Khodayari set herself on fire after being arrested for trying to attend an
Esteghlal game in Iran. (Twitter)
in Baghpat District Of UP in India Are Being Forced To Marry Multiple Husbands
Woman's Egg-Freeze Decision Creates Debate On Taboo Subject
Assistant Jailed For Punching Muslim Woman and Ripping Off Her Hijab In Racist
Call on FIFA to Act after Young Iranian Woman’s Fatal Self-Immolation
Are The Film Roles For Muslim Actors Who Wear A Hijab?
Breaking Glass Ceiling In Israel, Druze Woman Aims For Equality
Women’s Right Centre Condemns Assault on Woman by Niqab Wearers
Egyptian Architects among Finalists for Tamayouz Award
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Complexity: SC to Study If Under-18 Muslim Girl Can Marry On Attaining Puberty
DELHI: The Supreme Court’s 2018 judgment on the marriage of Hadiya nee Akhila
and Safin Jahan, which recognised attaining of puberty as a condition for a
valid Muslim marriage, has resulted in an unintended legal complexity — a
16-year-old Muslim girl has now petitioned the apex court to validate her
marriage saying she has attained puberty.
India, the legal age of marriage is 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys,
both under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, and the Prohibition of Child
Marriage Act, 2006. But the court in the Shafin Jahan case recognised that a
Muslim marriage was valid if the following conditions were met: Both
individuals professed Islam; both were of the age of puberty; if there was an
offer and acceptance in the presence of two witnesses; giving of ‘mehr’; and
absence of a prohibited degree of relationship.
the SC’s 2018 judgment in Shafin Jahan vs Asokan K M, the 16-year-old Muslim
girl moved the court through advocate Dushyant Parashar, challenging the
Allahabad HC’s decision to send her to a women’s shelter home terming the
marriage invalid because she was not of legal marriageable age.
bench of Justices N V Ramana, Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi entertained the
petition and issued notice to the UP government and sought its response in two
weeks. Parashar told the SC that examining the facts of the case on the
touchstone of the Shafin Jahan judgment, it would be a valid marriage as both
the 16-year-old girl and her 24-year-old husband professed Islam, attained
puberty, there was offer and acceptance, giving and taking of ‘mehr’ and a
nikahnama was drawn with the consent of the girl and the boy.
girl’s father had lodged a police complaint alleging that the man had kidnapped
his minor daughter. But the girl recorded her statement under Section 164 of
Criminal Procedure Code before a magistrate and said she married the man of her
own volition without any pressure and that she wanted to live with him.
a court in Bahraich, UP, on June 24 took note that the girl had not reached the
age of marriage and directed her to be lodged in the custody of the Child
Welfare Committee, Bahraich, till she attained the age of majority, that is 18
years. The girl’s husband moved a habeas corpus petition before the Lucknow
bench of Allahabad HC, which dismissed the petition and said under the Juvenile
Justice (Care and Protection) Act, she would be treated as a minor and hence
the marriage was void. The HC agreed with the lower court’s decision to send
her to a women’s shelter home.
Parashar cited the Shafin Jahan judgment in which the SC had said that right to
choose a life partner was a constitutionally guaranteed right. He said the
girl’s father was interfering with her right to live with her life partner,
whom she had chosen after attaining puberty and married through a valid
Women are being forced to take several husbands at once amid ‘wife shortage’ in
the Baghpat district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
August 2019 story by the Telegraph shares the account of 17-year-old Majida who
was married off to a lorry driver living in the north Indian state. Barely a
month into her marriage she was expected to act as a wife for two of her
husband’s brothers. When she refused, she was raped and assaulted.
come on different days, they have their turns, they have their days,” the young
woman told the Telegraph.
trend of forced polyandry and trade in brides is being fuelled by the growing
gender imbalance caused mainly by parents aborting female babies.
and disturbing, but not unsurprising, given India’s terrible record of female
infanticide https://twitter.com/Iram_Ramzan/status/1170682834052407296 …
into sexual slavery: The women forced to take multiple husbands to combat
India's 'wife shortage'
… this is utterly depressing and disturbing
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the Baghpat district is considered to be at the core of India’s gender
imbalance crisis that the United Nations warned in 2014 had reached “emergency
#INDIA WIFE SHORTAGE | SEXUAL #SLAVERY
FORCED TO TAKE MULTIPLE HUSBANDS
KNOWN AS POLYANDRY
LIKE SLAVE LIVING UNDER REAL THREAT OF RAPE
SHORTAGE CAUSED BY FEMALE FOETICIDE
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to the 2011 Indian government census showed that there were only 856 females to
1,000 males in the district.
Neelam Singh – who runs Vatsalya, an NGO combating female foeticide in Uttar
Pradesh – warns the gap has widened significantly since those figures were
published. “When the 2021 census is published we believe [it will show] sex
ratios have declined further and fast.”
rights campaigner Devendra Dhama told the Daily Telegraph: “In our region,
especially in middle and lower-class families, if you go to houses you’ll
notice that you don’t see any girls there.”
are bought from poverty stricken families.
they can be married to one brother but are expected to act as a wife to several
others, sometimes to brothers and cousins within the same family.
is running out of women
fetuses are killed in the womb because of India’s preferential treatment of men
are expensive & must pay huge dowries when marrying
women are forced to marry multiple men & suffer great abuses #India
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is female infanticide?
infanticide is the deliberate killing of girl babies. It is also described as
gender-selective killing or gendercide. It is perhaps one of the worst forms of
violence against women where a woman is denied her most basic and fundamental
right or “the right to life”.
witnesses one of the highest female infanticide incidents in the world: study
witnesses one of the highest female infanticide incidents in the world: study
infanticide in India is increasing day by day. The first-ever global study on
Female infanticide says India witnesses one of the highest female infanticide
incidents in the world. In India at...
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2011 study conducted by India’s Central Statistics Office under the Ministry of
Statistics and Programme said that nearly three million girls went missing in
India due to female infanticide. It’s estimated that 10 million female births
(500,000 every year) have been aborted in India in the last 20 years.
Population Research Institute found that about 15.8 million girls have been
killed in the womb through sex-selective abortions in India since 1990.
abortions are illegal, but the law is ignored.
in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand state, raised the alarm in July after data showed
none of children born in 132 villages were girls.
An ‘economic burden’ for many in India
parents in India show a preference for sons over daughters.
September last year, a global study on female infanticide by Asian Centre for
Human Rights, a Delhi-based NGO (non-governmental organisation) dedicated to
the protection of human rights, revealed that this preference is a major reason
for female infanticide in many countries around the world. Dowry system in
South Asia, which makes daughters “an unaffordable economic burden”, also
contributes to female infanticide.
are favoured over girls because they bring in money for their families. Girls
can be a financial liability.
is because when women marry their families have to provide for their in-laws.
But when the son marries, the family benefits, especially in the form of
dowries, even though the practice is illegal in India.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) notes that biologically, the normal sex
ratio at birth (SRB) in a country should vary from 102 to 106 males per 100
females. India’s stands at 120 males/100 girls and that rate is among the
highest in the world.
does that matter? The Asian Centre for Human Rights in its 2016 report, titled
Female Infanticide Worldwide noted: “The growing surplus of men has dire
consequences for the human race, among others for causing trafficking of
girls/women in the areas having shortage of women and these trafficked
girls/women facing violence and discrimination.”
wicked world, I just read an article about the polyandry problem in India. my
heart goes to all the women forced into abusive and toxic situations they could
never have prepared for. look it up even if you're not interested.
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Indian government and child rights activists are fighting this issue
national Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques (PNDT) Act of
1994, implemented in 1996, banned sex-selective abortions in the Indian states.
benefit schemes such as the Balika Samridhi Yojana and Dhanalakshmi were
introduced to encourage families to have the girl child. The Hindu Succession
(Amendment) Act of 2005 also made it possible for daughters to inherit their
January 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Beti Bachao
Beti Padhao” (Save the girl child, educate girl child) campaign and said: “Our
mental illness is responsible for this poor sex ratio. We give a lot of
importance to boys. Many women also do this. But for how long will we look at
girls as ‘paraya dhan’ (someone else’s property)? For every 1,000 boys born,
1,000 girls should also be born. I want to ask you if girls are not born, where
will you get your daughters-in-law from?”
clearly, these schemes and laws are not enough.
Mehanna caused an uproar in mid-August when she announced in a Facebook video
that she had frozen her eggs two years earlier. Mehanna, 38, had sought to
increase her chances of having children when "I get married after building
a career." The video, which went viral in Egypt, sparked wide controversy
over an issue considered taboo in a very conservative society.
revelation also spurred a public debate about the ethics of fertility
treatments when not medically necessary in a country where young women face
enormous pressure from their parents and relatives to get married and have
children before they turn 30. The topic of egg freezing, rarely publicly
discussed before, had raised eyebrows when it came up in the TV drama
"Sabae Gar" ("Seventh Neighbor"), broadcast last year on
the privately owned Egyptian CBC channel. The series drew criticism on social media
as Hala, one of the main characters, contemplates preserving her eggs for use
when she is better situated to have children, "regardless of whether or
not I am married at the time," she tells her doctor. She later proposes to
a young man, telling him she needs his help to have a baby.
the backlash provoked by the TV series, Mehanna decided to go public about her
decision "to raise awareness about a topic that many young women in Egypt
know little about," she told talk show host Amr Adib on his show "Al
Hekaya" ("The Story"), broadcast on the privately owned Saudi
MBC channel on Sept. 1.
did something a couple of years ago that I have kept secret until today. I've
now decided to disclose that I froze my eggs. Yes, I froze my eggs because I'm
still single," Mehanna confesses in the video. "When I told the
doctor that I wanted to undergo the surgical procedure, he was shocked and told
me that he had never heard such a request from an Egyptian woman before,"
she adds before going on to explain the process.
said she got the idea to freeze her eggs from an article on fertility
preservation and surrogacy that she had read in a British medical journal more
than 15 years ago.
was only 20 at the time and decided then that if I were still single by the
time I'm 30, I too would freeze my eggs. I had not found a suitable marriage
partner yet so when I turned 35, I decided it was time to have the
surgery," she told Adib. Mehanna added that she refused to be pressured
into getting married for the sake of having a child. "Many girls have done
that but have ended up being unhappy in their marriages. We see so many
marriages ending in divorce. I will only tie the knot when I meet the right
man, someone with whom I can spend the rest of my life."
the patriarchal society where girls are raised to become wives and mothers,
many Egyptian women do not have the privilege of choosing when to get married
or even who to marry. Women, especially those in marginalized rural
communities, cave to pressure from their families and society for fear of the
social stigma associated with remaining single. Many women marry to escape
their families' nagging and the gossip of prying neighbors. Others do so to
avoid hearing that "the train has passed them by," a disdainful
Egyptian phrase commonly used to refer to women who are over 30 and still
number of unmarried women over the age of 30 is rising in Egypt, according to
the national statistics agency. Appearing on the privately owned Al Rahma TV
channel in December, polygamy advocate Sayed Ghanem warned, "The 11
million women who have passed the acceptable age of marriage are a ticking time
bomb in society." Egypt's National Security Council has also described the
growing number of unmarried women as "a threat to the security of the nation."
In the conservative society where marriage is the institutional and cultural
gateway to societal recognition and sexual activity, many young men are unable
to afford the high costs of marriage such as exorbitant wedding expenses, hefty
dowries and housing. So acute is the problem that some observers speak of a
"marriage crisis." There has also been a spike in divorce rates with
the number of cases nearly doubling over the last 10 years from around 100,000
to a record 186,000, according to Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali. She
told members of parliament in November that 20% of Egypt's 980,000 marriages
each year end in divorce.
announcement was met with mixed reactions from Egyptians on social media. Some
praised her decision as "brave" and "inspiring" while
others slammed it as against Islamic values. "The Prophet Muhammad
advocated early marriage for stability, warmth and affection. You will regret
having prioritized your career over marriage," read one critical comment
that was later deleted.
"mixing of lineages" as a result of frozen eggs being deliberately or
accidentally switched and "loss of virginity" were some of the
concerns cited by opponents of egg-freezing in street interviews conducted by a
reporter for Al Hekaya. But Dr. Sherif Basha Seif, a fellow of the UK-based
Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and founding director of an in vitro
fertilization (IVF) clinic in Mohandessin, dismissed such fears as unfounded.
In a phone interview with Al-Monitor, he argued that a woman does not lose her
virginity while freezing her eggs. "In cases of unmarried women, we do not
extract the eggs via the vagina. To keep the hymen intact, we remove them
instead through a tiny incision in one side of the abdomen," he explained.
Egypt as in some other Arab countries, egg and sperm donations and surrogacy
are forbidden by law so there is absolutely no fear of the mixing of
lineages," he added. Under a 2001 law, surrogacy is a crime punishable by
a five-year jail sentence.
woman who chooses to have her eggs frozen so as not to run out her biological
clock can rest assured that the eggs will be safely preserved until she is
ready to start a family. It is obligatory for couples to provide doctors with a
copy of their marriage certificate before the IVF process can be carried
a process that takes place outside a woman's body, is legal in Egypt and
fertility centers or clinics have mushroomed across the country in recent
decades. "It has become quite common for young women in their early 30s to
freeze their eggs. It happens for social reasons such as late marriage and for
medical reasons. In the latter cases, young women suffering from cancer
sometimes choose egg freezing before chemotherapy to ensure the eggs are
healthy," Seif told Al-Monitor.
process, however, is restricted to married couples and regulated by a set of
strict rules derived from Sharia. For instance, third-party reproduction
(sperm, egg or embryo donation) is prohibited in Islam, as is the fertilization
of stored eggs after divorce or the death of a male spouse. Eggs must be safely
stored, labeled and protected to prevent mix-ups and IVF embryos must be tested
before their transfer to the uterus to eliminate the risk of abnormalities and
disease and ensure healthy babies. While the above standards were clearly
spelled out by Egypt's supreme religious authority Dar Al Ifta earlier this
month, some ultra-conservative clerics still reject egg-freezing, insisting it
IVF is permissible in Islam as long as the sperm comes from the husband and the
eggs from the wife, there is a strict interpretation that prohibits egg and
sperm freezing if [done] before marriage, rendering the process haram or
religiously forbidden," Dr. Saad El Din Hilaly, professor of Islamic
jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, said in a telephone interview broadcast
on MBC's Al Hakeya.
was referring to Salafi clerics who follow the Hanbali School of thought, a
puritanical strain of Islamic jurisprudence. Al-Azhar, the highest religious
authority in Sunni Islam, and the majority of Egyptian Muslims follow the
Hanafi School of law, the oldest and most liberal of Sunni Islam's four schools
is only natural for women to want to have children and IVF is an option that
allows women who have advanced in age to become mothers despite their reduced
fertility," Seif said. He hopes that Mehanna's "pioneering step"
and "bold" announcement will empower and encourage other women to
follow in her footsteps.
Mehanna's message is indeed revolutionary, one has to wonder if it can lead to
transformative change in such a patriarchal society that is often resistant to
change and wary of new ideas. There is also the high cost of IVF (egg freezing
costs 30,000 Egyptian pounds [around $2,000], according to Seif) putting the
process beyond the means of average Egyptians.
former care assistant has been jailed for 20 months after she punched a Muslim
woman and pulled off her hijab in a racist attack.
Burns, 21, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, attacked two female shoppers on April
29 after they complained she was singing a racist song.
spat at the first woman and pulled her hair, then punched her and pulled off
her hijab at Kirkdale Market in Bradford.
slapped the second victim and pushed her over, Bradford Crown Court heard this
Giles Bridge said both women were left deeply distressed by the incident.
then assaulted a police officer called to the scene by scratching and nipping
committed the offences 25 days after receiving a suspended prison sentence for
vodka and cocaine-fuelled attacks on a taxi driver and five police officers.
pleaded guilty to two offences of racially aggravated common assault and for
assaulting a police officer.
April 4, she had been sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, suspended for 18
months, for a racially aggravated assault on a taxi driver, racially aggravated
harassment, theft and assaulting five police officers, in April and January
court heard Burns had hurled racist abuse at the taxi driver and punched him in
the face, causing bruising and a cut to his eye.
the police arrived, she struggled during arrest causing a cut to an officer’s
finger. Back at the station, the officer was kicked and spat at, and Burns
threatened to bite his nose.
barrister, Camille Morland, conceded she was not suffering from a mental
illness but said that she had suffered serious emotional trauma.
was left with issues of substance misuse and aggression following an abusive
relationship when she was introduced to Class A drugs and alcohol.
hasn’t been easy for you”
had conducted herself well in her role as a care assistant, dealing capably
with very challenging situations, the court was told.
sober and calm, she is insightful and thoughtful - when she is intoxicated, it
is another story,” Ms Morland said.
Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, told Burns: “Life hasn’t
been at all easy for you.”
she had breached the suspended sentence order “conclusively, in a very
asked: “How can I overlook a flagrant breach of a suspended sentence?”
activated ten months of the suspended sentence and jailed Burns for a total of
ten months for the new offences, the sentences to run consecutively.
Iranian woman who set herself on fire after being given a prison sentence for
attending a football game died from the burns on Tuesday, according to media
Khodayari died from injuries received after self-immolating on September 1
outside the public prosecutor’s office.
had been told she would receive a six-month prison sentence after being
detained by police on March 12, 2019, accused of trying to enter Tehran’s Azadi
Stadium to watch a football game, her sister reported to Iran’s state-run news
who had travelled from Qom to Tehran, attempted to enter Azadi Stadium dressed
as a man, but was caught by security, her family told Iranian newspaper
the time of the self-immolation, the official in charge of the prosecutor’s
office told the girl that she faced a six-month sentence in jail. The girl
protested but told that since the judge was on bereavement leave, a court would
be held later to hear her protest,” reported Rokna.
then spent three nights in jail before being released pending the court case,
according to AP. She later set herself on fire on September 1 and spent a week
in hospital before dying on Tuesday.
Esteghlal’s twitter account confirmed her death. Khodayari was a supporter of
the club and became known as the “Blue Girl” because Esteghlal wear blue
is the only country in the world where women are banned from sports stadiums.
The country has had an unwritten ban on women attending football stadiums since
the so-called Islamic Revolution in 1979.
faces the threat of being removed from world football organization FIFA, whose
regulations prohibit discrimination by gender.
death has provoked a reaction on Twitter, with many Iranians expressing
sympathy with her, calling on FIFA to act, and criticizing the Iranian regime.
Users popularized the hashtags #BanIRSportsFederations, #SaharKhodayari, and
#Blue_Girl in reference to her support for Esteghlal.
Khodayari,the female football fan who was arrested for trying to enter the
stadium in Iran and sentenced to six months prison, passed away today, a week
after setting herself on fire@FIFAcom is still silent towards gender apartheid
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Karami, a retired Iranian footballer who played 127 matches for Iran, called
for a boycott of stadiums in Iran in an Instagram post.
Iranian women's rights activist Masih Alinejad repeated the call for a boycott
of stadiums, addressing FIFA via twitter: “We call on football players not to
play in honor of Sahar’s memory.”
@FIFAcom — Today, Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari, 30, died from setting herself
on fire after she received a 6 month jail term for sneaking into a stadium.
call on all Iranian men to boycott stadiums.We call on football players not to
play in honor of Sahar’s memory.
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user SM Radio added that, “For 40 yrs Iranian women have not been able to watch
sports in stadiums; swim in public; keep custody of their children; travel
without written permission from their male guardian; wear what they like
#Abdurdistan The Burnt Generation.”
40 yrs Iranian women have not been able to watch sports in stadiums; swim in
public; keep custody of their children; travel without written permission from
their male guardian; wear what they like
… #Abdurdistan The Burnt Generation
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have my own version of the Bechdel test that measures the representation of
Muslim women in film.
I look to see which Orientalist ideas are visible in the plot summary. Is the
father an aggressive authoritarian? Is the mother a passive, oppressed wife?
Does the daughter hate her culture and love a white boy from school? And at the
top of my list, I ask: Is the character played by a non-Muslim actor that
drapes a loosely tied scarf over her head with her bangs hanging out from the
front and ponytail hanging out the back? If all the answers to these questions
are yes, I boycott.
films premiering at TIFF this year stick out in particular for failing to pass
my personal Muslim Bechdel test: Hala, a story about an, “American Muslim
teenager balancing her relationship with her protective Pakistani immigrant
parents and her own independent desires.” And Sweetness In The Belly, a film
causing controversy recently for the casting of Dakota Fanning as a British
orphan turned Ethiopian-Muslim Refugee.
a Muslim actor who wears the hijab, and has had my own personal struggles in
the industry, I am incredibly frustrated by these two TIFF selections.
is not that these films lack accuracy but rather, they cultivate two of the
biggest problems regarding the representation of Muslims in the media: content
content of these films are regurgitated ideas of Orientalism that are centuries
old. In fine art paintings, Muslim men were depicted as bloodthirsty, ruthless
warmongers, and today, in films and TV shows, Muslim men are depicted as angry
fathers, over-protective brothers, and savage terrorists.
women in fine art paintings were concubines, hidden away yet unveiled and
stripped naked through the view of a peep hole. Today, in films and TV shows,
we see a new manifestation of the same old unveiling with young Muslim female
characters who just want to remove the hijab that was forced upon them so that
they can participate in secular society.
reality is that Muslim women do participate in secular society while still
proudly maintaining their Muslim identity.
America, we see two Muslim congresswomen, and one that wears the hijab, Ilhan
Omar. Just recently, Halima Aden, a hijabi model won "Breakthrough Model
of the Year,” at the Fashion Media Awards. She has been featured in Glamour,
Vogue, and even Sports Illustrated.
Canada we have Ginella Massa, Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news
anchor along with plenty of other hijab wearing journalists. If life imitates
art, if non-fiction informs fiction, where are the stories of the Muslim women
in civic society, politics, journalism, sports, art, fashion and so on?
have had an agent for an entire year, and I have only been asked to one TV
series audition –where I read for the role of a Saudi princess with an Arab
have yet to be brought in to read for a role of an anchorwoman, a cop, a
lawyer, a teacher, a secretary, an athlete, someone’s quirky best friend, or
someone’s nerdy little sister.
acting classes, I have been asked multiple times to take off my hijab. More
recently, I was told by an acting instructor that my black hijab in my headshot
reminded him of the ISIS flag.
when another festivals year arrives, and I see yet another film about an
angst-y Muslim teen hating her religion or non-Muslim taking a role away from a
Muslim actor, I feel defeated.
Salim is an actor, filmmaker, and community organizer. She just completed her
Masters of Fine Arts thesis on Muslim women in the film industry.
al-Karmel (Israel) (AFP) - Before a row of women seated in traditional Druze
robes and white veils, Gadeer Kamal Mreeh stands out with her black suit and
are proud of you," a voice cries out from the audience of women who came
to hear the candidate's political platform in her village of Daliyat al-Karmel,
set in the hills of northern Israel.
35-year-old became the first Druze woman to be elected to Israel's parliament
in April, but new polls were called shortly afterwards and she is hoping to win
re-election in the September 17 vote.
is part of the centrist Blue and White alliance led by ex-military chief Benny
Gantz, the main rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing
this election, she hopes to win a real mandate, and her 25th place on Blue and
White's electoral list gives her a strong chance to do so.
is the only way to change things," she told AFP in her village.
is time to send Bibi home and let Israel return to a little common sense,"
she said, using Netanyahu's nickname.
Mreeh's point of view, Israel is moving too far to the right.
points to a law passed in 2018 declaring the country the nation-state of the
Jewish people, which Druze and other Arab Israelis say threatens to relegate
them to second-class citizens.
pushed for the law, and Mreeh has made changing it her main issue.
joined politics for that reason -- to bring back equality," said Mreeh,
who earlier in her career became the first non-Jewish Hebrew-language anchor on
Israeli national television.
140,000 Druze, who follow an offshoot of Shiite Islam, live in Israel.
serve in Israel's military unlike other Arab Israelis who are descendants of
Palestinians who remained on their land following the 1948 creation of Israel.
'It wasn't easy' -
was joined at the recent event by two other candidates from her party who are
also women: retired army general Orna Barbivay and Penina Tamanu-Shata, the
first woman of Ethiopian origin to be elected to Israel's parliament.
calls for diversity to be valued in Israel.
a woman and I'm a minority member," said the ex-journalist and mother of
made it. It wasn't easy. Believe me when I tell you that you can do it."
Abu Asale, a 25-year-old law student, was convinced.
represents me completely," she said. "It's the voice of a new
Zahereldin, 21 and a political science student, said she was especially moved
by her words on equal opportunity.
inspires me," said Zahereldin.
has also been given the blessing of the spiritual head of the Druze community
in Israel, Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif.
Druze have voted for Netanyahu's Likud in recent years, but the majority opted
for Gantz in the last elections, said Yusri Khaizran, a specialist in Middle
Eastern history at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
believes the vote will be similar this time.
mainly because of the feeling of frustration of Druze, who feel betrayed by the
nation-state law," he said.
added that Mreeh's "presence on the centrist list is undeniably a
Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECDR) has condemned an assault by two women
wearing niqab (face veils) on another woman at a metro station.
two grabbed the victim by her hair and cut it with scissors.
Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights in a statement on Monday urged to
investigate and take action regarding the incident, which they described as a
“blatant violation of the personal freedom and security of women.”
know that wearing the niqab is a major security challenge, as it hides the
identity of the perpetrator of any crime,” the statement said.
Center added that it is afraid the incident might be intended to undermine the
efforts made by security authorities to establish security.
head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, Nihad Aboul Qomsan, condemned the physical and psychological
abuse suffered by the victim and called for increasing police presence, especially
in crowded places like metro stations.
also urged for surveillance cameras to catch anyone violating the freedom of
others and preserve the personal security of women.
bill banning Niqabs was widely rejected across Egypt after stirring controversy
in November with Ghada Agamy, a member of the House of Representatives’ Foreign
Relations Committee, having backtracked on the draft law she submitted to ban
the niqab in public places and government institutions.
Egyptian women who work in the architecture and construction fields are
shortlisted for the 2019 Tamayouz Excellence Award, which champions the best in
the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
Excellence Award partnered with the Society of Egyptian Architects and The
Knowledge Hub Universities to host the jury meeting and a talk in Alexandria on
August 28 and 29.
event was] part of Tamayouz’s developing strategy to hold a number of events
throughout the Middle East and North Africa. We have held events in Lebanon,
Jordan, Iraq and Egypt with the aim of engaging local architectural
communities,” sai Ahmed Al-Mallak, academic at Coventry University and founding
director of Tamayouz told Egyptian Streets.
annual award consists of two categories: Rising Star and Woman of Outstanding
Achievement. Two Egyptians are finalists in the Rising Star category.
is Deena El-Mahdy, a lecturer of Architectural Engineering Department at the
British University in Egypt. She has published numerous scientific papers on
sustainable construction using local resources, and she has received awards for
innovating sustainable building materials and projects, such as a salt-block
in 2015, she co-launched Cairo Heritage School, which aims to bridge the gap
between governmental bodies, professionals and community members.
second competitor is Omniya Abdel Barr, the Barakat Trust Fellow at the
Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, where she leads the digitisation of
K.A.C. Creswell’s international collections with the American University of
Cairo, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and Harvard University.
addition to her research work, she is also the project manager of ‘Rescuing the
Mamluk Minbars of Cairo’, and has actively sought to protect Egyptian art
pieces from international auction sales and looting.
Fahmy is competing in the Woman of Outstanding Achievement category. She is the
founder and principal of Shahira Fahmy Architects, which was established in
Cairo in 2005. Fahmy has designed and built projects in the Middle East and
Europe, and was once hailed by Phaidon as one of the “architects building the
Egyptians are competing with women from Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and
talk at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina was attended by many people in the
architectural community there as well as the general public. We managed to
deliver the message of Tamayouz – a message of hope – as well as shed light on
a number of female architects who are doing great work for our region,”
winners of the Women in Architecture and Construction Award 2019 will be
announced in September.
believes that there is the potential of running an architectural competition in
Egypt, as well as holding more annual events there in the coming years.
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