Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai participated in the 10-year-challenge by
sharing her picture from ten years ago when she was 11.
Schoolgirls Filmed By Man in 'Disturbing' Racist Video Being Investigated By
Muslim Woman Vying For Non-Jewish Spot in Likud Primaries
Many of You, Last Week I Enjoyed The #10yearchallenge On Instagram: Malala
My Hands': Tehseen Poonawalla Dares Anantkumar Hegde with Pic Hugging His
Men Oppose More Women’s Rights; Elders Less Hard-Line
Abo Alnaja Wins Saudi Arabia’s First Ever Female Squash Tournament
by Various Social Strata in Tehran with Active Women’s Role
Calls On Tehran Mayor To Make More Efforts For Gender Equality
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Govt Opposes PIL Seeking Equal Inheritance for Muslim Women
Pritam Pal Singh
Ministry of Law and Justice on Friday opposed in Delhi High Court a plea
alleging gender-based discrimination in inheritance provisions of Muslim
Personal Law (Sharia), stating that the petition is “devoid” of any merit and
is liable to be “dismissed”.
its affidavit filed in the court registry, the ministry stated, “In view of the
importance of the subject matter and sensitivity involved, which requires
in-depth study of the provisions of various personal laws governing different
communities, this respondent (Law Ministry)…has requested the Law Commission of
India to undertake examination of various issues relating to Uniform Civil Code
and to make recommendations thereof.”
affidavit, filed through the Centre’s standing counsel Monika Arora, stated,
“As and when Report of Law Commission in the matter is received, this
respondent may take necessary action in consultation with various stakeholders
ministry stated that the petition is “not sustainable in law or on facts”, and
also pointed out that a writ petition with similar prayer had been dismissed by
Kerala High Court, which had held that constitutionality of the Muslim Personal
Law cannot be adjudicated in a writ petition filed in public interest. “It’s
for the Legislature to decide whether any statute is to be framed to govern
Muslims in the matter of succession,” the ministry said, citing the Kerala HC
affidavit was filed in the backdrop of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice
V K Rao’s direction on a public interest litigation, filed by Sahara Kalyan
Samiti, which has moved the High Court seeking equal inheritance rights for
organisation has alleged that Muslim women were discriminated against as far
their right to inherit is concerned. The PIL argues that women are “only
entitled to half of the share of their male counterparts”.
Muslim Schoolgirls Filmed By Man in 'Disturbing' Racist Video Being
Investigated By Police
are investigating a “disturbing” video that shows a man following Muslim
schoolgirls and calling for them to be sterilised.
circulating on social media shows the man filming as he gets off a bus in Bow,
east London, while pupils including girls wearing headscarves leave a nearby
he starts walking down the road amid groups of girls he is heard calling them
“black c***s” who are going to “breed like f***ing rats”.
was England,” he says, while filming the girls. “We’re going to be f***ed with
this lot. I think what we might have to do is think of something like old
doctor Mengele […] so the c**ts can’t f***ing multiply.”
man was apparently referring to Josef Mengele, a SS officer and physician in
Auschwitz who performed deadly human experiments on prisoners and selected
victims to send to the gas chambers.
tested tortuous methods of sterilisation on Jewish women, involving surgery,
x-rays and chemicals.
monitoring group Tell Mama called the video “very disturbing”, while viewers
expressed shock and disgust on social media.
pupils were from the Central Foundation Girls’ School, a state comprehensive
for 11 to 18-year-olds.
Biggs, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, and local councillor Asma Begum said the
school had been offered support.
joint statement added: “We condemn the use of this inflammatory rhetoric. Tower
Hamlets is home to people from all over the world and we are proud of our history,
which has been enriched by migration.
will always challenge negativity like this and stand up for all our community.”
spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said police were investigating the
origin of the video.
Friday, 25 January, police received reports of racist and abusive video footage
posted online,” he added.
footage is believed to have been captured in Tower Hamlets and shows
schoolgirls, some of whom are wearing hijab head coverings.
male voice can be heard on the clip providing abusive and offensive commentary.
children appeared unaware of the filming and no allegations have been made to
police. Enquiries continue.”
comes after religiously motivated hate crime rocketed by 40 per cent in a year
across England and Wales.
than half of recorded offences in 2017-18 targeted Muslims, with monitors
warning that anti-Muslim bigotry was becoming mainstream.
head of UK counterterror policing has warned that religious hate crime is a
“proxy measure” for the increasing terror threat from the extreme right-wing,
and research shows rising belief in Islamophobic myths.
with information is asked to call Tower Hamlets CID on 101, contact the
safeguarding team direct on 0207 275 4766, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111
Taya, a Muslim woman, is running for the minorities spot in the Likud’s primary
spot is 30th on the Likud list, making it a realistic one Unlike in the past,
it is reserved for someone who has not been an MK before, meaning that
Communications Minister Ayoub Kara will no longer be eligible and will have to
run against his fellow lawmakers.
26, hails from Kalansuwa in central Israel and lives in Kafr Manda in the
Galilee. She made a name for herself working with the organization Reservists
on Duty, speaking favorably about Israel on college campuses and other venues
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted her efforts on his Facebook page, posting a
video in which she said on Palestinian TV that “Israel is not an apartheid
state and whoever says so should be ashamed. I am proud of Israel.”
called Taya’s remarks “brave and powerful,” and said she is “a voice of truth,
full of hope.”
2017, Taya said in a Reservists on Duty video: “I’m proud to say that my
country, Israel, gives the same rights to all the citizens in Israel. And if we
talk about women, women are free and can do whatever they want... If you
believe like me in women’s rights, you should support Israel.”
her primary campaign, Taya produced a video in which she called herself a
“proud Israeli” and showed video clips of herself defending Israel and photos
of meeting Netanyahu and others, while the Likud jingle played in the
make history together, and we’ll win together,” the video says.
an interview with Maariv last week, she said she supports Likud because “it is
a strong liberal and social party, and extending a hand to minorities and
connecting them is part of their agenda.”
shrugged off Netanyahu’s warning ahead of the 2015 election that masses of
Arabs are going to vote, saying, “We shouldn’t forget the good things and the
Arab MKs repeat that line. We should preserve a dialogue and look at the cup as
half full,” she said.
criticized Israeli-Arab leaders for trying to stay separate from the rest of
time for a woman leader for the Arab public, a woman that doesn’t want to
[just] talk, and wants to act, to have an impact,” she said.
Knesset hopeful said her husband, who served in the IDF, is very supportive of
her ambitions, but her immediate family is “so-so” about them, even though she
said she “grew up in a very liberal atmosphere.”
hopes to fight domestic violence and to promote a positive image for Israel in
the world as an MK. She supports national service by Israeli Arabs.
week, Sara Zoabi pulled out of the running for the non-Jewish spot on the Likud
list. If Zoabi’s last name is familiar, that’s because she’s a distant relative
of Joint List MK Haneen Zoabi – but their views are polar opposites. In fact,
Sara Zoabi has called for Arab MKs like her relative to be investigated on
this flag makes you feel bad, you’re welcome to go to the nearest Israeli
embassy and give up your Israeli passport,” reads the Israeli flag banner atop
Sara Zoabi’s Facebook page. “I am a proud Muslim Arab Zionist Israeli woman who
believes in the right of the Jewish people to have its own country in the Holy
Land, the Land of Israel.”
was a candidate on the reality TV show Master Chef in 2015, where she reached
public prominence, and declared that she is a Zionist. She’s also known as the
mother of Mohammad Zoabi, who posted photos of himself with an Israeli flag
during Operation Protective Edge and was met with so many death threats that he
went into hiding. MK Zoabi called the teen a “stupid boy” at the time.
prize laureate Malala Yousafzai participated in the 10-year-challenge by
sharing her picture from ten years ago when she was 11.
many of you, last week I enjoyed the #10YearChallenge on Instagram. I saw funny
pictures of my friends as children and famous people before they were famous.
As the hashtag took off, more than four million people shared their posts as a
celebration of life, growing up, growing older and growing stronger. The posts
sparked my memories of 10 years ago, when I was 11 years old,” she said.
had left us long ago. We were living in terrorism and violence. Firing and
bombing became our daily wake-up calls. Hearing the news that two or three
people were killed in the Green Square was not news anymore — people called it
‘the Bloody Square’ now. This was not the same valley I was living in just two
years before; things changed so quickly. And now no girl could go to school,”
an 11 year old, I worried about my future and my freedom. All I wanted was to
put on my ink-stained scarf, walk through the streets, sit on our old wooden
chairs inside those cracked walls, pick my pen, open my book. I wanted to read
and write and question and learn,” she added.
January 2009 was my last day of school in Swat Valley. And 14th January 2019
was first day back to lectures for my second term at Oxford University,” she
know how far I have come and I appreciate that I can tell a story of triumph.
But I also know that 130 million out-of-school girls are in the same situation
today that I was 10 years ago. Millions of girls are sitting in their homes
worried about their future and their freedom.”
look back on the last 10 years with immense gratitude — but also anger. Why are
so many girls — any girl — still out of school?” she asked.
am working every day to help my sisters go to school. I want every girl to get
at least 12 years of safe, free, quality education. I want them to pursue their
dreams and contribute to a better world for all of us. But I can’t do this
you’re inspired by my story, I hope you’ll join me in my fight for girls’
education,” Malala urged.
will the next 10 years look like? That’s up to all of us.”
DELHI: Tehseen Poonawalla on Monday jumped into the already muddy Twitter war
between Union minister Anantkumar Hegde and Karnataka Congress president Dinesh
Gundu Rao as he posted a picture of himself hugging his ‘Hindu’ wife and dared
Anantkumar with a message "do what you can. It's a dare sir!"
afternoon @AnantkumarH . See my hands are touching my
life ..Now do what u can !! It's a dare sir!!
Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) 1548662967000
dare came in reaction to Hegde's reported remark in which he said 'the hand
that touches a Hindu girl's body should not be there.
Union minister did not stop at that. When Karnataka Congress chief reacted to
his remarks, Hegde referred to him "as a guy who ran behind a Muslim
lady" referring to his wife Tabassum Rao, who is a Muslim.
some lauded Poonawalla’s take on the issue, many others criticized him for
misinterpreting Hegde’s intent behind the comment.
@AnantkumarH Actually this is not a dare thing unless your wife is not your
boss. The dare is when some
I_Demand_Explanation (@LiiTLLe) 1548679163000
@AnantkumarH By doing this u insulted ur wife. His statement ws fr any hand
which outrages da modesty of… https://t.co/40UmGOcTHa
Avinash Singh 🇮🇳 (@aksadorable) 1548682955000
remarks have drawn criticism from all quarters.
also responded to the controversy, writing in a Facebook post - "Yes, I
was born a Muslim, but we are proud Indians first. The Constitution of India
which is built on the foundation of secularism guarantees every individual
'Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship.'"
further wrote, "I have never made any personal remarks against any BJP
leader and I strongly resent them using me as a pawn in their cheap politics.
Such misogynistic and provocative remarks are highly unbecoming of a Union
president Rahul Gandhi also called out the Union minister saying that he should
be sacked and went on to call him an "embarrassment to every Indian"
and "unfit to be a Union Minister".
Afghan men strongly oppose giving women more freedom — two in three think they
have too much already — and young men are even more reluctant than their
elders, a survey said on Tuesday.
are women fully on board with the idea of parity.
one in three of the Afghan women surveyed think women already have a surfeit of
rights and a similar proportion say they are “too emotional” to be leaders.
male generational gap may be explained by younger men seeking rigid gender
roles as they struggle to find work and stability in a country ravaged by war
and poverty, said gender equality group Promundo.
teachings against women’s rights under the Taliban regime had also played a
role in hardening views among younger men, said Gary Barker, founder of
Promundo-US, which works with men and boys to promote gender equality.
survey was organized by Promundo and UN Women, the United Nations equality
is pretty concerning,” Barker told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
says something about the precarious state of a big group of young men who don’t
know what to hang their identity on.”
survey comes amid peace talks between the United States and the Taliban — which
controls nearly half of Afghanistan — that may help end war after nearly two
decades of conflict.
is not an easy place to be a woman, with forced marriage, domestic violence and
high maternal mortality rates, particularly in rural areas, according to
1996 and 2001, under the Taliban government, women were banned from work, made
to wear a full-length burqa that covered their face and not allowed out without
a male relative.
rights have improved in recent years under the Western-backed Afghan
government, especially in cities such as the capital Kabul, where many women
work outside the home and more than a quarter of the parliament is female.
the survey of 2,000 adults pointed to a gulf in attitudes between men and
two-thirds of men thought women in Afghanistan had too many rights and that
women were too emotional to become leaders, compared to less than a third of
while nearly three quarters of women said a married woman should have equal
rights with their partner to work outside the home, only 15 percent of men
than half of men also agreed with the statement that “more rights for women
mean that men lose out.”
said investment in girls’ education and empowerment would “hit a wall if we
don’t also worry about the hearts and minds of men.”
report’s authors called for action, including education programs promoting
gender equality, work with progressive religious leaders and support for youth
campaigns on the issue.
physical and financial insecurity, and lack of education act as drivers of
harmful gender attitudes and practices in Afghanistan, and perpetuate the
cycles of violence against women in Afghanistan,” said Najia Nasim, executive
director of Women for Afghan Women.
civil society group urged more work at a grassroots level to drive forward
Saudi Arabia’s self-taught squash player Nada Abo Alnaja has won the Kingdom’s
first ever women squash tournament.
players took part in the tournament held by the Saudi Arabian Squash Federation
from Jan. 24-26 in collaboration with the King Saud University in Riyadh.
Alnaja was awarded the championship’s cup, golden medal and financial bonus
from the Squash Federation for taking first place.
Al-Rayes came second, Aljawhara Al-Sudairi, third and Nada Zeidan came fourth.
federation’s head Ziyad Al-Tukri congratulated the winners, saying that the
female tournament was the first of its kind in the Kingdom.
Jan 28, 2019
saw protests by various social strata in several parts of the capital on
Sunday, January 27, 2019. Women play active role in these protests which
included those of plundered clients of fraudulent financial institutes and law
graduates who had already held a protests outside the Lawyers Guild in Tehran
on Saturday, January 26, continued their rally in the same place on Sunday,
January 27, 2019, against reduced capacity of recruiting lawyers and their
unemployment problem. The law graduates chanted slogans demanding an
independent lawyers’ guild and increase in capacity of lawyers’ recruitment.
defrauded clients of the IRGC-backed Caspian Institute gathered outside the
Prosecutor’s Office in Tehran, demanding back their plundered assets.
clients of the Talay-e Samen Site also staged a protest on Sunday demanding an
answer to their demands. They gathered outside the General Prosecutor’s Office
continuation of the protests by various social strata, a group of clients who
have registered their names and purchased cars from Kerman Khodro Company,
gathered on Sunday, January 27, 2019, outside the Ministry of Industries, Mines
and Trade in Tehran and rallied against the announced high prices, failure to
deliver their cars and receiving no answers to their demands. The car buyers
have held several protests so far demanding attention to their righteous
Khodro clients have purchased their cars in April and June on fixed price by
depositing 50 million tomans. But in November and December, when they were
supposed to receive their cars, the company demanded another 30 million tomans
while it was mentioned in the contract that it was not supposed to demand any
more money and the price was fixed. (The state-run ISNA news agency – January
women have participated in at least 896 protests by various social strata of
people all across the country in the period spanning from March 2018 to late
a letter published on Sunday, the VP called on the mayor to take effective
steps for improving living space for all groups of the society, especially
women, IRNA reported.
policy-making for increasing hope and happiness in the society and decreasing
social vulnerabilities, Ebtekar called for designing urban furniture for the
needs of different groups of citizens, including women with a strategy of
furniture includes items, objects, and equipment installed in public areas,
such as urban parks, and streets, and including such elements as traffic signs,
park benches, bollards, and public fountains.
female vice president also called for supporting nongovernmental organizations,
and developing sports spaces and women's parks.
also called for paying more attention to strengthening the foundation of family
and creating markets for supplies made by urban and rural women.
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