Yazidi gynaecologist Dr Nagham Nawzat has helped hundreds of Yazidi women
overcome trauma (MEE/Sebastian Castelier)
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doctor devotes her life to women who survived Islamic State
Iraq – Shireen was studying for a high school examination at her home in the
northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on 3 August 2014, when Islamic State group (IS)
militants broke into her house and kidnapped her from her family.
the age of 19, she was sold as a sex slave to an IS militant in the
north-western city of Tal Afar.
months later, Shireen was sold once again to another IS fighter in Mosul, Abu
Omar, to become his third wife.
said ‘I love you’ but when you love someone, you don’t rape her. It destroyed
my life,” Shireen tells MEE. “Abu Omar already had two Iraqi wives.”
Abu Omar’s other wives lived in a separate house, Shireen says that they used
to beat her whenever they got together.
story is just one from the thousands of stories recounted by Yazidi women that
have experienced the raw cruelty of IS.
week, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who also
survived IS, and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege. The international recognition
put a spotlight on those fighting against the use of rape as a weapon of war
and has once again brought the Yazidi cause to the forefront of the media.
is a Yazidi, one of Iraq's oldest religious minorities. Their beliefs are drawn
from Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam. The Islamic State group considers
Yazidis “devil worshippers”.
was told that Melek Tawwus, or the Peacock Angel - one of seven angels Yazidis
worship - was the devil and was forced to convert to Islam. Yazidis believe in
Yasdan, a god who emanates seven angels. The greatest one they worship is Melek
more than two years, Shireen says she was not allowed to leave the house in
Mosul. She was forced to cook, wash the dishes and clean every day.
were two guards at the entrance of the house and I was not allowed to go
outside, [or] even to the garden to breathe fresh air,” she says.
to Shireen, Abu Omar later brought two other Yazidi girls to the house. One was
six years old and was forced to clean the house, while the other was ten years
old. She was raped frequently by Abu Omar. Shireen says she tried to stop Abu
Omar from raping the child, but her pleas fell on deaf ears.
2016, Shireen was released by Iraqi forces during the campaign to retake Mosul
more than two years of captivity, Shireen suffered from depression and constant
nightmares that prevented her from sleeping. Her uncle and many of her friends
were killed by IS, while her father and one of her sisters have been missing
since 2014, after they were also kidnapped by IS.
too horrible, the skeletons of my uncle and my friends are under the ground.”
her release, she visited Dr Nagham Nawzat, a Yazidi gynaecologist operating in
the city of Duhok, in Iraq's Kurdish region, for a physical check-up, but Dr
Nawzat also listened to Shireen and offered her emotional support.
Nawzat helped all of us. Without her help, I wouldn't be here today,” the
23-year-old confesses. “After I came back from captivity, Dr Nawzat sat down
with me and told me that I was brave.”
love her so much,” she adds.
doctor devoted to survivors
Nawzat is highly respected among the Yazidi community. According to Hussein
al-Qaidi, the director of the Kidnapped Affairs department at the Kurdistan
Regional Government (KRG) in Duhok, 2,023 Yazidi women have been liberated from
IS territories as of July 2018.
Nawzat, 42, has provided life-saving support to more than half of them, helping
around 1,200 Yazidi women, according to al-Qaidi.
March 2016, Dr Nawzat received the International Women of Courage Award from
United States Secretary of State John Kerry for providing psychological support
to traumatised Yazidi survivors and for combating gender-based violence.
in Mosul to a Yazidi family in 1976, it was a life-long dream of Dr Nawzat to
study medicine. Concerned about women's issues from an early age, Dr Nawzat
graduated with a degree in gynaecology from Mosul’s Medical College in 2002.
wanted] to better understand issues related to women’s health, teach women
about health care and provide support for them,” she explains.
2014, Dr Nawzat was forced to flee her home near the northern city of Sinjar,
as IS militants advanced and took over the Yazidi heartland. She witnessed
first-hand the difficulties Yazidi survivors faced after being displaced.
2014, IS seized almost a third of Iraq. At least 12,000 Yazidis were killed or
kidnapped as part of what the United Nations describes as an "ongoing
genocide" against the religious minority.
2015, Dr Nawzat decided to Join the Duhok Survivors' Centre, where she
volunteers to provide healthcare and psychological support for Iraqi women who
survived IS. Funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the centre
is the only facility in Iraq that specialises in gender-based violence.
by the horrific stories survivors have shared with her, Dr Nawzat opts for a
post-traumatic medical approach commonly used in Iraq.
patients are offered some time to talk “to establish a climate of trust,” Dr
Nawzat says. Afterwards, she conducts a thorough physical check-up and then
listens attentively as her patients talk about their fears and their
traumatising experiences. She offers them support and positive reinforcement
"like a big sister the survivors can confide in,” she says.
to Dr Nawzat, as she creates a relationship with her patients based on mutual
trust, they confide in her and reveal their deepest emotions and fears with
ease. Dr Nawzat is happy to meet her patients again whenever they request
severe cases where women suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder
or there is a suicide risk, patients are directed to the nearby psychiatric
department of Duhok's Azadi hospital for treatment.
of her engagement with Yazidi community survivors, Dr Nawzat says that she has
received frequent death threats from IS sympathisers in phone calls or via
still in captivity
Iraqi forces declared a final victory over IS in December 2017, 1,500 Yazidi
women still remain captive in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, according to al-Qaidi.
Sinjar is still in ruins and memories of IS brutality still weigh heavily on
to the Board of Relief and Humanitarian Affairs in Duhok (BRHA),
Ninety-thousand Yazidis have fled abroad and 160,000 live in limbo in 17
precarious displacement camps scattered across Duhok Governorate in northern
lives alone in a tent at the Khanke internally displaced population camp in
Dhokok and rejects the idea of returning to Sinjar, as most of her family
members managed to obtain asylum in Germany.
2014, Khurto Hajji Ismail, the supreme leader of the Yazidis who is known as
Baba Sheikh, declared that Yazidi women who had been enslaved by IS were
welcome back to the Yazidi community. This announcement helped facilitate Dr
Nawzat's daily work and ease the women’s reintegration back into the community.
to al-Qaidi, four years on Yazidi survivors are still being released by IS in
exchange for ransom.
Nawzat says she will continue her mission to be there for other Yazidi women
and help heal their wounds. “I dedicate my life to the Yazidis,” she says.
– Indian authorities have detained twelve Pakistani nationals, including four
women, in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan after alleging them of violating
visa norms, Press Trust of India reported on Thursday.
Pakistani nationals had entered the neighbouring country on October 13 to visit
Haridwar, a Hindu pilgrimage site. Before returning to Pakistan, they arrived
in Saroopsar area to meet their relatives.
House Office of Jetsar police station Vijay Singh told the PTI that the
pilgrims, known as Hindu Jathas, were taken into custody as they did not have
permission to visit the area. They are being interrogated by intelligence
agencies, he added.
pilgrims visit Haridwar to immerse mortal remains of their families into the
will mark ballots in long-delayed elections on Saturday.
Associated Press reports that about 16 percent of the 2,565 candidates are
women. They are competing for 249 seats in Afghanistan’s parliament.
Hameeda Danesh is competing against six men for a seat. She is seeking to
represent the district of Jalrez in Wardak province.
is home to many ethnic Pashtun. The Taliban is said to be in control of the
area. People there follow a strict form of Islam, which bars women from a
number of activities. Many women are not registered to vote.
Danesh told the AP her story about the difficulties women face in Afghanistan.
claims that she was locked away by her uncles at the age of 13 and beaten every
day for six months. The men did this because they did not want her to attend
said she hopes to guarantee education for the next generation of Afghan girls.
But resistance to this idea comes from the Taliban and local militia leaders
allied with the government.
said this election is extremely important for women. She noted that traditional
ideas of religion in the country are gaining strength and efforts to negotiate
with the Taliban are increasing. However, the last time the group ruled
Afghanistan, girls were not permitted to attend school or women to work.
showed the AP marks from her beatings as a child 16 years ago. She said, “This
is why I struggle, because no woman or girl should ever have to face these
added, “This election is so important because we need a new generation.”
for women slow to arrive
has been 17 years since a United States-led coalition ousted the Taliban
government from power. The U.S. and other nations have provided billions of
dollars in aid to help rebuild Afghanistan. Yet rights activists say they
struggle to get parliament to approve laws protecting women or guaranteeing
education and worker rights.
Wadood Pedram heads the group Human Rights and the Eradication of Violence
Organization, which is based in Kabul.
said, “A lot of members of parliament are against these laws because they don’t
like some of the articles that allow women to work outside the house, or
guarantee their education or their right to divorce or protection from their
added that, after 10 years, parliament has yet to approve a law on stopping
he noted that women have seen gains since the Taliban leadership was ousted.
Afghan girls are able to attend school, and women appear on television programs
and serve in parliament. They are on provincial councils, head government
ministries and lead the Independent Human Rights Commission. Women also are
members of the High Peace Council, which holds peace talks with rebels, Pedram
husband Bilal said he supports his wife’s independence. However, he worries
when she leaves her home in Kabul to travel to Wardak, about 40 kilometers
security situation before the election remains very tense.
Thursday, at least two Afghan officials were killed in a shooting incident
during a visit of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan. The dead included Abdul
Raziq, a police commander who had survived several earlier attempts on his
American soldiers were injured in the attack.
Taliban claimed responsibility. It said the targets were Raziq and the American
general, Scott Miller, who was unharmed. Miller was visiting the offices of
Kandahar’s governor for a meeting with the governor and other Afghan officials.
was said to have kept Taliban rebels under control but he also was criticized
by human rights activists for abuses.
officials have promised to protect Afghans who vote and voting stations across
the country during the elections.
group of young women assembled to take a selfie outside the sanctum sanctorum
at Haji Ali Thursday evening while others, their heads covered, went inside to
pray. Even as protests rocked Kerala where Sabarimala temple opened its doors
to women for the first time following a Supreme Court order, a little over two
years since the Bombay High Court permitted women to enter the sanctum
sanctorum of the Haji Ali shrine, fraught emotions and tension amid Mumbai
litigation are now a thing of the past.
Haji Ali Dargah Trust, which initially resisted women’s entry after a ban was
put in place in 2011-12 and which filed an appeal before the Supreme Court,
conceded in October 2016 that women can enter the sanctum.
in the Sabarimala case, some of the resistance in the Haji Ali case came from
women devotees who had said that even though the ban was lifted, they would not
be comfortable accessing the sanctum sanctorum.
on Thursday, the three plywood doorways that allowed women into the sanctum saw
a long queue as the devotees waited to see the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah
Bukhari. Women stood in a line, some offering flowers and chadar, handing them
over to male attendants. Others pressed their foreheads to the donation box,
lying prostrate, as a mark of respect to the saint. The tomb lay metres away,
separated by barricades for the male devotees as well. The male attendants
hurried the crowds on, both men and women in separate sections, asking devotees
to move faster to allow others in.
have been visiting the dargah since I was very young. But I have come back
after many years now. I was told that the entry of women was stopped in
between. But I am glad that it has changed. I find peace going in. Even if it
is for a few minutes,” said Shaheeda Begum, who had travelled from Uttar
Pradesh, with her sons, to visit the dargah. Even as the devotees were being
hurried along, she emerged through the doorway that marks a spot beyond which
women were not allowed when the ban was in place, and joined other women who
sat to pray. Outside the sanctum, male volunteers stopped women from entering
with their footwear on or with their heads uncovered, some even offering
scarves to women.
were not allowed for some time. But after the court order, it is accessible
again. Everyone can go in now,” said Shoaib, a volunteer outside the sanctum.
trust had told the Supreme Court on October 24, 2016, that it would require two
weeks to ready the shrine for women devotees who would like to enter the
sanctum. The court had given the trust a period of four months to complete the
trust member said that since the shrine previously permitted women to enter the
sanctum, all that had to be done was to remove the steel barricades and relay
the flooring to fashion a separate path for women, as per the court’s directions.
petitioners had told the court that they had visited the sanctum in their
childhood, and it was only since 2012 that they had been stopped from entering
November 2016, Noorjehan Safia Naz, along with a group of 75-80 women from
across the country, including members of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan
(BMMA), visited the dargah to re-enter the space. A trust member said once the
barricades were removed, volunteers facilitated the entry of women into the
dargah, returning to the way things were before the ban.
PIL was filed by Naz and Zakia Soman, office bearers of the BMMA. The two had
written to the trust’s president in 2012, and also approached various state
authorities requesting intervention, including the minorities commission, women’s
commission and charity commissioner, before approaching the High Court. Before
the court as well, the trust said “free mixing” between men and women was
discouraged in Islam and that menstruating women are “unclean” and hence, could
not offer prayers at the mosque.
beliefs stem out of a patriarchal mindset leading to gender-based
discrimination against women. The intervention of courts through judgments help
demolish these mindsets and perceptions,” said Naz Thursday.
I’m fed up with them. It often feels like all I’m doing, day after day, is
battling people’s kneejerk preconceptions of who I am. From simply going about
my day as a Muslim woman in a headscarf to TV news appearances patiently
explaining, yet again, that burkini swimming costumes are nothing to be scared
of, and that, no, Muslim women who believe in standing up for their rights are
not somehow contravening the basic principles of Islam, the task is relentless
not alone in facing this burden. Millions of women in majority- and
minority-Muslim countries are tirelessly fighting other people’s ideas of who
we are and who we should be. In the West, particularly, the stereotypes aren’t
even consistent. One day we are being portrayed as victims of an oppressive
culture, with no agency or opinions of our own. The next, we are jihadi brides
bringing up a generation of terrorists. Sometimes, we are both at the same
time. And often, within the Muslim community, if we have opinions and want rights,
heaven forbid. We just can't win.
this week alone, there have been many stories that prove how reductive these
ideas are. In the US, a photograph of a group of women at Comic Con, dressed at
the Avengers and in full hijab, went viral. In Canada, the photographer Alia
Youssef’s rapturously received Sisters Project aims to represent Muslim
womanhood in all its diversity. In the UK, the Second World War hero Noor
Inayat Khan could become the next face of the £50 note. And let’s not forget that
Rashida Tlaib is expected to become the first Muslim woman in the US Congress.
great that barriers are being broken down and that Muslim women are talking
increasingly prominent places in public life. Role models like these will
encourage a new generation of young women to step forward. However, the
prevailing narratives surrounding Muslim women remain largely unchanged. I’ve
been commenting in the media for 15 years and have pretty much lost count of
the amount of times the same old stories have circled back around.
truth is that while more and more stories of the “Muslim women are human beings
too” variety are doing the rounds, Muslim women have actually been dehumanised
to the degree that it is increasingly dangerous to be one, visibly and in public.
Figures released by the UK government this week showed that in the last year,
hate crimes have doubled and that more than half of religiously motivated hate
crime is aimed at Muslims. A previous report by the organisation Tell Mama has
shown that Muslim women are more likely to be targeted than Muslim men.
what is the point of all this stereotype-busting work, if it is having so
little effect? The problem with trying to break down people’s preconceptions is
that sometimes you can end up stoking their resentments, simply by daring to
speak out and be yourself. One way around this is to get on with your life and
work as a regular, everyday woman who just happens to be Muslim. That can work,
until you run into the discrimination that puts barriers in your way to
a horrible double bind to spend all your time trying to prove that Muslim
womanhood comprises many different perspectives and experiences, only to
discover that most of your efforts have fallen on deaf ears.
is worth remembering, however, that recognition as full human beings is not
something that those who enjoy structural privileges of race, gender and class
want to extend to Muslim women. After all, doing so would involve giving up or
accepting radical changes to their own status. The way they avoid having to do
this is by continually stoking the flames of stereotypes, so we have to spend
all our time fighting them.
that we’re wise to their game, the way ahead is not to waste time telling
people what we're not, but to continue claiming space for ourselves, creating
our own narratives and, loudly and proudly, showing the world what we are.
26-year-old Muslim man in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra allegedly gave
triple talaq to his wife through WhatsApp and was booked following a complaint
lodged by her, police said Thursday.
man, Javed Saber Pathan, a resident of Khandala village in Vaijapur taluka in
the district, was booked on Wednesday under section 4 of the Muslim Women
(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018, a police officer said.
had married Shabana Nisar Shaikh alias Sabha in December 2016. Things were fine
between them for about a year. However, after that they regularly started
arguing over small issues,” police inspector Anant Kulkarni said.
September 9 (2018), Javed dropped Shabana at her maternal aunt’s house in
Kannad tehsil (in the district), but did not return to take her back. Shabana’s
parents visited his house to request him to patch up with her. But on September
23, Javed sent a triple talaq message on her WhatsApp,” he added.
lodged a complaint against him with Vaijapur police station on Wednesday,
following which a case was registered, Kulkarni said.
was yet to be arrested, the inspector said adding that an investigation has
been launched into the case.
28 December 2017, the Lok Sabha had passed The Muslim Women (Protection of
Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017. The bill made instant triple talaq
(talaq-e-biddah) in any form spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as
email, SMS and WhatsApp illegal and void, with up to three years in jail for
Union cabinet last month approved an ordinance making triple talaq a punishable
is seeking to negotiate a deal with ISIS by recruiting young men in Syria’s
Sweida and enlisting them in compulsory conscription in return for the release
of abducted women that are held by the extremist group.
residents are awaiting the results of these negotiations over the release of
Druze women and children kidnapped by the terrorist group on July 25, after a
series of coordinated attacks in the southern province of Sweida that killed
more than 250 people, mostly civilians.
to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, anticipation is very high in the
province, where many are saying that the release of the abductees is expected
to happen the coming hours.
residents, who are mostly a Druze religious minority, have been in fierce
opposition of the Syrian war, as many of their youth serve in the army.
news agency Sputnik revealed another deal between the Assad regime’s forces and
ISIS to release six of the abductees, in exchange for 17 ISIS members detained
by the regime, without specifying the date for the implementation of the
deals come 24 hours after the signing of the first ceasefire agreement in Tulul
al-Safa, a mountainous region in eastern Sweida.
July 25, ISIS carried out a series of coordinated attacks in the southern
province of Sweida that killed more than 250 people, mostly civilians.
was the deadliest attack ever to target the mostly government-held province and
the Druze religious minority that populates it. Read more
For women in Afghanistan’s Parliament, what a difference a year makes.
December, the government proposed 12 candidates for ministerial positions; only
one was female, and she failed to win enough votes.
hundreds of women aim to be agents of change by standing for Parliament in
elections on Saturday.
than 400 of the 2,691 candidates are women. Their aims are to encourage a
consensus among female members of Parliament and to end the reliance on
factional leaders and strongmen with power and wealth.
young and new candidates are a powerful tool to make Parliament exercise its
rights as stipulated in the constitution,” said Zahra Nawabi, 28, a candidate
from Kabul who has two master’s degrees.
priority should be women, first and foremost addressing their health.
Parliament should not become a source of shame for the nation.”
practice of wealthy figures and men with power supporting their own choice of
female nominees was a greater threat to Afghan democracy than the threatened
attacks on the election process by Taliban insurgents, she said.
government needs to intervene to stop this, otherwise the next Parliament could
be worse than the current one.”
Karokhail, who was elected as an MP in 2005, was re-elected in 2010 and is
standing again, admitted that female MPs had failed to form a powerful bloc in
Parliament. Some of them regarded themselves “as extra-ordinary,” she said, and
it was too early to say whether any of the new batch of candidates would be an
Arab Woman Awards held its sixth annual ceremony on Wednesday October 17 at
Sheraton Kuwait luxury collection hotel under the patronage of H E Sheikh
Mubarak Al-Salem Al Sabah.
awards were presented by Harper’s Bazaar Al Arabiya and were used to support
the Hayatt Breast Cancer Association.
ceremony honoured 19 inspiring Arab women who were chosen to win in the award’s
various categories in recognition of their outstanding contributions across
fields including business, education, medicine, and literature.
the winners were Mona K Al-Daas who was acknowledged for her role as General
Manager in the governments statistical bureau, Noor Boodai, founder & CEO
at Dars, a start-up company working on advancing education in the Arab world
and Mariam Alraghim who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for her
services to nursing with an accomplished career spanning across 35 years.
Woman Awards Kuwait 2018 - in pictures
Woman Awards founder and managing director of ITP Media Group, Sue Holt said,
“Everyone has such busy lives now that we often forget to stop and reflect on
how much progress has been made so far. The awards are our chance to do just
that and to take a moment to celebrate individuals who are really driving
change and achieving great success in their respective fields.”
winners were selected by an independent board of judges who this year was honorary
chair, Sheikh Mubarak Fahad al Salem Al Sabah, Kuwait Undersecretary of State
along with Professor Moudhi Al-Humoud previous Kuwait Minister of Education;
leading fashion designer and founder of Sirdab6, Sheikha Souad J A Al Sabah and
Dr Labiba Temmim, co-founder of the Arab Woman Awards Kuwait and Managing
Director of Hayatt Breast Cancer Association.
Rashed Alsheredah winner of the Media category commented: “I considered myself
very lucky when I was selected to be an Arab Women Award winner this year. I
dedicate this award to all listeners and readers who have listened and enjoyed
my stories through Kuwait radio. I am thankful to my family and friends and
everyone who worked with me in swalf mozah.”
Women Awards H E Sheikh Mubarak Fahed Al-Salem Al Sabah honorary chair and head
of judges said: “Our Arab Women Awards winners made us proud to be Kuwaitis
with their relentless support, achievements, and efforts to make our beloved
country an outstanding nation.”
awards were held as a private dinner at the Sheraton Kuwait Luxury Collection
Hotel, with over 180 guests in attendance including the judging board, winners,
their families, and Hayatt breast cancer survivors.
were treated to music from Dubai-based vocalist Leanna Kerry who flew over
especially for the evening and an inspirational speech from Rasha Al Akhras.
of the event were Roche & Co, The Flower Room, Views Dentsu, Tanagra, the
Sheraton Kuwait and Hello! magazine.
full list of the Arab Woman Awards Kuwait 2018
Mona K Al-Daas
Achievement: Mariam Alraghim
Hetaf M Khajah
Rugaya Al Nafisi & Najla Al Nafisi
Dr Sabiha Al-Motawa
Talent: Tamara Qaddoumi
Entrepreneurship: Noor Boodai
Ameena Rajab Saleh
Women: Nada Faris
Zahra Ali Baba
Designer: Mariam Al-Bader
Legal: Hanadi J Al-Omani
Mozah Rashed Alsheredah
Hanan B AlRoomi
The process of birth spacing — or maintaining a time frame between pregnancies
— in Oman got its first boost in 1993, following a public declaration by Sultan
Qaboos Bin Said on the issue of high population growth putting a burden on
Omani families as well as on national resources.
spacing programmes are offered for free by the Omani Health Ministry. Dr. Fatma
Al Hinai, Director of Women and Child Health at the ministry, believes spacing
the birth of children is essential to improve the health of women, as it
reduces maternal and infant mortality.
every pregnancy carries with it a risk of maternal death or morbidity, some
pregnancies are higher risk than others. A birth spacing programme attempts to
reduce these risks in young or middle-aged women, the senior Omani health
official told Gulf News.
range of birth spacing services are administered through MoH clinics. These
includes access to information and education, and counselling for women for
using birth spacing methods.
spacing enables women to rebuild the deficiencies that their bodies develop
during pregnancy and labour. Taking a gap between pregnancies enables women to
minimise the risks involved in the intrapartum (onset of labour through
delivery) and post-partum stages of childbirth.
Al Hinai said: “It is imperative that women maintain birth spacing. It also
empowers a woman, giving her choice for her health needs.”
services fostering birth spacing methods are oral or injectable hormonal
contraceptives, intrauterine devices, family planning preventions and implants
such as Implanon NXT. These implants are hormone-filled rods (referred to as
capsules) that are inserted under the skin of a woman’s arm. Implanon NXT is a
single-rod system that continually releases a low, steady dose of the progestin
etonogestril (medication used for birth control) for three years.
Contraceptive Devices (IUCDs), made of plastic and medicated, are small
flexible (T) shaped device inserted in the uterine cavity for effective
long-term contraception. In Oman, the MoH provides Copper T 380 A type, which
is effective for 10 years.
about the benefits of birth spacing, Dr. Al Hinai said: “Child spacing empowers
women to regulate fertility safely and effectively. This allows them to
exercise their reproductive rights and improve the health of their children.”
MoH adopted a joint annual plan with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
GCC sub-regional office in Oman. Under the plan, technical and financial
support is provided to the Ministry during the planning, action and execution
of activities that are under the purview of its birth spacing programmes.
WHO mission to review the birth spacing programme in the Sultanate noted that
it had made a significant contribution to the reduction of maternal and child
mortality, over the past few years.
Heath Minister, Dr Ahmad Bin Obaid Al Sa’eedi, said the health sector had
advanced over the years owing to the quality of its services and improvements
UNFPA GCC sub-regional office in Oman is also helping the government arrest a
decline in birth spacing. Asr Toson, UNFPA’s GCC representative, was earlier
quoted as saying: “The Health Vision 2050 of the Sultanate and MoH’s mission
focuses on improving access to health services and ensuring equity in health
service availability and utilisation. There are major developments regarding
the health services available to women through many public clinics and
hospitals. UNFPA GCC has been working with the Ministry of Health to ensure the
availability of such services since the office’s inauguration in 2006.”
woman in Sharjah tried to sell her underage daughter's virginity on Thursday.
Three other women were also accomplices in the crime.
faces charges of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by forcing her
17-year-old daughter into prostitution, as per Emarat Al Youm report.
Arab woman, who worked as a prostitute, had put out word with friends and
relatives that she was selling her daughter's virginity for Dh50,000 and a gold
Police had been notified that there was a victim of human trafficking for
gathering information and confirming the report, the police arranged an ambush.
The money was handed over in exchange for the girl through three accomplices at
forces were called in and the women were arrested and referred for prosecution.
testified that the woman's accomplices had also solicited money for a dance and
some sexual favours.
victim testified that her mother had forced her to go to the hotel and
surrender to the man in exchange for the Dh50,000. All accused confessed to
crimes are punishable by no less than 5 years in jail and minimum fine of
Dh100,000. If the victim is a child or a person of determination, the
perpetrator could get a life sentence.
Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri threatening officials who allow women
to enter football stadiums has caused an uproar among Iranian activists.
the powerful head of the country’s judiciary, claimed that women should be
banned from going to stadiums because it is “sinful” for them to watch
“half-naked men play soccer.” He added that action will be taken if they
continue to go.
stadiums have been off-limits for women for the past four decades in Iran, a
ban that has divided Iran’s political establishment.
Revolutionary Guards leader, Abdullah Hajj Sadeqi, also shocked the public when
he called on guards to prevent women from entering stadiums, and said that
“women’s presence in stadiums is dangerous.”
first let women watch the World Cup on television, then we let them enter the
stadiums to watch football claims. Next, women will want to mix with men and
watch the games together. We must not lose our religious faith, and we need to
be wary of our social behavior,” Sadeqi said.
from the Azadi Stadium in Tehran had selected about 150 women to attend the
football match between the Iranian and Bolivian teams on Tuesday, which ended
with a victorious win for Iran.
were first allowed to attend football stadiums when FIFA demanded that the
Iranian Football Federation allow women to watch the football games.
Federation’s Cultural Advisor, Gholam Hussein Zanam Abadi, said: “FIFA
requested that women be allowed in the stadiums. We could not risk being barred
from the competition because of the ban.”
the last football match, officials allowed some women entry into the stadium
and banned others. They also prohibited photographers from taking any photos of
female fans so as to prevent backlash from fundamentalists. However, pictures
and videos of female fans were widely circulated on social media with captions
encouraging more freedom for Iranian women.
has been spreading at an alarming rate among Iranian women and girls,
compelling the regime’s officials and experts to acknowledge it. Akram
Mosavvari Manesh has asserted that the average addiction age has dropped to
under 15 years of age among Iranian women and girls.
director of women’s studies and research made the remarks on October 16, 2018,
on the addiction of Iranian women and girls. She said, “Addiction age has
dropped to the 15-18 range and even under 15.”
Manesh added, “The worst social harm in Iran is addiction which also includes
women and girls. The disaster has even entered schools.” (The official IRNA
news agency – October 15, 2018)
confession is of course not the entire reality of addiction among Iranian women
and girls. Three years ago, Shahindokht Molaverdai, presidential deputy on
Women and Family Affairs, had announced that, “The average addiction age has
plunged to 13 years for girls.” (The state-run ISNA news agency – September 4,
light of the deteriorating economic conditions in Iran and soaring
unemployment, addiction has spread viciously among low-income and impoverished
sectors affecting even young children.
the recent announcement of the U15 addiction age of women and girls, is an
effort to conceal rather than revealing the realities transparently.
Shojaii, secretary general of the so-called reformist women's assembly, has
stressed on feminization of poverty in Iran. She says, "Poverty has become
feminized. Social ailments, suicide, runaway girls, addiction, and a rising
number of female prisoners are some of the issues we face.” (The state-run
dustaan.com, June 20, 2018)
to previous figures reported by the Iranian regime, there are at least 4
million drug addicts in the entire country which puts the population of Iranian
women drug addicts at about 19 percent, indicating a dramatic increase in the
percentage of addicted women in Iran.
arrest and dismissal of Baha’i women and citizens have continued in various cities
over the past weeks.
Salmanzadeh, a Baha'i woman in Karaj was arrested for her faith by Intelligence
Ministry agents on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, after her house was ransacked and
her personal belongings and books were confiscated.
on October 2, 2018, Sahar Rouhani, another Baha'i woman was fired from job in
Yazd because of believing in the Baha'i faith. Ms. Rouhani had been already
expelled from school where she was studying the fourth semester of
photojournalism in 2009. Now, she has been also deprived of her job due to her
Rouhani was one of the officers in charge of advertising for the Samsung
Company. She had been working there for more than a year and was one of the
company’s best employees. She was fired under the pressure and order of the
Department of Intelligence in Yazd.
women and citizens in Iran have been expelled from work, deprived of education
and arrested for their faith since the beginning of the mullahs’ rule in Iran.
women and citizens are systematically deprived of their human rights while
according to article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
“everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of
his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in
public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance,
practice and teaching.”
last month, the names of 21 Baha’i women were announced who had participated in
and passed the 2018 National University Entrance Exam, but were deprived of
in September, nine Baha’i women were arrested in the cities of Karaj, Shiraz
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