Kumari Kohli belongs to the Kohli community from the remote village of Dhana
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First Dalit Hindu Female Lawmaker, Krishna Kumari Kohli, Addresses Parliament
Mar. 8, 2019: Krishna Kumari Kohli, Pakistan’s first female senator from the
Hindu Dalit community, on Friday chaired the session of the upper house of
parliament on occasion of International Women’s Day.
Senate of Pakistan decided to make our colleague Krishna Kumari Kohli aka
Kishoo Bai to Chair the Senate for today on Women’s Day,” Senator Faisal Javed
40, was elected as senator in March 2018 after spending many years working for
the rights of bonded labourers in Muslim-majority Pakistan. She is the first
Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Pakistan senate.
belongs to the Kohli community from the remote village of Dhana Gam in Nagarparkar
area of Sindh province where a sizeable number of Hindus live.
consider myself very fortunate today to be sitting on this seat…,” she said
before starting the session.
Women’s Day is observed across the world on March 8.
to a poor peasant, Jugno Kolhi, in February 1979, Krishna and her family
members spent nearly three years in a private jail owned by the landlord of
Kunri of Umerkot district.
was a grade 3 student at the time when held captive. She was married to Lalchand
at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade.
pursued her studies and in 2013 she did masters in sociology from the Sindh
University. She had joined the Pakistan Peoples Party as a social activist
along with her brother, who was later elected as Chairman of Union Council
election to Senate represented a major milestone for women and minority rights
Rayan, the wife of Sheikh Talal bin Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Ali Al-Thani, said
on Thursday the Qatari regime had deprived her and her children from their
basic human rights to get “revenge” on their jailed father at a Geneva Press
mother of four said Tamim’s regime forced her family into dire living
conditions after they were put in poor housing and prevented from obtaining
basic healthcare and education.
regime, she said, tried to torture her husband by attacking his children
“mentally and physically” and treating them like “filth” while he was in jail.
there [are] human rights in Qatar, then this shouldn’t be happening,” Rayan
added that they were forced to leave their home and bare with unlivable
conditions, while she was pregnant, and that they were given no means to
said that because the housing they were put in was full of insects, the
children fell ill but were denied access to healthcare.
stated that feuds within the family escalated after the death of Sheikh Abdul
Aziz bin Ahmed, one of the founders of Qatar, when he was in exile in Saudi
Arabia in 2008.
Talal’s own assets were frozen and inheritance was withheld following his
father’s death. Without access to money or property, he was unable to pay his
debts and was jailed hereafter.
was trapped into a conspiracy of signing cheques. It was a set up to make him
go into business[es]. They managed to make him sign the cheques, and through
that [he] was an easy target to put him in jail,” she said.
to Rayan, the Qatari regime attempted to force Sheikh Talal to sign papers
attesting to his insanity, but she managed to convince her husband not to.
noted that her husband was jailed after he demanded the granting of his rights,
but instead the regime “made him suffer”.
Talal, Rayan’s husband, is the grandson of Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali al-Thani, who
was the Emir of Qatar from 1960 until 1972.
late Sheikh Ahmad was deposed by his cousin Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad, who is
the grandfather of Qatar’s current Emir Tamim bin Hamad.
police on Friday fired tear gas at thousands of women who took to the city’s
central avenue on International Women’s Day in defiance of a protest ban to
demand greater rights and denounce violence.
also pushed back a sea of women, wearing purple wigs, masks, and whistling at
the entrance to the city’s main pedestrianized shopping street of Istiklal
Avenue, an AFP correspondent reported.
number of women employees in civil service departments has increased by five
percent in 2018 against its previous year, said Ahmad Nader Naderi, Chairman of
the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.
a gathering on the International Women’s Day in Kabul, Naderi said the participation
of Afghan women in government departments has reached to 27 percent.
statistics of the authority show that women made 22 percent of government
employees in 2017 while it has increased to 27.33 percent this year.
building, learning new skills, government’s support, easing the appointment
process and organizing written tests for vacant government posts helped women
to play a greater role in civil service departments, he said.
year has been the best year for women in terms of being recruited in
government’s institutions,” Naderi said. “In the past years, women had
prominent role in sacred profession of teaching and health services, but today,
fortunately, the opportunity has been provided for them to work in different
fields and different levels of management.”
said he is hopeful that women will make 50 percent of Afghanistan’s civil
service employees in the future.
said there are possibilities that women’s role will decrease if they are not
can see the threat of a rollback in different areas including in politics, in
the talks for ending the war or in social and cultural obstacles and
limitations which are facing women,” Naderi said.
comes as a number of women rights activists have expressed their concerns over
a possible ignorance to women’s rights and achievements in the peace talks with
activists have said that their rights and past achievements should not be
sacrificed in the talks with the Taliban.
women must have a say in the future of their country, Amnesty International
said today, as the human rights organization unveiled a mural in Kabul
celebrating their tremendous achievements.
women are famous for their resolve and we are celebrating that this Women’s
Day. Despite more than 17 years of conflict, they have made remarkable strides.
They are lawyers, doctors, judges, teachers, engineers, athletes, activists,
politicians, journalists, bureaucrats, run their own businesses and are in the
ranks of the military and police,” said Samira Hamidi, South Asia campaigner at
to the Amnesty International, in 2009, Afghanistan passed the law on
Elimination of Violence Against Women, after a hard-fought struggle led by
women human rights defenders. The law, which fell into disuse after parts of it
were absorbed into Afghanistan’s revised Penal Code, was reaffirmed by
President Ashraf Ghani in March 2018.
Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace, Kashmala
Tariq hosted an event on International Women’s Day at President Secretariat.
President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi was the chief guest of this vibrant event,
the attendance of Mr. Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime &
Shipping, Ms. Zartaj Gul Federal Minister for Ministry of Climate, Senators and
Ambassadors and people from all spheres of life justified the slogan “Inclusion
not Seclusion” put forward by none other than Federal Ombudsman Kashmala Tariq.
The purpose behind this slogan was to amplify the importance of both genders
being hybrid for the betterment of whole society.
welcome speech was delivered by the Federal Ombudsman Kashmala Tariq wherein
she put forward the slogan “Inclusion not Seclusion” and asserted the
importance of collective responsibility and roles of both genders. She stressed
on the plight of working women which is yet to be addressed, issues like
harassment, hostile environment, discrimination and non conducive conditions at
workplace. She shared that women are performing extraordinary in all sectors
and in recent years almost 40% of CSP officers are women. She further stated
that this day is recognized for the achievement of great women without any
regard to divisions whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or
addressing all the speakers threw light upon empowering women, rights of women
and the role of society for adaptation of the basic roles enshrined in the Holy
Quran and the Constitution of Pakistan. She vowed and pledged to make gender
diversity real and not surreal.
Honourable President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi delivered
the closing speech and shared his views on harassment at workplace and
appreciated Federal Ombudsman Kashmala Tariq for her efforts in this regard. He
stressed on the rights of women especially the inheritance rights in remote
areas. He further stated that taking away the inheritance rights of women is
strictly forbidden in Islam. The President said that women would remain
vulnerable for physical and mental violence unless they are made financially
independent. The President considers this a worrisome situation that after
fourteen hundred years our society is still unable to espouse these essential
teachings of Islam.
performance at the end of evening by the group of young girls from Lok Virsa,
depicting all the cultures through their attires added more colours to the
Sindh Inspector General Dr Syed Kaleem Imam has said that women quota in police
jobs will be increased from five to 10 per cent and newcomers will be appointed
as ASIs so that they start their professional career “with dignity”.
at a programme held in the Police Ground here on Friday to mark the
International Women’s Day and later speaking to reporters, the IG said that the
Sindh police were committed to change the ‘thana culture’. The department was
striving hard for a progressive law on the pattern of the Police Order-2002
which was worked out after due deliberations.
have decided to assign major and principal roles to women officers so that they
can work comfortably,” he said.
Imam said that it’s time for de-centralisation and specialisation; that’s why
the concept of regional police officer (RPO) was introduced. The posts of
“mini-IGs” [additional IGs] were created to take care of three ranges of
Hyderabad and two of Sukkur region. “All works and appeals will be handled by
these additional IGs locally and they will be referring cases to the IG for
ultimate policy and strategy framework,” he explained.
will soon hear in days to come that a progressive law has been framed,” he
the event, the IG said that the Sindh police expressed solidarity with women by
observing International Women’s Day. He said that a shuttle service, day-care
centres and other upgraded facilities were being ensured for policewomen,
adding that they would be posted in districts on important positions to enable
them to work at a par with their male counterparts.
SSP Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh spoke highly of the official in-charge of local
Madadgar, Sakina Bhatti. He acknowledged that policewomen in this police range
put in their full potential. He indicated that they were taking care of the
women protection and complaint cells.
SSP Tauqir Naeem said this region had a rich history as far as women’s struggle
was concerned. “We cannot remain in a state of denial in this world of
globalisation,” he said.
Liaison Committee (CPLC) Hyderabad chief Dr Farid Qasim, Raffia Bangash, Marvi,
Shabana Khokhar, Gulnaz and Sakina Bhatti also spoke.
large number of women turned up to participate in Aurat Azadi March organised
by rights activists to mark International Women’s Day here on Friday.
participants started the march from Shahbaz Building and walked to the local
press club where they took part in a colourful programme and listened to
speeches by their leaders.
Action Forum activist Amar Sindhu said that Sindh’s future was directly linked
with women who did not have their political party.
Mallah said that women would no more tolerate exploitation in any form. Women
were denied right to live but no society could progress without emancipation of
women, she said.
Aurat Tanzeem leader Zahida Dahri said that women had always fought for their
rights and now they would not remain silent over violence.
Democratic Front activist from Islamabad, Asmat Shahjehan, said that women
would now take their destiny in their own hands. She slammed Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf government for “being silent” over rights of women.
gathering adopted a resolution calling upon federal and provincial governments
to ensure constitutional guarantee of minimum wages to women, ban forced
labour, provide economic opportunities to women, amend Sindh Tenancy Act and
distribute land among landless women.
further demanded enactment of Sindh Domestic Workers Act, abolition of Council
of Islamic Ideology, amendment to marriage act and law of inheritance.
singers Mai Zainab, Taj Mastani, Comrade Fozia and others sang different songs.
Women Workers Federation also organised a rally. The NGO’s general secretary
Zahra Khan said that Pakistan was facing worst crisis and the government had
made the country “slave” to International Monetary Fund, World Bank and other
leader Sabhagi Bheel said that women peasantry was passing a life worse than
animals, especially Hindu women who faced slavery in a disgraceful manner.
University organised a seminar to mark the day where Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Fateh Mohammad said that Pakistani women were still far away from real freedom.
True liberation of women could happen after women’s socio-economic and gender
emancipation, he said.
Female Senators Voice Concern Over Women Not Given Their Due Rights
women’s participation, the Senate on Friday passed a unanimous resolution
commending the role of Pakistani women in nation building and demanded of the
government for appropriate measures for empowerment of women.
resolution was moved by Nuzhat Sadiq on the occasion of International Women’s
Day (IWD). When the House started discussion on IWD, Senate Chairman Sadiq
Sanjrani left the seat for minority member Senator Keshoo Bai to preside the
session. Sadiq Sanjrani lauded the contributions of Pakistani women in
different fields including politics and sports. He said such an environment
should be created that enables our women to move forward without any impediment.
opposition senators staged a walkout from the house against the government’s
exclusion of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s name from the official
Women’s Day advertisement. The issue was raised by Pakistan People’s Party
(PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman who took to the floor of the House and said, “The
world acknowledges the services of Benazir Bhutto. The government should
apologise for not including her name in the official advertisement released to
mark IWD. The government should make alterations to the advertisement by this
of the House Senator Shibli Faraz seconded Sherry Rehman and said, “Pakistani
nation values the services of Benazir Bhutto. The advertisement should have
mentioned Benazir’s name. We will look into how her name was not included.”
his remarks on the occasion, Sanjrani appreciated the contributions of
Pakistani women in different fields including politics and sports. He said such
an environment should be created that enables our women to move forward without
Senate held discussion to commemorate IWD. Initiating the debate, Senator
Sassui Palijo hailed the services of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir, Kalsoom Nawaz,
Asma Jehangir and others for the cause of democracy in the country.
said women should be given equal perks and privileges as per their male
counterparts in the fields they are serving.
said the PPP had always raised voice for the rights of women. She added that
the Aurat March was being taken out in different cities and all segments of the
society should participate in them. Sitara Ayaz said our women were excelling
in different areas which depict that they were second to none. She said our
women parliamentarians were actively participating in the proceedings of the
House and bringing legislation on important matters.
Khalid called for economic empowerment of women folk. Nighat Mirza stressed the
need for creating awareness amongst the people about the rights of women.
Quratulain Marri said that curbs on women should be lifted and they should be
provided conducive environment to leave an impact on the society. Sana Jamali
recalled that women played an active role in the independence movement. She
said personalities like Fatima Jinnah and Benazir were a role model for us.
Parveen said Islam gave great respect and honour to women. She said that we
should follow the Islamic injunctions for empowerment of women. She regretted
that women in our society were not being given their share in inheritance.
Nuzhat Sadiq said women constituted 52 percent of the population and the
government should take requisite steps to facilitate them.
of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad said the lives of Ummahatul
Momineen were a role model for all of us. He said the government was committed
to work towards the empowerment of women. Others who also spoke on the occasion
include Najma Hameed, Rukhsana Zuberi, Abida Azeem and Gul Bashra.
President Omar al-Bashir ordered on International Women’s Day on Friday the
release of all women arrested in connection with anti-government
demonstrations, hours after protesters marched in the two largest cities.
has seen near-daily protests against Bashir since December 19. The
demonstrations were triggered by price increases and cash shortages but
developed into the most sustained challenge to Bashir since he took power in a
military coup three decades ago.
a meeting on Friday, Bashir told the head of the security and intelligence
service to release all women who have been detained in connection with the
protests, according to a presidency statement. Anti-government activists
estimate that more than 150 women are currently in prison for participating in
hundreds of protesters chanted anti-government slogans after leaving Friday
prayers at a major mosque linked to the opposition Umma party in the city of
Omdurman, near Sudan’s capital, drawing tear-gas volleys from police,
also gathered in several areas of the capital Khartoum after prayers, witnesses
said. In the neighborhood of Burri, dozens chanted “the revolution is the
choice of the people” and “fall, that’s it”, to send the message that their
only demand is Bashir’s departure. Police later fired tear gas and chased
protesters through side streets to disperse them.
month Bashir declared a state of emergency, dissolved the central government,
replaced state governors with security officials, expanded police powers and
banned unlicensed public gatherings.
has not stopped the protesters, hundreds of whom also demonstrated on Thursday
under a women’s day theme.
the emergency measures came into effect last month, courts have been trying
protesters in evening sessions, sparking more rallies outside court buildings.
is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding
genocide in the Darfur region, which he denies. He has been lobbying for Sudan
to be removed from a list of countries Washington considers state sponsors of
listing has blocked the investment and financial aid that Sudan was hoping for
when the United States lifted sanctions in 2017, economists say.
has been rapidly expanding its money supply in an attempt to finance its budget
deficit, causing spiraling inflation and a steep decline in the value of its
Souad Gharsalli lives in a rented flat in the center of Kasserine, in western
Tunisia, baking and selling artisanal bread to make money. But she should be
growing olive trees for a living, she says.
47, grew up with three brothers and six sisters on her family’s 7 hectares (17
acres) of land in the region of Kasserine, on which they grew olive trees and
their father died in 1997, Gharsalli and her sisters inherited half as much
land as their brothers, in accordance with Tunisian law.
one of the brothers asked his sisters to sign a document. The women, who are
only partially literate, later found out they had given up any claim to their
thought we were just giving them the right to work on our land,” Gharsalli told
the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “But after that, we had no right to any of it.”
laws protecting their right to inherit, many women in Tunisia struggle to get
their allocated share. According to government figures from 2014 — the latest
available — in 85 percent of cases women got no land at all when their fathers
a proposed new law could give women and men an equal share of inheritance.
proposal, due to be debated by Parliament, has divided opinion across Tunisia,
as well as other parts of North Africa and the Middle East.
say the law, which was presented to the country’s legislature in February,
could give Tunisian women greater financial autonomy. Government figures show
that less than five percent of women in Tunisia are registered land owners.
polls show almost 60 percent of women in Tunisia are against the proposal,
however, as it seeks to replace legislation that is based on Islamic law.
opposition from conservatives, the original draft law was amended to allow individuals
to “opt out” and continue to allocate inheritance according to the current
will be the first Arab country that will have legislated on this question,
which is sensitive and taboo because it is said to be written in the religious
texts,” said Khadija Cherif, coordinator of the commission on inheritance at
the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).
(for me) this is not a question of religion. It is a question of economic
power, which gives men power in the family and over the women.”
will get land from your husbands’
of the proposal know that even if the text is passed into law, social pressure
and informal family arrangements could still block women’s access to land.
Hayet Nasri’s father died, he told his family he would leave his 14 hectares of
land to only one of his four sons.
their father’s death, the brothers instead agreed to share the land between
them. Now they have 200 olive trees each, and Nasri and her five sisters have
sharing of the land is not legal, it is not official. It’s done within the
family, not the court,” said Nasri, who rents a house in Kasserine with her
husband and five children.
justify their actions, her brothers told her and her sisters: “You are married.
You will get land from your husbands, not from us.”
if all the land a woman has is from her husband, a divorce can leave her with
nothing, said Ahmed Mbarki, a lawyer in Kasserine.
divorce law provides for an equal split of property acquired during the
marriage, but that applies only to residences, not land. Even so, “the husband
will try to get around it,” said Mbarki.
land is always in the hands of the man, the husband, the father. If there is a
divorce — and there are many — the husband gives nothing to his wife.”
has also seen many inheritance cases where women willingly give up their rights
to a portion of their fathers’ land.
sisters say, ‘I love my brother, I want to give them my part, I don’t want to
cause any problems,’” he said.
of the ATFD — which has been leading the campaign for the new law — sees the
proposed law, and the debate surrounding it, as promising “first steps” toward
is a lot of silence around injustice against women,” she said.
(the law) will allow those who think in silence that their situation is unjust
to defend themselves, and it will allow others to become conscious of the fact
that they have and can use this right. That will take time.”
added that the ATFD is seeing more women fighting for their inheritance rights
in court today compared to 20 years ago.
is still waiting. After divorcing her husband in 1998, she did not re-marry and
now lives with her son.
year, her brothers promised to give her a plot of land but later changed their
wish is to get the chance to own some part of this land to plant even just 20
olive trees to live off of,” she said.
LUMPUR: More than 1,000 people took to the streets near Sogo KL on Saturday
(March 9) morning to march for women's rights in conjunction with International
marchers included participants from several women's groups like Women's Aid
Organisation (WAO), Sisters in Islam (SIS), activists, members of the public
held colourful placards that championed various issues, including ending
discrimination against women, ending child marriage, ending violence against
women and calling for gender equality.
they marched from Sogo KL to Masjid Jamek, they chanted slogans like "End
child marriage", "Hidup Wanita!", "Stop sexism",
"Jangan Kacau LGBT" and more.
their midst was a small group of activists holding LGBT rainbow flags.
also held a placard with the words "We exist" – an apparent swipe at
Tourism Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, who reportedly said homosexuality did
not exist in Malaysia.
the demands listed down by the march #WomensMarchMy this year were the
elimination of gender discrimination, an end to violence against women, the
strengthening women's rights, and a push for equal opportunities and wages.
Bosnia (Reuters) - A quarter of a century after their own country was
devastated by war, three Bosnian women are struggling to bring home loved ones
caught up in Syria’s ruinous conflict and the collapse of Islamic State rule.
Bosnian government, in common with its counterparts across Europe, lacks a
clear plan to deal with the families of defeated fighters of the ultra-hardline
Bosnia, the predicament has a particular historical resonance: Bosnian Muslims
generally practice a mainstream form of Islam, but some adopted radical beliefs
from the foreign fighters who came to the country during its 1992-95 war and
fought with Muslims against Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.
Syria’s war broke out in 2011, some Bosnians joined Islamic State in Syria and
Iraq. But the three Bosnian women say the daughters and a sister whose return
they seek — plus their nine children — have played no role in militancy.
only goal is to bring our children back home and finish this agony as soon as
possible,” said Senija Muhamedagic from the northwestern town of Cazin, who
joined forces with two other women to press authorities to help their relatives
daughters and sister, stuck with their children in a camp in northern Syria
since November 2017, are desperate to return, saying they were forced to go to
Syria by radicalized husbands and were ready to face charges at court if
Dolamic, whose sister was left widowed with three children after her husband
was killed in fighting in 2017, has created a closed Facebook page for families
of the people from the Western Balkans who are still in Syria to exchange
been going for five years, I practically don’t have my life anymore,” Dolamic
told Reuters in her home near the central town of Tesanj.
am trying to imagine reunion with her, with children, but it’s unimaginable,”
she said, showing the pictures of the children on her phone.
CHILDREN ARE NOT GUILTY”
of people are believed to have left Europe to fight for Islamic State in Syria
and Iraq. With the Islamist militant group down to its last shred of territory,
more and more of them are asking to come home.
to Bosnian intelligence, 241 adults and 80 children left from 2012-2016 from
Bosnia or the Bosnian diaspora for Syria and Iraq, where 150 more children were
100 adults, including 49 women, remained there while at least 88 have been
killed or died. About 50 have returned to Bosnia, including seven children.
feel terrible, miserable, because the children are not guilty, they did not
have a choice,” said the third woman, from Sarajevo, awaiting a government
decision on the repatriation of her 22-year-old daughter and her two children
day I think, my God, when will this child of mine come, to see her, to hold
her, to feel her, and then anything may happen, it won’t matter anymore.”
three women have been talking to police, security and intelligence agencies and
government ministries for more than a year, supplying them with information and
documents in the hope that their children, who they say were not involved in any
military activities, would come back.
as elsewhere in Europe, the Bosnian authorities have been slow to address the
families’ pleas, their concern being the security challenges that might arise
with the return of people from a war zone and environment of militancy.
STILL NOT IN SIGHT
reunion still seems distant.
Bosnian central government announced last year it would set up a coordination
body to deal with the return of Islamic fighters and their families, but it has
yet to be formed. It does not help that a new government has not been
established after a general election in October.
are certainly security aspects of their return, it cannot be perceived as if
just some women and children should be returned to Bosnia from somewhere,”
Security Minister Dragan Mektic told Reuters.
said Bosnia was obliged to accept the women who held its citizenship but not
their children who were never registered as Bosnian citizens, adding also that
it could not be determined with certainty if their warrior husbands were really
even if they return, they are set to face a difficult process of
re-socialisation and reintegration in a country where programs to address such
problems do not exist, warned Vlado Azinovic, an expert on terrorism and
lecturer at the Sarajevo University School for Political Sciences.
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