Shirin is a second-year student of Sree Narayanaguru College in Kozhikode.
• Sisters in Islam: Malaysia
Can’t Keep Condoning Child Marriage as It Perpetuates Poverty and Is
Counter-Productive to Children’s Health and Intellectual Development
• Kuwaiti Woman to Pay KD 5,001
For Illicit Relationship
• Group Floats Separate Swimming for
Men And Women At Williamsburg Pool
• Woman Collapses after Being
Whipped By Cruel Sharia Police For ‘Behaving Amorously’
• Indonesian Activist Seeks
Rights, Equality and Gender Justice for Women
• Women in finance bring ESG
benefits to Mideast
• Pakistan's Female Creative
Leader Makes It To 'Spikes Asia See It Be It 2019'
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Landmark Verdict, That Right to Access Internet Is A Fundamental Right Has Been
The Fight Of An 18-Year-Old Girl, Faheema Shirin
Kerala High Court’s landmark verdict that right to access Internet is a
fundamental right has been the fight of an 18-year-old girl and her family.
Thursday, a single bench of the high court was hearing a petition by Faheema
Shirin, a degree student at Sree Narayana College, Chelannur, in Kozhikode
district. She had questioned the restriction on the use of mobile phone to
access internet at the hostel from 6 pm to 10 pm.
of photographer Haksar R K, Shirin was the lone girl who decided to walk out of
the hostel instead of surrendering her smartphone with hostel authorities in
the new restriction was imposed in June, all other inmates of the girls’ hostel
informed the authorities their willingness to abide by it. I was not ready to
surrender the right to use mobile phone. Hence, I had no option but to vacate
the hostel,’’ said Shirin.
leaving the hostel on July 15, Shirin has been travelling 150 km between her
home at Vadakara and her college at Chelannur. Shirin said she is not a member
of any political party, but “is more interested in parallel Left movement’’.
was a collective decision of my family to fight against this restriction. I
have been accessing Internet using the mobile phone. Being a student of English
literature, a lot of details have to be gathered from the web. Textbooks and
traditional libraries are not enough. When readings have become interactive and
study materials can be downloaded by scanning QR codes, this restriction has to
be fought against,” she said.
official at the college, run by Sree Narayana Trust of prominent Hindu leader
Vellappally Natesan, said a restriction on use of mobile phones at the hostel
from 10 pm to 6 am was introduced last year. The ban was lifted in this
session, but was reinstituted following a demand from a section of parents —
this time from 6 pm to 10 pm, the official said, adding that further action
would be taken after they receive the court order.
in Islam: Malaysia Can’t Keep Condoning Child Marriage as It Perpetuates
Poverty and Is Counter-Productive to Children’s Health And Intellectual
IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM
LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Malaysia cannot afford to prolong child marriage as it is a
practice that perpetuates poverty and is counter-productive to children’s
health and intellectual development, says Muslim women rights advocacy group
Sisters in Islam.
group said today that the country cannot afford to deprive any child from the
opportunity to achieve her highest potential for the country.
is concerned that continued delay in amending laws to end child marriage comes
at the expense of hundreds of children who continue to be exposed to this
efforts by JAKIM to amend the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) 1984
(Act 303) to increase the marriageable among Muslims age to 18 years old is
commendable, we are disappointed that seven states have expressed their
objection to increasing the age of marriage in their states,” SIS said in a
group listed Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, Negri Sembilan, Kedah and
Kelantan as the seven states that must explain to Malaysians why they insist on
compromising the futures of children by continuing child marriage.
said while the marriage applications involving minors under the Law Reform
(Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) had been tightened, the adopting
standard operating procedures (SOPs) are still left with loopholes that is open
had also cited a fatwa issued by al-Azhar University against child marriage and
Indonesia’s move to ban the practice by raising the age of marriage in the
country as exemplary.
fatwa explicitly states that the age of 18 marks the stage at which a woman can
validly express her will to marry. The fatwa also states that marrying after
the age of 18 will guarantee that she can enjoy her fundamental rights to
childhood, education and the capacity to assume the responsibility of marriage.
this week, Indonesia became the latest Muslim-majority country to ban child
marriage by raising the age of marriage in the country to 19 years. Other
Muslim-majority countries that have banned child marriage are Egypt, Kenya,
Pakistan, Iraq and Jordan.
such, we reiterate our call that the minimum age of marriage must be raised to
18 years old for both boys and girls, Muslim and non-Muslims, with no
exceptions,” the statement read.
Woman to Pay KD 5,001 For Illicit Relationship
CITY, Sept 18: The Civil Section in the First Instance Court has instructed a
Kuwaiti woman to pay KD 5,001 compensation to her ex-husband for the damages he
incurred when she engaged in an illicit relationship before their divorce.
for the ex-husband, Attorney Abdulaziz Al-Enezi, said his client found messages
and information from his exwife’s telephone when he had it repaired while they
were still married.
messages revealed the affair of his ex-wife with an unidentified man. Al-Enezi
disclosed he will demand for KD 100,000 final compensation
Floats Separate Swimming for Men And Women At Williamsburg Pool
Williamsburg residents are asking for more women’s-only hours at a local public
pool, but with a compromise: Give men some alone time, too.
group of local women — of various ethnicities and religions — got unanimous
approval last Tuesday from Brooklyn Community Board 1 for three additional hours of women-only
swimming at the Metropolitan Pool on Bedford Avenue. Also okayed: creating
Parks Department, which did not respond to a request for comment, will have the
not a contentious issue in our neighborhood,” said Jan Peterson, the chair of
CB1’s Women’s Issues committee. “White, black, Hispanic, Polish — all the
community leaders support this issue.”
the vote threatened to reignite the controversy over the decades-old,
single-sex swimming sessions that surfaced in 2016 after an anonymous tipster
alerted the City Commission on Human Rights.
triggered a review and spurred the Parks Department to shut down the
women’s-only sessions, which were eight hours a week at the time.
Commission reversed course a few months later, however, and the no-men-allowed
swim times were reinstated, on a limited four-hour schedule that remains today.
practice, which notched national attention, was widely criticized by everyone
from The New York Times Editorial Board to the New York Civil Liberties Union,
which argued the decision to keep any restricted hours violated the
Parks Department shut down a request in March 2017 for the return of the full
eight-hour schedule. The Williamsburg women believe now is the chance to
reclaim their time — with a nod to offering men some privacy as well.
polled women of all ethnicities of women of all religions, of all ethnicities,
ages: Jewish women, Muslim women, Hispanic women, Italian women, pregnant
women, who just don’t want to swim with men,” said Maria Aragona, a lawyer who
is behind the proposal.
I had a young daughter, I wouldn’t want to bring her to a pool where there
might be a child molester,” added Aragona, a Williamsburg resident for 23
other members of CB1’s Women’s Issues Committee, non-board members of the
committee, and representatives of at least two local elected officials will meet
next week to draft a letter to the Mayor’s Office and the Parks Department with
their revised proposal.
women’s-only sessions, also available at the St. Johns Recreation Center in
Crown Heights, are open to all women. They largely serve the neighborhoods’
Hasidic population, whose beliefs forbid women from swimming with men.
Sabel, a Hasidic woman in her mid 70s who has lived in Williamsburg since the
early 1960s, said the women-only pool hours should never have been reduced.
a disgrace,” she said. “Something in the city functioning for so many years for
the health of the women, and it’s just taken away from them for no good reason
women want three additional hours a week: one more hour each on Mondays and
Wednesdays, and an additional hour for women and children on Sundays, for a
total of seven. They are proposing the same amount of time for men, according
balked at the notion that the taxpayer-funded pool shouldn’t allow separate schedules
for men and women on Constitutional grounds. “There are charter schools that
are just for boys — those receive public funding,” she said.
Cambranes, a local activist who is running for City Council in the 33rd
District, says the partitioned hours would benefit everyone from religious
practitioners to survivors of sexual assault.
it’s a city-funded pool, it should be open to all New Yorkers,” she told THE
CITY. “We’re not trying to glorify women or put them on any kind of pedestal. We
want to make sure everyone who wants to use the pool is comfortable doing so,
and that includes men as well.”
Collapses after Being Whipped By Cruel Sharia Police For ‘Behaving Amorously’
sickening punishment was carried out by the nation’s Sharia police in front of
a baying mob, who watched on as the woman cried out in pain. She was part of a group of “canoodling couples”,
including six men and women, whose backs were whipped more than 20 times each
in the humiliating act of punishment.
had allegedly broken the strict Sharia law in the province of Aceh in Indonesia
- a popular sunny getaway for many Britons - for showing affection in public.
masked officer beat them with a rattan cane for behaving amorously after they
had already been in jail for several months, according to Gulf News.
in pain, the woman had to be helped off the stage at the Bustanus Salatin Park.
man was so badly injured that paramedics tried to take him off the stage on a
stretcher - but he refused and was pictured being carried away by police.
guards often dole out cruel punishment for violating Islamic law.
law is the legal system of Islam which is derived from both the Koran and the
rulings of the religion’s scholars.
Usman, the Mayor of Banda Aceh, said the lashings carried out in public was to
“make them repent”.
said it was not to encourage people to mock the couples but rather “to serve as
a lesson to us all”.
laws have been strengthened since the Aceh province struck a peace deal with
the central government in 2005.
Aceh has also banned women from entertainment venues after 11pm unless they are
accompanied by a husband or male family member.
than 90 per cent of Indonesians identify themselves as Muslim.
alcohol and gambling are listed as crimes under the barbaric Islamic laws.
International said: “The Aceh authorities’ decision to cane unmarried couples
and sex workers, in front of hundreds of spectators, is an act of utmost
provincial administration of Aceh must immediately remove this abhorrent form
of punishment from its law books.
is also high time for the international community to press Indonesia to provide
a safer environment for everyone in Aceh.
situation risks deteriorating rapidly unless the local administration is pushed
to take its obligations to respect human rights seriously.”
Activist Seeks Rights, Equality and Gender Justice for Women
(AsiaNews) - After raising the minimum age for women to marry, the next step to
be taken in Indonesia is a law on gender equality and justice, said Dian
Kartikasari, general secretary of the Coalition of Indonesian women for justice
and democracy (Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, KPI), speaking to AsiaNews.
in 1998, the KPI has contributed decisively to the historic decision by the
Indonesian parliament to raise the minimum age for brides from 16 to 19 years.
to KPI’s data, 27 per cent of Indonesian children are involved in child
marriages. The number of females is higher than that of males. In the world,
Indonesia ranks 7th for this kind of union in the world; second only to
Cambodia in Asia.
Kartikasari, "The reasons behind the phenomenon are above all cultural.
For many people, a girl who gets married soon ceases to be a burden on the
family.” Hence, “Poverty also plays an important role.
the more conservative Muslim communities, early marriage is also as a way to
avoid the sexual activity of young women. Fortunately, the raising of the
minimum age will affect not only civil authorities but also religious courts,
which have so far contributed to the practice.”
campaign for raising the minimum age began in 2010, when we asked the
government to change the Marriage Law, in force since 1974,” Kartikasari
the time, the government told us that doing it would be too complicated. We
therefore turned to parliament, where, however, we failed to overcome the
opposition of more conservative religious groups.
2014 we changed strategy and called on the Constitutional Court to express
itself on Article 7, the one that set the minimum age limit for marriage.
with a first failure, we realised that it was necessary to collect more data
and information, to better highlight the importance of the issue."
have been confronted with members of the Coalition who were victims of the
practice in the past. We asked them if they were willing to tell their
experience to the judges of the Constitutional Court. Finally, in December 2018
the Court accepted our request and urged lawmakers to change the law.
stories we brought to court are really tragic. There is that of Mariati, who
was forced by her father to marry a family friend at age 13 because he contracted
a debt with him after losing money gambling. Shortly thereafter the girl became
pregnant, but the child she was carrying died during childbirth.
story is that of Rahmina. The mother of the young woman is very poor, so she
thought that with her daughter's marriage she would solve all her problems.
Rahmina married four times: the first at only 12, then at 16, 18 and finally at
“During the second marriage, she was used to
prepare food for farmers who worked for her husband. One day she was bitten by
a snake. The infection caused by the poison cost her the amputation of a leg.
Faced with her disability, the husband decided to abandon Rahmina.”
parliamentary vote on Monday is a great victory for the Coalition. However,
general secretary of the KPI notes "there is still a lot of work to do.
The next step to be taken is a law on gender equality and justice. This will be
hard to achieve, especially because of conservative Islamic movements.
promoting interpretations of Islam inspired by the Middle East, radicals reject
our demands because in their view they represent a threat to the authority and
power of man in society.
we are not alone in this battle, because we are supported by several
progressive and moderate Muslim leaders who stress that gender equality is part
of Islamic teachings. Other religious communities are also on our side;
Christians, Buddhists, Hindus are with us.”
in finance bring ESG benefits to Mideast
Lubna Olayan, CEO of the Olayan Financing Co., was appointed chair of the newly
merged Alawwal Bank and Saudi British Bank (SABB) last year, she became the
first woman at the top of a publicly traded Saudi financial institution. About
36 years after joining J.P. Morgan as an analyst in New York, Olayan is proving
the value of diversity in the Middle East, a region belatedly coming to grips
with the benefits of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data.
other parts of the world, most countries in the Middle East lack ESG
regulations. But such an impediment hasn’t prevented regional companies for the
first time to be eligible for inclusion in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index,
measuring the performance of global companies recognized for their commitment
to transparency and policies supporting gender equality. That’s because the
number of regional companies willing to disclose such data increased to 210
from eight in 2005 and their Bloomberg ESG disclosure score advanced 194
percent during the past decade, when the comparable score for their much more
transparent global peers in the MSCI World Index rose 39 percent. Not only does
the data speak for itself, but we’ve seen the strong appetite companies in the
Middle East have for gender diversity initiatives firsthand, through events and
roundtables Bloomberg has organized in the region.
East companies have an incentive to catch up because investors increasingly
favor ESG. The trend is reflected in the iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social Index ETF,
the largest exchange-traded fund investing in ESG companies. Net inflows since
the ETF’s 2007 inception increased more than 26 times when net inflows into the
largest ETF tracking the S&P 500 index, gained 109 percent. The ETF
tracking technology stocks saw an outflow of 1 percent, according to data
compiled by Bloomberg.
almost 900 major companies disclosing the number of women in management are divided
into four groups based on several categories of performance, the results show
why ESG is so important to investors. Companies with the greatest total return
(108 percent) during the past three years had the highest percentage of women
executives (23 percent). Companies with the worst share performance (minus 26
percent) had the fewest women executives (13 percent), according to data
compiled by Bloomberg.
Olayan would appreciate, women are proving to be effective communicators, which
is a significant aspect of leadership in the financial markets. Companies with
the narrowest fluctuations of their share prices (17 percent) have the highest
percentage of women executives (17 percent) while the group with highest
volatility (47 percent) during the past 200 days have the lowest female
executive ratio (12 percent). The group with the fewest earnings surprises (1.3
percent) have the highest percentage of women executives (19 percent) and the
group with the most negative earnings surprises (minus 45 percent) have the
fewest women executives (13 percent).
data is especially meaningful in the $13 trillion market for US government
debt, where the average volatility of US Treasury bonds fell 35 percentage
points since Janet Yellen succeeded Ben Bernanke as the first woman chair of
the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history. It remains 69 points below the
volatility that prevailed under Alan Greenspan, who led the Fed for two
decades, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Bloomberg Gender Equality Index is the world’s only comprehensive
investment-quality data source on gender equality. As more investors seek
ESG-related investments, the Bloomberg GEI represents an opportunity for
corporations to attract new capital and widen their investor community. Since
2016, the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index gained 41 percent
while the global benchmark, MSCI World Financial Index returned 26 percent.
another way of saying shareholders get richer with the most transparent
Matthew Winkler is co-founder and editor-in-chief emeritus Bloomberg News.
Female Creative Leader Makes It To 'Spikes Asia See It Be It 2019'
Asia, the Asia Pacific Festival of Creativity' and the region’s most
prestigious awards for the creative branded communications industry, has
announced the first ever ‘See It Be It’ in Asia, a Career Acceleration
Programme designed for women in creative roles who face diversity challenges in
the See It Be It programme, the festival has selected 10 women who are part of
the branded communications industry — advertising, marketing, film-making,
innovation, editorial, design, PR or a related discipline. Amongst the 150 applications
received, Pakistan's Sidra Salman also got shortlisted for her excellence in
Salman works as an Associate Creative Director at Synite Digital and is proud
to represent Pakistan on a global platform.
her thoughts over this feat, Sidra Salman said, “I am grateful for this once in
a lifetime opportunity and look forward to joining the company of some of the
most inspiring women in the creative industry from around the globe. I feel
honored that I will be representing Pakistan on such a prestigious global
Spikes Asia creativity festival - scheduled to take place from September 25-27
in Singapore is a distinct event that provides female leaders with executive
training, mentoring and exclusive networking opportunities, creating a
nurturing community of like minded ambassadors who are encouraged and supported
to bring the learning back.
10 female future leaders selected for the programme are:
McElhinney, Senior Creative, VICE APAC, Australia
Chong Yon, Senior Planning Manager, S.E.A, ADK, Singapore
Kaneda, Senior Copywriter/Senior Experience Designer, McCann Health Japan
Associate Creative Director, Toaster Ltd, Singapore
Sunga, Creative Director, BBDO Guerrero, The Philippines
Lee, Senior Art Director, Leo Burnett, Singapore
Joshi, Creative Controller, Ogilvy, Mumbai, India
Facundo, Cultural Strategist, Iris Singapore
Salman, Associate Creative Director, Synite Digital, Pakistan
Kok, Creative/Art Director, 72andSunny, Singapore
It Be It was launched in 2014 at the Cannes Lions International Festival of
Creativity and at Dubai Lynx festival two years ago, before launching at Spikes
Asia this year. Their goal is to drive equal representation of female and male
creative directors across the industry and since its inception, has grown to
become one of the most competitive global development initiatives in the
Media Group is proud to be the Official Country representative of Spikes Asia
and represents Pakistan internationally on a creative platform.
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