Saudi women's rights activist
Hindu Women Making History and Are Setting Example for Their Muslim
‘Ikat’ Brings Together Muslim, Christian Women
Women Seek Nigerians’ Support On Hijab
Introduced in US Congress to Grant Asylum to Aasia Bibi After Pakistan Apex
Court Overturns Death Sentence
Women Sports Tournament Announces New Organizational Structure
Woman Stabs Daughter for Converting to Islam
Of Being Informer, Girl Shot Dead At Point Blank Range in Kashmir
The Muslim Brotherhood's Women Activists Stepped Up In Egypt
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Female Activist Tortured In 'Palace Of Terror': Brother of Loujain Al-Hathloul
brother of detained Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has
detailed in an opinion piece the abuse his sister has endured in prison.
al-Hathloul wrote Thursday that during a recent visit by his parents to see
Loujain she told them that she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and
sexually harassed in a basement she called the "palace of terror".
Loujain spoke about the torture sessions to my parents, her hands shook
uncontrollably. I fear the pain will stay with her forever," Walid wrote
on the CNN website.
own baby sister said she is being whipped, beaten, electrocuted and harassed on
a frequent basis.
said that sometimes there are masked men who wake her up in the middle of the
night to shout unimaginable threats."
of the investigators, Walid said, tried to pressure his sister into marrying
him, threatening her with rape.
activists and the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) earlier stated that
she and other female detainees had been tortured and sexually harassed in
also said that a former top adviser of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saud
al-Qahtani, was present during at least one of the interrogation sessions.
to Human Rights Watch and people familiar with the events, Qahtani had
allegedly threatened to rape, kill and throw one of the detainees into the
was also implicated in the Istanbul consulate killing of dissident Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi in early October last year.
was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women rights activists in Saudi
was first arrested in 2014 on charges of violating a Saudi law that banned
women from driving after she tried to cross the border in her car from the UAE
to Saudi Arabia.
Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women from driving.
graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2013. Her situation has
already caught international attention in light of problems plaguing
Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador last July after Canadian Foreign Affairs
Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized the kingdom’s apprehension of rights
women are among more than a dozen prominent activists arrested since May amid a
broader crackdown targeting clerics and intellectuals.
a dozen women are still being held, activists say, some of whom have alleged to
have been tortured. The allegations come as Riyadh tries to get past the Oct. 2
killing of Khashoggi, whose murder is internationally blamed on bin Salman.
and various forms of ill-treatment have been routinely and widely reported over
the past years in Saudi prisons and detention centers.
a distinguished commentator on Saudi affairs who wrote for The Washington
Post’s Global Opinions section, was also tortured, murdered and then
dismembered with a bone saw by Saudi operatives at the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul on October 2.
women hailing from Sindh province are setting example for their Muslim
counterparts as they are excelling in various fields including politics,
bureaucracy, education, medicine — and now judiciary.
Suman Kumari of Qambar-Shahdadkot selected to the post of civil judge, Daina
Kumari, 28, from Jacobabad District has also passed the same exam for civil
judge-cum-judicial-magistrate and is all set to join the subordinate judiciary
of the Sindh High Court.
to the results of the exams held for the posts of Civil Judge/Judicial
Magistrates announced recently on January 19, 2019 Daina Kumari took the 46th
of Lachman Das Kingrani, a local trader of electronic goods in Jacobabad, Daina
has done her LLB from Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur some five years ago.
After practising law for three years, she was selected Inspector Legal in 2018.
Then ranked 19th out of total 100 inspectors.
talking to Gulf News here on Thursday, Diana said her two other sisters are
also doing LLB and she is hopeful they, too, would get distinction in their
says Hindu girls are backward and have fewer opportunities than the Muslim
women but still with hard work, devotion and above all support from family they
can achieve success.
only prerequisite for success is commitment and devotion. “I was the first
female Inspector Legal belonging to Hindu community and my brother Suneel Kumar
is the first Hindu male Inspector Legal from my district,” she said.
also writes poetry and her book ‘Multi-dynamic Verses’ has already hit the
a judge is not easy. It is a challenging task, she says. But she is confident
that with cooperation from colleagues and guidance from the senior judges and
advocates she would delegate her duties with devotion and dedication.
thinks she has enjoyed respect and affection not only from her senior
colleagues but also from the local lawyers and has never faced any problem
working with them.
school level and later at university there were a few problems but at the same
time, I was lucky to have friends who always supported and stood by me whenever
I was in their need.”
a question, Daina says she regarded her uncle a retired judge, Karam Chand
Kingrani, as a source of inspiration and a role model for her. At a personal
level she is impressed by Barrister Shahida Latif the former minister and a
women rights activist.
Hindu community is celebrating Daina’s selection as civil judge. Kapil Dev, a
Hindu rights activist in his twitter message, has congratulated Daina on her
selection and said “We are proud of you.”
weaving ikat fabrics, tolerance is fostered between women of different
religious backgrounds in Nagekeo regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.
Sa’o Pipi Tolo (Sa’o Pipi Tolo House), founded by a retired member of the
National Police, Com. Gen. Gregorius Gories Mere, brings together works of art
through the characteristic weaving of Nagekeo, Ende and the whole island of
Flores by Muslim and Christian women. Prior to the organization, the women wove
fabrics in their own home and sell them at much lower prices.
said that Rumah Sa’o Pipi Tolo was founded after his daughter, Jesika Mere,
visited Flores along with her husband. Jesika Mere told him that she had fallen
in love with the hospitality of the Flores people, the beauty of its nature, as
well as the woven fabrics. She was inspired to do something to help increase
their income and to bring women together through the art of weaving that was
unique to Flores.
daughter and her husband had inspired me to do something for Flores for the
development and improvement of the local people’s income, which mainly came
from the weaving of fabrics characteristic to Nagekeo, Ngada, Ende and all of
Flores,” he said recently.
the time, he went on to say, the price of fabrics woven by the women of Flores
was very low, even though they were of very high quality.
“The craftswomen were selling their creations
at between Rp 250,000 [US$17.93] and Rp 300,000, while they needed a month to
complete them and sourced the dye from nature. So, the weaving process was
incongruent with the low price,” Gories said.
archbishop of Ende, Mgr. Vinsentius Potokotta, expressed his hope that the
initiative would not only empower women but also promote tolerance among people
of different religious backgrounds.
initiatives] also encourage and inspire us [priests] to do real things for the
empowerment of women,” he said.
Horeng, a local female leader and also a well-known ikat expert, explained that
weaving was an inherited tradition and maintained by women of different
religions. All this time, Flores ikat is intended for customary affairs,
bridalwear and other necessities, thus, selling the fabrics —whether to local
or international markets — was not a priority for the women of Flores.
am a weaving trainer for the Pipi Tolo weaving house; I help the women weave
fabrics that would be worth selling internationally. I train them on original
dyeing techniques with ingredients sourced from Flores’ nature, on ikat motifs
for Nagekeo, which are called Malapoma in Lawo and Ende,” Alfonsa said, adding
that she helped and collaborated with Gories to train Nagekeo and Ende weavers
who work at the Sa’o Pipi Tolo house.
Lutwina, a weaver from the Nangaroro Weaving Group, said that weavers hailed
from Riti Tonggo and Nangaroro villages, which had their own motives, such as
Malapoma, Jawatiwa and Riti Tonggo.
special woven products will be promoted to foreign buyers, both in Indonesia
and overseas. We’re very grateful,” she said. (spl)
Coalition of Nigerian Muslim Women has called on all Nigerians to support the
wearing of hijab within and outside various organisations and institutions,
coalition made the call yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Media Trust
Headquarters in Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2019 World Hijab Day.
leader of the delegation, Mariya Surajo Sani, said: “We urge all to support
Muslim women and girls within and outside your various organizations and
institutions to exercise their constitutional freedom and also, fulfil their
obligation to their creator, while fully reaching their potential in any chosen
field of endeavour without fear of restriction or harassment.”
A US lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to
grant asylum to Pakistani woman Aasia Bibi, claiming she was
"persecuted" in that country for being a Christian.
Bibi has been persecuted, jailed and threatened for doing nothing more than
being a Christian in Pakistan, Congressman Ken Calvert said.
recent decision by Pakistan's top court to overturn Bibi's death sentence and
free her from jail is obviously welcome news, the lawmaker said.
Asia continues to be in danger and is the subject of incendiary rhetoric by
radical Islamist leaders. That's why it's essential for Congress and other
defenders of religious freedom to stand up and protect her, Calvert said.
the importance of granting asylum to those with legitimate claims of
persecution for their religion, race, nationality, membership in a social
group, or political belief; the resolution supports granting asylum in the
United States to Aasia Bibi and her immediate family.
a mother of four, may leave Pakistan shortly as there are threats to her life.
Her two daughter had already shifted to Canada.
said on Thursday that Bibi, who was recently acquitted by the Supreme Court in
a blasphemy case, was a free citizen and has the right to travel anywhere
inside the country or abroad.
three-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday threw out a petition seeking to
review the apex court's decision to acquit 47-year-old Bibi.
was arrested in 2009 for allegedly using derogatory words during a quarrel with
Muslim women while working on a farm in Nankana Sahib area of Punjab province.
The case was filed by a local prayer leader on the complaint of the Muslim
was convicted in 2010 by the trial court and her death sentence was maintained
by the Lahore High Court in 2014. The apex court overturned her conviction last
year, sparking days of violent demonstrations led by hardline Islamist parties.
case has been deeply divisive in Pakistan where there is strong support for the
controversial blasphemy laws.
case gained prominence when former governor of Pakistan's Punjab province
Salman Taseer was killed in 2011 for supporting her and criticising the
month after Taseer was killed, Pakistan's religious minorities minister Shahbaz
Bhatti, a Christian who spoke out against the blasphemy law, was shot dead in
blasphemy laws were promulgated by former military dictator Ziaul Haq in 1980s.
A person convicted under these laws is given death sentence.
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
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
Ahlam Ben Saga
– The Brussels Criminal Court has sentenced 54-year-old woman to three years in
jail for attacking her 19-year-old daughter. The woman had stabbed her daughter
in the abdomen and under the chin after she had converted to Islam and secretly
married a Muslim.
judge stated that the sentence would show the mother that her behavior was
“unacceptable,” reported Belgian news outlet DH.be.
Muslim convert married a Muslim man without telling her Orthodox Christian
mother said that she had lost control because she was afraid she would not see
her daughter anymore. The daughter does not want to see her mother again,
according to the mother’s lawyer, Olivier Martins.
an exact figure of Belgium’s Muslim population is not available, Muslims make
up an estimated 4 to 6.5 percent of the country’s population.
main religion in Belgium is Christianity, primarily Roman Catholicism, followed
by Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
in December, a hooded passerby assaulted a veiled Moroccan woman on a street in
Anderlecht near Brussels, by punching her in the face and fleeing.
woman called for Belgian authorities to bring the assailant to justice. Social
media users described the violence as “a shameful Islamophobia,” after they had
watched a viral CCTV footage of the attack.
Muslim Executive of Belgium (EMB) has strongly condemned the attack and
expressed solidarity with the Moroccan woman.
attacks are not uncommon in Belgium.
to data gathered from victims by a local anti-Islamophobia association, 76
percent of Islamophobic attacks in Belgium targeted women in 2017.
group of terrorists had abducted her and shot her at point blank range. Minutes
after the incident, the video, which is extremely disturbing in nature was
circulated. The police have advised people not to share the video. In the video
the girl is seen seeking pardon before she was shot down.
girl identified as Ishrat Muneer Bhat of Dangepora, Pulwama was abducted and
later shot dead from point blank range at Cherbagh area of Draggad in Shopian.
The police said that the girl is the maternal cousin of slain terrorist
Zeenat-ul-Islam. While the police is yet to ascertain the reason behind the
killing, it is suspected that it was the information given by her that led to
the killing of Islam in an encounter last year. Islam was one of the most
dreaded terrorists in the Valley and had been graded A++. He was killed along
with his associate at Katpora in Kulgam.
the military coup in Egypt in July 2013, more than 50,000 members of the Muslim
Brotherhood movement have been imprisoned, including the senior leadership.
vacancies have pushed women activists in the movement to play a bigger role
within the organisation, building upon decades of political and organising experiences
that have been enriched by the movement's short-lived experience as a political
party - the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) - in Egypt in 2011-2012.
the 2011 popular uprising as women activists were demanding greater
representation within the movement's structure and hierarchy, at the same time,
they were also facing the regime's repression.
women's growing visibility and activism after the popular uprising have
rendered them a target by the state.
women activists in the Brotherhood had a limited role focusing on social work,
such as sheltering poor families. Gradually, they moved into the political
realm when under Hosni Mubarak's rule (1982-2011) they increasingly focused on
mobilising political and financial support for the imprisoned male members of
the group who were deemed a "security threat" by the state.
Brotherhood's women activists broke new ground when they played an instrumental
role in running media campaigns for the movement's candidates during national
parliamentary elections in 2005 and in 2010, building on women's access to
people via mosques and welfare organisations.
the January 2011 popular uprising, women's role was viewed by the government as
marginal and, therefore, there were very few occasions when women were targeted
by the state repression machine.
contributing factor to the limited role played by women activists before 2011
was the restrictions imposed by the male leadership who did not want to expose
women activists to any form of state repression.
Mubarak regime avoided imprisoning women by using other tactics. For example,
in the 2000 elections, when Jihan al-Halafawi, a senior woman activist in
Alexandria, ran against the ruling party's candidate, the state tried hard to
pressure her to withdraw from the race by arresting her husband, who was also a
Brotherhood member and her campaign manager.
officials offered to release her husband in exchange for her withdrawal from
the opening up of the political space between February 2011 and June 2013, the
women activists' political engagement expanded even further, both through
public activism and within the MB structure.
Muslim Brotherhood's women activists served in the FJP's secretariats across
Egypt focusing on women's political awareness and media relations committees.
They began to ascend to higher leadership positions.
example, after the presidential elections in June 2012, Omayma Kamel was appointed
as a member of the Constituent Assembly delegated with drawing up the
constitution and also served as a presidential aide to president Mohamed Morsi.
Dina Zakaria was appointed as the spokeswoman for the FJP. As of 2012, the MB
allowed women to be elected as heads of the regional women's committees. These
committees communicated directly with the Guidance Bureau, the highest
decision-making body within the movement. Previously, such positions were held
only by men.
women still did not hold any senior positions in the FJP or the MB. Sabah
al-Sakkari, a member of the party's secretariat who ran for the FJP
chairmanship in 2012, failed to obtain the required number of signatures to run
the coup, due to the bloody crackdown of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s
government against the movement, many women activists moved from organising
politically as members of the FJP to organising independently, including
working to document and highlight human rights violations.
example, during the Rabaa sit-ins, women activists founded the Women Against
the Coup (WAC), the first of several women-only resistance movements
established following the 2013 coup and crackdown on the movement. It remains
the most active organisation for women's mobilisation across Egypt.
women would take part in demonstrations, talk to media outlets about the
violence inflicted by the regime against the protestors, and report to human
rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch on these violations.
example, Asmaa Shokr, the spokeswoman of the organisation abroad, has been
speaking to national and international outlets on the human rights abuses of
Sisi’s regime against women.
human rights abuses
growing mobilisations of the Muslim Brotherhood's women activists against the
state has led to their targeting on 19 July 2013, when security forces killed
three women activists in Mansoura who participated in an anti-government
then, they organised women-only marches in Egypt and in exile. The women
activists made violence against women a central theme for sustaining the
support for their mobilisation.
activists began providing data on cases of violence against women as early as
November 2013. Additionally, to increase the impact of their activism and role
in the opposition, they allied with prominent leftist organisations that
resisted the coup such as the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre, which provided the
activists with training in international human rights.
many organisations in Egypt abandoned working or reporting on human rights
violations against the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood, some even attacked the
peaceful protestors and blamed them for being killed.
activists have also reached out to international human rights organisations,
such as Human Rights Monitor and Insaniya.
main work abroad focuses on communicating the reports of human rights abuses
against the opposition in Egypt, which is significantly comprised of the MB and
their supporters, to the wider international community through interviews with
media outlets, sharing their reports with international NGOs such as Amnesty
International and on social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube.
data for such reports is being collected by women who are still in Egypt.
backlash against the Brotherhood since 2013 has resulted in organisational and
ideological divisions within the group over how to respond to Sisi's
repression. It has divided the Brotherhood into two factions: the old
leadership versus the young revolutionary members.
division over which strategy to follow to confront Sisi's regime intensified in
2014, following the group's designation as a terrorist organisation.
the youth have embraced a confrontational and revolutionary approach, the old
leadership adapted a more accommodating position toward addressing regime
repression to allow bargaining and reconciliation.
February 2014, the youth pressured the group to hold internal elections to
reform its governing bodies and fill the leadership void after the arrest and
exile of a large number of its senior members.
ideological difference also divided the Sisters, although in lesser numbers.
The majority of the women activists sided with the old guard or took a neutral
position regarding the division. For example, Asmaa Shokr, a woman activist
based in Istanbul, said that she was not supportive of the division, even
though she wanted changes to the group's old approach.
to physical repression, the Muslim Sisters have been the target of smear
National Council for Women (NWC), and other institutions with government ties
have criticised women's participation in the Rabaa sit-ins, accusing the
Brotherhood of "using women and children as human shields", to
discredit the Muslim Sisters' activism following President Morsi's overthrow by
both denying their agency and accusing them of using terrorist tactics.
article in the pro-government Egyptian daily Youm 7 further accused the Sisters of
"organising terrorist attacks" in Egypt, including the assassination
of Attorney-General Hisham Barakat.
to the report, the women's organisation allegedly "receives assignments
from abroad through social media, and it communicates this information to the
imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood officials who then give coded orders to carry out
the terror attacks".
in July 2016, the Cairo Court of Urgent Matters banned Women Against the Coup's
activities inside Egypt. Now, the organisation is operating from abroad, and
some of its founders, such as Asmaa Shokr, live in exile in Turkey with their
while their visibility in public political life has made them targets of the
state (albeit to a lesser degree than men), it has also made it harder for
Muslim Brotherhood leaders to ignore women's demands for a bigger role in the
organisation and its structure.
Zakaria, an activist, explained: "When the military coup took place, women
took the decision to be part of the resistance. No one can tell [women] to stay
at home because they are under threat."
led the Egyptian MB in Turkey to consider drafting bylaws in January 2017 to
set a quota for women’s participation in the movement’s Shura Council, which
functions as both an executive board and a parliament."
last year, the Brotherhood elected the first female member of its Shura Council
in Turkey. This visibility of their political and social activism, as well as
the state's targeting of the Sisters, has made it impossible for the Muslim
Brotherhood's male leadership to ignore women activists as equal players.
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