Shannie Jennings, Yasmin Nessa and squad recieving their SWFC kit
The Woman Who Is Navigating Cross-cutural Barriers in the Automotive Industry
Attempting to Have a Women’s Match in Saudi Arabia
Claims Muslim Doctor Sterilized 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women Raise Tensions In
Women, Six Children From IS Families Repatriated To US: Syria Kurds
Compiled by New Age Islam News
Women’s Football Club Aims to Bring BAME Communities of Birmingham Together
from Muslim women in the BAME communities of Birmingham to play football has
led to the creation of a programme that will provide both training and
Stallions launched the 12-week football initiative called the Saltley Women’s
Football Club in May, during the holy month of Ramadan, and it will run until
football club was brought to fruition by Obayed Hussain, Imam and founder of
the Saltley teams, and Yasmin Nessa, a student at the University of Birmingham.
aim was to create a space where participants could learn to confront
preconceptions, stereotypes and negative ideologies, through their common love
said: : “I am really proud to have helped make Saltley Women’s Football Club a
reality. The young Muslim women of Birmingham have very few sporting outlets
that are set up with them in mind and I hope that this pilot will provide a fun
space where they can enjoy football but also develop as people.
believe strongly in the power that football holds in encouraging social
cohesion and with my team at Saltley I have worked hard to make this programme
the most enriching and helpful experience I can both on and off the field.”
addition to providing women with a great sporting outlet, Nessa said the
football club has also given them an opportunity to meet others from the
grown up playing football on the street with my neighbours and I truly believe
the spirit of football is unique in its capacity to bring people together and
to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere amongst different groups of people,”
Jennings, coach at Saltley Women’s Football Club, said: “This is a really
exciting time for women’s football and I’m excited to be working with Saltley
WFC to help inspire a new generation of female Muslim footballers. It has been
fantastic to see the great level of football talent among these young women and
I look forward to helping them develop further in the coming weeks.”
The Woman Who Is Navigating Cross-cutural Barriers In TheAutomative Industry
Mito, Genesis, #Women, Marketing manager
never faced the pressures that women cannot join a certain field, and I didn’t
feel any barriers being a woman coming into the automotive sector.”
German-educated Mona Mito is the PR and Marketing Manager for Korean luxury car
brand Genesis Automotive, managing its initiatives across Africa and the Middle
East. However it’s not common to see women working in the automotive sector -
according to February 2018 statistics from the Center for Performance
Improvement, women occupy just 26.7% of the positions in automotive
manufacturing and vehicle equipment manufacturing industries. And, women in executive-level positions in
vehicle manufacturing is only 16.9%. But Mona wants to change that.
most little boys like to play with cars and little girls with Barbies, but
things are changing. Women today like to enjoy their cars and they are
selecting their lifestyle car, one that fits their personality. They like to be
indulged in what they are driving around in.”
there are more women working in the automotive sector than in the past 10 to 20
years, there is still a long way to go, as the statistics don’t lie. Women of
colour are marginalised even further, making up just 8.9% of the manufacturing
workforce and less than 3% of manufacturing management. But from a young age,
Mona always knew she wanted to work in the automotive industry, and she went
and raised in Aachen, Germany for the first five years of her life, Mona was
immediately exposed to another culture and mentality outside of her ethnicity.
When her family returned to Alexandria, Egypt, Mona struggled with Arabic so
her father put her in a German school. “It was the German culture and education
system that taught me the importance of taking responsibility and making
plans,” said Mona. “It helped me learn how to make a decision and go with it.”
takes to the stage
with the best things in life, slow growth is key. Mona started working for a
Mercedes dealer site in Egypt, and after her Master’s degree, she moved to
Dubai. But in April 2018, Mona wanted to expand her experience to another
automotive company and took a job with another luxury car brand, Genesis.
Having done customer service, customer relationship management (CRM), sales,
product management, marketing, communications- all with Mercedes- now Mona is
managing PR and Marketing with the Korean car company.
asked why she chose marketing, Mona said: “marketing is creativity and it’s not
monotonous. There is something new every day to learn and it allows me to be
innovative with a new dilemma in the market. It keeps me sharp to stay on top
with what our competitors are doing, too - it’s not like finance. It forces me
to stay updated, and this is what makes me excited about what I’m doing.”
7.3% of those employed in automotive repair and maintenance positions are
female, according to the Center for
Performance Improvement*. But for Mona, she had to find out why women are
choosing to work for Genesis’ service centers. “The women told me that they
enjoy their jobs so the automotive industry isn’t for a specific gender: it’s
for everyone who enjoys what they do.”
a new brand in Dubai’s luxury market isn’t easy, and Genesis faces challenges
as any company that breaks into a new market does. But the company is proud of
its products. “We see ourselves as a respectable automotive brand, and we have
a message which is: ‘We are a luxury brand and a luxury brand should not only
be a German brand, but, you have to try it.’”
the fact that when people think of the Koreans, they don’t think of South Korea
as producing luxury cars, she says: “Exactly. You know what, we are the first
luxury automotive car coming out of Korea. That’s why we have these challenges.
But if someone just tries driving the car they’ll be surprised. We have a very
nice product on the road and when people see it and try it, they’ll agree.”
talking about the strength of Arab women, Mona shares some insight which
challenges Western stereotypes of how women are treated. “You will see in Arab
households, parents are guiding and raising the children. Once a child grows up
they can take responsibilities and they are not depending on anyone. This is
why Arab women are so strong and confident. A lot of success is coming in the
Arab world because of women. They have long-term plans and goals, they know how
to balance their personal lives and work lives. All of these things give the
confidence to Arabs to achieve what they want to achieve.”
looking at her life journey, Mona always knew she wanted to work in the
automotive sector, but it’s not something she seems to have worried about, but
rather enjoyed the opportunities and jobs as they came. “My advice for those
wanting to work in the automotive sector is that everyone has to learn the
background of the industry they’re in from scratch, and then grow organically
to reach the high position that you want. Learn from everything and listen to
top management, go to meetings, read all that you can so that you can enrich
your mind. Once you’re in a higher position, you cannot say, ‘I’m only CRM or
Marketing.’ You will need managerial skills to manage a team and be confident
about what you are doing.”
2019 marketing goal in the Middle East is focusing on its messaging. Our doors
are open and we want to listen to the customer experience, to get their
feedback. Everything we do is down to the final detail to make our customers
and potential customers happy.
Dubai showroom is located in Diera, where you can book a test drive.
Troy L. Smith, Cleveland.com
Ohio – WWE’s Super Showdown event in Saudi Arabia has been very lucrative for
the company. But it’s not exactly a public relations goldmine.
big name superstars won’t be making the trip to Jeddah for Friday’s show. Some
for reasons beyond their control (like tattoos). Meanwhile, last year’s
Greatest Royal Rumble event in the country did not feature any women’s
is looking to change that. Cageside Seats reports the company is trying to get
a women’s match on the Super Showdown card and is awaiting approval from the
Saudi Arabia Sports Authority.
match would feature Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya. WWE has confirmed the two stars
will make the trip to Jeddah, but has yet to reveal if a match will take place.
Showdown is headlined by a first time match between The Undertaker and
Goldberg. Triple H. Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar and other stars
will also appear.
Ulmer, Omar Rajarathnam
Sri Lanka (Reuters) - On May 23 Sri Lankan newspaper Divaina, known for its
nationalist stance, published a front page article alleging a Muslim doctor had
secretly sterilized 4,000 Sinhala Buddhist women after caesarean deliveries.
general view of a hospital where women wait to make statements and complains
against Muslim doctor Segu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi, who was arrested after
accusations of secretly sterilising Buddhist women during their caesarean
deliveries inside a hospital in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka May 31, 2019. Picture
taken May 31, 2019. REUTERS/DinukaLiyanawatte
doctor, who was not identified in the article, was also described as a member
of the National ThowheedJamath, one of two local Islamist groups blamed for
bombings that killed more than 250 people in hotels and churches on Easter
has no independent evidence to support these claims.
article was produced roughly a week after Buddhist mobs in the North Western
Province of Sri Lanka had destroyed Muslim homes, stores and mosques in rioting
triggered by the coordinated bombings in the capital Colombo and two other
editor-in-chief, AnuraSolomons, told Reuters the paper’s story was based on
police and hospital sources, whom he said he could not identify.
a Muslim doctor might be forcibly sterilizing Buddhists are particularly
incendiary on an island where hardliners within the Buddhist majority have
accused Muslims of seeking to use a higher birth rate to spread their
days later, a doctor, Segu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi, was arrested. Police said
he was accused of acquiring properties with money of a suspicious origin.
Police are also probing the sterilization claims and have called on any
potentially affected women to come forward.
spokesman RuwanGunasekera told Reuters Shafi was charged under a money
laundering act, but declined to provide further information on the financial
charges he faced or the sterilization claims.
lawyer, FarisSaly, said the probe was flawed because the authorities did not
call for evidence of sterilizations until after Shafi’s arrest, adding that all
the allegations were unsubstantiated.
is a prominent physician in the province’s Buddhist heartland of Kurunegala, a
district with a high concentration of army personnel and the constituency of
nationalist ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now the leader of the opposition.
case has further raised the temperature in the area, with monks from the
majority Sinhala Buddhist community protesting against Shafi in front of the
Kurunegala Teaching Hospital where he works.
these allegations are proven, it will show that they want to destroy the
Sinhala race,” said Pradeep Kumar, a 38-year-old driver waiting in a crowded
hospital hallway as his wife lodged a statement detailing how Shafi had
delivered their daughter by C-section 11 years ago.
added the couple were concerned after hearing about the case as they had been
trying unsuccessfully to have a second child for six years.
SAYS ALLEGATIONS FALSE
family said he was being framed.
is being targeted because of political problems and jealousy. I cannot exactly
tell who it is, but there is a group,” said his wife FathimaImara, 43, a kidney
doctor at the same hospital.
an interview, Imara described her husband as a devout Muslim and caring
physician. He has not been a member of a militant group, she said.
was also a smart investor, she said, using earnings from his hospital work and
a family-owned medical testing center to amass stakes in some 10 properties.
would be impossible to surreptitiously block women’s fallopian tubes during
caesarean sections, when a half-dozen staff members were on hand, she added.
The hospital’s director, Dr A.M.S. Weerabandara declined Reuters’ request to
interview Shafi’s direct colleagues, saying they were busy.
Imara has stopped working and pulled their three children from school. She said
her husband, whom she visited at the Colombo Criminal Investigation Department
on Saturday, was being treated well, but that his mood was dark.
time to time, he is crying,” said Imara.
said the hospital started investigating the allegations of mass sterilizations
following media reports.
than 600 women have lodged statements about Shafi, that hospital authorities
refer to as “complaints,” since the accusations were made public. Several told
Reuters they simply wanted to be checked.
saw Shafi was arrested and people were complaining so I thought I would also,”
said homemaker AmaliKonara, 32, whose son Shafi was delivered by C-section in
said the women who have come forward had not been medically examined yet
because the hospital was still receiving statements. He was unable to provide a
timeline for the testing, which he said was complicated and required planning.
newspaper article was amplified on the day it was published when a pharmacology
professor in North Central Province, ChannaJayasumana, wrote about the
allegations of Buddhist women being sterilized without their knowledge in a
Facebook post alongside a picture of Shafi - the first time he was publicly
linked to the claims, his wife said.
told Reuters he spoke to 20 doctors who identified the doctor mentioned in
Divaina as Shafi. Jayasumana declined to provide the doctors’ contact details
but said he passed on their information to police.
post, which was shared more than 1,200 times, had a photo of an article in
which Shafi said he had performed some 8,000 caesarean sections in his career.
The post also highlighted that Shafi had stood for office for a Muslim party.
did unsuccessfully run in a 2015 parliamentary election with All Ceylon Makkal
Congress, a Muslim party allied with Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe’s
United National Party.
told Reuters he was a health policy advisor to the party of former President
Rajapaksa, who is a rival of Wickremesinghe. But Jayasumana, a professor at the
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, stressed Shafi’s case was not political.
the local MP, has called on authorities to compensate potential victims.
Ahmed, vice president of the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, said the Shafi
accusations were largely “stage-managed” by Rajapaksa supporters to create
anger at the government ahead of this year’s presidential election. He was not
able to provide evidence to back his statement.
rejected the accusations, stressing that complainants were speaking out
Wickremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena have publicly spoken about
the case, which has provoked a media storm in Sri Lanka. They declined to
comment for this article.
women, six children from IS families repatriated to US: Syria Kurds
| Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Two American women and six children from families of suspected Islamic State
group members were repatriated to the United States on Wednesday in the latest
transfers from a crowded camp in Syria.
move is part of an effort by the Kurdish administration in northeast Syria to
reduce the population of Al-Hol, which is crammed with nearly 74,000 people
from more than 40 countries.
comes after Norway on Monday retrieved five Norwegian orphans from the same
camp and Kurdish authorities started sending hundreds of Syrian women and
children home as part of a wider effort to clear Al-Hol of its Syrian
said it repatriated more than 100 nationals from Syria last week.
repatriation was carried out "at the request of the US government and
based... on the free and voluntary desire of the American citizens to return to
their country without any pressure or coercion", spokesman Kamal Akef said
in a statement.
told AFP the eight were from "IS families" staying in Al-Hol, which
is populated by suspected IS members, their families as well as regular
civilians forced out of their homes by successive US-backed assaults against
the last bastions of the jihadists' "caliphate".
Kurdish administration is looking to take off its hands thousands of foreign
jihadists and their relatives trapped in Kurdish-held camps and detention
centres following the declared defeat of the IS proto-state on March 23.
repatriation is a sensitive issue for Western nations such as France and
Britain, which have experienced attacks by homegrown extremists and have little
interest in seeing more return.
has gone so far as to strip IS members of citizenship, while France has said it
will repatriate only orphans.
US, however, has urged Western countries to take their nationals back and has
started repatriating some if its own.
July 2018, it transferred one man and woman with suspected links to IS from
Kurdish custody to the US, to stand trial.
the case of HodaMuthana, a young woman from Alabama who joined the IS group,
has undermined Washington's commitment to removing its own nationals from
United States in February said that Muthana was not a citizen due to her
father's former diplomatic status.
US constitution grants citizenship to everyone born in the country -- with the
exception of children of diplomats, as they are not under the jurisdiction of
the United States.
father, Ahmed Ali, served at the Yemeni mission at the United Nations.
has filed a lawsuit seeking to affirm his daughter's citizenship, saying he had
left his diplomatic post several months before her birth.
Kurdish administration and aid agencies have warned of deteriorating
humanitarian conditions in Al-Hol, where acute malnutrition, pneumonia and
dehydration are rife among children in the camp.
situation in the camp is very difficult," Sheikhmous Ahmed, an official
with the Kurdish administration told AFP earlier this week.
accused the international community of "neglecting its responsibilities
towards the displaced" in Al-Hol, most of whom were evacuated from the
evacuees from IS areas have been repentant, but others have made clear their
allegiance to IS remains intact, turning Al-Hol into a tinderbox.
have reported clashes with guards, violent factional quarrels, warning that
Al-Hol is emerging as a fresh jihadist powder keg.
recent weeks, women in the camp have staged demonstrations demanding better
services as well information on their husbands held by the Kurds, according to
the UN's humanitarian office