congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband’s mother after
appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Sentences 24 Protestors, Including Two Women
Princess’ Trunk Show Lights up Restaurant with Inspiring Fashion
GCC Applicants for Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
StartUp Uses Road Safety to Drive Women’s Empowerment
Corporate Sponsorship Program Launched
Iranian Women Activists Summoned for Questioning at Tehran’s Evin Prison
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Michigan Send First Muslim Women to US Congress
Voters in Minnesota and Michigan on Tuesday elected the first two Muslim women
to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia’s civil war and
a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.
victories by the two Democrats — Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — came on an election
night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral
Florida, Lebanese-American Donna Shalala is starting a third career with her
election to the House, after serving in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet and
running major universities.
Minnesota, Omar, about 36 and a naturalized American citizen and state
representative, follows another trailblazer: She will succeed US Congressman
Keith Ellison, who in 2006 became the first Muslim elected to Congress and is
stepping down to run for state attorney general.
Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party’s
most liberal wing: universal health care, free college tuition and robust
did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were
worried about food as much as I was worried about it in a refugee camp,” Omar
said in an interview last month. She spent four years of her childhood in a
refugee camp in Kenya.
years ago, she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state
legislature, on the same night Republican Donald Trump won the presidency after
a campaign in which he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United
wsill also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.
42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first
Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.
oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in
Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co. plant.
former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare
for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump’s executive order
banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United
women ran in heavily Democratic districts. Minnesota state data showed Omar
winning by a large margin, and Michigan media reported that Tlaib had won.
linked her campaign to the surge of female political activism in the United
States following Trump’s stunning 2016 victory, alluding to the millions of
women that took to the streets of Washington and major cities across the
country after his inauguration.
women across the country are on the ballot. Yes, we marched outside the
Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol,” she wrote on Twitter on
Tuesday. “We are coming!”
77-year-old Democrat Shalala won in a Miami district that had long been in
Republican hands. Shalala has sought to turn her age into a positive by
stressing her experience with this slogan: “Ready on Day One.”
served as Clinton’s secretary of Health and Human Services for his entire
presidency and has made health care a centerpiece of her agenda. She was
president of the University of Wisconsin before that, and after Cabinet service
she ran the University of Miami until 2015.
that, Shalala was president of the Clinton Foundation until 2017. She counts
the Clintons as close friends; Hillary Clinton campaigned for her this year in
in a recent interview why she chose to take this fresh path after such a long
career, Shalala said: “What I decided in my mind was that I wasn’t finished
with public service. I wanted to take a shot.”
is originally from Cleveland, is of Lebanese descent and has a twin sister. She
has lived in the Miami area since 2001.
judiciary convicted at least 24 protesters, including two women, on vaguely
defined national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today.
prison sentences ranged from six months to six years.
were among more than 50 people arrested on August 2 during a protest in Tehran
about deteriorating economic conditions and corruption.
also arrested a human rights lawyer who had been convicted to three years in
prison for reporting a protester’s death in detention on October 28.
government officials repeatedly advertise to the world that the repeated
protests in the country signal that there are real freedoms in Iran, while
these same protestors languish in prison for years,” said Michael Page, deputy
Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
peaceful protesters will only add fuel to Iranians’ boiling frustration and
discontent with the situation.”
sources with close knowledge of the protesters’ cases told Human Rights Watch
that prosecutors charged them with “assembly and collusion against national
security” due to “participating in a protest without a permit that disrupted
the sentencing of at least two people, including Saba Kordafshari, 19, the
evidence prosecutors presented was solely their social media posts reporting on
sources reported to HRW that prosecutors and prison officials denied the
detainees access to a lawyer throughout the investigation and the trial and
pressured them to plead guilty.
law restricts the rights of detainees charged with national security crimes to
see a lawyer during the investigation period.
Nozomi, a high-end Japanese restaurant in Riyadh, was turned into a mini
runway, complete with models, emerging and well-known local and international
fashion designers, when the founder of the Saudi fashion community, Princess
Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, held a private trunk show on Monday.
participating designers showcased their latest fashion at Nozomi in a private
and exclusive show. The princess, who is also the founder of Global Fashion
House, and whose vision is to enable Saudi designers to emerge, aims to support
them and on Monday had their work displayed.
background music playing loud and sushi and fancy drinks being served, the five
emerging local designers opened the show. Shams hit the runway first with her
designs. The one that stood out was a floor-length black chiffon dress that was
short at the front and hit the floor with a meter-long train in the back,
buckled securely by a red chiffon belt with a large flower at the back.
Al-Harbi was second, with eclectic designs, and each one different. Her first
design was white pants also supporting a top with a train and massive earrings
and hold boots. Her designs were dominantly white, the last a long dress
adorned in large silver fish scales.
Al-Nassar’s designs were a unique blend of see-through fabrics, which was very
modern and elegant. Ashwag Al-Mutairi’s collection featured white high-waisted
pants and a sequined black top.
Yousef stood out with her all-white attire collection. The first was an
ankle-length white dress and jacket which was the same color and length of the
dress. But she has designed not only clothes but also bags, which the models
showcased during the event. The invitees were impressed by the emerging Saudi
designers. One exclaimed that they had the potential to be recognized
worldwide, with a little more work and experience.
at an all-female event, the guests were immaculately dressed, wearing exquisite
abayas of different colors and designs. It was a fashion trunk show, after all.
But most notable was an abaya by designer Nouf G, who was draped in a red
Shomakh (red Saudi head cloth) abaya, with the other half of a light grey
tribal design. “Each one of my abayas has a story. A unique story. I make one
of each design only,” Nouf G said.
the top Saudi emerging designers finished, the Saudi favorites took over, with
names such as Lum by Lama Taher, RE:UNITE, Hindamme and Mashael Al-Rajhi. Each
of the designers had a unique and signature look.
Lum ball gowns were the essence of sophistication and femininity. RE: UNITE by
Noora Al-Harthi was trendy and stylish. Hindamme by Mohammed Khoja featured the
famous bomber jackets and cool attire galore. Al-Rajhi was a unique blend of
tribal, color and artistic designs. The
night concluded with fashion international stars Lama Askari and Tony Miranda.
spoke to Arab News about the inspiration behind her beautiful pastel gowns:
“The inspiration behind the collection was the butterfly effect, the transformation
from the caterpillar to the butterfly. Most of the colors I used had two to
three combinations, even in the embroideries. Because butterflies inspired me,
I tried to stick to the color scheme I found in real butterflies.”
Noura ended the night energetically as she said: “The attendance was more than
we expected. We were getting last-minute calls to attend (the show was private
and by invitation only). Everyone was so positive, in a good mood and very
proud to show their work.
am proud of these Saudi designers. Everyone was so stunned by their work. It
was exciting and hectic.” After the show, many of the attendees asked to meet
the emerging local designers to buy their designs.
which of the emerging designers was her favorite, the princess said: “Each one
of them has their own style. Whatever is inside them came out today, I saw it.
event was better than I expected. I want aspiring or emerging designers to come
out and show what they really are.”
and Alfaisal University recently conducted a first-of-a-kind lecture and
introduction to their women’s initiative to support women entrepreneurs at the
university campus in Riyadh. This year’s Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
applications number over 2,800 worldwide, with the MENA region ranking first in
terms of submissions. It is the first time the program has received applications
from Saudi Arabia, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the region’s 895
further encourage the region’s female entrepreneurs, the Cartier Women’s
Initiative Awards hosted a breakfast presentation for 200 students at Alfaisal
University in Riyadh on Oct. 31. The university’s students have singular
opportunities for collaborative research and international study. Furthermore,
student associations, clubs, and organizations provide opportunities for both
personal and professional growth as the university seeks to graduate socially
responsible global citizens that are committed to lifelong learning and
personal development in service to others.
are very proud to be hosting this Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
presentation, which aims to raise awareness about the program among the
country’s students and youth,” said Alban du Mesnil du Buisson, managing
director, Cartier Saudi Arabia.
in 2006 to support for-profit startup projects by female entrepreneurs, the
Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards encourage bold ideas and creative excellence.
has over the years cemented strong ties with the MENA region, and more
specifically Saudi Arabia. We are delighted to see such significant increase in
Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards candidates in our region,” said du Buisson.
A. Khan, member of the advisory board for Alfaisal College of Business, was the
opening key note speaker for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards launch in
Saudi Arabia and was selected for her contributions to opening the door for
minorities on Wall Street and Riyadh’s “Main Street.”
is known for valuing the contribution of their people and other cultures as a
magical mix that results in beautiful works of arts. This initiative is
bringing their appreciation of value to the market in general by profiling
women globally who drive real impact in their communities and markets,” Khan
is a partner of The Seed Advisory Group, a New York-based global strategy firm.
projects that go beyond the fleeting fashions of the day is at the core of
Cartier’s values, which is why promoting impact-driven businesses through such
programs as Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is indispensable. It is part of
who we are and what we strive for,” added Sophie Doireau, managing director,
Cartier UAE and India.
LUMPUR — Iim Fahima Jachja cannot operate a vehicle and relies on a driver to
get around the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but that did not stop her from
putting road safety at the heart of her women’s empowerment startup.
launching in late 2016, Queenrides has attracted 200,000 members to join its
from reading articles about lifestyle and financial management, members can
also gather in person for workshops covering topics like sexual health and
road safety has been a focus from the beginning said, Jachja, a mother of two.
you are safe on the road, you can be the best you want to be,” she told the
Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Jakarta.
deaths are high in Indonesia, according to the Transport Ministry, which
counted 162,000 fatalities last year, compared to 136,000 in 2015.
a country undergoing rapid urbanization as incomes increase, more people are
buying vehicles, putting stress on the road network. Many drivers avoid taking
tests by paying corrupt officials for driving licenses, said Jachja.
road risks are rising for women in particular, she said, because changing
social attitudes mean that more of them are working and commuting.
the same time, relatively few women have taken driving lessons and tests to
acquire licenses, she said. Only about 20 percent of 7,500 Queensrides members
surveyed said they had taken a driving test.
is a major issue —this is a crisis — but people haven’t noticed the situation,”
said Jachja about the number of road deaths in Indonesia.
countries have fatality rates more than double those in high-income countries,
according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
were 104 million registered vehicles in Indonesia, a nation of 238 million
people, according to the WHO’s latest report on road safety published in 2015.
well as enabling its members to exchange views and learn more about road safety
online, Queenrides arranges workshops with input from the ministry of
transportation and traffic police.
have gone on to take driving lessons and tests, said Jachja. That trend could
make Indonesia’s roads safer, said Liviu Vedrasco, a road safety expert at the
WHO in Bangkok.
are some studies that suggest women are more careful and follow the rules
better than men,” he noted.
of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015 is to
halve the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by
2020, said Vedrasco.
the number of female drivers increases, Indonesia’s ministry of transportation
has stepped up efforts to reduce crashes involving women by working with
outside partners, said Budi Setiyadi, director of land transport at the
is needed for women riders in Indonesia to be given a good education in driving
safely, because women have a primary role,” Setiyadi said in an email.
can educate their children, their families, and the surrounding environment.”
more Indonesian women join the workforce and take to the roads, Queensrides can
also help them assert control in other areas of their lives, according to
example, about 30 members gathered last month in child-friendly cafe in Jakarta
to discuss family planning, and strategies for educating their teenaged
children about sex.
United States-based Johns Hopkins University sent experts to the workshop part
of a program targeting “married women of reproductive age”, according to Dinar
Pandan Sari of the university’s Centre for Communication Programs in Jakarta.
fact that in just two years, Queenrides has been able to grow from an idea to
200,000 women joining their movement is remarkable,” Sari added.
teams up with other organizations to provide information on issues like women’s
rights, while members can also receive financial planning advice from
institutions including Indonesia’s Bank Mandiri.
Queensrides’ membership grows, revenue from advertising on the website should
increase as well, allowing the startup to expand its programs, according to
said she aims to attract 5 million members over the next three years, making
Queensrides the biggest women’s empowerment platform in Southeast Asia.
you can conquer Indonesia, it is easy to conquer any other area in the world,”
said Jachja about her homeland, a sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000
islands, and a multitude of languages and cultures.
Indonesia is like conquering five countries at the same time.” — Thomson
– In line with the initiatives launched as part of the Year of Zayed, Global
Women In Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum announced Sunday the launch of its
Women Corporate Sponsorship Program WCSP. This initiative, which Global WIL
launched together with its partners will allow Saudi female leaders and young
entrepreneurs access to the forum at a reduced rate or fully paid for.
meeting which will be taking place on November 14-15 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
under theme ‘Stretch: Aspiring for more’, is held under the patronage of.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, and organized by Naseba.
The meeting is set to bring together a diverse group of leaders in the worlds
of business, politics, arts and media to share strategies and insights in an
aim to shape a sustainable future economy.
the Year of Zayed is something that goes hand in hand with our values at Global
WIL, and is a great occasion to partner with private sector organizations who
share a common desire to support women in the workplace and impact society in a
very pragmatic way. The legacy of giving as well as the UAE values of
hospitality, generosity, tolerance and sense of unlimited possibilities shaped
our Women Corporate Sponsorship Program,” said Sophie Le Ray, CEO of Naseba.
are very proud to bring this initiative forward to all our WIL platforms around
the world and are calling global and local organizations to participate and
foster new opportunities for women to thrive in the marketplace,” she added.
WCSP will be awarding up to 200 tickets to female managers, executives and
entrepreneurs who are the next generation of leaders, giving them the
opportunity to, for the duration of two days, connect with like-minded
individuals, attend interactive workshops and sessions by recognized world
leaders, share best practices, successes, ideas and encourage debates, to
become better equipped to lead their organizations and communities.
Middle East, one of Global WIL partners in this initiative, believes that
championing diversity and inclusion in the society should be at the core of
every company’s responsibility. In only two years, the company successfully
managed to surpass major milestones on the way to reaching its overall D&I
Sodexo, we believe that a successful business should look beyond only profit,
and take its responsibility to make a positive impact on the society it
operates in,” said Simon Seaton, CEO Global Onshore Energy & Head of Middle
a global company we have taken on a number of initiatives that emphasize our
commitment to diversity and inclusion, and more so, our Middle East operations
has a firm commitment in place to have gender-balanced recruitment and
promotion processes. As a result, Sodexo ME has seen a 40% increase in the
number of female talents in leadership and senior management positions over the
past two years, this even reflects at the board level, where we recently
appointed the first female member to a Sodexo joint venture in the Middle
East,” he added.
request a voucher under this initiative, women are encouraged to visit the
Global WIL WCSP website to complete the form, after which they will be
contacted by the Global WIL team to facilitate their registration. With only
200 vouchers release as part of this initiative, it is highly recommended to
register at the earliest.
recognize that driving one›s career in the corporate world is complex, enduring
and rewarding if supported by sponsors and mentors along the way. Through this
initiative, we want to connect the next generation of female talent with
today’s most prominent leaders, in order to learn and enhance their leadership
skills,” added Le Ray.
its tenth edition, Global WIL Economic Forums’ agenda boasts yet another
impressive lineup of speakers across a wide range of industries and career
accomplishments, such as Hind Alowais, Vice President, International
Participants, EXPO2020, Osman Sultan, CEO, DU, Alisha Moopen, Executive Director
and CEO, Aster & Medcare Hospitals & Clinics, Sylvia Metayer, CEO,
Corporate Services Worldwide Sodexo, Sheikh Hussein Al-Banawi, Chairman and
CEO, Banawi Industrial Group (B.I.G), and Mariah Idrissi, the first hijab
wearing model in an international fashion campaign, to name a few. All of who
will address topics such as diversity and inclusion, innovation, arts &
culture, CSR, and creating a socioeconomic impact through investment and
the Forum agenda includes a range of sessions, inspiring keynotes, and
interactive panel discussions centered around women in the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), education, finance,
healthcare, female tech entrepreneurs, creating sustainable workplaces, hiring
and retaining diverse talent. — SG
women activists were summoned for questioning at Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison,
the primary site for the housing of Iran’s political prisoners since 1972,
Iranian lawyer Amir Raisian said.
lawyer told Iranian news agency IRNA that these activists were interrogated and
charged this week, citing documents from the Office of the Attorney General in
added that the warrant failed to mention the reasons behind pressing charges
and that the prosecutor said the women were summoned in order for the
prosecution “to only make some inquiries.”
one of the activists, who asked the news agency to remain anonymous, stated
that she was summoned with nine other activists and that there were more
activists who would be summoned and questioned in the coming weeks at the Evin
Prison as well.
authorities are arresting many activists on various charges, such as
propagating against the regime, or threatening national security.
Monday, the Iranian judiciary released Huda Ameen on bail after she was
arrested for more than two months on charges of “attempting to dismantle family
structures” by setting up training workshops on “conditions of marriage
contracts” and “equality in domestic work.”
other activists such as Najma Wahidi, Mariam Azad and Radwanah Mohammadi who
work in the field of women’s rights, were arrested along with Huda Ameen on
similar charges. They are still being held by security forces.
rights groups say Iranian authorities deny women detainees the right of
visitations or to call their family members, and they are also denied the right
to choose a lawyer.
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