Bounce Rawdah, the world’s first female-only trampoline park, opened its door
Trampoline Park Is A Hit With Riyadh’s Women
Dervish Woman’s Health Declines in Prison
Woman Out To Prove Arranged Marriages Are A Legitimate American Love Story
Women Sports Tournament Announces New Organisational Structure
Of Late Saudi Sisters Rejects Suicide Conclusion: Report
Muslim Executive Condemns Attack on Veiled Moroccan Woman
Woman Tries to Stab Israeli Guards, Shot Dead
Of Women In Protests Held By Various Social Strata
Monoxide Leak Poisons 25 Girl Students At Primary School
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Senate Body Unanimously Passes Amendment to Raise Marriageable Age
The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday unanimously passed
a bill to amend the Child Marriage Restraint Act and raise the marriageable age
Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2018 was introduced by Senator Sherry
Rehman last month to address the differences in marriageable age among
said the high child mortality rate and stunting in Pakistan is due to early
marriages, adding: “Here CNICs are issued at the age of 18 and people cast
their votes at the age of 18, so why are they allowed to start married life,
which is very important, before 18? There should be uniformity in all the
Rehman’s bill was supported by Senator Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, who added that
maternal and neonatal mortality is higher due to early marriages.
moved a similar bill in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but religious segments became a
hurdle as they believed that the age of puberty is lower,” she said.
Mohammad Ali Saif said Pakistan has signed international conventions which
suggest that the age of adulthood is 18, which have been ratified and
implemented by a number of Muslim countries.
includes mental, physical and emotional stages. Here people do not mature even
at the age of 45, so I suggest that the cut-off should be 18 years and the bill
should be passed,” he said.
less developed areas, girls are married at the age of five years, said Senator
Usman Khan Kakar, and children are even married when they are 40 days old.
Sana Jamali, while expressing the bill, recounted that in her hometown, a
67-year-old man married a 14-year-old grl and died the next day.
Keshoo Bai told committee members she was married early and knew the
difficulties of becoming a mother at a young age.
Hidayatullah also expressed the hope that the bill would be implemented in the
tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
statement issued by the Senate said: “It was debated that as per Islamic law,
puberty is the only condition for marriage, however, a consensus was reached
that as long as such liaisons are not allowed prior to it, Islamic law was not
Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the government was in support of the bill.
chair Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokar said it was unfortunate that such bills were
pending because religious circles had become hurdles to them. He announced that
the amendment had been passed unanimously.
is not the first time parliamentarians have sought to amend the Child Marriage
Restraint Act and raise the marriageable age to 18. In 2017, Senator Sehar
Kamran’s bill was rejected by the Senate Standing Committee for Interior for
being ‘un-Islamic’, while then-MNA Marvi Memon withdrew a bill she tabled in
this regard in 2016.
to criminalise enforced disappearance
Mazari told the Senate committee that a bill to amend the Pakistan Penal Code
and criminalise enforced disappearance has been sent to the Cabinet Committee
for the Disposal of Legislative Cases.
bill was drafted by the Ministry of Human Rights.
— The female community of Riyadh is swarming into the world’s first ladies-only
trampoline park and have embraced a new fun and fitness trend.
Rawdah opened its doors to the public in December, following a special launch
night, and has witnessed over 30 million jumps and 10 million carbs being
burned in its first month.
trampoline park and entertainment group, which was endorsed by the GEA shortly
before it opened, offers a fabulous new entertainment option to the female
population in Riyadh, while also providing a fun way to stay fit and healthy.
indoor adrenaline pumping venue, packed with activities, Bounce Rawdah for
Ladies and Children (boys under the age of 10), is the perfect place to have
fun, get active, or just hang out.
Attieh, managing partner of Bounce Saudi Arabia, said: “We’ve been absolutely
delighted by the response since we opened in Riyadh. We have thousands of new
customers, who are now part of the ‘Bounce tribe’, and we have had some great
feedback from the ladies who have visited us.”
are loving Bounce and are excited about learning new tricks and flips, run the
wall and take on the X-Park obstacles. We have recorded over 1.5 million flips
on the trampolines so far and look forward to many more.”
Bounce Rawdah all female tribe is made up largely of young adults with 75
percent of the team being Saudi nationals.
added: “Our primary focus is entertainment, but we also aim to incorporate a
sense of community and hope to see more families spending time in Bounce and
enjoying the various facilities we have on site. We’re confident that when our
guests walk in, they will immediately feel the good energy and fun vibe.”
venue, which features several private rooms and a café to cater for special
occasions like birthday parties, has become an instant hit in the city with
thousands of kids celebrating their birthdays at Bounce in the first month
3,500 square meter venue is packed with 80 interconnected trampolines, a
dodgeball arena, slam dunk, super tramp, cliff jump and huge inflatable
airbags. It also houses the high-energy X-Park Freestyle Playground (think
Ninja Warrior with Zip Lines, Bouldering Walls and the Spider Climb). — SG
outlet covering Iran’s Dervish religious minority says a female Dervish
prisoner beaten during her arrest 11 months ago has suffered a further health
decline from exposure to secondhand smoke in jail.
a report published Monday, the news site, Majzooban Noor, quoted cellmates of
detainee Shokoufeh Yadollahi as saying she has suffered severe headaches and
weakness because of the fumes from opioid and cigarette use by other prisoners
in her ward.
Noor did not explain how it obtained the information from Yadollahi’s cellmates
at Qarchak women’s prison, also known as Shahr-e-Ray prison, east of Tehran.
Its report cited Dervish inmates at Qarchak as complaining that other prisoners
in their ward, convicted of drug trafficking, robbery and murder, have been
smoking opioids and cigarettes in shared spaces such as bathrooms and showers.
reliable source in Iran’s Dervish community confirmed Majzooban Noor’s account
of Yadollahi’s declining health in a message to VOA Persian.
has been no official comment in Iranian state media on the treatment of
Yadollahi or other Dervish women at Qarchak prison.
rights group Amnesty International has reported that eyewitnesses saw Iranian
security forces severely beat Yadollahi at the time of her February 2018
arrest, resulting in head injuries. Iranian security forces detained her and
several hundred other Dervishes for involvement in antigovernment protests that
turned violent in Tehran.
has said Yadollahi and other Dervish women arrested in those protests have been
treated badly and arbitrarily detained at Qarchak since.
an email to VOA Persian on Wednesday, Tara Sepehri Far, an Iran researcher at
New York-based group Human Rights Watch, said HRW has learned from its own
source that Yadollahi’s lack of adequate access to medical treatment in prison
has led to complications in her vision and sense of smell.
transfer (into Qarchak) of new prisoners who allegedly smoke cigarettes and
drugs does really affect her negatively,” Sepehri Far said.
2011 report by New York-based health news site Everyday Health says cigarette
smoke inhaled directly or secondhand is one of the 11 biggest triggers of
headaches. “Nicotine … changes the size of blood vessels in your brain, and
that can cause headache,” the report says.
Far also said the use of drugs is not uncommon in Iranian prisons.
do not have updated information about Qarchak prison, but we have testimonies
from several political prisoners who served their time in other prisons, and
they speak about drug trafficking and usage in (those) prisons,” she said.
government views Dervishes, also called Sufis, as heretics and subjects them to
continued scrutiny and harassment.
comedies can be dangerous things.
Al-Marashi grew up the daughter of Iraqi Muslim immigrants who had moved to
California, where mainstream American books and movies fed her a steady diet of
meet-cutes and romantic dinners, wisecracking friends, forgiving parents,
surprise proposals and hints of happily ever after.
Comes Marriage by Huda Al-Marashi.
because her family follows the tradition of arranged marriage, none of those
things happened. Instead, on the day of her high-school graduation, she became
engaged to a family friend named Hadi. She recalls having affection for her
chosen bridegroom, but remembered him as a pudgy boy. Their betrothal gave them
permission to talk, but not to date, one-on-one.
courtship posed a conundrum that she covers in her new book, First Comes
Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story.
thought, ‘How can I have my American story if nothing romantic is happening?’”
she asked recently from her home in San Diego. That led to “several moments of
fallout” before Al-Marashi realized that she wasn’t struggling with the man she
married, but with her own expectations of romance and love.
book chronicles her struggle to honour her upbringing, while still holding onto
the wide-open possibility that Western love represents.
Al-Marashi did more than just tell the story of her traditional courtship and
marriage to her now-husband and father of their three children.
book also seeks to dismantle Muslim stereotypes that swarmed around her after
the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
that climate, the word ‘Muslim’ started getting thrown around,” Al-Marashi
said. “‘Muslim’ this. ‘Muslim’ that. And in the comment sections, that hate and
the trolls, and people asking, ‘Who is the Muslim community?’
is this great misunderstanding of how diverse Muslims are,” she continued. “The
countries we come from, the languages we speak. We are all different people,
different groups. We don’t have some central command.”
yet, the Islamic “ideal,” Al-Marashi said, is that young Muslim men and women
don’t date or have physical relationships before they get married.
idea of an arranged marriage is sometimes seen by non-Muslims as a forced
marriage, as a young woman entering matrimony against her will. In truth, “it’s
more of an introduction,” Al-Marashi said.
can’t get past the idea that our parents would arrange our marriage,” she said.
“Even to us, that sounds ludicrous. We grew up together, we knew each other,
and when my husband became interested in me, his family asked that he be
allowed to get to know me.
any time, if I had said ‘no,’ that would have been OK.”
common misconception: That Muslim fathers are overbearing and domineering, and
that their wives are meek and passive.
more egalitarian than people could imagine,” she said. “(Muslim) women are
encouraged to go to school and to study. No one is a living, walking
stereotype, and that’s why we need a book. To be immersed in a family dynamic,
so you see the subtleties and the nuances there.”
frame those nuances in a love story made sense, she said, because those stories
have universal appeal. And yet, hers differs from most Hollywood versions in
that she didn’t abandon tradition, which is common in many stories of
fish-out-of-water, immigrant children aspiring to fit into a new culture, and
“shuck it all off,” she said.
people I knew were struggling to uphold tradition in the most respectful way
possible,” she said. “We had a respect and sense of value for our parents, and
I didn’t see that represented. I thought that maybe we didn’t have stories
not that, it’s just that they’re not being told.”
was difficult for her to find representation, or a publisher, until she met an
agent who was a Greek American and understood immigrant stories; the push-pull
between the traditions brought from far away, and the land where they were
unpacked and sometimes seen as foreign and old.
grew up reading books about people who are not like us,” she said. “And that’s
changing. Part of why representation matters is because we’re training another
generation of readers to extend themselves in literary work.”
that sense, First Comes Marriage is a story that anyone, from anywhere can
relate to. How to reconcile what you dreamed of and what you got.
that’s one we all struggle with,” she said. “Everyone winds up in that place.”
is 41 now; a woman who got engaged at 18 and has been married nearly half her
life. That seems traditional, too. From another time and place.
yet, it is a story she thinks belongs among the books and movies that fuelled
her dreams, for it is rich, and true.
OK to stay with your spouse for a really long time,” she said. “I wish the
trope of the boring old married couple would die.
fascinating married couples, and the ups and downs are nothing to fear. They
can be fascinating, too.”
(UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 31st Jan, 2019) Preparations for the
5th edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) – scheduled for the
first quarter of 2020, were officially launched Tuesday with a round of preliminary
meetings at the Sharjah Women Sports Foundation (SWSF) headquarters in Sharjah.
by several heads and members of the tournament’s organising committees, the
meeting has explored initial requirements and put into place preparatory plans
of the upcoming edition.
Khalid bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of AWST's Supreme Organising
Committee; Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST’s Supreme Organising
Committee, Head of AWST’s Executive Committee and Director General of Sharjah
Women Sports Foundation (SWSF), were among the important attendees, who joined
organising committee members to affirm AWST’s new organisational structure, and
discuss other key topics in detail.
the meeting, Nada Askar Al Naqbi shed light on the significant achievements of
the past edition, and highlighted that the tournament’s commitment to the
highest standards of inclusivity and participation led to the number of
competition disciplines rise to nine in 2018, including one debut.
2018 edition of AWST was its biggest ever, hosting 68 teams from 16 countries,
represented by more than 1,000 athletes and administrative personnel.
recommendations and solutions for the forthcoming edition were also presented
at this meeting, to overcome certain logistical and technical challenges that
were faced in the last edition, which resulted from widening the scale and
scope of the event.
Organising Committee members of AWST 2020 were announced by Nada Askar Al
Naqbi. They are: Mariam Yousef Al Hosani, Deputy Head of the Executive
Committee; Maitha bin Dawi, Manager of AWST; Khawla Waleed, Head of the
Secretariat Committee; Ali Hassan Al Amiri, Head of the Technical Committee;
Yousef Al Taweel, Head of the Media Committee; Nour Hashem, Head of the
Marketing, Events and Technical Support Committee; Lamiya Al Suwaidi, Head of
the Award Ceremony Committee; Ali Al Hammadi, Head of Internal Relations
Committee; Tharia Jalal, Head of the Financial Committee; Mariam Al Hashimi,
Head of the Performance and Development Committee; Naser Ashour, Head of Safety
and Security Committee; and Reham Mahmoud, Head of the Logistics Committee.
the meeting, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, said, "The
tournament is considered a benchmark for women’s sport in the region today,
which clearly reflects Sharjah’s and the UAE’s efforts to consolidate and
advance the women's sports sector in the Arab world. AWST follows the vision of
HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and
Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi,
Chairperson, SWSF to offer Arab female athletes a world-class platform to come
together to compete professionally and advance their international
Askar Al Naqbi added: "In its past four editions, AWST has certainly
become a must-attend event in the Arab sporting Calendar, which brings together
world-class sportswomen and athletes to compete in a unique environment. We
hope the 2020 edition of the tournament will break the previous edition’s
participation record to ensure more value is added to the competitions it
hosts. Building on the great success of the 4th edition, next year to allow for
an even more vibrant gathering of talented Arab female athletes to represent
the progress of women’s sports industry locally and around the Arab
father of two young Saudi women whose bodies were found bound together in New
York last October has dismissed a police assessment that they committed suicide
and said marks he saw on their faces indicate they were beaten before their
Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, who had previously lived in Virginia, were
found along the rocky Manhattan shore of the Hudson River with duct tape around
their waists and ankles.
New York Police Department official has said they likely entered the water
alive and were said to have preferred suicide over returning to Saudi Arabia.
mother told detectives the day before the bodies were discovered that the Saudi
Embassy in Washington, DC, had ordered the family to leave the United States
because the daughters had applied for political asylum, the Associated Press
reported in October, citing police.
embassy spokeswoman denied that at the time.
York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement last week
that her office "determined that the death of the Farea sisters was the
result of suicide, in which the young women bound themselves together before
descending into the Hudson River".
Arabia's human rights record has come under intense scrutiny after the murder
of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents inside the kingdom's Istanbul
consulate last year and the flight to Thailand of an 18-year-old woman who
alleged abuse by her family, which they denied.
the Saudi restrictions on women is the requirement that they have the permission
of a male "guardian" to travel, which rights groups say can trap
women and girls as prisoners of abusive families.
Saudi news site Sabq published an interview on Monday with the women's father,
who was not named, denying police claims that they had been subjected to
physical abuse, and accusing a Virginia investigator of abducting the women and
blocking him from retrieving them.
told us that he had withdrawn the report and placed the girls in a safe
place," Sabq quoted the father as saying.
tried to communicate later with this investigator, but he refused to respond.
He asked us to go to the court on the grounds that the case had been
transferred there, but when we went, we did not find any trace of the
case," the father added.
said when he viewed his daughters' bodies at the morgue before taking them back
to Saudi Arabia, "we found bruises filling both their faces... especially
the younger one, which confirms they were heavily beaten before they
New York City medical examiner's office, Fairfax, Virginia police, and the
Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, did not immediately respond to requests for
Ahlam Ben Saga -
– In a press statement which EMB shared with Morocco World News, the
institution expressed immense solidarity with the victim and “strongly”
condemned the assault.
EMB salutes the lady’s calling on youths to not succumb to the emotions” of
helplessness if treated similarly and “to not respond to violence with
violence,” EMB wrote.
said that it has faith in the Belgian authorities to bring the assailant to
justice and condemns his act of violence.
December 30, 2018, the Moroccan hijabi woman was walking down a street in
Anderlecht with her daughter when a hooded man passed by and punched her in the
incident was caught in the street’s CCTV camera, and the footage went viral on
Belgian news outlet La Capitale reported that the victim is a 47-year-old woman
named Fatiha, who is calling on Belgian authorities to find her attacker.
it was not yet confirmed whether the assault was rooted in Islamophobic malice,
commenters deemed it “a shameful act of Islamophobia.”
represents the Muslim community in Belgium. It conducts trainings for imams
(preachers), supervises local mosques, and takes care of Muslim public
Palestinian woman tried to stab Israeli guards at a checkpoint on the outskirts
of Jerusalem on Wednesday, Israeli police said, with Palestinian officials
reporting she was shot dead.
the security checkpoint at Zaim a female suspect attempted to stab security
guards that were on patrol in the area” and “units responded”, police spokesman
Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement, without giving further details.
Palestinian health ministry said the woman was killed by Israeli fire east of
protests took place by various social strata on Tuesday, January 29, 2019,
which included the significant presence of women.
defrauded investors of the Caspian Credit Institute in Mashhad and Rasht held
protest rallies on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, demanding the return of their
invested assets. The gathering in Mashhad was held in front of the Hashemiye
branch. In continuance to the past days and months, the protest by the
defrauded investors of the Caspian Credit Institute in Rasht was held with the
main presence of women at the Institute’s main branch.
the same time, a number of law graduates held a protest rally once again in
front of the Bar Association building in protest to the unemployment of
jurists. They held up banners and chanted slogans. The law graduates have been
protesting for three consecutive days.
plundered customers of Bahman Motor gathered once again in Tehran on Tuesday,
January 29, 2019. Not only did the defrauded vehicle buyers not receive a
response from the company’s authorities, but the guards and government agents
attempted to beat and attack the protesters.
group of pre-school teachers in Bagh-e Malek protested in front of the
governorate of Khuzestan against the lack of recruiting tuition teachers by the
Ministry of Education.
the reason for the protest gathering, one of the teachers said, “We are teachers
who started working in 2016 and have been teaching for free in public schools
in Bagh-e Malek and the suburb villages for 3 years. Each month, we have been
paying 405 thousand tomans for insurance rights and 150 thousand tomans for
space rights in the hope of being recruited as a tuition teacher by the
Ministry of Education. Two years ago, 140 preschool teachers from Bagh-e Malek
were recruited by the Ministry of Education, while some of them did not even
have one year of insurance payments or class attendance.”
another event, a protest rally was held by the residents of Jalalabad village
in Zarand, on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. They protested against the lack of
recruiting in the city’s factories. The presence of women was significant in
the protest rally as they carried a large banner declaring their protest and
girl students were poisoned after a carbon monoxide leak at the Payame Hedayat
Girls’ Primary School in Bam.
Khaledi, the spokesman for the Emergency Department in Bam said that 25 girls
were poisoned after being exposed to carbon monoxide that leaked on Tuesday, January
29, 2019, at 10 am (local time) in the girls’ elementary school in Bam, Kerman
Province. Out of the 25 girl students, 16 were treated as outpatients, but nine
girl students were transferred to the hospital for treatment.
to reports, the girls were poisoned due to the carbon monoxide leak of the
classroom’s heating system. (The state-run ISNA News Agency – January 29, 2019)
December, four girl students, Yekta Mirshekar, Mona Khosroparast, Maryam
Nokandi, and Saba Arabi, lost their lives in a fire at a non-governmental
girls’ school in Osveh Hassaneh in Zahedan. The accident leading to the deaths
of the four girl students was due to the use of oil and non-standard heaters in
the school. (The state-run ISNA news agency – December 19, 2018)
Ali Bathaei, the Minister of Education made shocking confessions to reporters
at a government meeting on December 12, 2018, saying, “Given the credit the
government and the Education Ministry have, it is not possible to remove (the
non-standard) heaters from schools in seven or eight years.” (The state-run
Rouydad 24 news agency – December 19, 2018)
clerical regime’s Minister of Education announced in 2017 that 42 percent of
Iranian schools do not have a safe heating system. (The state-run Mehr news
agency – September 23, 2018)
accidents are due to the use of oil and non-standard heaters, as well as
inadequate standards and safety precautions in schools of Iran. As a result,
girls who go to school to study and learn are exposed to such incidents every
day due to an inefficient educational system. This time, 25 girl students in
Bam suffered the same fate.
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