Hundreds of Iranian women
participated in the rally in Brussels to voice the outcry of their sisters in
Iran suffering under the mullahs’ misogynist regime and calling for freedom and
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Women Voice Their Support in Brussels Rally for a Free Iran
of Iranians, including hundreds of Iranian women, gathered for a large protest
demonstration in Brussels on Saturday, June 15, 2019. The protesters condemned
the brutal violation of human rights by the ruling regime and its instigation
of terrorism and warmongering in the region. They expressed support for the
Iranian Resistance movement led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of
her video message to the rally, the NCRI President-elect called on the European
Union to place comprehensive sanctions on the religious dictatorship ruling
Iran, and to proscribe the IRGC and the MOIS as terrorist entities. She also
called for the prosecution of the Iranian regime leaders to account for their
crimes against the Iranian people, especially the massacre of political
prisoners, in an international court of law.
great rally in Brussels featured prominent speakers including Françoise Schepmans,
a Member of Parliament from Belgium; Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian
Senator and Presidential candidate; Sarvnaz Chitsaz, the NCRI Women’s Committee
Chair, and Zinat Mirhashemi, member of the NCRI from the Fedayeen Organization.
Iranian singer Ms. Gisoo Shakeri also performed at the MEK’s Free Iran rally in
Françoise Schepmans, highlighted women’s rights violations in Iran and how the
mullahs’ regime is utterly terrified of the role women play in Iran’s struggle
for freedom: “Today is a significant moment in order to support your movement
and brave leader Maryam Rajavi. I’m waiting for the day when we could see a
Betancourt in Brussels rallyMs. Ingrid Betancourt, who was held hostage for
more than 6 years, told the Free Iran rally: “It is a great day of celebration
because we are able to express ourselves freely and support the Iranian
Resistance without being executed. What is dangerous is not confronting the
regime. It is dangerous for the EU to continue to be on its knees in front of
the Iranian regime. What is dangerous is that the EU is terrified to bring to
justice and condemn the Iranian regime’s diplomat-terrorist who was trying to
kill thousands of people at the MEK’s Free Iran rally in Paris last June.
is dangerous that EU leaders have forgotten who they are, the supposed
defenders of human rights. For a long time, the West thought they should be
cautious to find moderates within the Iranian regime, but what we have seen is
more missile production, warmongering and interference in Syria and Yemen.
want to tell the EU institutions and our leaders that we don’t want the Iranian
nuclear deal with the regime, we need to support the Iranian people and
Resistance as they put an end to the regime of Iran.”
Sarvnaz Chitsaz reiterated the need for the international community to address
gross violations of human rights in Iran including the rights of women, and
urged the European Union to form an independent delegation to visit Iranian
political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who include many women, and
inspect Iranian prisons. She further emphasized on the demands of the
participants in the rally from the EU to shut down the Iranian regime’s
embassies as centers of espionage against Iranian refugees, and to proscribe
the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Revolutionary Guards
(IRGC) as terrorist entities.”
Zinat Mirhashemi emphasized that the fate of the entire region relies on the
overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Iran: “The regime is using different
excuses to arrest anyone that is pursuing activities against it. The regime is
plundering the people’s wealth to spread chaos and war in the region. The
majority of the Iranian people want regime change and they know that there’s no
hope for change in their living conditions while the regime still stands.
Iranian dictatorship neither wants, nor can, respond to the needs of the
people, which is why there are an increasing number of protests across the
country. Only the people of Iran and their organized resistance can bring
democratic change to Iran. This is totally different from war and appeasement.
the overthrow of the Iranian regime, none of its internal factions can fulfill
the needs and demands of the people. We call on the solidarity front against
the regime and support the establishment of a secular and democratic state.”
of Iranian women participated in the rally in Brussels to voice the outcry of
their sisters in Iran suffering under the mullahs’ misogynist regime and
calling for freedom and democracy which can be only realized by regime change
at the hands of the Iranian people’s organized Resistance and the alternative
they present, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. They declared support
for the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for a free Iran and for women’s
record holder female swimmer, Elham Sadat Asghari, does not receive any form of
government support in Iran.
to this Iranian female swimmer whose world records have been registered by
Guinness World Records, she does not enjoy any form of support from the
government. In an interview with the official news agency, IRNA, she said,
“People like me who set world records do so without having a coach or receiving
any support from the Federation. We even have to pay the expenses of going to
training camps from our own pockets.”
father of this female swimmer also said, “I have always tried hard for my
daughter to be successful. I have never wasted a moment. I even sold three cars
to provide for her. Although my daughter has set new world records and made
Iran proud, there has been no support or encouragement for her.” (The official
IRNA news agency – June 12, 2019)
Sadat Asghari, 35, set world record for the first time in 2017 swimming 4200
meters with handcuffs. Then she set another record in Italy swimming 3500
meters with handcuffs.
second time, she set a higher record for 5300 meters swimming with handcuffs in
2019 and her name was registered by Guinness for a second time.
the NCRI Women’s Committee had reported on the deplorable conditions of the
Iranian women’s rowing team in Bandar Abbas. These female athletes have to step
in mud mixed with black water in order to step into their boat. All around
their exercize area is covered with sharp shells which injure their feet. There
is not even a trash can nor any water taps so that they can wash their hands
and feet after their exercize. They have to buy their own ores. The boat given
to the Iranian women’s rowing team is one that was being used ten years ago in
Tehran and has been repeatedly repaired. The boat weighs around 200 kilograms
and has no wheels, so members of the Iranian women’s rowing team have to carry
it to the exercize area on their own.
than fifty years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA plans to return to
the Moon by 2024 as a “proving ground” to test the next generation of
spacecraft ahead of an eventual crewed mission to Mars.
new program has been named Artemis after Apollo’s twin-sister in Greek
mythology, and the space agency has said that the mission will see the first
woman to stride the lunar surface.
who will she be? No one knows for sure, but it’s a likely bet the candidate
will be selected from among NASA’s current roster of 12 female astronauts.
aged between 40 and 53, and are former military pilots, medical doctors and
scientists who were picked from among thousands of applicants since the late
who will join Neil Armstrong in the annals of history isn’t an exact science,
but several former astronauts and experts interviewed by AFP say the proximity
of the deadline mean it probably won’t be a new recruit.
personally, I’d be okay with flying a rookie astronaut to the Moon,” former
astronaut Eileen Collins, who flew and commanded Space Shuttles in the 1990s
and 2000s, told AFP.
if you have enough astronauts who have already flown, they know how they’re
going to react in space.
go up there and they have symptoms that might interfere with their ability to
do the work. But you don’t know who that is.”
Bowersox, a senior official at NASA, agreed. “I think it will be better to send
people who have had at least one flight,” he told AFP.
objective will be easier than ever before because there have never been so many
NASA was first established in 1958 it only recruited from the military, which
was at the time exclusively male.
12 moonwalkers between 1969 and 1972 were men, and it wasn’t until 1983 that
Sally Ride became the first American woman sent to space.
four women of the 21st class of astronauts, recruited in 2013, represent a good
mix of youth and experience. Currently between the ages of 40 and 41, they will
all have made their first space forays between now and 2020.
McClain, an ex-army helicopter pilot, will be in the International Space
Station (ISS) until the end of June.
spoken, with a self-assured gaze and a light smile, she embodies the ineffable
“right stuff” of NASA’s early recruits.
currently in the ISS is Christina Koch, an engineer and passionate mountain
climber. She will soon beat the record for the longest time a woman has been in
space, at 11 months.
in March, the pair almost conducted the first all-female space walk, but a lack
of a proper fitting spacesuit meant McClain had to give her place up for her
male colleague Nick Hague.
think Christina Koch or Anne McClain would be my two top picks,” said Janet
Ivey, the presenter of a children’s show on space and a governor of the
National Space Society.
their two female colleagues from the same class, Jessica Meir, a marine
biologist who specializes in penguins and geese, and former F/A 18 fighter
pilot Nicole Mann, who flew in Iraq and Afghanistan, are also highly qualified.
are both in the middle of their training to go to the ISS.
a 2016 interview, all four declared themselves ready to go to Mars if the
opportunity presented itself. It’s hard to imagine them turning down a trip to
no upper age limit for space. The iconic John Glenn made his last flight at the
age of 77 as a US senator.
nothing therefore excluding the highly experienced Sunita Williams, who is
preparing for her third space mission and will be 58 in 2024.
since NASA has long “appreciated the leadership skills that came along with
test pilots,” according to Kent Romninger, the former chief of the astronaut
office from 2002 to 2006.
as she’s known, has piloted about thirty different aircraft in her military
other women, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Kate Rubins, have also flown to space
other five haven’t flown since 2010 but remain on active duty.
are five women in the 2017 batch but they have yet to complete their initial
not ruled out yet, but the calendar isn’t on their side — especially since NASA
tends to stick to a cycle of astronauts once their order is set, says Michael
Lopez-Alegria, a former astronaut who spent 20 years with the agency.
it comes down to the final call, though, the process “is fairly opaque,” he
Houston, the chief astronaut will be keen to build a team whose profiles will
be complementary, a mix of ex-military and scientific backgrounds, and of
mission forsees a four-member crew, two of whom will walk the Moon. Why not
have two women?
The general secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on
Sunday will hold a meeting in Cairo to draft the internal regulations of its
Women’s Development Organization.
meeting will be attended by experts from member states and relevant
international and regional institutions, the Saudi Press Agency reported on
Egypt has called for a ministerial-level roundtable on “empowering women in
(OIC) members states” on Monday, with the participation of ministers of women’s
will discuss issues such as the role of women in combating extremism, women in
decision-making positions, protection of women against all forms of violence,
and women’s economic empowerment, according to a statement by the OIC.
is worth noting that the Women’s Development Organization, based in Egypt, was
established by virtue of a resolution of the 37th Session of the Council of
Ministers of Foreign Affairs in 2010 as a specialized organization for the
development and advancement of women and for building their capacities and
skills in the member states. Until now, 12 states have ratified the statutes
whose entry into force requires ratification by 15 states.
mysterious forces of Jinn and black magic, which some cultures and faiths
believe can possess people and cause mental illness, are to be highlighted by a
unique soundscape created by a group of Glasgow Muslim women.
Black Magic and Mental Health, an exhibition created by AMINA Muslim Women’s
Resource Centre in partnership with Awards For All – and due to be launched
this Friday at the Tramway – tells the stories behind the often hidden belief
in spirit possession.
include Jinn, spirits that many Islamic cultures believe can inhabit the human
form and possess people. According to researchers the belief can influence how
people understand mental health symptoms, and the ways in which they seek help.
order to highlight the issue, the group of women from African countries
including Yemen, Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan and South Asian countries such
as Pakistan and various Arab States, worked with AMINA and playwright Mariem
Omari for six months to create a unique soundscape, featuring stories which
were often from their countries of origin.
woman from Pakistan, who had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome recalled the stress
caused by her mother-in-law’s insistence that her inability to fall pregnant
have been caused by black magic rather than a medical condition.
woman told the story of a relative living in her native Senegal, who was taken
to a faith healer by her mother despite a medical diagnosis of schizophrenia,
tied up and “taken to people who would hit her” in order to frighten away the
woman had experience of seeing conditions such as post-natal depression, and
even hormonal imbalances during the menopause, blamed on Jinn possession.
Avan, programmes manager at AMINA, said the idea for the exhibition came from a
study done by the University of West of Scotland in 2018 found that beliefs in
Jinn and black magic are held by some Muslim women in the city.
report highlighted the need for more open discussions about mental health
issues to raise awareness and end stigma in the BME community. It also found
that there is a lack of awareness and education amongst mental health
professionals around Islamic faith and beliefs that may be impacting the
individual’s health and wellbeing. Previous research supports similar findings.
A 2011 study on the beliefs about Jinn, black magic and evil eye amongst
Muslims in the UK found that 80% of participants believed in Jinn and about half
believed that the Jinn could be a factor in causing mental and physical health
added: “As an organisation working with Muslim, black and minority ethnic
women, we have come across many women who believe that they or members of their
family have been afflicted by black magic or possessed by Jinn. When
communities are seeking support from faith ‘healers’, and not accessing health
care professionals it is particularly concerning.
other side is the mental health professionals need to be aware of these issues.
If that awareness is there then they will be better able to help people coming
to them with these beliefs, not simply dismiss them as ridiculous. It’s
important to understand the context and not apply a westernised Eurocentric
model of understanding.”
Marwaha, who co-ordinated the exhibition on behalf of AMINA agreed more
understanding was needed. She said the workshops held to create the soundscape
allowed women a unique opportunity to be open about their experiences.
taking part in these workshops were able to talk about the issues that they
have and the hardships they have had to go through in a safe and judgement free
environment,” she added.
participant said that this was the first time she talked about Jinn and black
magic and how they have impacted her and she felt a life-long load lift of her
woman said that before she would not talk about black magic as she would be
ridiculed by anyone she spoke to about believing in such things.
were able to empower and encourage the women to try and tackle the
misconceptions around mental health issues in the Muslim and BME communities.”
June 2018, women in Saudi Arabia were given a measure of freedom at last by
earning the right to drive. One year later, Ford Middle East conducted a
Twitter poll of women drivers and found that SUVs and trucks are the preferred
modes of transportation. The Ford Saudi women driver survey was conducted over
the course of six days and resulted in over 107,000 responses from women aged
20-45 who live in Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam.
percent of the women who took the survey said that they drive SUVs, another 29
percent drive trucks, 24 percent drive sedans, and 14 percent drive hatchbacks.
Of the factors that influenced their choice, 38 percent said that driver-assist
technology was the most important, 31 percent said they were won over by
design, and 15 percent said that interior spaciousness was their chief concern.
survey also revealed that 13 percent of respondents are licensed, with 5
percent driving daily and 8 percent driving less frequently. Another 15 percent
of women are still in the process of applying for a driver’s license. Of those
who are driving currently, 52 percent list aggressive driving as their top
concern, followed by breakdowns (17 percent), parking (15 percent), and getting
lost (16 percent).
has made strides to help the new drivers learn the ropes with the Driving
Skills for Life for Her program. In addition, Ford offered to pay licensing
fees for new drivers to encourage them to take advantage of their newly won
the needs of newly-licensed drivers have evolved, so too has DSFL; from theory,
to hands-on experience — and that’s why we were so keen to reach out to as many
women drivers in Saudi to understand their concerns with this survey,” said
Simonetta Verdi, Director of Government and Community Relations, Ford Middle
East and Africa. “It’s clear that personal safety on the roads remains a key
concern — much more so than the thought of a mechanical breakdown or even
this weekend will debut a virtual reality component of Ford Driving Skills for
Life for Her at the Lady Cars Accessories Show in Dammam.
June 15 (MENA) - Egypt called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
for a ministerial-level round table on "Empowering Women in Member States”
to be held on Monday with the participation of ministers in charge of women in
the member states.
meeting will discuss several issues related to women empowerment, atop of which
are the role of women in combating extremism, women in decision-making
positions, protection of women from all forms of violence, economic empowerment
of women and their involvement in the financial and other fields, according to
a statement by the OIC.
the OIC General Secretariat will hold a meeting of the temporary Open-ended
Working Group to prepare the draft internal regulations of the organization for
the development of women in the OIC member states on Sunday in Cairo.
meeting will be attended by experts from member states and relevant
international and regional institutions. Participants will discuss the
preliminary draft of the internal organizational structure of the organization
for the development of women in the OIC member states for presentation to the
organs of the Women Development Organization at the start of their work.
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