Al-Shehri, spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Saudi arabia.
Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Asks Women To Raise Strong Voice In Support Of Kashmiris
Women to Be Hired As Drivers of School Buses
Sisterhood Softball League Encourages Muslim Women to Play Ball
Targets First Turkish Unicorn Status with Muslim Women’s wear
Dress Code Order for KP Schoolgirls After Outcry
Women Urge Parliament To Approve Domestic Abuse Bill
Promotes Women Economic Empowerment Through National Conference
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector and We-Fi Meet To Build a
Better World for Saudi Women Entrepreneurs
— With the aim to discuss how the Islamic Corporation for the Development of
the Private Sector (ICD) and Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) can
expand their relationship and integrate the gender themes into ICD’s operations
and businesses, a meeting was held between Ayman Amin Sejiny (CEO of ICD), Ms.
Wendy Teleki (Head of We-Fi secretariat), and Samir Suleymanov (Director
Strategic Initiatives, World Bank) at ICD’s premises in Jeddah on Sept.14,
2019. The parties discussed the development and promotion of women’s
entrepreneurship through innovative sustainable solutions to increase women’s
access to economic opportunities in developing countries.
Teleki highlighted the main objectives of We-Fi which is to support women
entrepreneurs around the world through programs that provide financing,
capacity building and also promote enabling environments that allow women to
become entrepreneurs and grow their businesses. The We-Fi work using an
ecosystem approach to develop programs at country level that will break down
barriers and create more opportunities for women.
said “ICD and We-Fi are working together to enhance their initiatives and
mandates in supporting the female society in all ICD’s member countries. We
want to ensure that our lines of finance and our relationship with the 102
directly connected financial institutions we are dealing with will further enhance
the funding, training to women entrepreneurs and to provide the required
necessary support to women in all our member countries.”
Teleki added that We-Fi has six Implementing Partners (IP) and the Islamic
Development Bank (IsDB) is one of them. “IsDB, along with ICD is supporting
women entrepreneurs in fragile countries. In Yemen, they have a very
interesting ongoing program named BRAVE Women. They target to train up to 500
women to learn to develop business plans in fragile and high-risk contexts and
up to 400 of them will get access to funding on a matching grant basis. This
program aims also to develop the relationship between those women entrepreneurs
with the local banks and also lead companies to make sure those women have
access to finance and markets to grow their businesses. Moreover, the IsDB and
ICD will be implementing soon this BRAVE Women program in two other countries
to improve the women’s entrepreneurship potential in key economic sectors and
we look forward to seeing those programs happening in future” she said.
is a global platform which seeks to support over a hundred thousand women
around the world in the next five years and mobilize at least $2 billion from
the public and private sector for further activities.
BRAVE WOMEN is a multi-country program aims to enhance the resilience of MSMEs
owned/managed by women in fragile context as potential engines for innovation,
employment, and improved quality of life. The Program will promote female
owned/ led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to increase their
opportunities for business growth through facilitation of direct and indirect
investments, as well as improve their entrepreneurial ecosystem and business
formation and growth through business resiliency capacity building, support to
market development, a matching grant facility and business coaching support. —
(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Sep, 2019 ) :Jamaat-e-Islami Chief
Senator Sirajul Haq has asked the Pakistani women to raise a strong voice in support
of their Kashmiri sisters and brothers who are compelled to spend a miserable
life under the shadows of terror in Indian held region.
a "Hijab Conference" at a local hotel on Monday, the JI chief said
the humanitarian crisis was worsening in IHK with every day passing.
Women Wing Lahore chapter organized the event in connection with International
said the people were starving to death in Occupied Kashmir as food shortage
crisis gripped the area. The Indian forces, he said, unleashed a new wave of
terror on already besieged people since August 5. He said the peace in the
region could not be attained until the settlement of Kashmir issue according to
the wishes of the people of the affected area.
dispute of Kashmir should be resolved under the UN Resolutions giving right to
self determination to the people of the area," he said.
– The Ministry of Education will hire Saudi women drivers to transport school
students, according to Ibtisam Al-Shehri, spokesperson of the ministry.
Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, she said that both men and women will be hired
as school bus drivers.
Company for Educational Services has signed contracts with a number of school
transport operators. There is no provision in the contract, specifying the
gender of the drivers whether they are men or women. This enables transport
contractors to hire those women who fulfill the required terms and conditions
to work as school bus drivers,” she said.
said that the terms and conditions include the age between 30 and 60, holder of
public driving license, a certificate showing no criminal background, passing
medical test, in addition to intensive training courses in safe driving of
Mirza likes to think of the Sisterhood Softball League as a Field of
Dreams-like story in Mississauga.
2016, it has given Muslim women the opportunity to play softball in a safe
anyone steps out of their comfort zone to do anything, all they need is support
and safety,” said Mirza, who co-founded the league along with her best friend,
Maryam Dadabhoy, after they saw how much fun their husbands were having playing
in a church league.
you can create that for anyone, it’s going to have such a profound impact.”
accommodations are in place to make sure the women feel safe playing. While the
women usually wear long robes or head scarves, those types of clothing can be
modified on the diamond so they can move around better. As well, the league
encourages only female spectators so the participants feel comfortable playing.
women play every Sunday throughout the summer. Mirza believes one of the
staples in the league is the time between games women spend praying before
listening to a motivational talk from Mirza about faith and how they can
contribute to their community. “I think all the women really enjoy that five or
10 minutes of grounding on that Sunday morning,” she said.
the Sisterhood Softball League started, Mirza said she and Dadabhoy had to “beg
and pry” just to get 20 players, barely over the minimum needed to play a game.
time, it has grown to 100 players on eight teams. The league recently had its
first all-star game and raised $12,000 for Human Concern International, enough
to build four water wells in support of the organization’s Water Well Campaign.
the past, the SSL has also raised funds to support a women’s shelter. Players
have also volunteered at local food banks and soup kitchens as a way to give
back to their community.
started out with just wanting to play softball, but it’s grown into so much
more. It’s about the friendships we’ve cultivated, the support group and
positivity,” Dadabhoy said. “Sisterhood comes first.”
was conversations with female friends and relatives that gave Kerim Ture the
idea for his business. The marketing graduate realised that Muslim women in
Turkey who chose to cover their hair and dress conservatively were underserved.
who wanted to be stylish and obey the rules of modesty didn’t have much of a
choice,” he says. “There were stories that people were buying two short-sleeved
T-shirts and making them into one long-sleeve top.”
with four friends who clubbed together and provided a total of $500,000
start-up capital, in 2011 he founded Modanisa.com, an online fashion portal for
Muslim women. The name is a reference to the Koranic chapter al-Nisa, which
means “women” in Arabic.
the company works with 800 clothes producers — most of them small Turkish
ateliers — and links them up with customers around the world.
past few years have been a whirlwind of expansion and growth. In 2017, the
company broke even for the first time, turning a profit the following year. It
has received several rounds of investment including from Goldman Sachs and the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
business has tapped into a global market of Muslim consumers with growing
purchasing power. A report on the global Islamic economy published last year by
Thomson Reuters and DinarStandard, a US-based strategy and research group,
found that Muslim shoppers spent $270bn on fashion in 2017 — a figure the
authors expect to rise to $361bn by 2023.
Janmohamed, vice-president at Ogilvy Noor, a division of the London-based
marketing agency Ogilvy that helps brands target Muslim consumers, says that
Modanisa is a prominent success story among a global group of modest fashion
retailers that also includes Indonesia’s Hijup and The Modist in Dubai.
seen some brands moving to the next step and starting to commercialise on a
bigger scale, of which Modanisa is one of the biggest,” she says. “Everyone
talks about it.”
the company says that its website — which bursts with ranges in bright jewel
colours and sugary pastels — hosts 150m unique visitors each year. Mr Ture says
that the company has 3.5m returning customers who have purchased from the site
more than once. The site, which takes a cut from each sale, has estimated
annual revenues of $120m to $150m, according to analysts.
of its success can be attributed to the way Modanisa has taken advantage of
Turkey’s longstanding position as an important textiles producer and Istanbul’s
reputation as a trendsetting city.
country’s location — sandwiched between Europe and the Middle East — makes it a
natural hub for an ecommerce business with a customer base that stretches from
New York to Kuala Lumpur. The company has also boosted its global profile by
being the main sponsor for “Modest Fashion Weeks” in Istanbul, Dubai, Jakarta
Ibragimov, a senior banker with the EBRD’s venture capital investment
programme, says that the bank liked the way that Modanisa linked up Turkey’s
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) — many of which are run by women —
with the rest of the world.
are really focusing on SMEs that until today haven’t had a global channel; they
had been primarily selling offline in small shops in Turkey,” he says.
EBRD, which in March this year took an equity stake in the group for an
undisclosed sum, also valued the company’s “strong team”. Mr Ibragimov says:
“The business model seems to be working. We believe and hope that [it] will
become a big global category winner.”
has seen a slower pace of growth within Turkey after an economic slump in the
wake of last year’s sharp devaluation in the lira.
the domestic market makes up only 20 per cent of total sales, according to the
company which says sales in other regions have been “growing well”.
fashion brands have begun to wake up to the large market of Muslim consumers
who want to cover their hair or wear less revealing clothes. H&M, Banana
Republic and Macy’s have all experimented with modest fashion items or lines.
Ture says that he does not see these efforts as a threat, but rather as
“complementary”. He wants well-known brands to use Modanisa as a gateway to a
new consumer base.
are an enabler,” he says. “We have the reach, the marketing power and the
capabilities. We know our customers, and who wants what.”
Ture’s ambitions for the years ahead are bold. “We want to be Turkey’s first
unicorn,” he says, referring to privately held start-ups that reach a valuation
of $1bn or more. His eventual aim is to launch a public offering that would see
it listed on the stock market in 2023 or 2024.
company, which has 550 employees, has moved to a larger office in Istanbul’s
Altunizade district. A London office that will focus on marketing to the
English-speaking world is due to open before Christmas. “Our aim is to make
modest fashion mainstream,” says Mr Ture. “It’s a lifestyle, not a seasonal
thing. This is a big market and people need to realise that.”
Withdraws Dress Code Order for KP Schoolgirls After Outcry
Following widespread public criticism, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government
decided on Monday night to withdraw its earlier province-wide order
instructing female students of secondary and higher secondary government
educational institutions to wear the veil.
initial directive had been defended by government representatives as required
if school-going girls were to protect themselves against “unethical incidents”
on Monday morning, the district education officer (DEO) for females, Peshawar,
had issued a circular addressed to the heads of all government girls schools,
directing them to “properly follow school timings and instruct all students to
wear the gown/chador to veil/conceal/cover up themselves in order to protect
them from any unethical incident. The matter may be treated as most urgent
important and important,” read the circular.
move came just days after the district education department in Haripur issued a
told Dawn that KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan directed the secretary of
elementary and secondary education, Arshid Khan, to withdraw the controversial
order as it had been issued unnecessarily.
orders issued by different DEOs will be withdrawn early Tuesday morning,”
secretary Arshid Khan told this newspaper, quoting the chief minister as having
said that the law and order situation in the province was normal and there was
no need or urgency for such orders. The secretary said that the DEOs had not
taken the chief minister and the department into confidence over the matter.
move had invited widespread outrage on social media (though some users did
support it); in a tweet, anchorperson Amber Rahim Shamsi commented that this
amounted to putting the onus of harassment on the victims. “As if women who
wear the hijab and abaya don’t get harassed. Well done KP. Well done,” she
on Monday, the adviser to the chief minister on elementary and secondary
education, Ziaullah Bangash, had defended the orders, telling Dawn that during
a recent door-to-door enrolment campaign, parents had expressed concerns about
the harassment and security of female students. He had explained that wherever
harassment cases had been reported, police guards have been deployed during
schools’ closing hour. He had added that the government had also decided to
ensure that female students veiled themselves.
told Dawn that the adviser had directed all women’s district education officers
to issue the directives. However, these sources questioned the wisdom behind
the move, given that students already cover themselves properly, often with a
gown, chador or veil.
was neither necessary nor was there logic behind it; rather, it was just for
media consumption,” the source said. He said that no consultation had taken
place with any official in the provincial education department, and argued that
girls already cover themselves as per cultural percepts and it was unjust to
impose restrictions on them.
source also questioned the move on the grounds that instead of going after
males who harass, the government was imposing further restrictions on females.
contacted, District Education Officer (Female) Samina Ghani had told Dawn that
most schoolgirls were already using different types of veil when going to
school. “This decision will encourage parents to send their daughters to
schools, she had said.
Mr Bangash had explained the decision as being “in accordance to the religion,
culture and will of parents,” although, according to him, some NGOs portray the
veil negatively ‘for their personal interest’.
women are calling on Parliament to pass a draft bill banning domestic abuse
against women, which has the backing of President Barham Salih but has not
progressed since it was proposed eight years ago.
marriage and violence against women has increased in Iraq as it tackles the
aftermath of years of war and widespread corruption.
Salih said that the bill, which was sent to Parliament on Sunday, aimed to
protect Iraqi families, especially women and girls, from "all forms of
would also punish the perpetrators, provide protection to victims and
compensate them for damages.
passed, the draft will also help to provide women with the necessary care and
rehabilitation through the establishment of “safe centres for victims of
abuse”, Mr Salih said.
it could again languish because of vocal opposition among member of religious
rights groups have been pushing for the legislation of the bill since 2011,
Sohaila Al Assam, a prominent women’s rights activist, told The National.
against women in Iraq is increasing day by day because there are no laws that
protect them from domestic abuse and violence,” Ms Al Assam said.
said granting women legal protection would be beneficial for them, society and
on the bill has stagnated due to divisions in Iraq since the overthrow of
former dictator Saddam Hussein, and especially since religious parties took
over leadership of the government and sought to impose their values on society.
draft law must be supported by the police, interior and health ministries, Ms
Al Assam said.
need their help and assistance in passing this law,” she said.
Al Bayati, a board member of the Independent High Commission for Human Rights
in Iraq, said that it was imperative that the law included clear penalties for
anyone who tried to abuse women or children.
is necessary to accelerate the enactment of this law," Mr Al Bayati said.
must include preventive programmes to eradicate the idea of gender
discrimination within the family and the enslavement of women or
said Iraqi women had been subjected to “catastrophes” that increased after ISIS
seized large areas of the country.
assaulted Iraqi families and raped and enslaved women and girls,” Mr Al Bayati
personal status law enshrines women’s rights regarding marriage, inheritance
and child custody, and has often been held up as the most progressive in the
domestic violence is yet to be addressed and observers fear the bill will not
be given Parliament’s approval.
the Iraqi constitution expressly prohibits “all forms of violence and abuse in
the family", only the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has a law on domestic
a law to be successfully introducedit would need a strong institutional and
societal infrastructure that does not exist in Iraq, said Balsam Mustafa, a researcher
on Iraqi politics and society.
law will face many barriers hindering its implementation,” Ms Mustafa said.
said that corruption, bribes and a lack of integrity would present obstacles.
Mustafa said that religious parties claimed the women's rights bill was not in
keeping with their values.
National Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Egypt - organized by
the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation in collaboration with
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the
Embassy of Sweden – kicked off on Tuesday in Cairo, with the participation of
diplomats and representatives of international organizations.
Ramos, OECD chief of staff, valued the presence of eight women ministers in the
Egyptian government, pointing out that the OECD sought to support the Egyptian
government’s plans to empower women and its economic reform agenda.
women’s employment rates from the current 23% to 50% will improve the growth
rate by about 7%, so we must emphasize that women’s empowerment is an economic
issue, not just a social issue,” she said.
added that Egypt assumed a great role in the region in the empowerment of
women, pointing out that many African countries have taken Egypt as an example
in implementing economic reforms in this regard.
Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr said that the
ministry was working on legislative reforms and investment policies for the
economic empowerment of women, and attracting investors to inject new
investments in Egypt, especially businesswomen.
emphasized the ministry’s focus on providing job opportunities for women and
the youth, adding that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has stressed,
since the beginning of his term, the need to support the empowerment of women
in all fields.
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