorities,” said Dr. Oh Ei Sun, a Malaysian political analyst
at the Pacific Research Center.
anti-graft deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki said on Thursday that the
commission “did not dismiss the possibility of Rosmah being prosecuted soon,”
according to Malaysia’s Bernama portal. Mansor could soon face more than 20
criminal charges, mostly related to money laundering, according to local media
known for her love of Birkin bags and expensive jewelry, Mansor has had an
extravagant lifestyle which has been linked to the former Philippines President
Ferdinand Marcos’s wife, Emelda Marcos. Marcos was known for her extensive
collection of shoes.
May, the Pakatan Harapan political coalition won a surprise landslide election
and took office. The elections upset triggered a domino effect over the 1MDB
scandal when the new Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, vowed to reopen the
May, Najib Razak and his wife were barred from the country and rumors swirled
that the couple would head out to Indonesia.
June, the Malaysian police had its biggest seizure of $275 million worth of
luxury goods. These include 567 designer handbags, 12,000 pieces of jewelry,
423 watches and cash at Razak and Mansor’s homes. These items were suspected to
be bought from money linked to the 1MDB state funds.
is facing 30 court charges over his alleged involvement in the 1MDB-linked
corruption scandal, which includes money laundering, abuse of power, and
criminal breach of trust.
women no longer need a residential address in Bahrain to learn how to drive.
General Directorate of Traffic has scrapped the condition, driving instructors
told the GDN.
now only need a valid passport, an ID card containing a data chip, a photo and
their Saudi address.
opens the door for more Saudi women to learn how to drive in Bahrain.
it closes a loophole that was reportedly allowing Bahrain-based middlemen to
accept money in return for providing an address.
women were reportedly paying as much as BD150 in exchange for being registered
at an address, which in turn allowed them to obtain a licence.
heard some people were taking advantage of the previously required residential
address in Bahrain by offering Saudi women an address in exchange for money,”
said veteran driving instructor Mohammed Jawad.
new decision will eliminate this behaviour and allow them to come to Bahrain to
Jawad, who has been an instructor since 1989, said Saudi women had been
learning to drive on Bahrain’s roads for years.
he added the number had increased significantly following Saudi Arabia’s
decision to lift a ban on female drivers in June.
female driving instructor, Khulood Ahmed, said thousands of driving licence
applications had been submitted.
massive demand from Saudi women and the only obstacle was the issue of
residential address,” she told the GDN.
the summer they came in huge numbers, but since September started women with
jobs normally take classes on weekends or in the afternoons.
believe that after the decision to scrap the need for a Bahraini residential
address, demand will skyrocket.”
she revealed some Saudi women were so keen to get their licence that they
requested tuition for up to five hours a day.
were under the impression they could get four or five hours of training a day
to complete their hours in a shorter period of time,” she stated.
legally we can’t give a student more than two hours a day – and they must
finish 22 hours to enter an exam.”
Makkah newspaper, in Saudi Arabia, claims a record number of Saudi women
reported to the General Directorate of Traffic, in Isa Town, on Sunday and
Monday to submit licence applications – taking advantage of their country’s
National Day holiday.
that could not be verified yesterday.
Fatima Abdullah, who has been an instructor since 2012, predicted the decision
to scrap the address requirement would have a major impact.
were applying even when there was the obstacle of the residential address,” she
were prepared to pay rent and come to train.
without the need for a residential address, the demand will be enormous.”
— Saudi women made their presence felt in the AIPS Asian Congress here, as
several female volunteers from Saudi universities participated in organizing
Director of Women Students’ Affairs at the Business and Technology University
Sahar Al-Husseini told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that the Ministry of Education
decision obliging female university students to do 100 hours of voluntary
community service creates harmony between the women graduates and the society.
She said the universities are training women students to occupy leading roles.
this connection, the university is training its female students and developing
their skills so that they take up leading roles. She said that some 2000 women
university students are participating in voluntary work in the university. This
is a decision by the university and the Ministry of Education that prior to
graduation from the university, every woman student must do 100 hours of
voluntary community service. The female students are keen to take part in
voluntary work so as to complete the required hours.
they fall in love with community service and request for an additional 100
hours. The university then trains the women students and she becomes a female
commander and the university develops her skills further. Al-Husseini said the
university has some 2000 women students and all of them are doing voluntary
added that many of the women students go for volunteer work outside the
university, like in charitable societies, ministries, institutions and others.
Al-Husseini added that she has been a volunteer since 30 years.
advises women students to differentiate between training and volunteering.
Training in companies is that the female student will sit behind a desk.
However, volunteeriing is in serving the community and it polishes the female
student’s personality and makes her capable of dealing with others, she said.
university has activated a volunteerism e-portal via which any authority can
request for female volunteers.
said that women volunteers from the university participated in organizing the
Asian Congress, whose main organizer is the Saudi Sports Media Federation in
large number of women participated in at least 10 protests in Tehran in the
past few days.
clients of the Caspian Credit Institute held protests on Monday and Tuesday,
September 24 and 25, 2018, in front of the Monetary and Banking Crimes Court on
Fatemi Street in Tehran. A large number of women participated in these protests
and loudly shouted chants against the corrupt Caspian institute.
of the Edalat Stocks Cooperative, including a large number of women, held three
days of protests September 23-25, 2018. The protests were held across from the
Privatization Organization building in Tehran.
on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, a group of members of the Retiree Union,
teachers and civil rights activists as well as a group of members of the
Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company gathered at the
residence of political prisoner and teacher, Mohammad Habibi. The visit had
been planned simultaneous with the beginning of the school year as a show of
solidarity with the imprisoned teacher. A number of female teachers and retired
educators participated in this gathering.
Habibi, a member of the board of directors of Tehran’s Teachers Association,
was arrested on March 3, 2018, by IRGC forces. He was brutalized in front of
his students at school and taken to prison after his house was ransacked.
Monday, September 24, 2018, women educators of the Literary Movement held a
protest in front of the Ministry of Education against the regime’s hollow
promises and failure to implement parliamentary.
the same time, a group of SMA patients and their families gathered in front of
the Ministry of Health. Coming from different provinces, they protested the ministry’s
failure to follow up on the treatment of SMA patients and procurement of their
on Monday, September 24, 2018, some 90 families residing in the lands belonging
to Vanak Factory No. 5 gathered in protest outside the City Council. The
families have been residing in these lands for 70 years. Now, the housings of
some of these families have been razed to be turned over to a university.
large number of women participated in all of the above protests.
Iraqi women's rights activist has been shot dead in the middle of Basra, in the
south of the country. The killing took place on Tuesday.
have condemned the killing of the human rights campaigner, Suad al-Ali , who
was an organiser of recent protests against power cuts and water shortages in
the southern Iraqi city.
video posted online on Tuesday showed Suad al-Ali, head of Al-Weed al-Alaiami
For Human Rights, being shot dead on a street in the city's Abbasiya district
while waiting by a car with another man who was reportedly injured in the
incident. Some outlets, including the BBC, have identified the man as her
group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
has recently been rocked by mass demonstrations against shortages of clean
water, corruption and power cuts, which have seen government buildings and
embassies torched and at least 12 people killed earlier this month by security
services and armed groups.
had been a major female presence in Basra's demonstrations, which are usually
dominated by men.
website of the Al-Weed al-Alaiami For Human Rights, which she led, says it aims
to "establish cultural and economic conferences, seminars and educational
workshops for our society which we have the duty to develop and advance".
Gulf Campaign for Human Rights condemned Ali's killing on Wednesday and called
for an investigation.
condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of Dr Suad Al-Ali and
expresses its deep concern over the violation of the right to freedom of
assembly of peaceful demonstrators, along with other human rights defenders in
Iraq, including lawyers, journalists and bloggers who continue their work
bravely despite the risks of arrest or violence," it said in a statement.
threats by armed groups, Ali's death would mark the first public assassination
in Basra since protests began in July.
powerful militias and political parties - many backed by Iran - that control
Basra have faced the ire of protesters and have seen their buildings attacked
have repeatedly reported of threats being issued by militias and parties, who
have accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US of being behind the
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