a statement, Mais said it has agreed to make the requirements for marrying a
child stricter to safeguard the child’s interest and prevent harm, rather than
abolishing child marriage altogether. ― AFP pic
Can Build Their Way in UAE's Construction Sector
Girls Dominate Women’s Squash Championship 2018
Women Race in Cairo to Campaign for End to Violence
from Family, Hospital Delay Sikh Girl's Wish To Donate Kidney To Save Muslim
to Host Arab-German Symposium on Women’s Empowerment
Expat among 5 Female Scientists to Win Dh83, 400 UNESCO Fellowships
Bestows Order of Sports Merit on Women's Squash, Football Teams
A Yemeni Woman’s Path to Freedom Led Her to Malaysia
Woman Scientist Wins Fellowship for Research in Biofuels
Women’s Association Gets a New Home in Nakhal
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Records 48 Underage Marriage Applications from Muslims This Year
ALAM: Selangor recorded a total of 48 underage marriage applications involving
Muslim couples as of Oct 31 this year, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari (pix).
said of the total, 34 applications had been approved while 14 were rejected.
the non-Muslim marriage’s registration it falls under the purview of the
Registration Department,” he said this at the State Legislative Assembly
sitting here today.
(PKR-Sungai Tua) said this when responding to a question from Elizabeth Wong
Keat Ping (PKR-Bukit Lanjan) who wanted to know the number of applications and
approvals for underage marriage involving Muslim couples during the period.
to a question from Lim Yi Wei (DAP-Kampung Tunku) who wanted to know the number
of underage Muslim marriage applications recorded after the amendments of the
Islamic Family Enactment (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003 (Amendment 2018)
passed, Amirudin said thus far no application had been received.
is because we are still using the previous enactment as the new enactment will
only come into effect from January 2019,” he said.
Sept 5, Selangor State Assembly passed the Islamic Family Enactment (State of
Selangor) Enactment 2003 (Amendment 2018) which, among others, regulates the
minimum age limit of Muslim marriage from 16 to 18 years in the state.
when presenting the motion then said that under the amendment every marriage
application for those under the age of 18 have to obtain permission from a
Syariah Court judge in Selangor.
to the amendment, Section 8 of the Islamic Family Enactment (State of Selangor)
2003 had determined that the minimum age of marriage for Muslim men was not
less than 18, and for Muslim women not less than 16.
was the first state to amend the Islamic Family Enactment (State of Selangor)
2003 regarding the minimum age limit of Muslim marriage in the state, following
the issue of 11-year-old girl’s marriage to a 41-year-old man in southern
Thailand earlier this year.
amendment was approved by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
who viewed cases involving Muslim underage marriages seriously because of the
negative impact on the couple’s future as well as its implication on society. —
the construction industry remains a traditionally male-dominated industry that
presents a number of challenges for women, several key players across the UAE
are taking a number of steps to encourage women to pursue careers in the
industry, experts at The Big 5 Women in Construction Seminar & Awards said.
UAE government is setting an example, with federal institutions leading the way
in implementing the UAE's vision to boost gender parity. Today, nine female
ministries are part of the country's Cabinet, and a UAE Gender Balance Council
is at work to support women's empowerment and promote equality," said
Josine Heijmans, portfolio director of The Big 5.
Shetha Al Zubaidi, CEO of Alfahim Avenue Group of Companies - Brookson Project
Management, noted that the presence and status of women in engineering has
improved dramatically over the last half-century. However, the progression of
professional women into positions of leadership has been slow.
women have worked hard to take gender out of the equation to simply be
recognised for their skills and talents. Integrating leadership into one's core
identity is particularly challenging for women, who must establish credibility
in a culture that is deeply conflicted about whether, when, and how they should
exercise authority. In Dubai, women have a lot of opportunities within the
world of engineering, but I still think we have some way to go before both
sexes are equally represented in construction leadership positions. Engineering
still needs more women."
most significant reasons why you haven't got enough women in the senior side of
the industry is the barriers they face re-entering the workplace after having
children. But if the industry is to deliver the billions of essential
infrastructure projects the country has lined up, it is essential to keep this
workforce in place and attract them back into the industry after a career
break," Al Zubaidi added.
and infrastructure projects are driving the growth of Dubai's construction
sector and this trend is expected to gain momentum in the lead up to Expo 2020,
new analysis released by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has
revealed. The analysis found that the residential segment accounts for 43 per
cent of total projects in the pipeline in Dubai over the 2014-22 period.
to the findings, Dubai's construction sector contributed an estimated 6.3 per
cent to the emirate's GDP in 2017, as work on several government-led projects
commenced during the year, including expansions to public transport and
logistics infrastructure, in addition to building works for the Expo 2020 site
in Dubai South.
All of the three Egyptian women competing in the US$18,000 Pakistan Open
Women’s Squash Championship 2018 quarterfinals won their respective matches to
secure three of the four semi-final slots for their country here at the DHA
Asif Nawaz Squash Complex on Friday.
seed Yathreb Adel dropped a game before beating seventh seeded Malaysian Rachel
Arnold by 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 score in 34 minutes.
seeded Egyptian Zeina Mickawy defeated France’s 9/16 seed Enora Villard by
11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10 score in 45 minutes.
seeded Egypt’s player Nadine Shahin took only 27 minutes to dispatch sixth seed
from Japan Satomi Watanabe in straight sets by 11-6, 11-3, 14-12 score in 27
seeded Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam is the only non-Egyptian player to
qualify for semifinals after she pulled an upset against fourth seed Liu
Tsz-Ling of Hong Kong recording 11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 11-4 victory in 27
Egyptians weren’t lucky enough in the lucrative US$53,000 Pakistan Open Men’s
Squash Championship as only one Egyptian player survived the quarterfinal
hurdle while facing compatriot.
Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt defeated compatriot Mazen Gamal by 11-9, 11-7, 11-1
score in 29 minutes.
seeded Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan elbowed out his compatriot Ivan Yuen by 6-11,
11-6, 11-7, 12-10 score after a 69-minute clash.
seeded Mexican player Arturo Salazar dispatched 9/16 seed Mostafa Asal of Egypt
by 11-5, 11-2, 11-7 score in 31 minutes.
second seed Diego Elias sent seventh seed Karim El Hammamy of Egypt packing for
home after recording 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 victory in 35 minutes.
Abdel Gawad will face Nafiizwan Adnan while Arturo Salazar will take on Diego
Elias for a place in the summit clash.
women’s semifinals will be played between Yathreb Adel and Zeina Mickawy, and
Sivasangari Subramaniam and Nadine Shahin.
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [9/16] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-9, 11-7, 11-1 (29 mins)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [9/16] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (69
Arturo Salazar (MEX) bt [9/16] Mostafa Asal (EGY) 11-5, 11-2, 11-7 (31 mins)
Diego Elias (PER) bt  Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (35 mins)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt  Rachel Arnold (MAS) 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (34 mins)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [9/16] Enora Villard (FAR) 11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10 (45
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt  Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11,
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt  Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 11-6, 11-3, 14-12 (27 mins).
of women took part in a race in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Friday to
campaign for an end to violence against women and push for acceptance of women
running in public spaces.
the first event of its kind, women challenging conservative social norms took
advantage of reduced weekend traffic to compete on an eight-kilometre course in
the neighbourhood of Heliopolis.
came to this race today so that all women can run in the street without any
fears or worries,” said 52-year-old Amany Khalil, who placed third, completing
the course in just under 39 minutes.
surveyed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation last year ranked Cairo as the
world’s most dangerous megacity for women, based on a lack of protection from
sexual violence and harmful cultural practices, as well as access to healthcare
is uncommon for women to practice sport in Egypt in public places, where they
regularly face harassment.
is the first event for girls only,” said 24-year-old Yasmin Mamdouh, who
competed alongside her younger sister.
to say that we can do anything and run freely, and do what they do, boys. No
one can bother us and stop us from doing what we want.”
Nov 30 A Sikh girl in Jammu and Kashmir wants to donate one of her kidneys to
save the life of her Muslim friend suffering from organ failure, but objections
by her family and a hospital here are delaying the procedure, prompting them to
Singh Kohli (23), a Sikh social activist from Udhampur area of the Jammu
region, has decided to donate one of her kidneys to her 22-year-old friend
Samreen Akhtar, a Muslim and a resident of Rajouri district.
have been friends for the past four years and I am emotionally attached to her.
Also, it is my strong belief in humanity that is motivating me to donate my
kidney," Kohli said.
said Akhtar has been involved in social activism with her for the past many
years in Jammu.
Akhtar never told me about her illness and I came to know through a mutual
friend. She has been my friend and supporter in my tough times and I decided to
donate a kidney to her when she needs it," Kohli said.
said she was grateful to her friend for the selfless act.
(Kohli) is an incredible person. I simply want to thank her for her selfless
act of love and kindness. She was prompt to contact me and express her
willingness to donate her kidney. At first, I did not believe my ears, but when
she came to meet me and accompanied me before the authorisation committee, I
was overwhelmed. It was really life changing for me," Akhtar said.
however, said doctors at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences
(SKIMS), Soura here were "delaying" the procedure by creating
SKIMS is creating hurdles and delaying the procedure even as the authorisation
committee for organ donation has cleared both of us for the transplant
procedure. I do not know why we are being pushed to the wall by doctors and
administration at SKIMS, Soura," Kohli said.
SKIMS, Dr Omar Shah said the committee is looking into the issue and they would
decide on it immediately.
will do whatever best we can. The authorisation committee has informed me that
there are legalities involved and they need some more papers before they take a
decision on the matter," Shah said.
said while she thinks the SKIMS might be apprehensive about the procedure
because of the donor belonging to a different religion, her family also has
sent a notice to the hospital, saying there was no family consent.
family has sent a notice to the SKIMS and may never give the consent. But, I am
a major and can take decisions for myself. I am legally eligible to donate and
I do not need the family's consent," she said.
said they would approach court on Saturday to seek a direction to SKIMS to
perform the procedure without any further delay.
have consulted a lawyer friend and we will go to court tomorrow (Saturday).
There are court directions from previous cases and we hope to get a favourable
judgement," Kohli said. SSB MIJ SNE SNE
– The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities is hosting an
international conference dedicated to women’s empowerment and gender equality
November 30 to December 1 in Fez.
conference, titled “Gender Equality in the Arab World and Germany: Challenges
and Prospects” and organized in partnership with the NGO ISIS Centre for Women
and Development, will tackle
issues women face in their daily lives.
vary from challenges in the workplace or job market, such as in male-dominated
fields and the role of universities to raise awareness on gender equality to
transnational networking and women migrants.
change, promoting gender equality, and Arab-German dialogue are the main
drivers behind the symposiums.
event’s program will also explore the role of women throughout the history and
cultural heritage of Fez, Morocco’s cultural capital.
event is taking place at the International Institute for Languages and Culture
in Fez and will welcome “high-profile academics and experts” from six Arab
countries with the participation of other academics from Germany, the ISIS
Centre said in a press release.
an early detection method for ovarian cancer, designing therapeutic treatments
for mood disorders and depression, and using marine environment to produce
natural pharmaceutical products are some of the projects female researchers
will continue to pursue, thanks to a ?20,000 (Dh83,400) fellowship.
part of the L'Oréal- 'For Women In Science Middle East Fellowship 2018,' five
female scientists from four Gulf countries were granted Dh83,400 each for the
PostDoc Researchers category and one PhD student was granted Dh33,360.
programme, which aims to promote gender equality and encourage more girls and
women to become scientists, honours five laureates internationally each year,
one from each continent.
date, the programme has supported 3,100 women, rewarding 102 laureates and
granting doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in 115 countries.
to Khaleej Times, the women said since scientific projects are too expensive to
pursue, the fellowship brings them one step closer to making their ideas a
reality that will benefit their societies. Here are the five outstanding women
scientists and their research topics.
Ashwag Albukhari, Assistant professor in biochemistry
for ovarian cancer)
Ashwag Albukhari, assistant professor in biochemistry, King AbdulAziz
University, Saudi Arabia, said the fellowship will help her start developing
the organoid system, derived from human tissues, to understand the progress of
ovarian cancer, help in early detection and find new therapeutic strategies for
molecular mechanism in the ovaries which is not well understood, hinders early
detection of ovarian cancer, the sixth most common cancer in women with the
highest mortality rates. Albukhari decided to build a human-derived fallopian
tube organoids to study early carcinogenesis and understand the molecular
mechanisms of the cancer.
removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes remains as the only effective prevention
for women with high risk of developing the familial ovarian cancer. The model
will prevent this and increase chance of survival," she said.
Basma Radwan, Research associate in nueroscience
between sleep, stress)
Basma Radwan, 36, post-doctoral research associate in neuroscience at New York
University Abu Dhabi, and an Egyptian expat in the UAE, is investigating the
connection between stress and sleep to develop treatment for mood disorders and
her research, Radwan is trying to understand the evolution and function of
sleep among depressed individuals to further develop effective therapeutic
solutions."We need a model to help manipulate the sleep stages and see if
it can lead to changes in mood and depression to better understand the link
between the two," she said.
the sequencing of gene expression is a process that cost ?50,000, the
fellowship will help fund part of the project to understand how sleep processes
lead to the maladaptive response to stress.
intends to examine the function of sleep of renormalising the synapses in modulating
the brain capacity to adapt to stress.
Saja Fakhraldeen, Assistant research scientist
from marine resources)
Saja Fakhraldeen, 31, assistant research scientist at Kuwait Institute for
Scientific Research, is researching on the use of marine resources to develop
pharmaceutical products to reduce reliance on lab products.
that the Arabian Gulf is an untapped resource with huge potential for
pharmaceutic applications, Fakhraldeen aims to identify local sources of
biologically active materials for her study.
her research, she will tap into marine resources to find the compounds that
develop bioactive compounds with therapeutic and pharmaceutic applications in
an environmentally conscious manner.
completion of this project, the Kuwaiti institute will have a new and fully
functional mammalian cell culture facility.
proposed genetic database of organisms in Kuwaiti waters are expected to be a
valuable resource to both Kuwaiti and international researchers.
Lamya Al Haj, Molecular biology professor
Lamya Al Haj, 36, assistant professor of molecular biology at Sultan Qaboos
University (Oman), is developing high-value products from genetically-modified
the world moving towards cleaner energy alternatives, Al Haj aims to reduce the
dependency on conventional petroleum in Oman with identifying alternative
sources that will help diversify the economy.
envisions the first microalgae bio-refinery in Oman to use algae in generating
biofuels and high value products. Part of her research investigates the
potential of utilising algae strains for the production of high-value products
like antioxidants, superfoods, food supplements and drugs. The other part is
focused on exploring second, third and fourth generation biofuels as
sustainable energy sources. The research has made it to 10 publications, won
several international awards and was the breakthrough in biofuel production in
Othoum, PhD student
Read Sea strains)
research of Ghofran Othoum, 28, a PhD student at King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology (Jordanian expat in Saudi Arabia), centres around
studying bacteria isolated from the Red Sea environment that can be used in
studies indicated that several of the isolated strains extracted from microbial
mat and mangrove mud samples from the Red Sea represent promising candidates
for the development of cell factories for enzyme production. "Red Sea
species are promising as microbial cell factories, specifically with respect to
their ability to thrive in saline water, eliminating the need for the
environmentally and economically expensive costs of water desalination and
sterilisation," said Othoum.
research also uncovered the richness of these species' genomes that have likely
evolved in Red Sea Bacilli due to environmental adaptation.
- 29 November 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi honored on Thursday the
national squash team for wining the world championship along with the women's
football team for snatching the bronze medal in the Special Olympics Unified
president conferred the Order of Sports Merit on the Egyptian champions,
greeting them and the technical committees that were responsible for their
ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Social Solidarity
Minister Ghada Wali and Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi along with the
regional president of Special Olympics and the chairman of the Egyptian Squash
Sisi hailed the achievements of the champs who contribute to promoting Egypt's
standing in the regional and international sports arena, Presidential Spokesman
Bassam Rady said in a statement.
president expressed appreciation for the Egyptian athletes whom he described as
role models for the youth, the spokesman added.
ordered offering all needed support for the Egyptian champions to help them
make more sports achievements, Rady noted.
their part, the Egyptian champions said that they are proud of being honored by
the president, confirming that such move reflects Sisi's appreciation and care
for the distinguished Egyptian athletes.
LUMPUR: Yusra Ali Salm was only 18 when she was married off to a 60-year-old
up in Yemen, she said, young girls didn’t have much say in the matter,
especially if they came from poor families.
received little support from her family, except from one of her brothers who
did what he could to help her even though they had very little.
gave me money. He gave me something,” Yusra, 50, told FMT on the sidelines of a
United Nations event on gender-based violence against refugees in Malaysia.
thought that life as a married woman would be better as she would escape from
her family and perhaps gain enough freedom to pursue an education.
also thought that getting married would earn her approval from her family since
they would receive a dowry.
her marriage turned out to be just another nightmare. From the very beginning,
she said, her husband told her that he owned her since he had paid her dowry.
was told that I couldn’t see anyone or go anywhere, and no one could visit me.”
added that her husband used to lock her up in a room from morning until night.
He also beat and raped her.
gives me pain whenever I think about it,” she said briefly.
a young girl, Yusra had always wanted to be a famous hairdresser. When she grew
older, she worked at a salon despite the disapproval from her community.
of her brothers would even beat her whenever she went to work.
told him, ‘Your sister is not good, she goes to a salon. How can you allow her
to do this?'” she said.
years passed, the violence in Yemen escalated and Yusra finally decided to sell
all of her gold jewellery for a plane ticket to Malaysia.
the government killing people, there were a lot of problems in my family and
with my husband.
Yemen, they treat women like they are nothing, like animals. They don’t get to
do anything, and sometimes they are sexually abused or raped as well.”
she arrived in Malaysia with her son four years ago, she found it difficult to
survive at first. She took any job she could find, from cleaning houses to
cutting hair at salons.
she was happy to find support from the Yemeni community in Malaysia. She also
made friends who helped her find a place to stay and work to do.
now operates from home as a hairdresser. Some of her customers pay up to RM500
for her services, but most days, it is still hard going.
she is glad that she no longer depends on others for money.
don’t want to ask anyone for money,” she said, adding that she still harbours
her old dream of opening a proper salon one day.
son is now 11 years old. He initially went to a refugee community school but
now attends a government school thanks to aid from her embassy.
happy here,” Yusra said. “I love being here because my son and I feel safe in
Omani woman scientist is among those honoured at the fifth edition of the
L’Oréal- ‘For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship’.
Lamya al Haj from the Sultan Qaboos University was recognised at a ceremony
held on Monday along with four other extraordinary women from the GCC for their
contribution to the field of science. The awards ceremony was hosted at the
Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel, in partnership with Zayed University.
Lamya was honoured for her two-streamed research on exploring second, third and
fourth generation biofuels as clean and sustainable energy resources and
investigating the potential of utilising algae strains for the production of
year’s awards celebrated the contributions of distinguished female scientists
and researchers in the GCC, whose works have contributed significantly to
scientific development in the region. The inspiring women fellows were each
awarded €20,000 in postdoctoral researchers category and €€8,000 for the PhD students
category, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective
Reyadh al Mehaideb, vice president of Zayed University said, “The L’Oréal- ‘For
Women in Science Middle East Fellowship’ has become an inspirational platform in
the field of scientific discovery, thanks to its impressive track record of
achievements in science and technology in our region and beyond.”
at the ceremony, Prof Mehaideb said, “Today, we honour five exceptional
individuals for their interest in scientific research and their ability to
change the world for the better. They use their research and scientific
discoveries to serve humanity and build a brighter future for generations to
L’Oréal- For Women in Science Middle East programme was founded on the belief
that ‘the world needs science and science needs women, because women in science
have the power to change the world’.
only were the female fellows recognised for their achievements, they were also
highly commended for their advocacy of the field of research and for
influencing young women to tread similar paths. Dr Mouin Hamzé, president of
the jury and secretary general of the National Council for Scientific Research
– Lebanon (CNRS-L), said, “It has been my honour to chair the Jury Committee of
this incredibly inspiring programme for the fifth year in a row. All winning
fellows have truly impressed us and have shed light on some fascinating topics in the fields of physical
and life sciences, including early detection of ovarian cancer, exploring
second and third generation biofuels for clean and sustainable energy and
targeting mental health and depression through examining the connection between
sleep and stress.”
Chadapaux, managing director, L’Oréal Middle East said, “In line with our
commitment to women around the world, this programme continues to encourage
gender diversity in scientific research, which is such an important field for
The opening of the Omani Women’s Association building was celebrated in the
Wilayat of Nakhal yesterday during a ceremony held under the patronage of Her
Highness Sayyedah Dr. Mona bint Fahd Al Said, Assistant Vice Chancellor of
Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) for International Cooperation.
opening of the building of the Omani Women’s Association in Nakhal coincides
with the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 48th Glorious National Day.
building includes several facilities, a hall designed for organising
celebrations, meetings and other activities, a training hall on tailoring,
administrative offices and classrooms.
opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Hilal bin Said Al Hajri, Governor of
South Al Batinah, Dr. Yahya bin Badr Al Ma’awali, Undersecretary of the
Ministry of Social Development, Sheikh Harith bin Saif Al Dughaisi, Wali of
Nakhal, Mohammed bin Sulaiman Al Kindi, Member of Majlis Al Shura, members of
the Municipal Council and officials in South Al Batinah.
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