Female Fans Find Football Buzz in Cafes and Malls Due To Stadium Bans
Zainab Fathima, Woman, Who Converted To Islam, Allowed Police Protection by Madurai
Google Female Executive to Lead Pakistan’s Digitisation Initiative
in Hijab Launches Racist Attack On Indian Bus Passenger
Team of Women Entrepreneurs to Represent Pakistan at Singapore Start-up Weekend
Strip; Torture 3 Assam Sisters, Pregnant Woman Loses Baby after Beating
Modest Motivator: Nike’s First Hijab Ambassador on Breaking Barriers for Women
Committee of Arab Women Sports Tournament Releases Competition Manifesto
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Film Fest Shines Spotlight On Muslim Women in Arts
Mohamed was 12 when she took the stage for the first time as a spoken word
artist at The Mosquers Film Festival.
in its 11th run, the unique festival has shone a light on some of the hidden
artistic talents in Edmonton since its beginnings at the University of Alberta
event has focused on bringing Muslim artists to centre stage.
will be performing again this year at The Mosquers. The festival takes place
Saturday night at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.
feels like a very full-circle moment and it just feels nice to know that my
community is creating a space where I can share my art and feel highlighted and
centred," Mohamed said.
one-day event showcases the diverse Muslim experience through short films in an
effort to change how people perceive Muslims in film, said Sofia Alani, the
festival's external events director.
so much Islamophobia around, there's so much misunderstanding, and I think when
you allow people to kind of share their own narratives there's this dialogue
that's been created where you open that space for people to have more
understanding and build more connection," Alani said.
event has grown to include film festival submissions from around the world,
drawing international performers and artists.
there's more to it than just film. Organizers say year after year, the festival
pursues new ways to introduce Muslims and non-Muslims to the most original and
common everyday struggle the festival tries to address is the relative scarcity
of Muslim individuals, especially women, in the creative industry.
year's event will showcase female Muslim artists.
so many Muslim women that are doing amazing things and holding it down. So I
don't think the issue is whether or not there's talent," Mohamed said.
think it's about, when are there spaces where we can be present, where we can
be centred, and where you can just pass us the microphone and allow us to share
our arts? And this is one of those spaces."
are available on the festival's website. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event
starts at 6:30 p.m.
match days Iran's young female soccer fans cram Tehran's shopping centres and
cafes, their faces painted with the Iranian flag and beaming with excitement,
as they follow their national team on giant television screens alongside male
women have been banned from men's soccer matches at football stadiums in the
country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but that has done nothing to dampen
their determination to enjoy it.
female fans have long campaigned to be allowed to watch men's soccer and
occasionally a limited number of women have been allowed into the stadium.
death this month of a female fan who set herself on fire in protest at her
arrest for attending a match has drawn international attention to women's
exclusion. Iran is also under pressure from soccer's governing body FIFA on
Iran to change its stance. Following a match in a busy cafe, Iranian fan
Somayyeh Rajabpour said "watching like this is more exciting."
female fan, Mahsa Alipour said "All the people love it. They love soccer a
lot. For me personally, although I may not know much about soccer, I am so excited
by the games."
President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff said last week that women would be
allowed into stadiums if foul language in chants and sporadic violence was
don't see a problem with women attending if the atmosphere in stadiums is
convenient... but with so much foul language among fans and violence, this is
not advisable," Mahmoud Vaezi told state television.
spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference, "We believe that women can
enter stadiums, but I am sure you agree that a portion of society is worried
about their presence."
said women would be present at Iran's game with Cambodia. "Their presence
will increase step by step."
move is seen as a first step towards opening national games to women.
said the sports minister would contact leaders of supporter groups to
"improve the atmosphere from a moral standpoint" and special areas
for women would be set up in stadiums.
officials are expected to visit Iran on Wednesday, as part of preparations for
Iran's World Cup qualifying games, the semi-official news agency YJC reported.
Khodayari, dubbed "Blue Girl" after her favourite team's colours,
died in hospital just over a week ago after setting herself alight outside a
court where she feared being jailed for six months. She had tried to attend a
match disguised as a man.
do not let us inside the stadiums. But we were so good like this today, inside
the shopping centre," said Atieh, who was among a group of men and women
watching a soccer game at a cafe in Tehran. "Men did not say anything
improper at all, and we were all together, all fine, watching the match."
female architect, who did not give her name, said however that she objected to
women at football stadiums, "because of the cultural problems we have, not
just in grounds but even in our normal urban atmosphere."
Zainab Fathima, Woman, Who Converted To Islam, Allowed Police Protection by
The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court allowed a petition filed by a
24-year-old woman seeking police protection after she alleged that her parents
were threatening to kill her as she converted into another religion.
petitioner, M Keerthana Devi, who belonged to a caste-Hindu family in Theni,
submitted that she converted to Islam of her own volition and also changed his
name to Shaheen Zainab Fathima.
alleged that her parents objected to her decision and threatened to kill her
even after she left her home, and sought direction for police protection. When
the case came for hearing on Monday before Justice GK Ilanthirayan, the
petitioner and her parents appeared before the court and made their
both sides, Justice Ilanthirayan observed that the petitioner is not a minor
and cannot be forced to go with her parents. He, therefore, allowed the
petition, adding that a detailed order would be passed.
Government has planned to take on board a female Google executive to put
digitisation initiative from the Prime Minister’s Office on a fast track.
Tehreek-e-Insaf senior leader Jahangir Tareen shared this news in an interview.
also said that the government has put a lot of effort to make this happen.
take her responsibilities in Pakistan she has resigned from her job in
Singapore as senior Google executive,” he said.
said that the initiative will be under the Strategic Reform Implementation Unit
(SRIU) from the PM’s Office.
will provide a roadmap for the projects and with her expertise, the tech sector
will touch new heights. She will work to modernise databases, aiding digital
entrepreneurs and making digital payments much more convenient.
we want to compete with the modern world we have to invest in new technologies
and digital system. By the grace of God, we will accomplish this task,” he
shocking footage shows a woman in a hijab tell an Indian male bus passenger
that he ‘stinks of curry’. The woman, who was dressed in a veil worn by Muslim
women in public, launched the racist attack on a London bus last weekend. Her
mum had clashed with the driver after urging him to not let anymore people on
because of overcrowding. When the male passenger tried to calm the mother and
daughter, he was met with a torrent of abuse. Referring to an area in London,
mobile phone video shows the woman scream at the man: ‘You smell of curry, dumb
b**tard. Go back to your f**king Southall slum.’
woman believed to be the aggressor’s mother restrains her as she lashes out,
shouting ‘no let me hit’. The male passenger can be heard taunting the woman by
saying ‘everyone is on my side’. The altercation happened on the 195 bus from
Romney Road in Brentford in West London on Saturday. The Metropolitan Police
have been contacted for a comment.
weekend, tech incubator The Nest I/O organised the Startup Weekend Women
edition, where more than 200 aspiring women entrepreneurs from various
backgrounds participated to work on and develop their own tech companies.
Nest won the competition, with their idea of a safe housing community for women
who live alone in the city.
was the incubator's third edition of Startup Weekend Women in Karachi. The
event not only focused on uplifting local women businesses, but will also allow
them to showcase their talent globally at Techstars Global Startup Weekend
Women which will be held in Singapore in March 2020.
of over 200 applications received, 70 women were shortlisted to participate in
the event, including designers, developers, marketeers, and startup
inspired me to attend was the entire package that was being offered including
workshops, sessions, mentoring, and coaching. Being an IT professional, I
wasn’t familiar with the business side of things, but here I met a very diverse
set of people from multiple disciplines who helped me improve my idea and
create something new,” commented Nashwa, who was part of the team called
place was awarded to CalmWalay - an idea to provide a reliable platform to hire
household help while at the same time providing vocational training and
workshops to its staff members to help them grow.
third place was Carpoolers - an app to reduce travel cost of university
students. Special mentions were also given to Little Rebels, an idea to design
fun and cute gender neutral clothes for children under 10, and Decentra Cars, a
safe and secure car buying and selling platform using blockchain technology.
experience here was amazing! We met some really good mentors from different
backgrounds. They taught us how to come up with a practical strategy and an
overall sense of how to turn it into a business, how to market it, how to go
about the financials, making it a very holistic and comprehensive experience.
My team alone had members from various backgrounds including a pharmacist, a
chef, a business manager, and they all brought a lot to the table. Everyone
should try to be a part of this event because this is one experience you don’t want
to miss,” commented Adeena Ismail, a participant at the event.
total of 36 ideas were initially pitched of which 12 ideas were selected
through crowd voting and pitched at the end of the 54-hour long extravaganza in
front of a panel of judges which included Naz Khan, Managing Director at
X-Petroleum Limited, Misbah Naqvi, Managing Partner at i2i Ventures, Samra
Muslim, Founder at Walnut Communications, and Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and
Founder of The Nest I/O.
was my first time as a judge at Startup Weekend Women at The Nest I/O, and I
really enjoyed the experience. I feel that it’s very important for women to
have these safe spaces where they can take their ideas forward without the fear
of being judged, or adversity, or not having confidence. It’s very inspiring to
see all these women who spent the entire weekend collaborating, putting their
ideas together [...] and the fact that they were able to unlock their minds and
were able to network and know that there are so many like-minded people out there,
is just amazing,” commented Naz Khan, one of the judges at the event.
a period of two and a half days, the SWW participants had an opportunity to
network with different people, learn about business model canvas and pitching
during workshops, get inspired by speaker sessions, and receive one-on-one
coaching from successful entrepreneurs from various fields including Nadia
Patel Gangjee, Founder Sheops and Femprow, Sahar Habib Ghazi, Senior Newsroom
Leader and Multimedia Journalist, Nida Farid, an aerospace engineer and energy
efficiency consultant, Madiha Latif, Program Coordinator at Shirkat Gah -
Women's Resource Centre, amongst many others.
bloggers like Amtul Baweja of Patangeer and Anika Moiz of Boss Women Pakistan
also supported the event.
speakers who were invited to share their stories included Faiza Yousuf, a
technologist and a serial entrepreneur with almost 9 years of experience in
building products and teams, Nusrat Hidayatullah, Founder of The Forty Two Day
Challenge, Jahan Ara Saleem, project lead for Women Dump Truck Driving Program
(WDDP), an initiative of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company to create employment
opportunities for the local women of Tharparkar, and Ghazal Pirzada, Founder
Ghazal Pirzada Studios.
main focus of Startup Weekend Women is to change the ratio of gender attendance
during tech events. We have been hosting Startup Weekend since 2017 and we
always make sure that we have a gender balance in all our events, but we still
find that hosting Startup Weekend Women is very helpful for women because it
gives them that comfort to show up and engage in a more meaningful way, to
build and develop ideas with actual output. Safe Nest is the winner of this
event and will be representing Pakistan at the Global Startup Weekend Women
next year. I’m already so proud of them for coming up with an idea that does
not only have the potential to grow into a good business but also empowers
women at the same time,” commented Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and Founder The
Global Startup Weekend Women by Techstars will take place in Singapore in March
2020 where winners of Startup Weekend Women held all across the world will
represent their respective countries.
a horrific incident, a pregnant Muslim woman and her two sisters were allegedly
stripped and tortured inside a police station in Assam's Darrang district.
Kicked in her belly by a police officer, the pregnant woman started bleeding
and lost her baby due to the torture.
incident took place on September 8 and came to light only on Tuesday.
the alleged torture, the pregnant woman was admitted to a hospital where she
lost the baby due to miscarriage.
to reports, Darrang district police picked up three sisters - Minuwara Begum,
Sanuwara and Rumela from Sixmile area in Guwahati on September 8 night in
connection with a kidnapping case and took them to Burha police outpost.
a complaint filed with the Darrang district Superintendent of Police on
September 10 by Minuwara Begum, she has alleged that the three of them were
picked up from their homes by a police team led by the officer-in-charge of
Burha police outpost, Mahendra Sarma, on September 8 night.
the complaint they have said that they were taken to the Burha police outpost
where the Mahendra Sarma and a lady constable physically tortured them the
whole night. They were also stripped naked.
were brutally beaten up and the police officer who also touched our private
parts. The police officer threatened us by showing his pistol and warned us
from filing any complaint against him," the woman said in her complaint.
woman had filed a complaint with the Darrang district Superintendent of Police
on September 10, but their case was not registered.
Darrang district Superintendent of Police (SP) Amrit Bhuyan said that he has
already initiated a probe into the incident and asked a DSP to look into the
the harrowing experience, the woman said, "On September 8 night a police
team of Burha police outpost entered our house but we didn't know why they
came. When I asked why they were there, they asked me to not ask any questions.
The police officer flashed his pistol at me and my husband said that he will
shoot us. They also picked up my elder sister and younger sister."
added, "At Burha police outpost, they stripped our clothes and beat us up.
They also touched our private parts and beat us with sticks and shoes. They
told us to bring our elder brother but we didn't reveal his location to
woman also said that she repeatedly pleaded with the officers who ignored the
appeals and went on with the torturing. "When the police officer kicked my
pregnant sister, she started bleeding and her pregnancy was terminated. My
elder sister was two months pregnant. We were also forced to sign our signature
in a blank paper at gunpoint," said one of the sisters.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the
incident while the Assam State Commission for Women has also taken up the
matter suo motu.
Bhuyan, SP of Darrang district said, "We received a complaint on September
11 that the woman was tortured when she was at the Burha police outpost. I
already directed our DSP to make an inquiry into the incident. If we find that
police used additional forces on the women we will register a criminal case. We
will also at the medical report."
Assam CM has directed DIG of Central Western Range, Brajenjit Sinha to conduct
an inquiry into the incident.
Police has suspended the accused officer-in-charge of Burha police outpost and
the lady constable.
Hossen remembers the first time she wore a hijab to the gym — mostly because no
one noticed. “I was constantly adjusting my scarf and wondering if anyone was
looking at me weirdly,” says the Tottenham-based personal trainer and Nike
ambassador, who started wearing the Islamic headscarf during Ramadan in 2015.
truth was no one cared. In person, people mind their own business. They may do
a double-take at first, or glance at me out of curiosity, but the bottom line
is that it doesn’t matter.”
did matter was the effect Hossen’s new image had across the world. Her
Instagram following skyrocketed almost overnight and less than two years later,
in summer 2017, she was approached by Nike about being the first to wear the
Nike Pro Hijab in the UK. “I squealed when I found out,” laughs Hossen, 23, who
modelled the trailblazing headscarf at Nike’s first runway show in Paris
earlier this year. As a “covered” woman in the industry, it was the first time
she felt “seen”.
she considers herself one of the lucky ones. Her parents were always supportive
of her decision to train as a PT, but she realises that’s not the case for all
Muslims growing up. “There’s a stigma around young Muslim girls in fitness,
especially as a career choice,” says Hossen, telling me how her followers
regularly ask how she marries her faith with going to the gym. “Until
relatively recently, I never saw examples of ‘successful’ BAME Muslim women in
media, let alone in sport.”
“gym-timidation” is a key barrier — particularly in the weights section, which
can be “male-dominated” and “aggressive”, says Hossen, who began training at
15, partly to show her brother she could do press-ups. “For hijabi women it can
be uncomfortable training in front of men — there aren’t many safe spaces.”
mission is to change that. This month she launched a ladies-only functional
training class, Sistarr Circuit, at newly opened Brixton Street Gym, designed
specifically to help Muslim and non-Muslim women to “thrive”. Founder and
friend Terroll Lewis helps her set up beforehand, then “we lock-off the space”.
Women of all ages, religions, races and sizes can come along for 45 minutes and
train undisturbed with battle ropes, tyres and kettlebells.
all part of Hossen’s wider aim of breaking down barriers for women in sport.
Her women-only lifting and self-defence workshops aim to boost female
empowerment, and over the summer she teamed up with Wimbledon-based Muslim
women’s running collective Asra Club to host a special Ramadan class.
wants the impact to go beyond the capital. In July, Hossen ran fitness sessions
for orphans in Gambia with children’s charity Spot Project and next month,
she’ll be among guests at Red Bull’s global Amaphiko Academy in Bradford,
working with young entrepreneurs to drive social change in their corner of the
is a fitting mentor. At 19, she founded her own clothing brand, SH (Strong
Habibti) Athletics, to address a gap in the market for “modest activewear” to
pair with a hijab. “I still remember my first sale,” she says, recalling how a
customer in the US made a purchase just minutes after the site went live. Last
year she modelled the collection on the catwalk at London Modest Fashion Week
and since then, her longline training tops, Strong Is Beautiful tees and hoodie
dresses have been shipped across the world.
brand is currently in a “research phase” ahead of next year’s relaunch, but
Hossen wants the new collection to showcase “more colours, more shapes, more
sizes” — she knows how central clothing can be to confidence when working out.
Back when she started wearing the hijab, “I didn’t even know how to dress
myself in general — let alone in the gym,” she says, seriously.
of the problem was a lack of role models. The few she could find — US Olympic
fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and German boxing champ Zeina Nassar — were through
Instagram. Hossen met both at Nike’s show in Paris this March. “It’s the first
time I’ve ever been star-struck,” she revealed under a photo of herself with
is keen to continue using Instagram as a tool for good — crucially, to inspire
other young women to feel a “right to train”. The most common fear among
clients is being stared at or intimidated into coming off a machine, so
Hossen’s first step in PT sessions is teaching confidence — asserting their
right on a piece of equipment “unapologetically”. She starts clients in a
traditional “bodybuilding gym” such as Legends in Haringey for this reason.
“The view is often that these places are scary, but my work is to flip this
around,” smiles Hossen, saying she regrets “wasting” that first ever gym
session in a hijab by worrying. “People don’t care as much as you think they
Hossen hosts workshops at the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, Bradford — the first
Academy to take place in the UK — in October.
pan-Arab tournament is held biennially with the aim of furthering women's
sports in the Arab region.
Supreme Organising Committee of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST 2020),
has set Feb. 2, 2020, as the launch date of the fifth edition of the sporting
tournament will be held in Sharjah under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint
Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of
Sharjah Women's Sports (SWS). A big number of sports clubs in the region have
already signed up to participate in the prestigious event.
tournament manifesto has been released by the committee, which defines the
roles and objectives of all administrative committees, including the Supreme
Organising Committee, the Executive Committee and this upcoming edition's administration.
also highlights the roles of the follow-up and supervision, sportswomen
eligibility, doping control, disciplinary and appellate committees, games'
technical committees, judges and referees' committees, as well as outlining the
roles of the General Secretariat for the union of key committees of the
manifesto contains comprehensive details of the eligibility criteria that
players and athletes will need to meet to qualify for the tournaments nine
competitions: basketball, volleyball, table tennis, archery, fencing,
equestrian jumping, karate, shooting and athletics. The document also lays the
roles, obligations and required competencies of the entities involved, and sets
out the workflow protocol of national sports authorities, the Federation of
Committees and the Arab Sports Federations who will be involved in the
2020 has approved special prizes for participating clubs, including a 'Club
Sports Excellence' trophy for the club that earns maximum medals, a 'Sports
Excellence' trophy for the club competing in maximum AWST disciplines, and a
'Fair Play Committee Union' trophy, awarded to the club with the lowest number
of violations on administrative or technical levels.
Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST's Supreme Organising Committee, Head of
AWST's Executive Committee and Director General of SWS, noted that AWST has
grown to become an international competition platform, offers high-caliber
Emirati sportswomen to compete with their Arab counterparts, and together, they
present a true image of the region's sporting spirit to the world.
first edition of AWST was held in 2012. The pan-Arab tournament is held
biennially with the aim of furthering women's sports in the Arab region. SWS is
currently preparing for its fifth edition, which will take place in February
2020. More than 65 women sports clubs from more than 15 Arab countries have
competed on the AWST platform since the tournament's inception.
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