Bano said a Bill was necessary since, even after the Supreme Court’s order, the
practice of instant triple talaq continued.
Woman Attempts Suicide As Husband Gives Triple Talaq Day after Bill Passes In
Women Speak Freely About Choice to Veil At Hijab Summit
Female-Operated Optical Boutique in Jeddah Unveiled
Malaysian Woman Chooses Second Wife for Her Husband To Help Care For Him And
Philanthropies Backs Female Saudi Scouts To Attend Jamboree In US
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Women behind Instant Triple Talaq Petitions: ‘Historic Win… No Other Woman’s
Life Will Be Ruined Now’
August 22, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a landmark 3-2 verdict, “set aside” the
practice of instant triple talaq, following a clutch of petitions filed by
Muslim women. The women behind the petitions welcomed the passage of the Bill
is a happy moment for not just me but for Muslim society as a whole. We have
been freed of an evil custom,” said Shayara Bano (38), the first petitioner in
the case. “Generations of women have suffered due to instant triple talaq. They
have been thrown out of their house overnight and made to go through hell. Why
is everyone still concerned about the men and not about the women,” she said.
said a Bill was necessary since, even after the Supreme Court’s order, the
practice of instant triple talaq continued. “There were so many cases despite
the SC order. There was no fear among people. This law will instill that fear,”
said Bano, who lives in Kashipur in Uttarakhand.
who was given triple talaq in 2015, said that while she has won the larger
cause, she is still waging her personal battle for rights to see her two
children more often and for maintenance from her husband. “My husband has
remarried now. He has turned my son and daughter, now teenagers, against me.
The only time I get to see them is when they are brought to the Kashipur family
court once in three months,” she said.
has been long overdue. It has come late but, nevertheless, it is a welcome
development. However, a comprehensive reform in Muslim personal law is called
for. But even one step is welcome,” said Zakia Soman (52) of the Bharatiya
Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a vociferous advocate of the abolition of triple
petition was suo motu turned into a PIL by a two-judge bench of the Supreme
Court before Shayara Bano’s case against instant triple talaq was filed. That
petition eventually became one of six.
is great news… My life has been ruined, but no other woman’s life will be
ruined now… They will not have to undergo the hardship that I faced… The law is
on our side now,” said Ishrat Jehan (32).
giving me talaq over the phone, my husband abandoned me. My children were taken
away. When I filed a petition in the Supreme Court, a section of my neighbours
turned against me. Even now, they threaten to throw me out of my house and the
neighbourhood. My battle is still going on,” said Jehan, who lives in Howrah.
law will give relief to thousands of women. It is historic,” said Jehan, who
joined the BJP in January 2018.
got married in 2001, when she was just 14. In April 2015, her husband called
her up from Dubai and said talaq thrice. He later remarried.
life is still where it was five years ago, when I was asked to leave my
husband’s house,” said Gulshan Parveen (33), who approached Shayara Bano’s
lawyers in 2015, after her husband sent her a talaqnama. Her husband remarried,
and Gulshan moved back to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh. She has been since
struggling to make ends meet for herself and her five-year-old son.
have no job since all my documents are still with my former in-laws. The
Supreme Court case is long over but I am fighting two separate cases in the
lower courts, including one of domestic violence. The monthly maintenance
amount I have been awarded is a mere Rs 6,000, which is barely enough to even
cover my child’s fees,” she said.
feels that the law is much needed for the sake of the “dignity of Muslim
women”. “The government has only outlawed talaq-e-biddat (instant triple
talaq). Men still have the upper hand and can pronounce talaq to their wives
and unilaterally divorce them over a period of three months (talaq-e-ahsan).
The power still vests with the man,” she said.
am very happy today… it’s a historic win for us. We cannot change whatever
happened to me, but we now have a way to stop this practice which has been
going on for centuries,” said Aafreen Rehman (28) from Jaipur. She said the
provision of jail term would “scare the men” and make them think twice about
giving triple talaq.
January 2016, Rehman was given triple talaq by her husband, in a letter sent
through speed post. She later approached the Supreme Court.
woman in Ahmedabad attempted to commit suicide on Wednesday after her husband
divorced her by pronouncing triple Talaq. The woman has survived and is
woman has now lodged a complaint against her husband and in-laws. She has been
admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad.
couple has two young children.
woman told India Today TV, "I believe in Islam and since he pronounced
triple Talaq, I have been divorced. I want justice from law."
comes a day after Rajya Sabha cleared the historic Muslim Women (Protection of
Rights on Marriage) Bill also known as the triple Talaq bill.
triple Talaq among Muslims is now a criminal offence punishable that would
invite 3-year imprisonment.
a big victory, the Modi Government on Tuesday secured Rajya Sabha's clearance
for the landmark triple Talaq bill helped by support from the BJD, walkout by
BJP allies JD-U and AIADMK and some abstentions to get Parliament's approval
for the contentious legislation.
Sabha had passed the Bill last week and once it gets Presidential assent the
practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering 'Talaq'
thrice will become a criminal offence, punishable by a jail term of up to three
bill will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21.
which has veiled ballerinas, veiled orchestra conductors, veiled TV anchors and
veiled ministers, may seem an unlikely place for hijabi women to face
discrimination or peer pressure over covering their hair.
Manal Rostom, the first hijabi woman to be featured in a Nike Middle East
campaign, disagrees. Four years ago, she founded the Surviving Hijab Community
to provide support for women who face pressure to take off the hijab, disdain
for wearing it or claims that certain jobs cannot be done in it.
wearing a hijab has become a different decision. I want to prove that hijab
does not prevent women from doing what they want,” she told Al-Monitor.
July 19, Surviving Hijab — a closed Facebook group — held its first summit at
the Greek Campus in Cairo, where 400 attendees and 12 speakers — veiled,
unveiled or de-veiled — shared their experiences.
of the lead speakers was Enjy el-Shazly, known for being Egypt's first veiled
ballerina. “When I started, many people told me that one could not dance ballet
with a hijab. [They] do not accept the idea that ballet is an art and that I
can wear modest clothes during performance," el-Shazly said in her speech.
first time I performed with hijab, I was shaking. I felt many mixed feelings. I
thought that people may judge me based on my appearance, not my
performance," el-Shazly told Al-Monitor. “But to my surprise, I was
admired … so I took part in this summit to encourage girls to overcome their
fears. Hijab is not a limitation and we are a proof.”
a clinical pharmacist and a hijabi model, agreed, saying that hijabi women
cover their hair, not their brains and creativity. "This summit is a
trial. I am not sure whether we can hold it on an annual basis. We have just
started our journey," she told Al-Monitor, adding, "This is not a
religious event. You can say that it is a social event that aims to empower
women. … We want to urge hijabi women to continue to hold on.”
Hijab currently has 655,000 members on Facebook. In 2018, it won a Facebook
Community Leadership award, recognizing it as one of the largest women-only
movements in the world that fights for the rights of women.
the end of the summit, Rostom said that the first meeting not only showcases
role models but “helped lay the ground for productive dialogue and interaction”
between hijabi women and between hijabis and non-hijabis.
added, “Through such meetings, we offer psychological support for women and
girls who think that hijab can be a barrier or an obstacle," she added.
name of the community is provocative. Do hijabis really face such serious
obstacles and discrimination that threaten their survival?
is hard to say there is discrimination against hijabi women in Egypt.
Nevertheless, there are certain problems that need to be addressed,"
Rostom said, citing “peer pressure” and “categorizing” as two examples.
not call me a hijabi anchor. I am a TV anchor,” said one of the participants in
the panel discussions.
pointed out that women post to the Facebook page about the problems they face.
In the summertime, the number of complaints concerning the burkini ban in
hotels increase. “Banning burkinis in some Egyptian resorts is totally
unacceptable as long as the material is appropriate,” Rostom said. “As early as
2015, we started receiving complaints from many girls through the Facebook
group complaining that some resorts in Ain Sokhna and North Cost ban burkinis.
We tried to contact these resorts" but got no results. "The problem still
debate over burkinis in Egypt prompted the Egyptian Tourism Ministry to issue
regulations in 2017. The regulations hold that burkinis made of materials that
do not compromise pool hygiene cannot be banned.
the last few years, several high-profile women have decided to remove their
hijabs. One notable example was actress Hala Shiha, who decided last year to
stop wearing the hijab she left her career for 14 years ago. Shiha’s return to
the screen sparked controversy over hijab, particularly because it came at a
time of rising anti-Islamist sentiment in Egypt, fueled by the government's
security crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt
outlawed in September 2013, and a media narrative that has since been in
lockstep with the military-backed regime.
Aliaa Salem, who decided to take off her hijab recently, told Al-Monitor,
"I am not against hijab. I decided to take it off because I felt that I
was just going with the flow, without feeling that I was wearing it for
Allah." She admitted that peer pressure played a role in her decision to
wear it. "In 2004, with the emergence of many young preachers like Amr
Khaled, many girls wore hijab. It was trendy at that time."
believes that hijabi women do not face discrimination in Egypt. "Now there
are veiled TV anchors, flight attendants and more. We should not exaggerate by
saying that veiled women are suffering. I was a veiled woman and I got my job
while wearing a hijab," she said.
— Hassan Dahlan, secretary-general of the JCCI, called on the private sector to
benefit from the decision of the Saudi Cabinet to allow 24-hour opening and
stressed the need for the service activities, tourism and trade in Jeddah to
take advantage of the decision, in order to strengthen Jeddah's position as a
global, regional and local tourism destination.
during his inauguration of the first optical boutique operated by women in
Jeddah, Dahlan also noted that the decision could benefit certain businesses to
increase their profits. " Operating some shops around the clock will
increase profits, especially food, pharmacies, restaurants and gas stations
sectors in light of the increasing growth in consumer power and its
expansion," he said.
also said opening the first Saudi-owned optical boutique on Tahlia Street in
Jeddah comes within the efforts and the commitment of the ministry to ensure
proper provision of suitable and stable work environments, and expand work
fields for Saudi women in the private sector, thus contributing to productivity
and motivation in the workplace.
pointed out that the inspirational young leaders under the leadership of Crown
Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has
presented a clear strategy, programs and initiatives to support young people
and help them start their new projects.
toured the boutique accompanied by Nafel Al-Shalawi, a member of the Optical
Committee at the Jeddah Chamber, and in the presence of a number of officials,
businessmen and social figures.
his speech, Nafel Al-Shalawi, a member of the Optical Committee at the Jeddah
Chamber, pointed out that the optical market has grown tremendously during the
past years. “There are many reasons for this growth in the optical market: a
growing population, a growing concern for eye health and checkups, lifestyle
changes, an increase in disposable income, and the convenience of
teleconsulting. With this growth in the marketplace, now there are nearly 3,000
optical shops in the city of Jeddah alone, with investments exceeding SR500
million. He announced that the sector has “annual sales exceeding SR5 billion,
and the market is expanding all over the Kingdom,” he said. — SG
Malaysian women did the unthinkable for many. She ordered a new wife for her
husband, a woman she handpicked herself!
woman was unwell while being pregnant with her fifth child and was worried who
would care for her husband and children if something happened to her.
prompted her to find a second wife for her lucky husband. The arrangement has
been a beneficial and a harmonious one, with the two women even becoming like
sisters and best of friends.
Shah Alam, Malaysia, Khuzatul Atiqah had been married to Samuel Dzul since
2011. Khuzatul and Samuel has a happy relationship enjoying a good family life
with their children.
her fifth pregnancy got her to be constantly unwell, says The Reporter. The
woman posted on Facebook how she struggled to move around with ease, and
because her health was so bad, she was forced to use a wheelchair.
saw that her husband Samuel would come home tired from work, yet he still did
all the house chores and cared for their children.
was this and her constant battle with a dwindling health that got her worried
for the future of her husband and children.
decided to take the matter into her own hands and make sure that her husband
and children would be taken good care of — she would find him a second wife.
polygamy for Muslim men is allowed in Malaysia under the Islamic Family Law, it
was not something Khuzatul and Samuel had considered for their marriage.
who once rejected the idea of polygamy, said in one of her Facebook posts that
her feelings on the matter changed after seeing how her father-in-law and his
three wives lived together with ease and harmony.
mentioned that through observing how they interacted together, she could see
the benefits of the arrangement.
the law is rejected by many Muslim feminists and considered by some as harmful
to women’s rights, Khuzatul decided that it was the right thing for her and
Samuel. He would need a second wife to help her care for him and the children.
2018, Khuzatul met single mother Nur Fathonah on social media. After forming a
close friendship, Khuzatul asked Fathonah to become her husband’s second wife.
was reluctant at first but was persuaded to visit Khuzatul and Samuel’s home
and break the fast with them. Fathonah saw that they were a happy family, and
she felt that she got along very well with them.
agreed to become Samuel’s second wife, and they were wed in a simple marriage
ceremony, as reported by mStar.
since the marriage, the newly-extended family has enjoyed a harmonious
Fathonah and their husband Samuel live together happily, and the two women have
become like sisters and best friends.
— Alwaleed Philanthropies, the global foundation that empowers women and youth
and invests in programs to support cross-cultural understanding, is
participating in the 2019 World Scout Jamboree by supporting the first five
young female Saudi Scouts to attend the event. The scouts will participate in
activities aligned with the World Scouting’s flagship “Scouts for SDGs”
initiative, which has pledged to make the world’s largest coordinated youth
contribution to the SDGs by 2030.
than 45,000 scouts and scouting leaders from over 150 countries have come
together at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, USA, to “Unlock a New
World,” the theme of the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
aim is to inspire scouts to become active citizens and create a more sustainable
world by learning about global issues such as climate change and gender
inequality. Through activities that range from zip-lining and hiking to public
speaking and leadership workshops, young people will develop skills to help
them thrive in and contribute to a rapidly changing world.
on the participation of the Saudi scouts, Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud
Al-Saud, secretary seneral of Alwaleed Philanthropies, said: “We are proud to
support the first young female Saudi scouts to attend the jamboree as part of
our six-year commitment to World Scouting to increase the participation of
girls and boys in community service in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East.
Their involvement in the Jamboree’s ‘Scouts for SDGs’ program will help empower
girls and young women to drive social, environmental and economic progress in
the Kingdom and contribute to Saudi Vision 2030.”
24th World Scout Jamboree, jointly hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico, is
the largest outdoor educational event organized by the World Organization of
the Scout Movement, gathering scouts aged 14 to 17 and leaders every four
years. A staff of 10,500 volunteers will deliver a life-changing experience to
scouts from around the globe at the world’s most sustainable campsite, the 10,000-acre
Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, for this once-in-a-lifetime event
which is running from July 22 to Aug. 2, 2019. This year, as well as the first
female Saudi scouts attending, almost one hundred young scouts total will
travel from the region, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Qatar.
World Scout Jamboree offers an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect and
understanding and fosters social interaction and engagement among Scouts from
different cultures. This is a hallmark of the Jamboree experience. Through
educational activities, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree supports young people to
develop leadership skills and engage in dialogue about peace and
sustainability, enabling them to become active global citizens who are creating
positive change in communities around the world.
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