Rashida Tlaib, US Muslim
Is A Good Time To Be A Saudi Woman
Women In Astara Traumatized By Low Wages
Cabinet Approves ‘Historic’ Bill Recognising Women Farm Workers’ Contribution
Want People to See Me as a Wrestler, Not Just Some Hijab Girl'
Women Plead Guilty To Plotting Terrorist Bombing
Amneh, the Safe House for Jordanian Women
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Tlaib, US Muslim Congresswoman, Calls Trump 'White Supremacist' Who Is 'Afraid
Of Women of Colour'
Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has described American President Donald
Trump as “a white supremacist” with “a hate agenda,” further insisting that he
is “afraid of women of color” following Trump’s recent derogatory attacks on
her and fellow Muslim and African American lawmakers.
been very clear to me, especially this last week, that he’s scared of us,” said
the Democratic lawmaker from the state of Michigan in an interview published
Saturday by UK-based daily The Guardian, referring to herself along with fellow
African-American Congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Ayanna Pressley of the state of Massachusetts,
who have become known as “the Squad” for their persistent criticism of Trump’s
unyielding anti-immigrant and often racist political rhetoric.
afraid of women of color … because we’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid
to speak up and say that we have a white supremacist in the White House who has
a hate agenda,” the native-Palestinian congresswoman further emphasized.
afraid because we have a real agenda for the American people,” Tlaib then
explained, noting that many of the progressive ideas she and her congressional
allies are pursuing – such as strengthening civil rights, ending corporate
control of government, eliminating student debt, Medicare for All, and taxing
the rich – are popular not just with Democrats but also with independent MPs
and even some Republican representatives as well.
has failed as president'
can bring it,” Tlaib added, “because we actually have policies that came from
the people. What he’s doing by choosing us four as his target is trying to
distract folks from the fact that more people are living in poverty than ever, because
he has failed as a president.”
US president, meanwhile, appears to be bent on portraying Tlaib and her
congressional allies – all in their first term in the US House of
Representatives – as Democrat party leaders.
and her [three] friends are the new face of the Democrat [sic] party,” Trump
wrote in a Twitter post last Tuesday, adding: “Live with it!”
further underlined that she was confident Trump’s time in office was limited,
arguing that he does not seem to realize the Squad is much larger than the four
minority lawmakers in Washington and that it includes all the women in the
freshman class who come from diverse backgrounds, have overcome challenges, and
are up in front of Congress asking “Why?”
can defeat not just racism but systemic oppression'
that Squad and the American people who are standing up to Trump, she also
emphasized, saying: “I really believe that when we work together, we can defeat
this type of hate and the attacks on our families – not just racism, but systemic
remarks came shortly after Trump disrupted a planned visit to occupied
Palestinian territories by her and fellow Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by
urging the Israeli regime to block the official tour. The US president then
taunted and repeatedly insulted the Michigan lawmaker, calling her obnoxious,
violent and crazy.
Tlaib wept during a press conference, Trump further tweeted that he did not
“buy her tears,” also accusing her of “anti-Semitism.”
were only the latest salvos in an ongoing political scuffle between Trump and
Congresswomen Tlaib, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley, the four progressive
Democrats who together make up “the Squad.”
the powerful pro-Israel lobby in the US and some conservative Michigan Jews who
do not even live in Tlaib’s district intend to interfere in her 2020
re-election campaign. They consider her as vulnerable because she represents a
majority African-American district and narrowly defeated a black candidate by
only 900 votes in the 2018 primary. The pro-Israel lobby plans to support an
African-American challenger to prevent Tlaib’s re-election.
A. Al Maeena
is a good time to be a Saudi woman.
anyone of them whether it is so, and most will reply with a resounding ‘Yes’!
The few that may hesitate to answer may not be aware of the many changes in the
laws of the country pertaining to their rights.
indeed, Saudi Arabia is moving full speed ahead in its goals to strip away our
society with the many shackles that had held it in bounds for decades. A trip
down memory lane is fraught with events that bordered on the preposterous as
almost every aspect of Saudi society was governed by strict and extreme views
of powerful clerics who issued ruling edicts on just about everything.
of us old enough to have experienced those repressive years today wonder why so
much energy that went into debates in the past had not been put to productive
use which would have seen the kingdom move at a much faster pace than it did.
Energy wasted indeed, and all it did was to delay the clock of progress.
around, and the countries bordering Saudi Arabia took off and ran with
everything they got and soon stamped their mark globally. Who on earth, for
example, has not heard of the wonders of Dubai, a city that not more than 20
years ago was unheard of among the ranks of Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore?
Today these cities are a vibrant centre of economy and tourism, opening up
their borders to welcome one and all.
Saudis of yesteryear, on the other hand, had made it very difficult for
visitors except for religious and business purposes, and tourism and foreign
tourists were something unheard of. Monikers such as ‘the closed kingdom’
propped up when foreign writers had anything to say about this country and it
remained so for decades.
change was inevitable and indeed it started to manifest itself through the
energy and drive of a youthful crown prince who had bitterly and publicly
decried the effect of extreme religious practices on the country. Vowing to
change all that and with the support of his father the king, the crown prince
set into motion a series of changes to existing laws and practices that have
been undeniably and overwhelmingly accepted by an appreciative public long held
hostage by stifling rules of conduct.
he defined his plans for Vision 2020 and Vision 2030, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin
Salman was astute enough to recognise that for those visions to materialise, he
would have to act on the pervading influence of religious dogma on Saudi
society and he began clipping the powers of the previously powerful Commission
for the Promotion of Good and the Prevention of Evil (the feared religious
police) who had taken control of every aspect of Saudi society.
the iron curtain began to waver as a young public eagerly welcomed the
initiatives set forth by the Crown Prince. Much of what was previously
unthinkable soon became a reality as 2018 saw major shifts in Saudi culture and
government announced that men and women could attend many of the entertainment
fixtures being introduced. The laws governing gender mixing were eased
gradually. This was followed by an announcement that female residents of the
country could attend sporting events such as soccer games along with males in
key stadiums across the metropolitan cities. Cinemas, previously seen as taboos
and the ‘workplace of the devil’ were introduced across major cities.
perhaps the biggest and sturdiest of curtains that the prince brought down was
the ban on women driving in the kingdom, a ban that set it apart from all
nations in the world. Today, hundreds of thousands of Saudi and foreign women
enjoy that right that was denied to them for so long.
it doesn’t stop there. This past week, Saudi women went to the passport offices
and after completing required formalities, received their passports without the
need to have a male ‘guardian’ present or approving of their actions.
only that, many of the women immediately took off to foreign lands to exercise
their right to travel freely and enjoy a bit of vacation as well. They no
longer needed the permission of a male. According to Saudi passport
authorities, more than a thousand Saudi women have availed of the opportunity
this past week alone. Yes indeed. It is a good time to be a Saudi woman or a
man for that matter.
Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia. Twitter: @talmaeena
is rampant everywhere in Iran and wages do not match market prices, but in
Astara the wage gap between men and women is unbelievable. This situation is
particularly harsh on educated women.
is a city and capital of Astara County, Gilan Province, Iran. It lies on the
border with Azerbaijan Republic and on the Caspian Sea. It is a relatively
important border trade center between Iran and the Caucasus.
the educated women in Astara described their job and income status in an
article published in the state-run Salamat News Website.
of the women with a master’s degree said, “I have been working for a month. My
salary is 400 thousand tomans (approx. 120 USD). My co-workers are only getting
300 thousand tomans (approx. 90 USD). They give me 100 thousand tomans more
because I have a master’s degree.”
teacher at a nonprofit school in Astara said the wages of all of her colleagues
is the same, not just in schools, but in other jobs as well. If a woman in
Astara earns one million tomans (approx. 300 USD) it would be considered her
of the reasons women have to work with such low salaries is because they do not
want to stay at home or be isolated. Employment in this city is almost
impossible because the departments do not have the capacity to recruit. Women
have complained about their low wages many times but have gotten nowhere.
is a beach market in Astara with many booths and shops run mainly by women.
Some own booths and some are sellers.
educated woman with a bachelor’s degree in information technology is a women’s
clothing retailer who earns only 700 thousand tomans (approx. 210 USD) a month.
In terms of her job she said, “If someone is a beginner, they only get between
400 – 500 thousand tomans. I work from 9 am to 10:30 pm every day. I don’t even
go home for lunch. At first, I was getting 400 thousand tomans but my salary
gradually increased to 700 thousand tomans. I have no holidays, it’s very hard.
The market is even more crowded on weekends, and I have to come to work.”
educated woman works by the seaside market. She gets 600 thousand tomans a
week. She said, “That’s how the wages here are. One should not expect more. We
women have accepted these wages so much that it has become clear for us that it
is what it is. Men will never accept such wages, that’s why they have higher
Tousheh, a social activist with a bachelor’s degree in geography, says that
many educated women in Astara are unemployed. Regarding the situation of women
in the city she said, “Women have to lock themselves in the house and stay in
the margins. Look around this park and see how masculine the space is! You
can’t even see one woman here. Men are often able to travel to other cities to
find jobs, but women don’t have that kind of opportunity.”
situation of wages for women in Astara is deplorable. Some women work for
little as 150 thousand tomans a month. There are people who teach employers
ways to bypass women. For example, they want women to sign low-income
contracts. Then they justify their actions in the department based on that
contract and the protesting women have nothing to say.
course, women in Astara are not the only women in Iran who earn low wages and
work in unequal conditions. Female vendors who have college education and are
seen in subway coaches or city crossroads face the same inequality. These are
educated women who want to use their expertise and education in the right place
but are forgotten and their voices are nowhere to be heard. (The state-run
Salamat News Website – August 17, 2019)
deputy in women and family affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar gave a more general
picture of the situation and said, “The overall statistics say that unemployed
educated females are two to three times higher than unemployed educated males.”
(The state-run ISNA news agency – February 12, 2019)
mullahs’ regime announced in 2015 that the unemployment rate for educated women
was 85.9 percent. (The state-run Mehr news agency, January 5, 2016) Given the
economic downturn and rising unemployment in the country, one can only guess
how much this figure has increased.
women’s employment in Iran, the official Iran Estekhdam website wrote on April
4, 2016, “Women’s employment in Iran is insignificant compared to developing
countries. Women are constantly denied the right to work and are generally
employed in informal, low-paid sectors.”
the 1979 Revolution, women’s participation in the labor force was 12 percent.
The World Bank put the average value for Iran from 1990 to 2017 at 14.21
percent with a minimum of 9.83 percent in 1990 and a maximum of 19.41 percent
in 2005. While Iran’s population and consequently the population of women has
more than doubled since 1979.
The Sindh cabinet on Saturday approved the Sindh Women Agriculture Act 2019
aimed at empowering the women of the rural swathes of the province.
Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has called the drafting and approval by the
cabinet of the Sindh Women Agriculture Workers Act 2019 a historic moment,”
Information Minister Saeed Ghani said while briefing reporters about meeting of
the Sindh cabinet presided over by the CM.
the meeting, the chief minister said the cabinet approved the bill in
accordance with the vision of the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party to
provide social security to women agriculture workers.
Ghani said the chief minister was of the view that although their role was not
being recognised appropriately, rural women were central to Sindh’s predominantly
minister said the act would be presented before the provincial assembly within
the passage of this act, rights of women agriculture workers would be
safeguarded, he said, adding that the act provided that those affiliated with
cultivation, fisheries, poultry and animal husbandry would be considered
agriculture workers, who would enjoy rights equal to workers in industries etc.
law would also permit these workers to seek assistance from the endowment fund
of the Benazir Income Support Programme.”
woman worker shall receive a written contract of employment if she so demands.
The new law also gives the right to woman workers of collective bargaining,
social welfare, including child health, community development, economic profit
and for accessing publicly supplied goods and services.
Ghani said the cabinet also discussed formation of the Benazir Women Support
Organisation under the labour department with an endowment fund to provide
technical and financial assistance to women workers.
simplify the process of purchasing essential medicines for the health
facilities in Sindh, the cabinet formed a committee comprising the ministers
for excise and taxation, and agriculture, and the adviser to chief minister on
law. He said medicines available with the health ministry would immediately be
provided to the healthcare facilities across the province.
college staff regularisation
cabinet also approved regularisation of staff and faculty members of the
Khairpur Medical College keeping in view their qualification and age limit.
minister said the cabinet decided to give the charge of the executive director
of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Centre to a grade 20 medical
officer. He said now the management board of the teaching hospital would
function under the vice chancellor of the medical university concerned, who
would preside over meetings of the board.
said the meeting was briefed that at present there was no flood emergency in
Sindh and the situation was in total control.
water flow at Guddu Barrage upstream was recorded at 274,000 cusecs against a
discharge of 241,000 cusecs.
meeting was told that all right-bank and left-bank dykes were being carefully
looked after and spurs had been constructed at the old Tori dyke.
cabinet approved the formation of a 14-member governing body of the Sindh
Employees’ Social Security Institution.
Ghani said the cabinet approved the establishment of the Sindh Minimum Wage
cabinet decided to form an advisory council for empowerment of disabled
persons. Minister for special education would head the council.
said the meeting approved the formation of an Information and Technology Board.
The minister said an IT Advisory Committee would also be formed.
chief minister formed a committee comprising the ministers for excise and
taxation and mines and minerals, the adviser to the CM on law, and the
secretary for finance and general administration for the establishment of an
information and technology board.
said the cabinet showed serious concern over the alarming malnutrition in the
province and approved the Sindh Food Fortification Bill 2019.
of the women and children are far below the acceptable levels of nutrition.
Iron, folic acid, iodine, zinc, vitamins A and B are major micronutrient
deficiencies. The poor nutrition in childhood has profound effects on immunity,
growth and cognitive development.
cabinet was told that food fortification pertained to the addition of key
vitamins and minerals, for example iron, folic acid, zinc, vitamin B-12,
iodine, vitamin A and D staple foods to prevent nutritional deficiencies.
minister added that the cabinet agreed to exemption of registration and stamp
duty for Dawat-i-Hadya — a charity being run by the Bohra community.
minister said the cabinet formed a committee comprising the ministers for
forest and mines and minerals, and the adviser to CM on climate change to
present a draft of sustainable forest policy in 15 days.
cabinet also formed a committee to look into the use of water for irrigation by
the Sindh Engro Coal Mines comprising the ministers for irrigation and energy
and the adviser to CM on climate change. The committee would present its
recommendations in the next cabinet meeting.
cabinet approved the Sindh Safe City Authority Bill 2019 as the authority would
be headed by an officer from the police department.
provincial cabinet established a cabinet committee on legislation comprising
the minister for parliamentary affairs and the adviser to CM on law.
said the committee would look into matters pertaining to private bills.
a question, Mr Ghani said the Sindh local government minister had briefed the
Federal Minister Ali Zaidi in a letter on the Clean Karachi drive.
said garbage of the city could be dumped at designated landfills only. Parks,
grounds and other open spaces were not meant for it.
another question, he said those “conspiring” against the PPP, which ruled
Sindh, should learn from the recent results of a by-election in Ghotki.
said the money submitted in the apex court by the management of Bahria Town
belonged to the Sindh government and not the federal government.
Ghani said the federal government, as it had promised earlier, should pay 50
per cent of the total cost for the S-III and K-IV projects.
he demanded 1,200 cusecs of water be immediately made available exclusively for
19, Nor "Phoenix" Diana has only been performing for three years but
has already made a significant impact in the world of professional wrestling.
first woman to wrestle in a hijab, a headscarf worn by some Muslim women, she
captured her maiden championship in Malaysia Pro Wrestling and has recently
performed in the Philippines.
have a goal to wrestle in WWE," she told Al Jazeera, referring to World
Wrestling Entertainment. "I think I can bring something to the wrestling
industry. I want people to see me as a wrestler, and not just as some Muslim
started watching wrestling when I was 14 with my father and little brother as
they were fans. I eventually became a fan too, and started thinking, 'Hey, I
want to do that one day,'."
she finished high school in 2016, she started searching for a place to get her
in-ring training under way.
enrolled in a wrestling school in the Kampung Baru, a Malay enclave in central
not everyone at home was comfortable with her ambitions.
dad has always been supportive, but my mum doesn't really support me. I'm her
youngest daughter," she said. "She knows wrestling has a high risk,
and is afraid that I'll get injured easily."
her concerns, Nor's mother didn't stand in the way.
coaches were so impressed with her acrobatic style that she debuted in the ring
two months after starting her training.
reluctant to wrestle in the standard hijab, Nor, five feet tall and weighing
less than 50kg, wore a mask to accommodate her religious beliefs.
made the switch in 2018.
I started I was always worried that I don't belong in wrestling as I wear a
hijab. I was worried what people would say about a Muslim girl wrestling. But I
always trained in my scarf, and I started feeling more comfortable and
confident, and decided to wear it to the ring. My bosses were really supportive
of my decision."
people on social media have criticised her, saying Muslim women should not be
involved in rough sports.
on the whole, her choice hasn't hindered her progress.
not surprising to Malaysian sports commentator Abu Bakar Atan, who said that,
within the Malaysian context at least, a woman wrestling in a hijab is not
something out of the ordinary.
is not uncommon in Malaysia, where a number of female athletes wearing hijab
have had a lot of success locally and internationally. For example, Aifa Azman
is the British Open junior squash champion, while Siti Rahmah Mohamed Nasir is
a multi-time silat martial arts world champion.
number of female athletes wearing the hijab is notable in Malaysia these days
as they practice their religious belief without much issue. It's not a social
hopes her example will encourage more girls to take up wrestling and other
wrestling fan Eli, a 27-year-old who also wears hijab, said Nor is an already
is so young and she is already a champion. That inspires me to follow my
dreams, and follow my passion," she told Al Jazeera. "It's not just
me. What she is doing helps women's empowerment and helps veiled women in
Malaysia to strive for their goals."
the US market, female players in the mainstream wrestling scene compete in
lavish and often revealing ring gear.
rather than this being an issue, Nor's look will help her stand out, said Ring
Magazine reporter Ryan Songalia.
worst thing that could happen to a wrestler is to be forgettable," he
said. "There was probably a time when her look might have been a hurdle,
but I think that time has passed.
companies like WWE have a more diverse roster than ever before. And the
business has gone global in a way that opens many new markets, so it'd be an
asset to a US-based company looking to tap into those new audiences."
has already received support from within the WWE locker room.
Superstar Ali, an American of South Asian heritage whose real name is Adeel
Alam, told Al Jazeera that he was "beyond impressed" with Nor and
believes she has a bright future.
breaking down barriers. She's inspiring athletes across the globe that a hijab
doesn't limit or define them. She's 'normalising' the hijab, something many people don't understand. I can
totally see her making it to WWE," he said. "Can you imagine the
influence she would have on a global stage like that? I'm rooting for her, I
in Kuala Lumpur, Nor knows she still has some way to go before making it to the
the meantime, she remains focussed on refining her skills and raising the
profile of pro-wrestling in Southeast Asia.
if she continues on her current trajectory, it's difficult to see anyone
stopping the Phoenix from rising.
New York women pleaded guilty on Friday to charges they studied how to make
bombs for a terrorist attack on U.S. soil., federal prosecutors said.
Siddiqui, 35, and Noelle Velentzas, 31, were "inspired by radical
Islam" and taught each other chemistry and electrical skills necessary to
build explosives and detonating devices, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Demers
said in a statement. The women also researched how to make plastic explosives
and car bombs to carry out attacks similar to the Boston Marathon and Oklahoma
City bombings, as well as the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center,
and Velentzas pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to one count of teaching
and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive,
destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction, intending that it be used
to commit a federal crime of violence. The women each face up to 20 years in
prison, but the term could be shorter under sentencing guidelines and with
credit for the more than four years they’ve already been behind bars awaiting
trial. They are due to be sentenced in December.
and Siddiqui were intent on waging violent jihad here in the United States,
researching at length historical terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, educating
themselves on how to turn propane tanks into explosive devices, and dreaming up
plans to kill Americans on our own turf," FBI Assistant-Director-in-Charge
William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.
pair were arrested in 2015 as part of a sting operation in which a New York
Police Department officer working undercover wore a wire and posed as a convert
to Islam. The pleas ended the prospect that the women’s trial would provide a
rare glimpse into how the NYPD uses informants and undercovers to smoke out
Islamic extremists - a method long criticized by civil rights groups who say it
risks luring harmless people into phony plots. Police officials had expressed
concern that the officer’s cover could have been blown if she had to testify.
an effort to implement their violent, radical ideology, the defendants studied
some of the most deadly terrorist attacks in U.S. history, and used them as a
blueprint for their own plans to kill American law enforcement and military
personnel,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement. “Thanks to
the tireless work of law enforcement, they were stopped before they could bring
their murderous plans to fruition.”
women used the teachings of radical jihadist Samir Khan, who was a prominent
member of Al Qaeda but is now deceased, as inspiration for their plots. Federal
prosecutors say Siddiqui submitted writings to the magazine.
Velentzas "espoused violent rhetoric, praising the attacks of Sept. 11,
2001, and stating that being a martyr through a suicide attack guaranteed
entrance into heaven." She also specifically singled out government and
law enforcement targets stating, “you go for the head” when you commit a
investigation and the subsequent guilty pleas are yet another example of how
each day the NYPD and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force remain vigilant
and relentless in their efforts to protect New York City and keep America
safe,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said.
“I want to commend our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Eastern District for helping to bring these individuals to
- A safe house for women at risk of being victims of so-called honour killings
by relatives is providing a lifeline to those in danger.
reported 17,426 women in Jordan were exposed to violence from 2013-18 and 7,288
cases were reported in the first six months of 2019, officials said. There were
89 reported cases of women being killed in 2018, compared to 127 in 2017 and
133 in 2016. So far this year, 12 women and six children have been victims of
their families. Most of the reports involved honour killing.
Amneh — “Safe House” — aims to abandon the concept of “protective custody” and
integrate at-risk women into an environment more like a family home until it is
safe for them to resume their normal life.
opening of the guest house for women is an important step for Jordan because,
for the longest time, women were threatened to be killed by their families for
reasons such as honour killing and were placed in prison under protective
custody, sometimes for years,” activist Rana Husseini said.
measure was taken to protect the women from their families who, as a cultural
thing, want to cleanse family honour. A male’s actions will not greatly affect
or hurt his family’s standing like a woman’s actions would.”
whose book “Murder in the Name of Honour” focused on women killed in crimes she
reported about, said: “The good thing about the safe house is that women feel
at home and do many activities. The most important thing is that they don’t see
themselves in prison but more of a temporary home until their situation is
Amneh is very similar to other walled villas on the outskirts of Amman, with
several apartments that include kitchens and children’s playrooms that can
accommodate 40 women. However, security concerns are handled seriously,
starting with a ban on mobile phones in case there are apps that use GPS or
social networks with check-in capabilities
the establishment of Dar Amneh, women were exposed to what is legally referred
to as ‘protective custody’ in which they were placed in the Jwaideh Women’s
Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre for indefinite periods, which sometimes
exceeded 10 years,” said Mahmoud al-Harout, director of Juvenile and Community
[Dar Amneh] opened, women have the opportunity to stay and receive
psychological, legal, social, medical and recreational services until they
decide to leave after the threat has ended and that their lives are safe again.
Dar Amneh is a place to reconnect women with their families and not to punish
them,” he added.
World Health Organisation estimates indicate that about 35% of women
experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner
sexual violence in their lifetime.
United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based
violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental
harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or
arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private
said Dar Amneh plays an important role in protecting women threatened by their
families for reasons such as disapproved behaviour, allegedly bringing shame to
the family through illicit relations, involved in sexual acts or behaviour seen
by relatives as related to “honour.”
members, who have gone through several training courses, have been instrumental
in making life easy for the women here,” he said.
house provides food, clothing, training and rehabilitation services, physical
and psychological recovery, health and guidance education, legal assistance to
the beneficiary and seeking to solve their problems in line with the principles
of human rights in coordination with related entities.”
said Dar Amneh works with the public sector and civil society to provide
suitable work opportunities for its residents.
Jordanian Ministry of Social Development said it sponsors an annual average of
515 abused women, 130 children exploited by their family to become street
beggars, 86 girls abused by their social environment and 77 girls accused and
convicted of breaking the law.
Sisterhood Is Global Institute NGO commended Dar Amneh as “an important step towards
the end of the protective custody of women and girls subject to violence and
Jordanian National Commission for Women, led by Jordanian Princess Basma bint
Talal, labelled Dar Amneh a success.
a safe guesthouse with systematic standards complies with the conditions for
the promotion of human rights in Jordan,” the commission said in a statement.
“The provision of social and psychological care coupled with economic
empowerment programmes will reduce the women’s psychological burden and restore
their confidence in themselves in a healthy manner.”
media play a major role in the abuse of women. In 2015, a study indicated that
60% of women were abused by their husbands because of using social networks.
Rumours often lead to the killing of women out of suspicions.
2003, a Jordanian has confessed to cutting his sister’s throat and stabbing her
20 times because she was rarely home. In 2017, a divorced 43-year-old woman was
killed by her 25-year-old brother and, in the same year, an 18-year-old killed
his sister while she was sleeping after the brother found a mobile phone that
belonged to his sister and that the family didn’t know about.
Prevention of Crimes Act No. 7 of 1954, which gives governors authorities to
detain people administratively, was designed to arrest people to prevent crimes
but also for women who are arrested because of family issues and are in danger
of becoming victims of “honour crimes.”
last September, Dar Amneh has received 60 women as an alternative to protective
custody. Twenty-five of the women have been returned to their families.
said the absence of the role of the family coupled with a lack of psychological
health care are the main challenges.
should be aware of how to direct their children and stay close to them and
share their problems. Most of the victims were exposed to bad behaviour because
of lack of care and support by their families,” he said.
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