are encouraged to take advantage of the female-only parking spaces that can be
found in various areas of Abu Dhabi
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Woman Made ‘Moharar’ At Dir Police Station
Girls School Set on Fire in Pishin District of Pakistan
in Tunisia Unable To Wed despite Law Change
Pakistani Lawmaker Vows to Work for Youth and Empowerment of Women
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First Sharia Court for Muslim Women Started In Kanpur
India's first Sharia Court for Muslim women has been started in Kanpur from
Sunday. Hina Zahir and Maria Fazal serve as Mahila Qazis here for solving
issues of women.
India Muslim Women Board appointed Hina Zaheer as Shia Mahila Shehar Qazi and
Maria as Sunni Women Shehar Qazi in 2016, which was then opposed by some
past two years, cases of domestic violence and dispute came to both of them. A
few days ago, Women Board and Sunni Ulma Council gave approval to open Women
Darul Kaza (Sharia Court) and officially inaugurated it on Sunday.
this story in Hindi According to Hina Zaheer, rights are distributed equally to
women in Islam, but Maulvis do not clarify this in exact context.
PhD degree holder Hina said, "In Islam, boy symbolises a boon and girl as
blessing and blessing has to be accounted for. It is said that many allegations
could be imposed on a woman but she has to maintain her existence."
said they would hear those issues of women that they could not say before male
Qazis. "We will provide them proper guidance and motivate for skill
development," she further added.
Women in the capital are encouraged to take advantage of the female-only
parking spaces that can be found in various areas of Abu Dhabi city.
2016, as many as 182 pink spaces were installed in multi-storey car parks to
help women find parking spaces easier, which also provides them with some
Department of Transport explained that the pink parking spaces reserved
exclusively for women can be found on Hamdan Street behind Liwa Centre, which
traffic authority also installed 18 in the corniche area, 28 on Fatima Bint
Mubarak Street, 18 behind the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, 26 on Liwa Street, 25
behind Al Noor Hospital on Khalifa Street, and 41 in Al Dana area.
inspectors regularly monitor the pink parking spaces to ensure that they are
not used by men, and warned that offenders will be slapped with a Dh500 for
fine and have their vehicles impounded.
A woman head constable, Rehmat Jehan assumed duty as the first lady ‘moharar’
at the Balambat police station here on Tuesday.
rights’ activists lauded the step taken by district police officer Arif Shehbaz
Wazir terming it beneficial for women folk in the area.
to Dawn, Ms Jehan, 28, hailing from Madak Lasht Darosh village of Chitral, said
she had joined police department in 2012 as a constable. With a graduation
degree, Ms Jehan after successfully completing her B-1 and lower school course
at police training centre, Hangu, wished to be appointed as ‘moharar’.
is my ambition to reach to the posts of SHO and DSP and serve the people,
especially helpless women,” she said, adding she never felt any hesitation or
fear to work in the male-dominated society like Dir and Chitral. She said one
of her sisters too wanted to join the police department after completing her
her pleasure on posting as moharar at the police station, Ms Jehan said she
would like to help out women complainants at the station. “I want to prove that
women from conservative societies can also serve the nation,” she added.
DPO Arif Shehbaz Wazir told Dawn another lady head constable, Shagufta Bibi had
also been posted in the women reporting centre of Talash police station.
said a total of 46 women constables were serving in Lower Dir police, of which,
the educated ones would be encouraged to be promoted to next ranks. He said
there was an intense need for a women police station in Lower Dir.
DPO said in near future lady ‘moharars’ would also be appointed in all the 13
police stations of the district.
assailants allegedly set 2 girls schools on fire in Tehsil Khanozai area of
Pishin district on Tuesday night and fled, DawnNewsTV reported.
Balochistan education secretary has said that action will be taken against
those involved in the incident.
there have been no reports of casualties so far as the schools were closed at
the time of the incident.
week, unidentified assailants had burned down at least 12 schools in
Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district, causing panic among residents, locals and
police had said.
Superintendent Police (SP) Roy Ajmal told Dawn that 12 schools ─ at least half of which are girls-only
had been set on fire overnight. He said that in some cases, books had also been
thrown outside the
schools and set alight.
initial report of the incident has been submitted to the chief minister,
according to GB Information Minister Shams Mir.
to the report, the "miscreants" carried out the attacks in an
"organised manner". The assailants first vandalised the buildings and
then set them on fire, said the report.
Despite the law now being on their side, Zeineb, a Tunisian woman, and her
Italian fiance Sergio cannot find a local notary to marry them unless he
converts to Islam.
never imagined that marrying a non-Muslim could be so complicated,” 40-year-old
Zeineb told AFP in her northern city of Hammamet.
ban on marriage between a Muslim woman and non-Muslim man, unless he converts,
is common in Arab countries.
legislation in Tunisia, which dated to 1973, was scrapped in September 2017 at
the initiative of President Beji Caid Essebsi.
Zeineb and Sergio, a 68-year-old factory director, cannot find a notary in the
whole of Hammamet to tie the knot, with officials declining out of “religious
contacted many notaries and they’ve all refused to marry me because my partner
is a non-Muslim. Some of them said that conducting such a marriage was against
their principles and their conviction,” explained Zeineb.
law allows me to marry a Tunisian woman without me having to convert to Islam
but the people who are supposed to help with my marriage are preventing me from
exercising my right,” he said.
couple decided back in June to get married and have prepared all the paperwork
— but so far to no avail.
of the reluctant notaries in Hammamet, contacted by AFP, said they had yet to
receive or read through the new regulations on such marriages.
according to the Local Affairs Ministry, regional and municipal authorities
across Tunisia have been sent the new text.
groups have stepped in to demand an end to such obstruction by notaries.
Justice Ministry should take “strong action against those who do not apply the
law,” the Tunisian association for the rights of minorities said in a
association has found at least two other cases this month which match the
circumstances of Zeineb and Sergio.
Thabet, the group’s president, told AFP the ministry should “force all notaries
to apply the law” and accused some legal professionals of “putting their
religious conviction before the law.”
human rights activist and lawmaker Bochra BelHajj Hmida said such action was
has long been seen as a pioneer for women’s rights in the Arab world, but
campaigners say civil society is still torn between conservative and
progressive camps despite the aspirations for change born of the country’s 2011
of people demonstrated last Friday in Tunisia against proposed reforms opposed
by conservative Muslims, which include equal inheritance rights for women and
commission set up by Essebsi to bring the legal code in line with the 2014
constitution, adopted after the revolution, unveiled a raft of proposed reforms
in June. The proposals have been rejected by a coalition of religious groups.
Dr. Sumera Shams broke a few stereoptypes on the way to becoming the youngest
elected politicians in the history of Pakistan. The 26-year old, a member of
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) who will soon take her seat in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly, said she aims to help others to do likewise by
working in her new position to help the nation’s youth and empower women.
comes from Lower Dir, a remote and conservative district of KP where women
traditionally have not been considered as candidates by political parties.
Undeterred, she was determined to carry on the political legacy of her father,
Shamsul Qamar Khan, an Awami National Party candidate who died of a heart
attack on polling day in 2008.
have proven all the odds wrong that said a young woman, or any citizen at this
age, cannot be a legislator,” she said.
student at the time of her father’s death, Shams joined PTI soon after and
began running the party’s female-student wing in KP.
politics is the main nursery for those who want to be seasoned leaders,” she
said. She went on to become head of the Insaf Students Federation, focusing in
particular on the challenges confronting women and young people in the
traditional society. She considers this the start of her political career.
only party at that time who welcomed and gave opportunities to young women from
remote areas was PTI,” says Shams.
PTI emerged from the 2018 general elections on July 25 as the biggest party in
the center, and in the Punjab and KP assemblies, Shams was chosen by the party
to join the KP assembly in a reserved seat for women.
said that Dir, previously a stronghold of religious-political party
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), had not seen much economic progress or development under
that regime, which is why women, in particular, largely rejected it in the
time, JI chief Sirajul Haq lost by about 40,000 votes, which is the same number
of women voters in the constituency,” she said, adding that women in the area
had been encouraged and enabled to use their right to vote, and had done so to
said that Lower Dir is now a PTI stronghold because “no human or
infrastructural development could be seen in Lower Dir despite repeated rules
is a member of PTI’s central women’s executive committee. She practices medicine
in the public-health sector as a program coordinator in the Family Medicine
Department of the Global Health Directorate-Indus Health Network, and intends
to continue to do so, combining her career with her work as a member of the
youth-development priorities include civic education, leadership training and
opportunities, and employment after graduation.
women, my aim is to establish a women’s university or campus in the
underdeveloped Lower Dir district as soon as possible,” she added.
JAYA: The Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) has urged the government to stop
policing what women wear.
a statement on Tuesday (Aug 7), WAO rejected the idea of having a dress code
for Muslim women, as this restricts their freedom of expression.
policies are also extremely sexist, as they are based on the stereotype that
women are seductresses," the statement read.
organisation said this in response to Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa announcing on Monday that the government is
working on a dress code for Muslim women in the private sector.
said yesterday that the dress code is meant to "prevent discrimination
against Muslim women". WAO however rejected this, and said that these
efforts would have the contrary effect.
minister has missed the point completely. Restricting what women wear is, in
and of itself, discriminatory, and this policy would end up discriminating
women who do not conform to the code," the statement continued.
suggested that the government focus on more "substantive" issues such
as child care, increasing women's labour force participation and enacting a
Sexual Harassment Act and a Gender Equality Act.
would protect against gender discrimination and accelerate gender equality.
It’s time we stop obsessing about how women dress; women are more than their
clothes and appearance."
Crown Heights Women For The Safety And Integrity of Israel on Tuesday
publicized a letter opposing the proposed Egyptian-UN peace agreement between
Israel and Gaza.
plan aims to facilitate greater coordination between Hamas and Fatah terrorists
under the guise of reconciliation.
our view, the plan is extremely reckless and, if achieved, will only serve to
increase the already perilous situation Jews are living under in Southern
Israel," the group wrote.
anti-Semitic Arab thugs have victimized, murdered and scarred thousands of
precious Jewish lives in Israel and beyond with their terrorist activities, r”l
(G-d forbid - ed.); they deserve no recognition or reward.
Hamas and Fatah make no secret of the materiel support they receive from Iran,
Hezbollah and other sponsors of terrorism. Israeli leaders must not capitulate
to this plan that will place Jews in grave danger throughout Israel.
in light of the PA’s outright refusal to renounce its 'pay-to-slay' program
that rewards terrorists for attacking and killing Jews, we are astounded Israeli
decision makers would even consider listening to a proposal that would
strengthen the Palestinian Authority's (PA) 'administrative powers' in
group also noted that the proposed plan gives Gaza, and the Hamas terror group
ruling it, both an airport and a seaport, but does not force them to disarm.
about building up infrastructure in Gaza along with the possibility of a port
will not incentivize Hamas to lay down arms and make peace - not even for five
years!" they emphasized. "It’s an old and unsuccessful idea that
originated in the Camp David Accords and has not been proven to either better
Arab/Palestinian lives or to redirect their energies toward peaceful relations
the PA and Hamas leadership are corrupt and have taken the enormous funds
they’ve received from around the world to line their pockets and inculcate
their community with a culture of hatred and violence that will take a long
time to reverse.
leaders must stop perpetuating the charade that ceasefires, goodwill gestures,
or accords are the stopgap to Arab terrorism. Doing so is both deceptive as
well as demeaning to the thousands of Jewish victims who have died or suffered
from Arab malevolence."
women also expressed hope that Israel's government would focus on the Jewish
right to live securely in Israel: "As we wrote before, we remain hopeful
that the recent Cabinet and Knesset vote rescinding sole war declaration powers
from the Prime Minister and Defense Minister signals a fresh step toward
focusing first on the Jewish right, both Biblical and civilian, to live
securely in our Homeland and free from menace, protected by an elected
sync with Jewish Law and in line with the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s directives, the
Knesset and Cabinet’s vote means, then, that protecting Jewish lives is not a
game of politics but rather an obligation in pikuach nefesh (saving lives -
therefore, urge Israeli leaders to give the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s 3-Point Plan
For Peace a chance: [1)] Let military experts, who are not under pressure
politically, be the ones to determine Israel’s security needs. [2)] Plan
strategy and follow through until the job gets done. [3)] Settle Jews
throughout the entire Land, particularly in those places most contested - but
without lots of noise and fanfare - because a Jewish presence is the best
deterrent against enemy infiltration and enemy aggression for it signals we
Jews really do believe in our G-d Given right to live here.
believe Restoring Law and Order is the order of the day. It is time to remove
the warmongers and bullies from their place beginning with retaking Gaza."
the issue of the PA's "refugees," they wrote: "As to the
so-called “refugee” problem, Zehut party leader Moshe Feiglin has crafted a
well-thought out solution. His plan offers the Arabs living in Gaza and under
the Palestinian Authority a choice of either relocating elsewhere with a
generous exit package or remaining by pledging allegiance to the State of
Israel and its laws. The plan releases these people from the grip of corrupt
leaders along with the promise for a better life. Interestingly this is
actually something the Rebbe quietly suggested all the way back in the early
the 7 Universal Noahide Laws, about which the Rebbe spoke of, will also help to
imbue the Arab/Palestinian community with a new sense of peace and purpose.
the Jewish presence in Gaza will also right the wrongs committed by the 2005
expulsion and restore peace and prosperity to Israel’s Southern region, coast
and Sinai border.
to the objections and inevitable complaints that will arise, the Rebbe offers
some sage advice: 'It makes no difference whether Israel settles one place or
the entire border...'
in keeping with the Rebbe’s lifelong motto, we suggest: Hamaaseh hu ha'ikar
(the main thing is action - ed.)."
letter was signed by Tamar Adelstein, co-ordinator Crown Heights Women for the
Safety and Integrity of Israel, as well as members of the organization's
American Board, Israel Board, and Rabbinical Advisory Board.
Saudi woman is teaching Filipino Martial Arts at a sports club in the city of
Dhahran, in Kingdom's eastern province, with an aim to empower women.
al-Ouda, 20, learnt a form of martial arts while studying computer science in
Tacoma, in Washington, in 2013, and spent two years to become a certified
along with an American trainer of Filipino origin and her husband, Ouda is
teaching a group of youth the form of martial arts based on five combat
patterns: Eskrima, modern Arnis, pekiti tirsia, Bo staff and hand-to-hand
dojo art is known for rapid movements, attack and defence strategies, where two
individuals armed with some combat tools and a huge stick confront each other.
said when she was in Washington she felt donning headscarf made her appearance
stand out at a time when hate crimes against Muslims were believed to be
repetitive. She felt it was important to learn self defence in case she is
vulnerable to any attack and hence Ouda started to search for martial arts
classes. She finally joined the Dojo Martial Arts School which taught one of
the traditional forms of martial arts practiced by some of Filipino ethnic
now aims to work with international bodies to empower women in conflicts to
learn combat skills to protect themselves. "My goal is to empower women,
make them confident and able to defend themselves in case they are subjected to
any form of harassment. And to apply what they learn when necessary, at the
right time and place," Ouda was quoted as saying in Al Arabiya.
in Iran enjoy good freedom; they are good planners. They are the
decision-makers and majority of our university students in Iran are women,” she
told the Tehran Times in an exclusive interview conducted in English.
to Marzieh Afkham who was appointed as the first Iranian female ambassador to
Malaysia in 2015, Farshchi is the second female ambassador to a foreign country
since the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution.
have come far away from those days that women were not studying very much and
they are far from barriers for their social appearance or for their
participations in social events or even studying at the university,” Farshchi,
holding post doctorate in coastal zone management explained.
are many women studying at universities at different courses in Iran. They are
very much in the society as employees. They work. And also at high level.
am sure that I’m not to be the last woman ambassador of the Islamic Republic of
Iran to other countries,” Farshchi, 58, added.
are many capable women in the country and I am sure with this approach of
promoting the role of women in the society, which the government has adopted,
many more women, who are much more capable than me, can definitely secure high
positions either in national, regional or international levels,” she said with
an Iranian woman, at first place, I want to demonstrate Europe and the whole
world, the way that women in Iran are living and make other people familiarized
with what potentially Iranian women are capable of,” said Farshchi, explaining
“what I found in Iranian woman is that they are very ambitious; they are very
hardworking and they are very committed to what they have accepted as their
are well-educated. They have got a good social relationship with all groups at
all levels of society. They are good managers and they have got lots of
creative ideas that they can present.
Iranian Muslim ladies, they have learned all through their life so many good
beliefs, in the family and in the society,” said the current deputy environment
chief for marine affairs.
women have the ability to lead as a leader, good leaders for other women and
other human beings,” she said.
went on to say that “What we can definitely, as a messenger of Iranian woman
show to the society of Iran and the international society is to make people
understand the true face of Iranian women.
are very capable and they are very hardworking; at the same time, I think they
can be very good leaders in whatever responsibility they take.
can definitely prove to be a very good managers because of what they have
learned as an Iranian woman; what they have learned as an Iranian Muslim woman,
in the framework of family.
are very powerful and from those starting days of being a daughter, being a
sister or being a mother. They are really learning how to manage because they
are the managers of the houses,” she highlighted.
many cultures, I have seen that men are the managers of the house, but in Iran
women are the managers of the house and family and the frame of the family is a
woman is the core of a family and being the core of the family gives women so
much of freedom in making the social relations, making decisions and to be good
of Iran are good planners in different levels; whether they are housewives or
they are working at offices,” explained the official.
am very happy with this approach of the government that they are promoting the
role of women in the society,” Farshchi emphasized.
happiness about being appointed as an ambassador to a country in which about
80% percent of women are active in the society, Farshchi put emphasis on many
areas of cooperation between Finland and Iran in different spheres, not only
culture and politics but on different spheres like economy.
can definitely have so much of relationships with Finland because they have got
a very high ability in IT and technology and transfer of technology. Definitely
there exists so much of mutual benefits for both countries,” she noted.
would be definitely mutual cooperation between two countries on environment as
well, because Finland is a member of very huge body of water, i.e. Baltic,
Farshchi replied to Tehran Times question regarding mutual activities of the
believe that on the area of the environment, specifically when it comes to
marine environment, there will be so much of common interests between both
countries, she said, elaborating that we can definitely be thinking of working
on marine environment issues, transfer technology, economy and culture.”
am sure that there are lots of mutual interests between both countries.
feel very proud to be given this opportunity to represent my country at first
place and at second place to represent Iranian women. I hope that I can be
successful and I can bring changes, positives changes, based on
responsibilities that has been given to me.
think when you work at regional and international levels you understand that
there are lots to learn, and there are lots to do.
improving the relationships between the countries and at regional and
international level will definitely bring prosperity to the country,” she
course, national interests are the first most significant issue but besides
that I am sure that the whole world has come to the point that they have to be
working together in order to bring prosperity to the human kind,” Farshchi
with the Department of Environment since 1998, Farshchi has been appointed as a
senior advisor to the department chief since then. She has the opportunity to
be appointed as a project manager for environmental cooperation between the
Caspian littoral countries from the United Nations.
was appointed as a project manager from 2009-2012. And she was coordinating
cooperation between the five countries.
Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water in the world and accounts for
40 to 44% of the total lacustrine waters of the world. The coastlines of the
Caspian are shared by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan.
on 2012, when she returned to the country, she was appointed as the deputy
minister to the marine environment. All these years from 1998 till now she was
coordinating all relationships on environmental issues between all eleven
neighbors which are littoral countries of the Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman and
coordinators of activities between eleven countries has given Farshchi an
opportunity to be working on regional and international dimensions of the work,
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