controversy follows calls for the game to be moved after the killing of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi ( Getty )
Women Lawyers Welcome New Divorce Notice via SMS
Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, Vows to Fight Trump's 'Destructive' Policy
Women Urge Politicians to Respect Female Muslims' Rights
Training Programme for Female Teachers Concludes In Islamabad
Position on Women's Equal Rights Applies To All Religions: Official
Ayatollah Raises Alarm over 'Danger' To Hijab
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Ban on Women Fans from Italian Super Cup Prompts Sexism Row
ban on unaccompanied women attending the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia has
caused outrage in Italy.
cup will be played between Italian football clubs Juventus and AC Milan in
Riyadh in mid-January, but women are only able to buy tickets for the “family”
section whereas men can sit alone, the Italian football league announced.
Salvini, Italy’s far right interior minister and deputy prime minister, argued
holding the match in Saudi Arabia was “disgusting” due to the restrictions put
on female fans.
Salvini, leader of the country’s hard right populist League party, condemned
the fact sections of the King Abdullah Sports City stadium will be reserved for
men only for the match on 16 January.
sad, it’s disgusting that the Italian Super Cup is being played in an Islamic
country where women cannot go to the stadium if they are not accompanied by
men,” he said on Facebook on Thursday.
outspoken AC Milan fan, who rarely misses a game, said he would not be watching
Spadafora, responsible for the government’s equal opportunities, said he was
“bitterly disappointed” – saying it was “unacceptable for Italian football to
turn a blind eye to this blatant discrimination”.
A, the game’s organisers, defended the decision to hold the game in Saudi
Arabia and challenged Mr Salvini’s claim that women could not enter the stadium
without a man.
last year, women (in Saudi Arabia) could not attend any sporting event,” Serie
A president, Gaetano Micciche, said.
are working to ensure that in the next games that we play in the country, women
can access all the stadium seats.”
argued the presence of women inside the stadium alone would constitute a
women attended a football match in Saudi Arabia for the first time in January
last year after the country announced it would allow women into sports stadiums
for the first time in October 2017. This was a landmark move which opened up
three previously male-only venues to families.
controversy follows calls for the game to be moved after the killing of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
November, the Italian state TV’s journalists’ union said it was “absurd” and
“unacceptable” for the game to be played in Saudi Arabia less than three months
after Khashoggi’s killing.
agents killed Washington Post columnist Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul
consulate in October.
intelligence assessments and experts have said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin
Salman, who controls all levers of power in Saudi Arabia, likely ordered, or at
least knew about the high-profile murder. Saudi authorities say those who
killed Khashoggi exceeded their authority, and prosecutors are seeking the
death penalty for five people allegedly involved.
rights group Amnesty International has also expressed opposition to the
football match being played in Saudi Arabia.
before the horrific killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia had a truly
appalling human rights record,” said Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International UK's
head of policy.
clubs like Juventus and AC Milan need to understand that their participation in
sporting events in the country could be used as a form of ‘sportswashing’,” he
number of Saudi female lawyers have said the new system introduced by the
Justice Ministry to notify married women through SMS in case of divorce, will
put an end to a situation where the women are the last ones to know about their
latest marital status Many Saudi lawyers said several reforms introduced by the
Ministry of Justice lately contribute greatly in ensuring justice for women and
to protect their rights, according to Saudi Gazette.
new initiative will notify the women immediately via text message to their
phone numbers registered through the Absher system when a divorce deed is
issued by a court.
text message will inform the divorcee of the number of the divorce document and
the court that issued it.
Somayya Al-Hindi told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that Saudi courts in the past heard
many cases of Saudi women who continued to live with their ex-husbands not
knowing that they had been divorced.
men in the past obtained divorce deeds from courts without the knowledge of
their wives and without informing them of their new marital status,” Al-Hindi
will put an end to any attempts at cheating or impersonating the identity of
women to take control of their bank accounts and property using previously
issued powers of attorney,” Al-Hindi said.
first hijab-wearing Muslim congresswoman has vowed to fight efforts by the
administration of US President Donald Trump to divide the American public.
Omar, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from the state of
Minnesota, was sworn in on the Holy Quran on Thursday.
plan to resist the current Administration's attempts to divide us and push
destructive policies that chip away at our rights and freedoms," Omar said
in a statement. "We have the opportunity to build a more inclusive and
compassionate culture, one that will allow our economy to flourish and encourage
more Americans to participate in our democracy."
newly-elected representative was allowed to wear a religious head covering on
the House floor after the easing of a 181-year ban on headwear of any type in
37, who emigrated as a refugee from Somalia at the age of 14, outperformed her
rivals in the US midterm elections after campaigning on a platform promoting
legal immigration, criminal justice reform and more accessible healthcare.
with Omar, a second Muslim woman – Rashida Tlaib – was also sworn in on
a Democrat and a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant
parents, was elected to the House in a district where she was running
two Muslim women are known as polar opposites of Trump and his Republican
US House of Representatives, chaired by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is currently
engaged in a long-running dispute with Trump over the passage of a
controversial bill regarding the funding of a US-Mexico border wall.
standoff over the issue has led to a partial government shutdown, forcing
around 800,000 federal workers to work without pay or expecting to be
made the wall a key election campaign promise in 2016, saying Mexico would pay
for it and claiming it is needed to combat illegal immigration and drug
trafficking. Democrats have time and again called a border wall immoral,
ineffective and medieval.
(The Believing Women) Organisation, has urged politicians vying for various
offices in the country to respect the right of female Muslim on the use of
National Amirah, Hajia Nimatullah Abdullateef, who stated this while addressing
Muslim women during the closing ceremony of 23rd National Convention and Annual
Training Forum held at Vanguard Academy, Odosenlu, Ogun State, said the
believing women would only vote candidates who respects their inalienable
rights to use hijab.
Deputy Governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress, (APC), Engr. Naimat
Salako-Oyedele was a special guest at the occasion.
will be recalled that the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos
State Area Unit had also recently declared that its members would only vote any
candidate who will support the use of hijab in schools.
said: "We are not political organisation, but all our members across
different zones in the country will not vote any candidate who refuses the
right to use hijab. So, no hijab, no vote."
how the society is drifting towards moral decadence, she said shameful acts in
various forms have become the order of the day, and until mankind revert to the
Creator, solution to the challenges will remain elusive.
man is in a state of confusion, social vices and moral decadence have become
the norm in the society, music has become the order of the day and musicians
are using their medium to promote all sorts of atrocities, evils and social
vices. Our Muslim women cannot freely use their hijab, our young girls are not
safe, our women at homes have become victims of battering, and rape.
from the prevalence of moral decadence and social vices in the world today,
there is also a disheartening situation of economic recession and depression
and political instability, war, insecurity, insurgency and natural disaster.
The situation is so terrible that suicide has now become the order of the day,
as suicide rate keeps increasing at alarming rate daily," she said.
however stated that efforts made by mankind to proffer solution to these
problems would only amount to futility if recourse is not made to God.
enjoins mankind to keep a steady and constant relationship with Him for proper
guidance. So, any attempt by man to run his affairs by himself without the
guidance of the creator will only put him terrible situation. The only hope is
to revert to Allah and adopt the pristine teachings of Islam.
proposition is not merely hypothetical as its actual manifestation can be seen
all around us. A very good example is the recent trend in the financial sector
globally on the adoption of the Islamic Non- interest Banking" she added.
the forthcoming general elections, Abdullateef urged the Federal Government and
the electoral body to adopt the Islamic principle of Justice, equity, fairness
and truthfulness in the conduct of the February general elections.
also advised the electorates not to show apathy, but actively participate in
the process without fear or favour.
in a lecture titled 'Islam the only Hope', Hajia Idiat Jumah, a seasoned
teacher in the state, advised women to remain steadfast in their prayers and
unflinching in their relationship with God, adding that Prophet Ibrahim and
others relied unto Allah in the face of challenges.
advised leaders to make available interest-free loans arguing that the subsisting
interest based loan is capable of exacerbating the economic condition of the
Director, Ministry of Physical Planning, Lagos State, Alhaja Jelilat
AbdulHameed, thanked the organisers of the event, adding that the forum has
helped a lot Muslim women to rediscover themselves in their spiritual and
- The two weeks long Islamic Training
program for teachers of college and university level concluded at International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) with an aim to build the capacity of female
teachers with respect to true teachings of Islam.
training programme was organized by Dawah Center for Women (DCW), IIUI for
female teachers from colleges and universities in which as many as 34 female
teachers from different cities of four provinces had participated, a press
release Friday said.
the concluding ceremony Rector IIUI Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai said
that role of women is pivotal in nation building, while female teachers have
more responsibility in spreading true teachings of Islam in Islamic
societies. He highlighted the role of
women in society and called upon the Muslim societies to provide best
opportunities to women.
said, “Holy Book Qur’an is a complete code of life and the follower of teaching
of Islam can never be unsuccessful. Whereas, to explore the teachings of Qur’an
and to strengthen our faith, the teaching and learning should be the motto of
each Muslim, the way we can be successful not only in the world but also in the
the two weeks long training, course participants remained involved in different
academic activities and also visited different places of twin cities. While,
comprehensive sessions on significant topics based on Islamic teachings in
Qur’an and Sunnah, the role of women in an Islamic society, teachings of Qur’an
and Islamic ideologies, Islamic practices for women in domestic and practical
life, were also covered during the training program.
Dr. Yousif Farooqi, Dr. Sohail Hassan, Dr. Imtiaz Zafar, Dr. Zaheer Ud Din
Behram, Dr. Tahir Mahmood, Dr. Muhammad Khan Fayaz, Dr. Tahir Siddique, Dr.
Atiq Uz Zafar, Dr. Hafiz Habib ur Rehman, Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Anwar, Dr. Iffat,
Tahira Batool, Sara Ehsan, Shagufta Omer, and Faryal Ambreen, delivered
lectures during the two weeks long course.
concluding ceremony was also attended by Dr. Sohail Hassan, Director General,
Dawah Academy, Dr. Shahid Rafi, Director (Training) Dawah Academy, Shagufta
Omer, In Charge DCW, IIUI, and other staff members of Dawah Center for Women,
DCW, IIUI. In the end course participants were awarded course completion certificates.
NATIONS: The UN's fundamental position
on equal rights for women applies across the board to all religions and in the
case of Sabarimala, since the Supreme Court has ruled on women's right to enter
it, the world body encourages respect for rule of law, according to an official
answering a reporter's question on Friday about the Sabarimala controversy, UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said:
"You are aware of the UN's position on equal rights of all people."
if the UN's position on equal rights for women applied to all religions,
including Catholicism and Islam, he said: "It applies across the board.
The question is how that is to be carried out... this is a question on which
the courts have pronounced themselves and we encourage respect for the rule of
answer to another reporter's pointed question about the "frenzy" in
Kerala over two women entering the Lord Ayyappa shrine and former UN
Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor's criticism of the women, Haq said:
"This is an issue on which the Supreme Court of India has commented. So we
will leave the matter in the hands of the rule of law authorities in India. Of
course, we want all parties to respect the rule of law."
if not allowing women to enter the temple was a violation of human rights, Haq
did not give a direct answer, but said: "We encourage all to respect the
laws of the country."
Supreme Court ruled in September against the temple's ban on women between the
ages of 10 and 50 entering the shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
prolonged protests blocked women from entering the temple, two women in their
40s entered the shrine under police escort on Wednesday.
have been held across Kerala both in support of women entering the temple as
well against it.
now a Congress Party MP representing Thiruvananthapuram, had criticised the
women who went to the shrine on Wednesday, saying that it was an
"unnecessary provocative act".
he added, that he was "very much in favour of women equality but was also
in favour of respecting the sanctity of religious practices in our
Alamolhoda, the ultraconservative Friday Prayer leader of Mashahd in
northeatern Iran, says some people are trying to undermine the importance of
compulsory hijab, the head to toe cover for women.
during his Friday January 4 sermon, Alamolhoda said "These individuals
want to establish discos for women with hijab like the ones in Turkey,"
and at the same time "publish pictures of Palestinian girls who do not use
hijab," in order to undermine its va;ue.
said "A conspiracy has started in Turkey to portray women with hijab as
the causes of indecency, corruption and prostitution," claiming that
"women with hijab can go to discos in Turkey," but did not elaborate
made the offending remarks a year after Iranian women officially started a
campaign against compulsory hijab, by hoisting their scarves on sticks in
public. The remarks also coincided with the anniversary of Reza Shah Pahlavi's
anti-hijab campaign that started in January 1936.
is also the first anniversary of a modern-day, grassroots anti-hijab campaign.
During mass anti-regime protests in December 2017-January 2018 many women began
appearing on busy streets, standing at a visible location, waving their
headscarves in the air as protest against compulsory hijab.
ordinary women going about their business remove their headscarves in Iran.
Videos posted on social media show women without the compulsory scarf in the
streets of Tehran and other cities.
one particular video, an angry cleric objects to a woman who has taken off her
scarf at a metro station, but the woman ignores him and men at the station tell
the cleric to shut up and mind his own business.
another video, a woman challenges a cleric's order to cover her hair while
by-standers cheer in her support.
many other videos, Iranian women bravely ignore the restrictions and go about
their daily business the way they like: without a scarf:
Iranian women seem not to have accepted the compulsory hijab in the 40 years
after the Islamic revolution. They always loosely hold a scarf over their heads
"as if there will be a regime change any minute," says a veteran
from 1936 till his removal from power by the Allies in 1941, Reza Shah Pahlavi
and his government worked hard to get Iranian women free from their traditional
hijab so that they would be assimilated in social activities like men.
women are struggling to get rid of the scarf once again if only as a symbol of
unfair restrictions that keep them away from their rights as citizens.
are more female university students in Iran and more women graduates than men
every year from Iranian institutions of higher education. Nevertheless, very
few of them are employed as the government and clerics frown at the idea of
women as managers, lawyers, engineers and so on.
a speech in 2014, The Islamic Republic's leader Ali Khamenei questioned the
idea of women's equality with men and suggested women should stay home.
clerics at Friday Prayers also ruled out resistance to compulsory hijab as
"opposition to Islam."
remarks contradict official statistics and results of polls that indicate an
increasing number of Iranian women opposing compulsory hijab. Based on a poll
conducted by the Majles Research Center last year, only 35% of Iranian women
view hijab as an Islamic value.
moderate religious scholars including Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari believe rules
about hijab can be changed. Eshkevari was first sentenced to death and finally
jailed for five years, and disrobed by the government after making the comment
at a conference in Germany in 2000.
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