Azmiralda Zahir and Aisha Shujune Mohamed as the first female justices of the
Maldives Supreme Court
Women Making Strides in Government Jobs in Pakistan
Female Football Fan in Iran Sets Herself on Fire To Protest Jail
Girl, Kidnapped In Pakistan, Reunited With Family: Report
Children Get Catholic Education In Flexible Madagascar
Movers List: Khadijah Safari is helping women smash through the barriers by
bringing religion and MMA together
Friday rally in Ashland supports congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Issues Arrest Warrants for ISIS Women Trapped In Syrian Camps
Tasks Women on Effective Parenting
Rescue Hafizabad Woman Held Captive By Brothers For 10 Years
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Overcomes Islamic Opposition and Appoints Two Women as Supreme Court Judges
September 5 (Maldives Independent): In a historic vote on Tuesday, parliament
confirmed the president’s nominationsof former judges Dr Azmiralda Zahir and
Aisha Shujune Mohamed as the first female justices of the Supreme Court.
nominees were approved with 62 votes in favour. Independent MP Mohamed Nasheed
Abdulla cast the sole dissenting vote while Jumhooree Party leader Gasim
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party controls 65 seats in the
87-member People’s Majlis.
whoresignedfrom the civil court in 2014, was among the first two female judges
appointed to the bench in 2007. Dr Azmiralda was the most senior female judge in
the country until herresignationfrom the High Court in May 2016.
Solih’s nomination of the pair last month sparked a backlash from religious
scholars who contended that Islamprohibitswomen from serving as judges.
condemned the move on Twitter and some shared an opinion issued by the fatwa
council, in which the advisory body backed the view that women cannot pass
judgment on criminal matters or property disputes. There was a consensus among
scholars of all sects of Islam that judges must be male, they said. Some
scholars from the Hanafi sect say women can adjudicate civil matters and family
disputes but most scholars do not agree with any exceptions, the council noted.
religious conservative Adhaalath Party, which is part of the MDP-led ruling
coalition,backedthe council’s opinion but acknowledged the lack of consensus on
the question. The party called for respect of differing opinions on disputed
matters and appealed against branding people as disbelievers or apostates. A
person who endorses an incorrect opinion should not be considered a sinner, it
confirmation vote came after parliament’s judiciary committee evaluated the
nominees, both of whom were sent for approval after endorsement from the
Judicial Service Commission.
the final debate, MDP MPs reiterated the ruling party’s stance that the
appointments would be an important step towards empowering women and achieving
gender equality. Opposition lawmakers also backed the appointment of women to
the bench and Independent MP Ahmed Usham commended the nominees as qualified
and capable individuals.
former judges were nominated after parliamentamendedthe Judicature Act to
increase the size of the Supreme Court bench from five to seven justices.
Pakistan's minority Hindu community, especially women, has long been sidelined
when it comes to climbing up the ladder to reach public posts, but not anymore.
Kumari is the latest example of Hindu women making impressive strides. The
29-year-old, who hails from the scheduled caste Kohli community, became the
first Hindu female assistant sub-inspector of police after passing the
provincial competitive examinations in Sindh.
January, Suman Pawan Bodani, became the first Female Hindu Civil Judge of
Pakistan. Bodani, who hails from Sindh's Shahdadkot area, stood 54th in the
merit list for the appointment of civil judge/judicial magistrate. Last year,
another woman from Kohli community, Krishna Kumari, became the first senator of
who has been inducted into Sindh Police, did not always dream of becoming a policewoman.
She graduated in 'critical care' from Dow University of Health Sciences in
2014, and until last year worked as an intensive care unit (ICU) technologist
at a trauma Centre, the Express Tribune reported.
are many Hindu girls in the medical profession; she told the daily while
explaining her choice. I wanted to do something different and that is why I
decided to appear in the public service commission exam for police.
applied for the vacant ASI post in 2018. She sat for her written public service
commission exam in January this year. The exam was followed by a final
interview. Then, two weeks ago, she finally saw her name appear in the final
list of qualified candidates.
dream does not stop here. My plan now is to obtain a masters degree in
criminology. I also intend to appear in other exams, particularly if the Sindh
government announces a post for the deputy superintendent of police, she told
my choice to join the police, other girls and women will decide to be daring in
their career choices and maybe join the police, army, air force or navy, she
youngest of five siblings, Pushpa grew up in a middle class family in the
Samaro town of Sindh's Mirpurkhas district. Her mother works for the population
welfare department as a family planning technical officer. Her father runs a
her parents seem to have instilled a drive for success in each of the five
siblings. Like her, they, they too are on a quest to appear in competitive
exams, she told the daily.
brother Bharat Kumar, for instance, went to New Delhi on scholarship and
completed his master's degree in sociology from the South Asia University, she
said. My maternal uncle, who is a Grade 19 officer, is the source of
inspiration for me.
worked for the non-governmental Marie Stopes Society' in her hometown before
joining the medical field which she ultimately stepped away from. She now lives
in Karachi with her husband, Narain Das, who works as a supervisor for Bahria
young woman who set herself on fire on September 1 outside the public
prosecutor’s office in Tehran is among football-starved Iranian women detained
outside Iran's main sports arena, Azadi stadium.
29-year-old is suffering from third-degree burns, and currently under life support,"
says the CEO/president of Motahari Emergency and Burns hospital in the Iranian
the state-run news agency, Rokna, cited the sister of the victim, as saying,
"They detained my sister on March 12, 2019, when she tried to enter Azadi
Stadium, and watch Tehran's Esteqlal soccer club home match against the United
Arab Emirates' Al Ain, FC."
to Rokna, security forces arrested the woman who has bipolar disorder and is
security agents took the woman, whose name has not been released, to the
infamous Qarchak prison, in Varamin south of Tehran.
was later released on bail, Rokna reports, adding, "At 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."
woman was so enraged she set herself on fire with the gasoline procured before
visiting the public prosecutor's office.
is the only country in the world that bans women from sports stadiums. The
unwritten law has been supported by religious conservatives and political
hardliners in Iran since 1980, a year after the downfall of the pro-West
monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the establishment of the Islamic
the meantime, banning women from watching live soccer matches in Iranian
stadiums is against regulations set by the International Football Federation
4 of FIFA's regulations stipulates, "Discrimination of any kind against a
country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin color,
ethnic, national or social origin, gender, disability, language, religion,
political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status,
sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by
suspension or expulsion."
has given the Islamic Republic until October to pave the way for women to
freely enter sports arenas and watch men's live soccer matches. Otherwise, Iran
could face removal from all international soccer events.
A Hindu girl, who was allegedly abducted and forcibly converted to Islam before
being married to a Muslim man in Pakistan's Sindh province, has been reunited
with family, according to a media report.
Kumari, resident of Rohri, was kidnapped when she was on her way to a local
college on August 29.
parents had claimed she was abducted by a Muslim man.
arrested 12 persons in Ghotki in connection with the case, The Express Tribune
Kumar, a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), claimed that
this is the first time a kidnapped Hindu girl has been reunited safely with her
issue of forced conversions of minority women came to the spotlight after a
19-year-old Sikh girl was allegedly forced to embrace Islam after being married
to a Muslim youth in Punjab province.
girl was reunited with her family after days of negotiations between Punjab
governor and a 30-member committee of the Sikh community.
had expressed strong concern over the incidents of forced conversion and asked
the neighbouring country to take remedial action to stop such cases.
form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official
estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the
community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country.
of Pakistan's Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share
culture, traditions and language with their Muslim residents.
bell of St. John's Catholic high school, next to the cathedral in Antsiranana
in northern Madagascar, sounds for the noon break, and hundreds of students
pour into the street.
them is Michael Beafara. With his schoolbag on his back, he hails a tuk-tuk
taxi, for there is no time to lose - it is Friday, and he needs to get to the
mosque for midday prayers.
route, he will stop off at home to swap his khaki school shirt, which has the
cross emblazoned on the breast, for an ochre djellaba.
try to go to the mosque on Fridays and at the weekend," says the 16-year-old
Muslim, who has been enrolled in Catholic schools since primary education.
arrangement may raise eyebrows in other countries, especially where religious
friction is high.
so in Madagascar, an island nation whose traditions of religious tolerance will
this week be on display for Pope Francis, who arrives on Friday for the second
leg of a three-nation African tour.
Beafara's school, run by the Daughters of Mary, nearly one in eight of pupils
Saint Joseph high school, also in Antsiranana, Muslims account for more than
one in five of the enrolment, whereas they account for less than 10 percent of
Madagascar's overall population.
in other poor countries, Catholic education is prized by many families, who
cite discipline, quality teaching and access to a social network as among its
2017, students at Catholic schools in Madagascar notched up a 63-percent
success rate for the baccalaureat - the all-important school-leaving exam,
which is modelled on the famous French "bac".
contrast, only 38 percent of students succeeded in the baccalaureat at state
schools. Eleven percent of school students overall are enrolled in Catholic
of Muslim children told journalists that they were unbothered by the religious
component of education in Catholic schools, which includes a commitment by
pupils to learn the Christian catechism and follow classes in Christian
morality entitled "Education about life and love".
are so many common areas between Islam and Catholicism," said Michael.
you are a Catholic or Muslim, we all pray to the same God," said his
father, Leonce Beafara, a former civil servant who grew up in a Christian
household but married a Muslim.
backgrounds such as this are common northern Madagascar, which has the largest
concentrations of Muslims in the country.
success comes with a price - school fees range up to 60,000 ariary ($17.15
euros) per month per child, which can be a heavy burden in a country where
two-thirds of people survive on less than $2 per day. State education is free.
1.30 pm, classes are St. John's resume - time for religious lessons.
greets his friends with a hearty Islamic salutation,
"As-salaam-alaikum" (Peace be unto you). He has had enough time to
get back into his school blouse with the cross on it - only Catholic symbols
are permitted in the school. At the entrance, there is a statue of the Virgin
Mary, and there are crucifixes in every classroom.
students questioned by journalists said they were surprised that religious
cohabitation should even be considered an issue.
completely normal," said Izad Assouman, 18. "We are equal, we respect
each other," said Michael, who has permission to take time out of school
during Ramadan to prayer at the mosque.
students said they approved a recent decision by President Andry Rajoelina to
name Aid ul-Fitr - the end of Ramadan - as a public holiday, alongside
pals invite me sometimes to come over for the end of Ramadan," said
Frederic Robinson, a Catholic student.
Marie Theodosie, who is the bookkeeper at St. John's, said peaceful
co-existence is rooted in the region's traditions and similar lifestyles. Many
families eschew pork and women of both religions favour long, conservative
school's youthful computer science teacher, Soafa Jaoriky, is a Muslim but says
with a little laugh that she knows the Catholic prayers.
I was I child I forced my (Muslim) mother to learn them so that she could teach
them to me."
enrolment by Muslims, Catholic schools in Antsiranana do not request a
certificate of baptism from new students - unlike many schools in the capital
Antananarivo, where Muslim students are less numerous.
and cohabitation are one thing, but religious conversions are rare, according
to Father Gidlin Bezamany, in charge of the Catholic schools in Antsiranana.
schools "are not there for proselytising," he said. (AFP)
Safari’s path to becoming the founder of a thriving martial arts organisation
was born more out of necessity than ambition. “I converted to Islam in 2009 and
didn’t want to train in a mixed-sex gym anymore,” says Khadijah, a 5'4"
black belt in Muay Thai boxing. “I decided to set up my own females-only class
in west London, so created flyers and just went up to women asking them if they
would be interested.
first session was amazing - it brought so many women from different walks of
life together, all united in one place. I think they felt more safe and less
inhibited when training as a result.”
the training was open to anyone, part of Khadijah’s mission was to show that
Muslim women are capable of being powerful and athletic without being held back
by stereotypes. “The hijab is removed during training, meaning that there were
no barriers and we were all equal,” she explains. “My plan was to create my own
martial arts organisation for all women, but where there was space for
religious women to train and be respectful of their religion and their sport at
the same time,” says Khadijah. “Anyone of any age and any background is
Khadijah’s company Safari MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has reached more than 3,000
people and currently has nine locations in the south east, with two more
opening this year and plans to go nationwide. As well as Muay Thai, she and her
instructors teach Thai boxing, cardio classes, workshops and kids boxing.
mission is to reach as many people as possible,” says Khadijah. “We recently
launched an instructor training course for women because I want women to know
it’s a career option. There’s been huge demand for it. We trained one lady who
is deaf who will be able to teach martial arts using sign language.
also partnered with a mental health charity to set up classes for people with
mental health issues. I’d love to partner with prisons and work with ex
Sport’s Movers List has included Khadijah as one of 50 people who are using
sport to encourage more active lives, and her work has empowered many people to
embrace a new sport, thus boost their confidence both physically and
end goal is always self improvement,” says Khadijah, 37. “I like teaching
people to have self belief, to break through goals. To have that mentality that
you can achieve anything you want if you put the work in.
people come to lose weight and get fit. I teach one woman who has lost 57kg
through training, it’s been a major turnaround as she struggled with her weight
for so long.
training can give people so much more than just better fitness. I had a victim
of domestic violence who credits learning Muay Thai with giving her the
confidence to come out of that situation. I also had a woman come who wanted a
promotion at work. She came purely to help boost her confidence. A month or so
after she started training she got what she wanted.
could never have predicted what women would get from learning martial arts, but
now I feel like it’s my duty to pass that knowledge on. I enjoy it so much
because I see the end results, how it’s often a life changing experience and
not just a sport. It’s a space where people don’t have to worry about others
watching them or what others think. You instantly become part of a community.
There’s no way I would be able to stop doing martial arts now. I’m only just
rally to stand with congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib is planned for 6
to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Ashland Plaza.
intention is to “support a respectful dialogue about Israel’s occupation of the
West Bank and blockade of Gaza, and support the right to criticize Israel and
boycott Israeli companies and products,” according to a press release.
release also states that the groups organizing the event, Rogue Valley Jewish
Voice for Peace and The United Nations Club at Southern Oregon University,
Sacks, membership coordinator for Jewish Voice for Peace in the Rogue Valley,
said the two congresswomen are the first Muslim women elected to Congress and
have been attacked for addressing the lack of a “fair and objective discussion
of Israeli policy in the U.S. media or in the U.S. Congress.”
said the group is not anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic.
are living the values and ethics of Judaism when we point out that the
Palestinians are living under a military occupation, which denies them their
basic human rights, controls their movements from place to place, keeps many of
them in deplorable living conditions and often kills and injures them when they
peacefully demonstrate,” Sacks said.
said the congresswomen’s words are often twisted in the media.
of violence and hatred toward Muslims and Jews have increased dramatically
since President Trump took office,” Sacks said. “We know that, historically,
authoritarian governments maintain their power by pitting one group against
another. Standing with Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib is sending a message that
we will not let hate and lies divide us. In standing with them we are
advocating for a vibrant Democracy in which unpopular voices can be heard, and
in which minorities, people of color and women are treated with dignity and
High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, has recently issued arrest warrants for
four women who traveled to Syria in 2014 to join the Islamic State (ISIS).
four are currently being held in two detention camps run by Kurdish militias in
Syria, two sources close to the investigation have told EL PAÍS.
of the women are Spanish nationals and the fourth is a Moroccan woman who was
married to a jihadist with Spanish citizenship. He was killed in ISIS’
self-proclaimed caliphate. The latter woman has three children who hold Spanish
four – who have a total of 17 children under their care, including a newborn –
are wanted by several Spanish courts for “terrorism-related crimes,” according
to police sources.
alleged jihadists – Luna Fernández, Yolanda Martínez, Lubna Mohamed Miludi and
Loubna Fares – are being held in camps for relatives of ISIS fighters.
Fernández and Martínez are at Al Roj camp, in northern Syria, near the border
with Turkey. Miludi and Fares remain in Al Hol, the camp in northeast Syria
that all four were taken to after the fall of Baghouz, the last ISIS redoubt,
Spanish government has been analyzing the case since April, when EL PAÍS
revealed their presence at the Syrian camps, where living conditions have been
described as extremely unsanitary and dangerous. A committee of officials from
the Foreign, Interior and Justice ministries are reviewing the case and
considering repatriation options, in line with similar action by other European
Union countries such as France or Germany.
are security concerns on the table as well: at least two of the four women –
Luna Fernández and Yolanda Martínez, who converted to Islam – are classified as
“dangerous” in police records.
they returned to Spain, they would be immediately arrested and probably held in
preventive custody. They could face charges of collaborating with, or being
members of, a terrorist organization, a crime that entails prison terms of six
to 12 years.
the executive studies the case, several investigating courts have issued arrest
warrants against all four women. Spain has no extradition agreement with Syria,
which has been at war for eight-and-a-half years. It does have a business
attaché in Beirut who periodically visits the capital city Damascus.
sources said that the government is proceeding very cautiously as the case has
criminal, security and even humanitarian implications, given the presence of
minors. In May, the NGO Doctors Without Borders reported that 8,000 women and
more than 3,000 children inside the Al Hol camp have no access to medical care.
April, prosecutors at the High Court asked the Interior Ministry for a report
on the Spanish women, who were asking to go back to Spain with their own
children as well as the ones they are caring for. They all claim that they
followed their husbands to the conflict zone without realizing what they were
getting into. Counter-terrorism sources noted that at least two of them,
Yolanda Martínez and Luna Fernández, show up in earlier High Court
investigations into a jihadist cell known as the Al Andalus brigade.
investigation is dragging out in Spain, which still has an acting government
following the inconclusive April 28 election. By contrast, Germany and France
have been moving more rapidly, the former having brought four children back
from Syria in mid-August, with the latter having already repatriated a dozen
Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) has urged Muslim women to create an enabling
environment for their children in order to imbibe the precepts, ethics and
functional practice of Islam.
during the 20th edition of the celebration of NASFAT yearly Women’s Week,
themed, ‘The Muslimah as a catalyst for maintaining peace and harmony’
Chief Missioner of NASFAT Imam Mahroof Abdulazeez Onike advised parent to
mentor their children and expose them to Islamic culture early in life.
would be much more fulfilled in life when their children and wards understand
Islamic principles and practice from childhood.
Chief host of the week and NASFAT Women Affairs Secretary, Alhaja Samiat Mumuni
advised the participants to seek adequate knowledge in order to boost their
understanding of Islam.
stated that the theme was deliberately chosen in view of the critical role of
women at the family and societal levels.
Mumuni disclosed that the major highlights of the events commemorating the
landmark event include the celebration of the elders and Al qonitat/Widow,
visit to hospitals, Nigeria Correctional Services and Rehabilitation Centre.
to her, other activities of the week are Women Connect With Missionaries in an
interactive session for the purpose of learning and sharing knowledge about the
deen. Noting that participants would also test their knowledge level in a quiz
competition. In addition the women would showcase the importance of clean
environment by engaging in Environmental Sanitation in different locations of
the country where NASFAT branches are located.
of NASFAT, Engr. Kamil Bolarinwa represented by the Vice President 2, Alhaji
Abdulrauf Ayodeji, admonished the participant of the event on the importance of
good parenting in order to raise responsible and morally upright Muslims.
Police in Punjab on Friday rescued a woman from a house in the city of
Hafizabad who had been held captive in a small room for almost ten years.
woman, identified as Naila Bibi, was kept captive in the house by two of her
brothers over an inheritance dispute, according to reports. One of the brothers
of the rescued woman has been arrested.
brothers of Naila Bibi only fed her once a week and did not clean her room.
When she was rescued by police, the bed in which she was dwelling was covered
with her own excrement.
Bibi was cleaned up with the help of a neighbour and was sent to the hospital
for a medical check-up. She appeared to be suffering from significant physical
and psychological trauma from the captivity.
on Thursday, a former woman Member of the Provincial Assembly was found dead in
her house in Naseerabad. The woman, identified as Parveen Sikandar Gull, 60,
lived alone in the upper portion of the house.
suspected she might have been strangled as marks of rope were found around her
had been elected as a member of Punjab Assembly on the ticket of Pakistan
Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) during the tenure of former president Pervez
Sikandar also served as the secretary of Pakistan Women Hockey Federation.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has sought a report from on the incident
from the Punjab police.
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