Sukkar is Victoria's first police officer to wear a hijab and says it's still a
Women Festival Begins
First Hijab Cop Talks about Being A Muslim
36, Caught On Camera in Racist Rant against Muslim Woman Claims She Launched
Her Tirade Because She Was 'Scared By Her Victim's Veil'
Arab Woman is a Powerful Woman: Abdulla Al Kaabi
by New Age Islam News Bureau
President Suggests Allowing Muslim Women to Marry Non-Muslim Men
President Beji Caed Essibsi called on Sunday on the prime minister and minister
of justice to make changes to the publication No 73 that bans Tunisian Muslim
women from marrying non-Muslims.
statement was made during his speech on the National Women’s day as he believes
that the Tunisian constitution grants the freedom of belief and conscience in
its sixth chapter.
to publication 73 that was released by the Ministry of Justice in 1973,
Tunisian Muslim women cannot marry foreigners if their Islamic faith is not
announced and recognized by the Mufti.
on the consensus of Islamic scholars, Muslim women are religiously prohibited
to marry men from other religions. However, Essibsi believes that this rule
hindered multiple Tunisian women from freely choosing their partners.
Tunisia apply the new changes to its law, it will become the first country with
a vast majority of Muslim population to allow Muslim women to marry from
several Muslim women get married to men from different faiths, the marriage is
decision sparked controversy. Multiple groups view the decision as a victory
for freedom. However, other groups view it as a violation of the basic rules of
the Islamic religion.
his speech, the Tunisian president added that his country wants to establish
equality between men and women in terms of inheritance. Having announced to
form a committee to study the matter, Tunisia will, as well, be the first
Islamic country to implement this law.
said that Islam doesn’t contradict with development and democracy, and the
inheritance issue was left to the diligence of people based on the era they are
Women Festival begins
- A three-day festival focusing on women
of Pakistan, with a determination to commemorate the achievements of women and
acknowledge the special status they deserved in society was held yesterday at a
local marquee in Karachi.
into two sets of panel discussions, every day, the event was hosted by Shenaz
Ramzi. Concurrent to the seminars people from all walks of life attended the
art exhibition and appreciated the artwork of the artists.
first day of the festival started with the powerhouse of HUM Network Sultana
Siddiqui, who delivered an inspiring speech on the women empowerment in
session was ‘Breaking the ceiling of Women empowerment in Pakistan’. Uzma Al
Karim moderated the session and the panelists included renowned names such as
RabyaJaveru, MehtabRashdi, Justice MajidaRizvi and Faiz Ali Meerza.
asked why females are not appointed for the seat of Judge in Pakistan Justice
Majida Rizvi said, “When I enrolled in Law college I was one of only six girls.
My father never had problem with me to study Law but after graduation when I
decided to practice he was a bit hesitant. It took six months to persuade my
family and after a long discussion they finally agreed.”
worked hard to establish the rights of women in Pakistan. I used to writing
articles on women rights to highlight their basic issues in front of the
public. Pakistan is only the country in South Asia that avoids electing women
judges in Supreme Court. There are so many senior lawyers who deserves for this
post but because of the gender dissemination they are often neglected. When Benazir Bhutto came to power it was her
vision that women judges should be appointed for higher judiciary and at that
time my hard work paid off and I was appointed as the first female judge,” She
the laws made to provide justice to women Mehtab Rashdi said “Women and men
should be given proper rights not only in the sector of health and education
but also in the economic sectors. Legislation had great importance for
protecting the rights for women, but at the time implementation of laws is also
recently did a survey and found more than 1.1 million children are under the
burden of child labour and mostly are unable to eat food properly. It was the
Sindh government that made a law that no one could the take advantage of from
these innocent children.”
people bring children under 14 from mostly rural areas for their advantages and
family economic compulsion we are making efforts on this serious issue so that
no one could exploit them and they should be given proper care centers,” she
women rights in Pakistan film industry producer Fiza Ali said “whatever medium
you are working on there is always a need of improvement in it. I think moral
education of a child is not the sole responsibility of an institution. Family
has an equally important role to play.
The best thing about the medium of film is it reaches to mass audience.
It feels great to be talked as woman filmmaker. Its apart of who I’m, it
effects me daily. Cinema is all about escapism. Through film we convey our
message to the audience that Pakistani women do not lag behind anyone and work
in every field equal to men,” She said.
seminar ended with an award ceremony in which six inspiring women’s were
recognised for their efforts in promoting UN SDG goals.
first awarded was presented to Sultana Siddiqui for gender equality, Farzana
Ahmad for the food project trust in the category of zero hunger, Shahnaz
Kapadia for Mera Maan for no poverty, Mantaha Maqsood for Good health and
well-being, Majida Rizvi for peace and Justice strong institution and Sabina
Khatri of Kiran School for quality education.
a short break, a seminar on Women health was took off. The seminar was divided
into two panel discussions. Session one was on ‘Skin problems and Invasive
treatments’. Renowned panelists such as Naqiba Munshi, Dr Seema Hirji and Dr
Uzman Tiwana gave a comprehensive insight on the subject. Azeemah Nakhoda
moderated the discussion.
first policewoman to be wear a hijab on duty has revealed the challenges she
faces being a Muslim on the frontline amid the heightened threat of terrorism.
Sukkar made history in November 2004 as the first Victorian police officer to
be allowed to wear a traditional Muslim head-covering with her uniform.
13 years after graduating from the police academy, the 42-year-old senior
constable says there are still challenges being a minority in the force.
see challenges, in this day in age, is when we have to keep explaining to people
who we are, what we do,' she said in a video for the Islamic Council of
the Victoria Police Force's Multicultural Liaison Officer said this was an
I see it as something good because it's better to explain your side of the
view, although some other people misunderstand it,' she said.
Lebanese-born police officer, based in Melbourne, said this was especially so
during an era of Australia being on a heightened terror alert.
should always tell people how you think about certain things, especially the
challenges we face in the current climate,' she said.
former graphic designer from Beirut moved to Australia in 2000 and has been a
senior constable since November 2008 - four years after graduating from the
Victoria Police Academy.
80-second video begins with the policewoman saying she enjoys helping people.
law enforcer, who grew up during the Lebanese civil war, praised Victoria for
embracing her as a 'Muslim police officer and as a human being'.
greatest achievement is joining Victoria Police, being the first woman to wear
a hijab in a police service, whether that's in Victoria or all over Australia,'
36, caught on camera in racist rant against Muslim woman claims she launched
her tirade because she was 'scared by her victim's veil'
woman caught on camera accusing a Muslim woman of being a terrorist has been sentenced
after pleading guilty to intimidating a couple at a Sydney university.
court heard Semaa Abdulwali and her husband, Ramzy Alamudi, were sitting their
car in Sydney's north-west when Suong Thao Nguyen, 36, started banging on their
car window at Macquarie University.
are you? Why have you got a mask? Terrorist. You have gun?' Nguyen is heard
saying in the January video.
shows the Vietnamese mother-of-two shouting at the woman, berating her for her
choice of clothing and damaging their vehicle.
has been sentenced to a two-year good behaviour bond by Burwood Local Court,
and also copped a $750 fine for the January 20 incident.
will also attend counselling and anger management courses, and pay $817.95 in
damages to the car.
was revealed in court Ms Abdulwali was wearing a head scarf and veil which
revealed only her eyes when she and her husband saw a woman staring at them.
Alamudi asked Nguyen if something was wrong after which she approached the
vehicle, shouted at the couple, attempted to pull off windscreen wipers and
keyed the car.
Alamudi said he got out of the car after about a minute, restrained Nguyen
appealed to the public for help.
security was called and Nguyen was later arrested by police.
court heard from Nguyen's lawyer Andrew Tiedt his client was sorry for
subjecting the couple to 'extraordinary unpleasant experience' and there was
'no excuse for what happened'.
Tiedt went onto say she was afraid of the women's attire and therefore 'completely
overreacted', according to The Daily Telegraph.
the footage was released by seen by 1.6 million people in four days, Nguyen was
been banned from the Macquarie University campus
is now dealing with 'notoriety' from the video
as well 'family troubles' and the fact she cannot attend campus to
complete her studies.
was a completely unprovoked attack by Nguyen, who reacted with 'resentment and
anger', to Ms Abdulwali's niqab, Magistrate Seagrave said.
Nguyen was unable or unwilling to control her impulses on this occasion and
there was no provocative behaviour whatsoever by either victim that could
explain this gross over-reaction,' the magistrate said.
Seagrave said Nguyen's behaviour was 'wrong and unacceptable' and that such
prejudice had no place in a multicultural society.
the day of the incident, Mr Alamudi wrote on Facebook: 'We were super excited
to make our way out of the university to go celebrate.
things took a sudden shift… for the worse.'
married couple were sitting in their parked car and were about to drive off for
celebrations after the wife finished her final exam in her medical science
was filmed banging on the passenger side of the window, before she walked
around to the driver's side where she again banged on the window and attempted
to pull the locked door handle.
security,' Mr Alamudi could be heard saying.
wife, who filmed the confrontation, replied: 'Just drive, just drive.'
Alamudi asked the 35-year-old woman what was wrong, when she pointed
aggressively at his wife and said, 'Get out.'
Muslim woman replied: 'Who are you? Who are you?'
35-year-old woman said: 'F*** off.'
again walked back to the passenger side and tried to pull the door handle and
bang on the window.
Alamudi's wife then called security as the woman allegedly lifted up the
Mr Alamudi opened the driver's door of the car, the woman pointed at his wife.
are you? Why have you got a mask? Terrorist. You have gun?,' she said.
Alamudi told his Facebook followers he had posted the video to demonstrate
viewers praised the couple.
handled, guys,' Haj Qahtan commented.
the woman demanded the Muslim couple provide ID.
Emily Grace Guff told her Facebook followers the woman had been ranting at the
Muslim couple while her baby was sitting in her unlocked car, metres away.
deranged woman had the nerve to attack his wife because of the burqa she was
dressed in, claiming she 'didn't feel safe' around people like her,' she said.
makes me sick to know we co-exist in a world where this happens so frequently,
people thinking they have the right to belittle someone else because of their
race or religion.'
a follow-up video, the 35-year-old woman told Mr Alamudi she found his wife
'scary' before a security guard arrived.
a statement, Macquarie University called the incident Islamophobic.
couple has been shaken by the incident and requests that their privacy be
respected,' a spokesperson for the university said.
will not be providing any further commentary on the incident at this stage.'
his Facebook post, Mr Alamudi said this not an isolated incident.
this type of Islamophobia isn't isolated to this one individual and incident.
Rather, it is an overarching systematic issue in our society that continues to
be bred by the propaganda of some media and some politicians. Dehumanizing
Muslims. This is the problem.'
was initially charged with destroying or damaging property and common assault
following the January incident, NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia.
was issued with a field court attendance notice to appear at Burwood Local
filmmaker Abdullah Al Kaabi talks to us about his critically acclaimed film
Only Men Go To The Grave, and his hopes for the film industry in the UAE
is arguably one of the most powerful mediums of expression and experience.
Through images, dialogue, music, and performances it's hard for the audience to
leave a real film without having some residue of the story change how they feel
about a subject.
don't only entertain and enlighten but they are also a stepping stone to bring
taboo subjects to the table.
the potential for influence and change that a film can have on people it's
incredibly important, now more than ever, to see real and authentic
representations of Arab stories, voices and actors on the big screen. This is
imperative not only to show our western neighbors that often or not their
representations of us on their media platforms aren't only one dimensional (to
say the least) but we need these stories to strengthen the representations that
are lacking within Arab cinema made by Arab directors.
for this reason that we need to support our independent films, especially the
good ones. One such film is Only Men Go To The Grave which is playing in
cinemas now. Directed and written by Emirati filmmaker Abdulla Al Kaabi, the
film is compelling, engaging, beautifully shot and stylized. It's a synthesis
of important ideas about honesty, strength, resilience and ideas of the
different kinds of self within us, all woven into a story whose premise is
simple, whose telling is well paced and composed revealing information and
ideas through arresting scenes and poignant performances.
Men Go To The Grave premiered at the 13th edition of the Dubai International
Film Festival to a sold out audience and received rave reviews. It also won
Abdulla Al Kaabi Best Director in the Muhr Emirati Feature category in the
prestigious Muhr Competition.
we just need content that's relatable to viewers," Abdulla Al Kaabi told
us, "And if you have a point of view or a perspective of Arabs talking to
other fellow Arabs, then that's a new voice. I think that's what people enjoy
and what I try to achieve."
Men Go To The Grave is set straight after the Iraq-Iran war in 1988. The plot
centers around the life of a blind mother who calls her estranged daughters to
tell them a secret. Unfortunately, she dies while sharing it. While the daughters
try to deal with their mother's sudden death, they must also work together to
unveil her secret by looking for clues from visitors to her funeral. Here we
see their own lives and their secrets start to unravel, causing them to
question their own motives and how well they knew their mother.
had the pleasure of talking to Abdulla Al Kaabi about the journey of making
this film, the importance of representing Arab women and what the UAE needs to
grow its film industry.
did you want to write this story?
I'm asked this question I always surprise myself by giving a different answer.
The reason why I chose this subject is so broad. I believe it's important as
human beings for us to be honest to each other and ourselves. That's why I
chose this story about a family who hide themselves from each other. They all
live double lives. That's really where it came from. I think that honesty is
very important in today's modern society. Especially to yourself.
kind of feedback were you anticipating when the film came out?
been very surprised to be honest with you. It's been hard to make this movie.
When I was shooting the movie I wasn't thinking about how it was going to be
received. I have been surprised that people have been very supportive and they
really loved the movie because many can relate to it.
did you make Iraq the setting for the story?
could have set it in Iraq, in Jordan, in Morocco, in Lebanon - anywhere.
Because it's a family story all Arabs can relate to it. I also wanted to celebrate
Iraqi culture which is being portrayed as a war zone and a land of conflict and
I wanted to show how diverse and beautiful their culture is.
did you change your mindset from writer to director?
see a script as a living object. So when I go on set it's not definite that
this is what I'm going to shoot, that this is the film that I'm going to make.
I treat it like a living object that grows, that develops, that takes shape,
that changes, that adapts to the elements that I have. I was changing everything
every day. I gave my producers and crew a hard time because everyday they would
be panicking about what I would shoot the next day. I really think it's
important to feel what you have, from actors and stage and location so you can
derive a story from it. So really, the script that I had before the shoot
wasn't the script I had when we finished shooting and especially when we
finished editing. I was surprised with the end result.
do you deal with actors on set?
process really involves going one on one with every actor. I try and get them
involved in the story and direction as much as I can, because at the end it's a
team project. I guess you can say I'm a liberal filmmaker. It's very important
to see how each actor would like to portray their character cause we all have
different interpretations of life and cinema is life or how you interpret life.
women were portrayed very realistically in the film. How did you get into the
skin of female characters?
believe women, especially in the Middle East, are powerful, and they need to be
portrayed in such a way. They've been typecast in cinema, even in Arab cinema.
They are always the victims, the weak, the dependant. To me an Arab woman is
not that. An Arab woman is a powerful woman. She needs to be portrayed that
way. This is why I really wanted to make this movie, to portray a strong Arab
you been surrounded by influential woman in your life?
been surrounded by strong Arab woman all my life. My mother was the first woman
to get a driving license in Fujairah. My aunts are fantastic women, my
grandmother was an over the top character. I was really surrounded by inspiring
women. It's really a celebration of Arab women, this movie. Of course I don't
belittle other kinds of approaches to Arab women in other movies but I think
it's good to have a balance.
do you think that films can start the discussion on some of these topics that
are taboo in our society?
are a completely powerful medium and a beautiful medium of art. It's not really
about preaching to people about how they should be. It's all about opening your
minds, opening dialogue and I think that's why cinema has been so powerful -
it's because it's connected cultures from around the world. That's really the
beauty of cinema in my opinion.
what point did you know that you wanted to be a director?
I was a kid there was a rental store, a VHS rental store, in Fujairah and my
parents got me a membership there. I would rent as many movies as I could in
the weekend when I was allowed to go there. As a kid I just wanted to be part
of this magic that was cinema. I didn't even know what a director was. I asked
my mum one day, who does these things? And she said he's called the director.
Then I started telling everyone I wanted to be a director, not even knowing
anything about it. Eventually, I worked in Dubai TV. I was always fascinated
with this whole production thing. I always had big ideas of how this should be
done, how that should be shot. Then I moved to Paris to do my masters in
does the movie industry need in Dubai in order for it to grow?
really need producers. Most of us are working as producers ourselves. It's
really hard because it's not what we, as filmmakers, are trained or have the
ability to do. And I think if we have a good pool of producers here then that's
going to elevate the cinema scene a lot. The most important aspect of making a
movie is the producer. And also, I do hope we can have a national film
institute whose sole purpose is to support local Arab cinema. That's very
important because right now we are just working with producers, who are only
concerned with making profit. That's fantastic, if you can make profit that's
great but in the end it's also art. So in order for us to make movies that can
really speak about us, we need to think
about making something more cultural, and in order to do that we need a lot of
support and only a government can support that until we have a proper sustainable
cinema industry. Most of the countries that make amazing films are really
supported by national film institutes because these films are not just purely
made for profit.
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