portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Photo: Ziauddin
Portrait Unveiled at London’s National Portrait Gallery
of 4 Trailblazing Iraqi Women Spark Conspiracy Fears
Rising Among Women In Northern Pakistan
High Court Dismisses Petition Challenging Muslim Women Ordinance 2018
Muslim Communities Council to Highlight UAE’s Women Empowerment
Academic Gives Workshop to Remind Women of Their Rights
to Transform Saudi Women into a Workforce
Fazeli Illegally Detained In Evin Prison Despite Old Age
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Pleas, Iran Executes Female Juvenile Offender, Zeinab Sekaanvand
day after a warning by Amnesty International, Iran has executed Zeinab
Sekaanvand, a woman who was convicted for the murder of her husband at age 17.
had married her husband at age 15, but Amnesty urged Iran not to carry out the
death sentence also because “she was subjected to a grossly unfair legal
of the call by Amnesty and human rights activists, the death sentence was
carried out in the northwestern city of Urmiya in the morning of October 2. She
was 24 years old.
to religious law, Iran considers girls as young as nine criminally liable and
the age for boys is 15, based on a notion of when children reach puberty.
International in its plea to Iran had said, ““She did not see a lawyer until
her final trial session in 2014, when she retracted ‘confessions’ she had made
when she had no access to legal representation. She also says that, following
her arrest, she was tortured by male police officers through beatings all over
portrait of Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai was unveiled at the National
Portrait Gallery in London. The portrait was painted by a New York-based
Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat.
the painting had an inscribe poem in Pashto titled ‘To the Malala of the
Maiwand on her rebirth’ by Rahmaat Shah Saail.
London-based Twitter user Nadir Cheema took to his Twitter and tweeted about
said, “Malala’s portrait unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery painted by
further stated that the poem by Rahmaat Shah was written before Malala was
poem in Pashto ‘To the Malala of the Maiwand on her rebirth’ by Rahmaat Shah
Saail. He wrote the poem before Malala was attacked,” he tweeted.
has been a strong advocate for girls’ education ever since she was a child,
which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her.
October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was travelling home from school.
this year, a school built with Malala’s Nobel Prize money became operative in
her home district of Shangla in Swat region. She is also currently a student at
the University of Oxford.
— Over the last few weeks, four go-getting Iraqi women have separately met
premature deaths — two falling victim to men firing automatic weapons into
deaths have sparked fear among women who dare to break the mold and visibly
achieve in the conservative country.
latest to die was 22-year-old social media influencer and model Tara Fares.
bloody demise at the wheel of a white Porsche convertible in Baghdad on
Thursday has sparked as much debate as her racy photos.
had built an Instagram following of 2.7 million people thanks to edgy fashion
shoots, assertive missives and eye-catching, colorful hairstyles.
also posted publicly about a violent ex-husband and a fiance who died after
being attacked in Istanbul.
while Fares’ fearless embrace of social media inspired many young Iraqis, it
was the target of a deluge of online insults over her perceived lack of
modesty, in a society where many adhere to hardline interpretations of the
was this darker side of online platforms that forced the outspoken Fares to
quit living in her native Baghdad and spend much of her time in comparatively
liberal, secular Iraqi Kurdistan.
is not the only Iraqi fashion and beauty entrepreneur to have met her death in
August, the managers of Baghdad’s two most high profile aesthetic and plastic
surgery centers died in mysterious circumstances.
first was Rafif Al-Yassiri, whose nickname was Barbie — the same name as her
week later Rasha Al-Hassan, founder of the Viola Beauty Center, was also found
were found at their homes, and despite ongoing investigations, the causes of
their deaths remain undetermined.
the rumor mill has churned up plenty of theories: drugs, heart attacks and
Tuesday this week, two days before Fares was shot dead, came the first
officially confirmed murder among the spate of suspicious deaths.
circumstances that foreshadowed the social media star’s assassination, activist
and businesswoman Soad Al-Ali was shot several times while traveling in a car
in the southern city of Basra.
opened an investigation and pointed the finger at her ex-husband, who is on the
motivations for the two confirmed murders are far from officially established,
women’s rights group Amal is deeply concerned.
groups, tribes, criminal gangs... all these control positions” within the state
and security forces, Hanae Edwar told AFP at the NGO’s Baghdad office.
recent assassinations are “threatening messages sent to activists in
particular, but also to the whole of society,” she said.
women who are public figures is a bid to force them to shut themselves away at
home”, Edwar added.
authorities have tried to distance themselves from the deaths and provide
Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi appeared to draw a link between the events in
Baghdad and Basra, ordering elite intelligence units to investigate.
go out less’
a statement, Abadi cited “evidence suggesting that there is a plan formulated
by organized parties to undermine security under the pretext of fighting
Nasser, a stylist speaking under an assumed name who until recently organized
fashion shows, said she had already changed her behavior.
last few days, my daughters and I go out less and I stay away from the fashion
world,” she said.
are people who don’t want Iraq to develop, or for women to be visible. They
want to take us backwards.”
urged security forces to investigate the deaths, saying an “organized network”
was behind the “premeditated” actions.
women I know are saying that their turn will come” to be targeted,” she said.
Fares, Yassiri and Hassan all died on Thursdays.
time, this repeats itself”, said 29-year-old Hawa Walid, shopping in Baghdad.
every Thursday, the stress rises.” — AFP
Tuesday this week, two days before model Tara Fares was shot dead, came the
first officially confirmed murder among the spate of suspicious deaths. In
circumstances that foreshadowed the social media star’s assassination, activist
and businesswoman Soad Al-Ali was shot several times while traveling in a car
in the southern city of Basra. Police opened an investigation and pointed the
at her ex-husband,
is on the run.
25, took her life this June, a year after she married her cousin in the Swat
district of northwestern Pakistan.
troubled marriage took a toll on her mental health, her mother told Anadolu
increases have been reported this year among women and young students
committing suicide in the region. In the first eight months of 2018, 346
people, mostly women, committed suicide in Malakand Division, a tourist spot
located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local broadcaster Geo News
highest number of cases (222) was reported in Swat, which locals call the
"Switzerland of Pakistan" due to its natural beauty.
was not in favor of her marriage with her cousin because she was not happy. The
boy was illiterate while my daughter was a university graduate," she
tried to convince her father but he termed his daughter's resistance a
violation of the local culture and tradition. He won but lost her daughter."
say domestic violence and unemployment are the main reason for the rise in
are many reasons but domestic issues, misbehavior, and violence by husbands or
other family members are the main causes behind suicide cases reported with
police," Shah Faisal, a local police officer in Malakand Division, told
two to three percent of cases were reported to the police, while the remaining
97-98 percent were hidden by local people to avoid social stigma, Faisal added,
estimating the actual number could be in thousands.
ethnic Pashtun -- who hail from northern Pakistan and parts of bordering
Afghanistan -- arranged marriages are a custom several generations have lived
with and until recently was never questioned.
the largely tribal ethnic group, which follows its own set of customs and
values called the Pashtunwali, families can make or break an individual.
such circumstances, marriages are often decided based on tribal affiliations --
or sometimes even to settle scores.
parents and family elders in Pashtun areas decide the future of their daughters
or sisters without their consent, which later causes domestic disputes and
unstable relationship with husbands, leading women toward suicide attempts,"
said Sherin Zada, a Swat-based senior journalist.
women can walk out of an unhappy marriage, but in Pashtun culture divorce is a
a woman gets a divorce due to family issues she is ostracized. Most men won't
marry her," said Najma Shah, a local woman in Dir district.
region was once a hotbed of Taliban militants. Many happy families were
destroyed in Taliban attacks and bombings. Some locals say the attacks have
severely affected mental health of residents.
young man committed suicide today in Talash area after battling
depression," Jamal Shah, a local police officer in Dir, told Anadolu
said: "Everyone was affected by militancy here and I even lost my sister,
many relatives and friends during terror attacks carried out by militants in
said the government should launch mental health programs to address the issue.
authorities have established a commission to figure out the root cause of
is indeed very unfortunate. We as the commission are working on establishing a
gender management information system which will help us to determine causes of
such incidents or suicide, and formulate recommendations for informed measures
for eradication of such evil," Amna Durrani, director of the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women, told Anadolu Agency.
Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by five persons
challenging the constitutional legality and validity of the Muslim Women
(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance 2018, published on September 18.
counsel of Union of India informed the court that there is a similar petition
pending before the Supreme Court and another petition on the same issue was
filed before Delhi High Court, which was dismissed.
division bench of Justice B R Gavai and Justice A M Dhavale, dismissed the
matter and said that they are not inclined to hear the petition as a similar
petition is being heard by Supreme Court.
petition was filed by Masud Ansari, businessman, ex-Municipal Councilor and
social worker, an NGO Rising Voice Foundation and its president Nasibullah
Khan, Afreen Bano Ansari, a lecturer and a practicing lawyer Devendra Mishra.
petitioners, seeking quashing and setting aside Section 4 and 7 of The Muslim
Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, published on September 18,
petitioners had contended that Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage)
Ordinance, 2018 is “illegal, null, void, unreasonable, arbitrary” and it seeks
to criminalise the breach of civil contract in the form of Muslim marriage.
Dhabi: The World Council of Muslim Communities — an Abu Dhabi-based
international organisation to address challenges faced by Muslim communities
across the world and fulfil their ambitions — will present UAE’s model
strategies including women empowerment and youth engagement to the Muslim
communities across the world, a top official said on Monday.
Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the World Council of Muslim Communities,
during a press conference said the council will spread the cultural message of
the UAE to spread the culture of peace and security and to consolidate the
values of coexistence and mutual respect among the peoples of the world.
said the council aims to enable Muslim communities across the world to
positively integrate in their societies, achieve full citizenship and represent
Islam and its true tenets as religion of peace and tolerance.
council, launched in Abu Dhabi in April, seeks to promote civil and political
rights of Muslim communities as an inherent human right.
council will coordinate efforts of Muslim community institutions by encouraging
members to contribute to the renaissance of their countries, correcting the
stereotypical image of Islam and Muslims.
the charter of the World Council of Muslim Communities is endorsed and the
council is proclaimed as an international organisation, a slew of initiatives
and programmes will be launched to meet need of Muslim communities across the
world,” Al Nuaimi said.
added the council was also designed to promote tolerance and dialogue among followers
than half a billion Muslims — equivalent to one-third of the Muslim nation —
live as minorities in multicultural, religious and ethnic countries across the
Nuaimi stressed that this council is not intended to be a substitute for local
institutions operating in Muslim communities or government institutions.
“Rather, it will focus on helping these institutions to develop mechanisms that
will serve individuals in the service of their countries through a platform
that will enable them to share experiences and work together. to build a better
future for future generations in their societies and to cooperate with the
governments of Muslim community countries to achieve this.”
council carries out a number of tasks that enhance the practices of Muslim
communities in different countries and increase the effectiveness of their
performance towards their children and communities.
council also aims to promote cultural pluralism and respect for the cultural
and intellectual specificities of the Muslim communities in the world and to
promote the values of moderation, dialogue, tolerance and national belonging,
and to reject religious fanaticism and hatred of others and to promote the
civil and political rights of Muslim communities as an inherent human right in
accordance with international and national conventions.
academic gives workshop to remind women of their rights
— A Saudi female academic in Taif has offered a workshop to remind women of
their legal rights and duties. Dr. Abeer Alobaidy, vice president of legal
administration in the University of Taif, asked women to keep in mind the fact
that Islam protected their rights in every stage of life from childhood to
maturity, before and after marriage, and even in divorce.
gave the workshop, titled “Women’s rights according to Saudi regulations,” in
the department of community service and continuing education.
purpose of the workshop was to make sure that women knew all their legal rights
in all matters including personal affairs, work places, investigation and
pleading systems, implementation, civil affairs and finally online harassment
and how to report it.
explained the rights of a divorcee or a woman who had her marriage annulled,
while emphasizing the difference between the two.
said alimony is one of the things that keep changing depending on the situation
and the amount is to be decided by the court.
also talked about cases where alimony is either definite or annulled. “Alimony
is considered a first-degree debt, which gets put above all others,” she said.
government of Saudi Arabia has made sure that women do not suffer from
financial troubles, which means if the father is unemployed or doesn’t have a
bank account, the woman will still get a monthly allowance thanks to the
alimony fund for divorces. Moreover, women shouldn’t be worried because the
alimony will be given to them each month without having to worry about a
careless or lazy father.
described the basic legal principles regarding child custody and the most
important laws that stand in favor of women such as the one that states that a
mother can’t be denied custody of her child just because she got remarried as
long as the father of the child consents.
law in favor of mothers is the one that guarantees full guardianship over a
minor child to make it easy for her at schools, ministries and the passport
Alobaidy shed light on the problem of online harassment and how to report it to
talked about extortion and the one-year jail sentence and the fine it carries.
She warned that cursing on social media is punishable by law.
– A three-day career fair aimed at empowering Saudi women kicked off in Riyadh
event, with the theme ‘A Step Ahead” is an initiative toward transforming Saudi
women into a workforce in the Kingdom by providing them ample employment
opportunities, developing their skills and enhancing their personal desire to
learn new skills.
fair was organized, with the support of the Human Resources Development Fund
(HADAF) and the participation of a number of government institutions and
international and local companies.
the opening ceremony of the fair, Noura Abdullah Al-Ridini, director of Women’s
Empowerment Programs at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said that
the public and private sectors have to play a significant collective role in
increasing the participation of women in the labor market.
lauded the ministry’s initiatives aimed at increasing the percentage of women
workforce in the local market from 22 percent to 30 percent by the year 2030 in
line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
said the ministry is implementing several programs aimed at supporting women to
qualify and take up of jobs and these included Duroob Training Portal to give
online training from home, as well as engage in self-employment, and free
lancing jobs. SABIC is organizing eight workshops as part of the fair.
first day of the forum included honoring the sponsors of the event, which was
followed by the launching of the first dialogue session, entitled “Negotiating
with courage and getting what it deserves at work.”
the second dialogue session, participants covered the topic “Bridging the Gap
for Career Success” From the forum in the third dialogue session entitled “What
makes you distinctive at work?”
exhibition witnessed the participation of many leading companies such as SABIC,
which are involved in supporting women’s empowerment and attracting and
developing women’s talent professionally, in order to achieve the objectives of
Fazeli illegally detained in Evin Prison despite old age
prisoner Sotoudeh Fazeli is being detained in Evin prison despite old age, and
the prison authorities have rejected her conditional release.
Fazeli, 66, suffers from cancer and thalassemia. She must be released from jail
according to the law because she is older than 55.
in 1953, Ms. Sotoudeh Fazeli is mother of two and served as a teacher and
school principal for 30 years.
retired teacher, she was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence in
spring 2010 when she was leaving the country to visit her two sons, Payman and
Pooya, in Camp Ashraf, Iraq. She was detained for 31 days in Ward 209 of Evin
and subsequently released on bail. She was never able to make her trip to visit
her children whom she has not seen for 18 years.
Fazeli was tried in a court presided by the notorious judge Salavati but never
received a verdict. She was arrested again on June 29, 2016, and transferred to
the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison where she found out that she had been sentenced
to three years in jail without receiving her verdict. Then she was sent on
furlough in June 2017. After her request for conditional release was turned
down, she was returned to Evin Prison on May 21, 2018.
Fazeli was not even allowed to visit her dying mother, Massoumeh Haj Abdorahim
Khabbaz, in the final days of her life in hospital. Despite her agreement to be
taken to her mother in handcuffs and in the company of prison agents, the
Prosecutor’s Office turned down her repeated requests.
Fazeli’s brother, Seyed Shamseddin Fazeli was arrested in 1981 at the age of
20. He was held in detention for three years with an undetermined status. He
was eventually executed in 1985, without informing her family.
another development, it has been reported that women’s rights activist Rezvaneh
Mohammadi, arrested by security forces on September 3, 2018, has been
transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison.
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