at Taj Mahal mosque: Taj Mahal Intezamiya Committee, Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi said
that they will not be lodging any police complaint
Women’s Martial Arts Tournament Concludes in Jeddah
Women Named Heads of Key Urban Development Centres
Branch Abolished in Major Overhaul of Jeddah Mayoralty
of Msia's First Female Shariah High Court Judges Named In BBC's 100 Women List
Female Aspirants Seeking Nominations in Kushtia, Bangladesh
Woman Arrested For Luring Youths into Militancy through Facebook: Officials
Women’s Social Enterprise Protects Syrian Refugees from Hunger, Thirst and
Nations adopts 65th resolution censuring rights abuses in Iran
join protests of sugarcane workers of Haft Tappeh Factory
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Not to File Complaint against Right Wing Women Who Performed Puja at Taj’s
Claiming that Muslims of Agra do not want to disturb communal peace despite the
grave provocation by the right wing organizations which performed puja inside
the mosque in Taj Mahal on Saturday, president of the Taj Mahal Intezamiya
Committee, Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi said that they will not be lodging any police
complaint in this regard.
don’t want communal riots in a peaceful city of the Taj, and that is the reason
we are not filing any police complaint against the women who performed Puja”,
he said. He however, said that the entire Muslim community is hurt with this
deliberate attempt of right wing groups.
said, “what will they feel, if some Muslim women offer Namaz inside the
temple”. He said the act had hurt the religious sentiments of our community but
ASI has not taken any action.
Sadik Ali, who has been associated with the mosque of the Taj Mahal for the
past several years, said that his fore fathers had led Namaz in the mosque of
the Taj Mahal and they are just continuing the religious responsibility.
showed stamped document of May 4, 1964, to prove that several generations of
his family had been associated with the mosque inside the Taj. Before Sadik’s
father, his grandfather Syed Ali Zaki was appointed in the mosque’s “Imam”.
unit president of the Congress, Haji Jamiluddin Qureshi, said, the puja inside
the mosque of the monument was a well planned and deliberate attempt to
“vitiate” the peaceful atmosphere of the city.
the security of the ASI and CISF, he said when the right wing activists had
claimed to perform puja inside the Taj Mahal premises a day before the incident
then why were they not stopped.
condemned the incident and said, “the BJP wants to divide the two communities
with such acts and polarise the voters ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls”.
FIR was not registered by the police till the filing of this report. Talking to
TOI, Circle Officer, Taj Security, Mohsin Khan said, no complaint has been
received in this regard so far.
The Legendary Heroes gym club in Jeddah organized the first women’s Brazilian
jiu-jitsu and kickboxing tournament, with the participation of around 40
tournament is considered the first-of-its-kind women’s sports event in the
Kingdom. It was held under the auspices of the General Sports Authority. The
tournament aimed to stress the importance of women’s power in society and
further promote martial arts values.
tournament was characterized by the contestants’ enthusiasm and fierce
competition. In the jiu-jitsu lightweight division, Jude Al-Fahmi was the
winner, Ma’wiya Zahed was second and Hanan Saber third. In the kickboxing
lightweight division, Alzhra’ Al-Qorshi was first and Mourouj Al-Amoudi second.
In the jiu-jitsu middleweight division, Hounouf Sanari was the winner and Lyann
Hadrami runner-up, and in the kickboxing middleweight division, Hadeel Ashour
won and Maha Halwani was second. Mourouj Al-Amoudi won the jiu-jitsu
heavyweight division, with Lynn Fira second, Arwi Tambousi third and Shahd
Al-Shareef fourth. Sarah Nas won the kickboxing heavyweight division and Rana
Hakim was runner-up. In the jiu-jitsu open weight division, Shahd Al-Shareef
was first and Hanan Saber second.
Mohammed Abbas, the founder of Legendary Heroes, said the championship
competitions had a large audience and a broad attendance of women of various
age groups. It also witnessed various sports such as audience arm-wrestling and
martial arts shows such as karate, Taekwondo and Tai Chi.
Yusuf, executive director of the tournament’s organizing committee, said she
was happy with the success of the tournament, which aims to spread martial arts
culture and discipline, reflecting positively on promoting the country to be in
the ranks of developed countries.
added that throughout history, this culture has been a key factor in the
revival and advancement of people and the defense of their homelands.
second goal is to lead by example in organizing and managing women’s martial
arts tournaments so that all women’s clubs can organize such activities
professionally and smoothly.
Legendary Heroes gym club’s management in Jeddah organized training and
refereeing sessions for its working group and contestants in these two sports.
The management also gave away a free booklet that includes the translated two
sports’ arbitration laws. Captain Marouj Al-Ghamdi, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu
trainer, was a fundamental factor in spreading these sports and organizing this
tournament as one of the judges and as a contestant,” she added.
tournament’s judges were international Saudi contestant Captain Farah
Al-Zahrani, the holder of a blue belt practicing in Jordan, and international
judges Amina Hatem and Rou’a Zareh.
— Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has appointed
two Saudi women to monitor municipal performance and develop urban planning.
Bint Najr Al-Otaibi was appointed director of the ministry’s center to monitor
municipal performance within efforts aimed at enhancing capacity building in
the field of performance management in the municipal sector.
will be reporting directly to the minister.
center is in charge of assessing risks of the municipal sector in all regions
according to approved performance management indicators.
will evaluate all the municipal risks and challenges and suggest remedies for
them. She will also assess the municipal services being provided to the
beneficiaries and ways and means of further improving them.
minister also appointed Dai Bint Ibrahim Al-Duwaiyan as chairperson of the
center for developing urban designs and planning.
will also report directly to the minister.
center is aimed at promoting the urban designs of cities, improving capacity
building, encouraging afforestation and creating architectural identities for
— In a major overhaul in the Jeddah mayoralty’s administrative structure, Mayor
Saleh Al-Turki abolished the women’s branch of the mayoralty.
was two months after appointment of Mariyam Abu Al-Ainain as the head of the
branch, which was named as the general department for women’s services.
mayor decided to transfer the powers of this department to branch
municipalities, explaining that this is a step aimed at activating the
decentralization of all services being provided to women customers within the
jurisdiction of the Jeddah governorate so as to enable them access services from
their nearby branches.
to queries from Okaz/Saudi Gazette about Abu Al-Ainain, the Spokesman Muhammad
Al-Baqmi said that she was transferred to the Agency for Services at the
part of the overhaul, Samar Al-Sullami was appointed as the chairman of North
Obhur branch municipality and Ghazl Al-Sulaimani as director general of the
department of administrative communications and e-archives.
measures have been taken with the aim of improving performance and raising
productivity in line with the National Transformation Program of 2020 and the
Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Fadel has been appointed head of the airport branch municipality, while Ayed
Bin Mushabab as head of Abraq Al-Rugama branch, Abdul Aziz Ghivas, as head of
Khuzam branch and Amr Hafez, head of Safa branch.
from abolition of the women’s department, the mayor decided to bifurcate two
departments and appoint officials as their heads.
JAYA: BBC has named Nenney Shushaidah Shamsuddin, one of Malaysia's first two
female Shariah High Court judges, in its list of 100 inspiring women of 2018.
BBC 100 Women was revealed on Monday (Nov 19), announcing its pick of 100
inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018.
was the sole Malaysian named in the list.
fights for the protection of Muslim women in her courts and wants to change the
negative perceptions of Sharia law," BBC wrote.
made history in Malaysia last year when she was appointed one of the nation's
first two female Shariah High Court judges.
and Noor Huda Roslan were appointed as Shariah High Court judges for Selangor.
women were only appointed to the lower courts starting only in 2010.
media interviews following her record-breaking appointment, Nenney said she is
hopeful that the rising number of female judges will help change the perception
that Shariah courts do not treat women fairly.
42-year-old graduated with a BA in Islamic Studies, a diploma in the
Administration of Islamic Judiciary and Shariah, and went on to do an MA in Psychology
(counselling) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
also worked for three years at the Shariah Judiciary Department in Putrajaya.
the BBC 100 Women list, Nenney is named alongside other female trailblazers
like Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, who founded an non-governmental organisation
that teaches girls to code; 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry recipient Frances
Arnold; Fealofani Bruun, the first Samoan and the first Pacific woman to hold
the position of yacht master, and more.
female aspirants – from different political parties – are vying for nominations
to contest the 11th general election in four constituencies of Kushtia
number of female nomination-seekers has increased this election season;
however, civil society leaders say, their number is not impressive.
constituencies have around 1.45 million registered voters.
them, two aim to run on the ruling Awami League’s ticket, two for BNP, and one
for Hasanul Haque Inu led-Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal—which is a coalition
member of the Awami League-led Grand
Awami League MP Sultana Tarun has purchased a nomination paper to contest for
Kushtia 4 constituency (Kumarkhali-Khoksa).
other Awami League nomination-aspirant, Laila Arjuman Banu, has purchased a
nomination form for Kushtia 3.
Farida Yasmin and Farida Moni bought nomination forms to run for the Kushtia 2
(Mirpur-Bheramara) and Kushtia 4 constituencies, respectively.
remaining nomination-aspirant, Kazi Salma Sultana, from Jatiya Samajtantrik
Dal(Inu), aspires to contend in the election for Kushtia 3.
Alam Tuku, president of Kushtia Sachetan Nagorik Committee – a platform of
civil society leaders – said women should not only run for reserved seats in
parliament but, also, for the unreserved seats in the general election.
have moved forward in many spheres of life. Contesting in all kinds of
election, will help boost their empowerment,” he said.
Samajik Andolan Kushtia chapter President Nazrul Islam echoed Rafiqul’s
women are represented in the parliamentary election, their empowerment will
Awami League MP Sultana Torun said she has devoted herself to the wellbeing of
worked a lot for the development of my constituency during my tenure as an MP.
I urge people to vote for the boat [Awami League’s electoral symbol] so that I
can work more for them,” she said.
a first-of-its-kind case , a woman has been arrested by security agencies in
Kashmir for allegedly luring youths through Facebook into militancy, especially
the Jaish-e-Mohammed, officials said Sunday.
as Shazia from Naidkhai in the Sumbal area of Bandipore in North Kashmir, she
was picked up after intelligence agencies zeroed on her Facebook profile,
through which she was “luring youths for jihad and picking up weapons”, the
interrogation, it was found that she had handed over some ammunition and
magazines to two youths from Anantnag, one of whom has been picked up.
who is in her early 30’s and a mother of two, had been on the radar of security
agencies for quite some time. She would seek favours from senior officers
promising them help in getting some militants arrested.
video featuring Shazia had surfaced on Facebook a few months ago, and it was
alleged that she was a police informer. On the basis of a complaint filed by
her, two youths were picked up and later let off with a warning.
seems that she was being used by terror groups to extract information from
police and other security agencies and pass it on to the militants,” an
officer, privy to the case, said on condition of anonymity. She has not been
forthcoming in her interrogation so far other than dropping names of militant
commanders, the officials said.
arrest comes a week after police nabbed 28-year-old Aysia Jan for carrying 20
grenades at Lawaypora on the city outskirts following inputs about militants
trying to smuggle arms and ammunition into the city. Besides grenades, police
also recovered ammunition from her possession. Her two brother were detained in
connection with the case.
“As you return home, to your home, think of others, do not forget the people of
the camps,” said Mahmoud Darwish in one of his most well-known poems, “Think of
Others.” Darwish was regarded as the Palestinian national poet and lived
between 1941 and 2008.
Al-Bassam, 26 (@FatimaAlBassam) and Nouf Aburas, 28 (@Noufaburas) are two young
Saudi women who were on a voluntary trip to Al-Azraq camp for Syrian refugees
in Jordan when they decided to start a social business to offer a sustainable solution
to help the refugees.
idea began in October 2017. We were in the camp on a trip organized by Takatuf
volunteering group and Care International,” Al-Bassam told Arab News.
all began with a question. “The group’s guide from the camp asked us about the
most significant problem the people suffered from at the camp. The volunteers
gave several answers like hunger, poverty, lack of health care, but the true
answer actually was idleness,” she added.
said the refugees have been living in this situation for years. Their minimum
needs, such as shelter, clothes, and food are usually met by relief
organizations, but they have nothing to do but wait in their caravans or tents
for time to pass.
refugees are full of energy and enthusiasm but the opportunities are not there.
“During the visit, I met a lady who told me that she graduated from a sewing
course and has a certificate. She wants to practice her skill but she has
nothing to do,” Al-Bassam said.
was thinking, they have people who are good at sewing. They have sewing
factories, but they do not have the opportunities to work, and that’s what they
need, a sustainable solution.”
and Aburas joined in compassion for the refugees and co-founded the social
development enterprise Jonnah store.
addition to her full-time job, Al-Bassam is a member of a volunteering group
that organizes trips, many of which focus on the refugee crisis. Aburas already
has experience in a social enterprise to support women in Saudi Arabia.
collaborated with Care International in Jordan (@CAREJor), one of the main
humanitarian agencies in the camp.
store (@jonnahstore) creates the right conditions to motivate the Syrian
refugees to play an active role in alleviating the suffering of their society
members, overcoming economic, social and cultural challenges, and enabling them
to meet their primary needs of security, shelter, food, health and education.
happens by giving refugees the opportunity to practice their skills. It is a
store that sells minimal wear made by people at the camp and designed by
fashion designers from Saudi Arabia.
in Arabic means the shield. According to Al-Bassam, their store’s name is
borrowed from a Hadith by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in which he
said “Fasting is a shield,” because it shields the believer from himself, from
his wrongdoings, and from behaving foolishly and impudently.
want the Jonnah project to be the tool by which refugees protect themselves
from hunger, thirst, and loneliness through the money they are making and the
community that is being built,” said Al-Bassam.
have a social business in Saudi Arabia. I am interested in social issues, and
poverty in particular,” Aburas told Arab News.
is the founder of Kurt (@kurtstore), a social enterprise she founded in 2013
which supports local, disadvantaged women and teaches them tailoring so they
can produce abayas as a sustainable means to fight poverty.
did not want to go back home without doing anything. When we returned to Saudi
Arabia we recognized that I had experience in a sewing and clothing business
and Fatimah had experience in volunteering work and she had the contacts, so we
and Aburas went to the camp in Jordan again in December 2017 to start the
started with six refugees working in the factory, and the number later
increased to eight. And they are willing to increase the number of benefitting
refugees as they grow their business.
took them three months to produce the first collection. They faced some
obstacles at the beginning, one being communication with the organization at
the camp, which has many other priorities.
hard sometimes, because they are a relief organization. They are not business
oriented, so sending and receiving emails back takes some time,” said
achieving the desired product quality does not happen immediately. Aburas said
that raising a social enterprise has the same challenges as any other
enterprise: Following regulations in the country, keeping a consistent
production line, and maintaining quality. All of that needs continuous effort
and faces some obstacles.
want a bigger impact, but to make the impact you have to go through
everything,” she said.
there is an important difference between a social business and any other
make more profit, not in order to make more money, but you make more profit to
help more people so you have a bigger impact. More money is just the tool,”
people do not understand the concept of how social enterprises work. They may
think that the refugee or the beneficiary receives 100 percent of the money
they pay, but that is not how the business works. Everything has a cost and the
company needs the money to keep going and benefit more people.
Store goods are sold through Instagram, and they also participate in
exhibitions. Al-Bassam and Aburas aspire to expand their project to reach more
customers. They hope to launch their website, hire more refugees, collaborate
with more designers, and cooperate with more companies in Saudi Arabia and in
sells female clothing in the meantime. In addition to Jonnah’s line of designs,
it has expanded its business plan; Jonnah can be the interface between the
designers and the factory at the camp.
would tell them: You are going to produce your collection anyway. Give us a
sample and the material, and we will have your collection produced in Al-Azraq
camp,” Aburas said.
really distinguishes Jonnah is that it has occupied refugees’ time and improved
their social life as well. They gather in the factory every day from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m., learn new things and get to know their neighbors. They feel that they
have a goal in their lives,” Al-Bassam said.
remember when we came back to the camp the second time, I found some
seamstresses wearing the clothes they worked on. They actually bought them from
of the seamstresses told them: “I have never been so proud of myself as I am
one said: “Since I was in Syria I dreamed of sewing clothes for others. Now I
see people wearing the clothes I made. I feel that my dream is coming true.”
Al-Bassam, the issue is not only about having a sustainable income, but also
about their psychology, in how what they do is reflected on their
self-confidence and sense of hope.
only need to be human to have empathy and compassion for the refugees,” she
we went to the seamstresses and tailors, we thought we were going to help them,
but we found that we were the ones who drew strength and energy from them,”
Jonnah received good feedback from custumers. “We had custumers who bought the
clothes because they liked them, and we had those who bought from us as an act
of compassion and benevolence. For example, some men would buy from us for
their sisters and mothers,” she said.
is the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time, a continuing cause
of suffering for millions which should be garnering a groundswell of support
around the world, said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Syria crisis has accelerated more dramatically than any crisis on earth.
Syrians continue to be the largest forcibly displaced population in the world,
exceeding Afghanistan and Somalia by millions of people.
than half of the prewar population has been internally displaced or forced to
seek safety in neighboring countries. That’s more than 12 million people,
including some 6.3 million people who have escaped across the borders.
to the latest factsheet published in October by the refugee agency UNHCR, the
Blue Camp (Azraq) in Jordan is home to 40,712 Syrian refugees, nearly 22
percent of whom are under five years old.
on April 30, 2014, the camp stretches in a 14.7 square-kilometer area; 75 km
away from Saudi Arabia’s national borders, and 90 km away from Syria.
camp is managed in co-coordination with the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate
said that the refugee crisis is a combination of more than one problem. People
in the camps not only lack basic needs of shelter and food, they have also lost
their homes and experienced horrific events.
believe governments are not doing enough, and we as individuals are not doing
enough. We can do a lot more. I always wanted to do something for them,” she
Jonnah, we go to the camp by ourselves to receive the goods, we meet with the
staff and listen to their suggestions and complaints, and we pay them by
ourselves,” she added.
do not want it to be just a business. Direct communication makes them feel our
appreciation and attention, and that in itself makes us want to keep going.”
Darwish ended his poem with the following line: “As you think of others far
away, think of yourself, say: ‘If only I were a candle in the dark’.”
Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted its 65th
resolution on Thursday, November 16, 2018, censuring violations of human rights
and women's rights in Iran.
condemning the “alarmingly high frequency” of the use of the death penalty
including against minors, “the widespread and systematic use of arbitrary
detention,” poor prison conditions “deliberately denying prisoners access to
adequate medical treatment,” and “cases of suspicious deaths in custody,” the
United Nations resolution notes some of the violations of women’s rights and
condemns all forms of discrimination against women in Iran.
article 16 of paragraph 74 of the resolution, the United Nations strongly urges
the Iranian regime "to eliminate, in law and in practice, all forms of
discrimination and other human rights violations against women and girls,
including with respect to the right to freedom of movement, the right to
enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, the
right to freedom of religion or belief and the right to work, to take measures
to ensure protection for women and girls against violence and their equal
protection and access to justice, to address the concerning incidence of child,
early and forced marriage, as recommended by the Committee on the Rights of the
Child, to promote, support and enable women’s participation in political and
other decision-making processes, and, while recognizing the high enrolment of
women in all levels of education in the Islamic Republic of Iran, to lift
restrictions on women’s equal access to all aspects of education and women’s
equal participation in the labour market and in all aspects of economic,
cultural, social and political life.”
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of
Iran, welcomed the 65th resolution of the United Nations condemning human
rights abuses in Iran. She said, “Condemning the systematic and gross
violations of human rights by the theocratic regime ruling Iran, the UN
resolution once again confirmed that the regime blatantly tramples upon the
Iranian people’s most fundamental rights in all political, social and economic
Iranian regime is in no way congruous with the 21st century and must be
isolated by the world community,” Mrs. Rajavi added.
Rajavi reiterated, “The most vivid example of grave violations of human rights
in Iran is the 1988 massacre of political prisoners perpetrated by the regime’s
key institutions and leaders, who are still in power, still defend this crime,
and remain immune from punishment. The world community faces a monumental test
in investigating and prosecuting those responsible for this great crime against
strike and demonstrations of sugarcane workers of Haft Tappeh Industrial
Complex in Shush, saw the widespread, active and outspoken participation of
women during the weekend, November 16-18, 2018.
of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Industrial Complex have been on strike for 14 days.
workers of Haft Tappeh staged protest gatherings outside the Governorate’s
building in Shush, demanding end to the private ownership of the complex as
well as past due payment of their salaries.
workers were accompanied by their wives and whole families. Women had brought
their pre-school and elementary school children with them to the protest march
and rallies. The children held placards which read, “We are hungry! HUNGRY.”
various scenes during the protest, women took the stage and spoke to the
gathering of sugarcane workers. A woman teacher also joined the protest in
solidarity and spoke to the sugarcane workers.
one of these speeches, an outspoken woman said, “Workers should have been
working in the factory, right now, so that the wheels of the factory would
turn. But they must come to the streets and protest. Why? Why should they
protest? Because this city does not have anyone in charge! We don’t have
responsible officials? We have no governor…
brothers, you should regard us as one of you. We are your sisters. We expect
that your sisters, mothers, wives and children would join us. Life has truly become
difficult. Little children want different things and become impatient.
Officials must be ashamed of the empty tables of Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers.
What does it mean? It means that we are hungry.”
outspoken woman told the gathering of Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers outside the
Governorate of Shush, “Another thing is that the governor and officials
gathered and said, ‘We are discussing to see how to resolve your problems.’ (I
ask,) ‘Sir, how many workers were there when you were solving our problem? How
could someone whose stomach is filled be aware of the conditions of a hungry
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