More than 43,000 Iranian girls between the ages of 10 to 15 are married.”
Widows, a Major Catastrophe in Iran
Women Make History as Tribal Women Vote For The First Time
Invisible Female Candidates Shut Out Of Pakistan's Elections
of Saudi Arabia to Have Female Environmental Inspectors
Sondos Al Qattan: Please Don't Hide Behind Your Hijab
Praise for Empowering Saudi Women
Wants to Send Home Wives and Children of Moroccan ISIS Fighters
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Jordanian Women are Marrying Foreigners than Ever Before
total number of Jordanian women who married Arab nationals in 2017 stood at
3,582, while 3,413 Jordanian men married women of Arab nationalities during the
same year, the Sisterhood Is Global Institute (SIGI) announced on Wednesday.
the 2017 Supreme Judge Department’s annual statistical report, SIGI said that
the total number of marriage contracts of Jordanian women to other foreign
nationals reached 333, while Jordanian men signed 467 marriage contracts to
women of other foreign nationalities, according to a SIGI statement.
for the Arab nationals Jordanian women married, Palestinians topped the list
with 1,760 contracts, followed by Syrians (995), Egyptians (313), Saudis (210),
Iraqis (127), Yemenis (64), Lebanese (28), Bahrainis (28) and Emiratis (18).
Palestinian nationality topped the list of Arab women that Jordanian men
married with 1,525 contracts, followed by Syrian with 1,333, Egyptian (185),
Iraqi (153), Moroccan (65), Lebanese (53), Algerian (46), Saudi (18) and Yemeni
US nationality topped the list of non-Arab nationalities Jordanian women
married with 108 contracts, followed by the British with 31, Pakistani (31),
German (29) and Canadian (27).
for Jordanian males marrying to non-Arab foreign nationals, US women were at
the top of the list with 132 contracts, followed by Ukrainians with 62,
Russians (33) and Germans (29), SIGI noted.
added that several Arab countries grant nationalities to the children of women
married to foreigners, such as Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, the UAE
and Iraq, but Jordan only grants children of Jordanian women married to
non-Jordanians civil and service privileges, rather than political, without
granting them full citizenship.
this regard, SIGI reaffirmed its demand that the Jordanian nationality be
granted to the children of Jordanian women married to Arabs and other
widows constitute a great catastrophe in Iran, said Hassan Moussavi Chelak,
head of the Social Work Association.
remarks made on July 24, 2018, Moussavi Chelak, expressed concern over this
catastrophe by saying, “The existence of more than 24,000 widows under 18 years
of age, warns of a worrying situation.”
added, “Some of these child widows could even commit crimes or become victims
of social harms to earn their living. Economic and psychological pressures
build up on child widows, eventually entangling them in psychological and
to article 1041 of the Civil Code, the minimum age of marriage for girls is 13.
And economic poverty is a significant factor contributing to early marriages
and the phenomenon of child widows.
March 2017 to March 2018 (Persian year 1396), the number of marriages
registered in Tehran was 78,972, which included 1,481 marriages of girls under
15 years of age. This is just for Tehran. This statistic escalates in
lower-income cities and town and destitute regions.
43,000 girls under 15 were married in this time span across Iran, according to
the statistics and monitoring director of the Social and Cultural Council of
Women and Family. (The state-run salamatnews.com - July 24, 2018)
in May, Massoumeh Alishahi, a member of the mullahs’ parliament (Majlis), also
acknowledged the high number of child widows, and said, “Unfortunately, rural
girls have to drop out of school because of a lack of high schools for girls in
villages, and their parents force them into marriage after they finish the
elementary school. Poverty plays a great role in child marriages. There have
been observations where some families give their 9-10-year-old girls into
marriage with old men just for a small amount of money to help them with their
living expenses.” (The state-run ROKNA news agency – May 28, 2018) This is a
practice that leads to rise in the number of child widows.
Pakistani women made history with an unprecedented turnout in general election
on Wednesday as women from remote and tribal areas came out for the first time
turnout sent a powerful message about equality and proved to be a victory for
from the conservative province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), particularly
Kohistan, Dir, North and South Waziristan, were seen queuing up outside polling
stations to cast their votes in the general election on Wednesday. Women from
these remote areas have long been deprived of their constitutional rights due
to conventional tribal traditions. Some of these regions were earlier terrorist
strongholds where the militants enforced anti-women laws.
women from tribal areas finally broke the shackles by exercising their right to
vote for the first time in the country’s history.
the remote districts of Balochistan province, too, women came out in large
numbers to vote despite terror attack in provincial capital Quetta on the
election day that killed 31 people.
Commission of Pakistan Secretary Babar Yaqoob confirmed that women in Dir in
the northwest province of KP had cast their votes for the first time in
Kurram district of KP, women voted for tribal district’s first and only
independent candidate Ali Begum who contested the election against 23 male
women of Mohmand tribal district had voted before but this time the turnout
Waziristan Government Administrator Mohammad Ayaz Khan claimed that the region
“made history” as the women voted for the first time. South Waziristan local
administration also confirmed that female voter turnout was “extremely healthy”
and that no complaints were received from the region.
in some conservative parts of Punjab also made their voices heard in the
general election on Wednesday. Women of Gagh Kalan, a remote village in
Punjab’s Khushab district, exercised their voting right for the first time. The
areas of Sindh province that saw an exceptional turnout of women voters included
Badin and Mithi.
105.96 million voters across Pakistan had registered for the July 25 elections
while female voters constituted 44.1 per cent of the total eligible voters in
the country. In previous elections, even those who were registered were not
allowed to vote by men but the new ECP law helped change this tradition.
were intentionally not allowed to vote in previous elections, but the new
mechanism by Election Commission greatly benefited women in 2018 elections and
would gradually change the perception about women’s voting rights in tribal
areas,” Aisha Khalid, a Gender Studies lecturer told Gulf News.
positive change and enormous women turnout in Wednesday’s election can be
credited to the Election Commission Act 2017, which made it obligatory for
winning candidates to secure at least 10 per cent of the women’s vote from the
a tiny gathering in the narrow streets of the eastern city of Lahore, Saira
Bano, clad in a burqa, sits quietly among bearded men, who chant “long live
leads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa militant group accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai
terror attacks, which killed 166 people. He carries a $10m (£7.6m) bounty on
is contesting Wednesday’s election in Pakistan for the Allah O Akbar Tehreek
(AAT) party, a new political wing with links to Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Milli
Muslim League, which is on the UN’s list of banned organisations.
may not be standing for office in Lahore, but his face is on all the Allah O
Akbar posters and he remains an inspiration for his followers.
Saeed is a good man who helps Muslims around the world, like the Rohingyas.
This is all propaganda against Hafiz Saeed, generated by [former prime
minister] Nawaz Sharif,” says Bano.
has in the past campaigned against women working, let alone standing for
election. But Bano is one of 10 female candidates contesting seats on the Allah
O Akbar ticket. The move is not the result of enlightened views, but because
new election rules stipulate that at least 5% of a party’s candidates must be women.
This means a record 558 women will be standing for national and provincial
parliament seats this week.
most political parties, especially religious ones, are fielding their female
candidates in seats they are sure to lose. Bano, who is related to the wife of
Sharif, jailed earlier this month for , knows winning is a long shot. But she
believes Saeed and his party will consult women like her on policy matters.
least Bano is being encouraged to campaign. In Peshawar, capital of the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province in the country’s north-west, where women are seldom seen
in public areas, Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah, another hardline Islamist
party, is fielding a female candidate for the national assembly yet none of its
leaders have ever met her.
was formed last year by a fiery cleric and promises to enforce stricter laws
against blasphemy. The party’s participation in the elections follows a
decision by Pakistan’s army to “mainstream” religious extremists.
Peshawar no one seems to know “Ms Yasmeen”, the candidate without a last name
and without a face – the space is left blank on campaign posters. When asked
about her whereabouts, a male candidate from the party also contesting a seat
for Peshawar holds a finger to his lips and says in a hushed voice: “She is a
silent candidate. We gave her name to fulfil the requirements of the election
commission, but she will not campaign. She is a pious lady and never steps out
of her house or talks to journalists.”
is not just the extremist Islamist parties that are fielding female candidates
in seats they cannot win. Mainstream political parties, like Sharif’s Pakistan
Muslim League-N, are doing the same.
Shahid is standing for the party in Lower Dir, a rural area, also in the
north-west, where all the political parties had previously made a written
agreement not to allow women to vote. “Despite the fact that men get women to
do all their work at home, during elections they don’t find them capable to
vote and ban them from doing so,” says Shahid. “Someone has to stand against
says that by tradition women don’t go to funerals – which local politicians are
expected to attend – and are not present at tribal councils, making it harder
to reach voters. But apart from some sexist statements by her male opponents,
she says that male voters have been receptive.
I have never been discouraged by male voters because they are so happy to see
their representative and are eager to share their problems, in the hope that we
can resolve them.”
don’t come to political rallies, so Shahid is running a door-to-door campaign.
She complains that most women do not have an official identity card, which
means they cannot cast a vote.
Alamgir Khan, from a well-established political family in Peshawar, is able to
spend big money on her campaign for the Pakistan People’s party, led by Bilawal
Bhutto Zardari, son of the assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
She is seen as one of the few female candidates who has a chance of winning.
new law is a step forward for women. We are now in the political fray and at
least the tradition of silence has been broken,” says Khan, standing among a
crowd of men.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection has started
employing women in environmental inspection teams, said its president Dr.
Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi.
is in line with a decree to support environmental inspection and assessment to
reduce pollution, safeguard public health and improve quality of life, he
added. Employing women fulfills the need to expand environmental inspections,
authority, with the support of the environment, water and agriculture minister,
is working to provide environmental sustainability under the Kingdom’s Vision
2030 reform plan, Al-Thaqafi added.
because you have millions of followers, doesn’t make you right. And just
because you wear a hijab, doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want without
being scrutinised. But most of all, if you have a public platform and use it to
build your brand and business, you should expect to be fully accountable for
what you say.
is the story of Kuwaiti blogger Sondos Al Qattan, her comments about Filipino
domestic workers and the subsequent backlash.
we should hope for from this sorry tale is that it becomes a turning point in
our public conversation, shedding light on serious social problems surrounding
domestic workers’ rights and true empowerment for all women.
complaining to her 2.3 million followers about maids having one day off each
week and holding on to their own passports, because if they run away “who will
refund me?”, Ms Al Qattan sought to silence her critics by explaining that she
does pay her workers and doesn’t beat them.
hardly seems worth applauding. I’d hope Ms Al Qattan can see the irony in
fighting for her own autonomy while being complicit in crushing that of other
has been dropped by the beauty brands for whom she acts as an ambassador. While
comments on her social media are blocked, she has just posted images of herself
decked in a heavy gold necklace and bangles. From someone who has quibbled
about a domestic worker’s day off and "refunds", the pictures seem
first result of this episode must be that protecting the rights of workers is
put firmly on the agenda. But more significantly, the respect and perception of
workers must radically shift. They are not objects, but real human beings.
Al Qattan has also just released a statement asking why her critics are not
talking about humanitarian crises elsewhere. It’s simple: to say that one day
off a week is excessive, to hold a worker's passport so they can’t "escape"
and to demand a refund in exchange for a human being is a humanitarian crisis.
she has claimed that the criticism she’s facing is an attack on Kuwait, the
hijab and Islam as a whole. She's wrong. This is a criticism of Ms Al Qattan's
specific and toxic attitudes, which as it happen, are in contravention of
Islam’s guidelines on treating people with respect and dignity.
are many women like Ms Al Qattan who in the past decade have orchestrated a
positive shift in the public presence and depiction of Muslim hijabi women.
This has been a welcome development.
yet while a Muslim hijabi might be breaking down barriers and prejudice, she
can still be complicit in the oppression of others.
bottom line is this. Building your own "liberation" on the backs of
others is not a form of empowerment. Influencers and advocates (whether
explicit or implicit) of freeing women from traditional constraints – as the
rise of the female Muslim hijabi influencer has been all about – cannot do so
at the expense of other women.
just because you are female, Muslim, brown, Arab or hijabi and therefore suffer
systemic discrimination – including abuse levelled at the hijab to justify
Islamophobia – it doesn't mean you can't be a proponent of systemic injustice.
If women who are "breaking barriers" are to mean anything, then it
means breaking them for everyone.
is a very clear example of how privilege comes in different guises. Once can be
both discriminated against and a perpetrator of inequality, at the same time.
As women, we need to avoid building our own "freedom" and
"equality" off the backs of other women.
so if freedom and equality for women is to mean anything, it must mean women
interrogating their own actions.
Ms Al Qattan, as hard as it is to admit, the comments you made equated human
beings to objects. Your hijab, your millions of followers and the many barriers
you might have demolished don’t offer immunity from holding views which – and
I’m sorry to use harsh words – are utterly abhorrent.
don’t hide behind your hijab. You have a chance here to do some soul searching
and then to use your platform to make a truly radical transformation to the
lives of millions of people and to make a paradigm shift in one of our most
urgent global conversations about the rise of modern slavery.
Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation is training Saudi women for
jobs in key departments, including air traffic control, in a move commended by
the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as empowering women.
organization congratulated GACA for accepting 130 women in Riyadh and Jeddah,
its second batch of female trainees, for the Air Traffic Control Diploma
President Abdulhakim bin Muhammad Al-Tamimi said the authority was proud of
having Saudized 99 percent of its departments, and urged civil aviation firms
in the Kingdom to fulfill their national duty and follow suit.
newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum reported on July 26 that the Iraqi government decided
to send home the wives and children of Moroccan ISIS fighters after the
terrorist group was eradicated from the country at the end of 2017.
extradition operation is set to be carried out in coordination with the United
Nations. and will concern the fighters’ wives and children under the age of 15.
It will not, however include female ISIS fighters.
UN team, led by a lawyer, will travel to Iraq to closely monitor the case, the
extradition proceedings, and ensure international protection for the operation.
to Akhbar Al Yaoum, Iraqi Ambassador in Holland Hicham El Alaoui confirmed the
extradition operation will affect all women who are currently being held in
Iraqi prisons, with the exception of those who participated in terrorist acts
carried by ISIS in Iraq.
news agency (Maghreb Arab Press) has not said anything about Morocco’s stance
on Iraq’s decision.
his recent interviews with national and international news outlets, Head of
Morocco’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau (BCIJ) Abdelhak Khiame expressed concern
over the threat returned ISIS fighters could pose.
to Khiame, Morocco’s position regarding returning fighters was established in
2015, allowing police to apprehend them for investigation and put them in
typically receive sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years in prison.
to El Khiame and official estimates, the number of Moroccan fighters affiliated
with ISIS and other transnational terrorist networks is approximately 1,660
are spread throughout the MENA region, but are mainly in Iraq, Syria, and
Libya. That figure also includes the 200 or so who have already returned to Morocco.
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