women equestrian riders showcased their equestrian skills during Makkah
Championships for Arabian horses breed, which was held at al-Sawary
International Ranch in Jeddah
Seeks Peshawar High Court Nod for Sex Reassignment Surgery
Women Shine at Jeddah International Equestrian Show
Women Delegation in Senegal to Set up A School for Girls
Afghan Women Can Claim Asylum On Certain Grounds’
Of Female Lawmakers in Parliament Not Enough: Turkish President
Fight for Toilets in Rural Pakistan
Women Must Keep Fighting the Patriarchy
Planned to Highlight Women’s Issues in Hyderabad
Has One of the Highest Statistics on Violence against Women
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Cabinet Approves Controversial Gender Equality in Inheritance Law
Tunisian cabinet has approved on Friday the law of gender equality in
inheritance, to be discussed in the parliament dominated by Ennahda Movement
before being effective in the country.
Tunisian president, Beji Caid Essebsi, had suggested the law in August 2017, on
the occasion of national women’s day.
controversial law entitles women and men an equal inheritance, disagreeing with
the Qura’anic verse stating that males should inherit what two females should.
law will also ensure freedom of choice between following the constitution or
the Sharia Islamic law.
the Tunisian cabinet, Essebsi said that he based his legislative initiative on
the Tunisian constitution which states that “Tunisia is a civil country that is
based on three elements: Citizenship, the will of the people, and the supremacy
also said that the constitution states that “the rights and duties of Tunisian
men and women are equal, and that the state is committed to defending women’s
rights and works on supporting and developing them.”
Tunisian president had formed the Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee in
August 2017, and assigned it to propose reforms for the Tunisian legislative
system, aiming to expand freedoms in the state.
A 22-year-old woman on Friday moved the Peshawar High Court seeking permission
to undergo the sex reassignment surgery (SRS) to become a man.
Murad filed the petition saying she suffers from gender dysphoria, a condition
in which the feelings of one’s biological and psychological identity is
opposite to one’s biological sex and therefore, she has problems like
depression, anxiety and insomnia, which could only be treated through the SRS.
said she was the only child of her parents, while her father has been suffering
from paralysis for over a decade and that she was unable to earn a livelihood
petitioner said the violation of women’s rights was very common in the
underdeveloped and developing countries and that women couldn’t move freely
from home to workplace.
said she had been living a life of a male person since childhood as she loved
to play sports, wore men’s clothes and was friends with men whom she played
petitioner claimed that she rode motorcycle and all her hobbies were men’s.
requested the court to direct the hospital directors of the three major public
sector hospitals of Peshawar to provide free treatment to her for changing sex
from a woman to a man by experts in the province for SRS.
prayed the court to direct the respondents, including Nadra chairman, to change
her name in the official records to Mohammad Kaif.
petitioner claimed that she was advised by doctors to approach the high court
for permission to undergo the SRS to prevent legal complications.
petition filed through advocate Saifullah Muhib Kakakhel.
respondents in the petition are the federal government through secretary of the
federal secretariat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government through its chief secretary,
Nadra chairman, and hospital directors of Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar,
Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital.
petitioner claimed that her condition was called gender dysphoria, a condition
in which the feelings of one’s biological and psychological identity was
opposite to one’s biological sex and as a result, she suffered from depression,
anxiety and insomnia, which could only be treated through the SRS.
said women were not even safe at their workplace and are sexually harassed,
humiliated and exploited on ground of their sex.
petitioner claimed that very few women had come forward and lodged complaints
before the forums constituted under the Protection against Harassment of Women
at Work Place Act, 2010.
said it was her legal and constitutional right to live life of her choice and
change her sex from female to male by undergoing the required surgery.
importance of her petition, the petitioner said it was the first ever case in
KP and the court would be hearing and adjudicating it to lay down a law which
would permit not only a person suffering from genetically as well by
psychological diseases which could only be cured by SRS to change his/her
gender but also transgender would get benefit out of it.
said she belonged to a poor family and won’t be able to afford private
treatment and therefore, the court should direct the government hospitals for
women equestrian riders showcased their equestrian skills during Mecca
Championships for Arabian horses breed, which was held at al-Sawary International
Ranch in Jeddah, with a Saudi, Gulf, Arab and International participation.
women highlighted their presence in the equestrian world by participating in
international and local tournaments, and achieving a number of accomplishments
representing Saudi Arabia.
Hussein, leader of Sama el-Khail team, told Al Arabiya English that the
participation of Saudi women horse riders in this tournament included a horse
show, jumping the barriers and picking up the wedges for 14 minutes, which
highlighted the skills of the team.
said: “The passion for the equestrian world is the reason behind the
establishment of the team of 5 equestrian who are Nada al-Qahtani, Khouloud
al-Shammari, Areej Shafi, Duaa Feid and Hanin Balubaid, as well as four
colleagues so that we can have a team in the most difficult types of equestrian
sport, bringing the total number of athletes to 20. We also presented the first
horse march during the National Day 88 sponsored by the General Authority for
pointed out that the team is undergoing continuous training in equestrian clubs
in Jeddah on jumping barriers.
added: “I designed the costume of the jockeys which is an Arab Abbaya
embroidered in red worn during jumping of the barriers competition; as for picking
up the wedges it is considered to be one of the most difficult equestrian
sports and the most dangerous.”
said: “Saudi equestrian women achieved success, we are professional equestrians
and we are looking for excellence through training. Prince Khaled al Faisal was
pleased and proud with the recent show.”
called for the need to sponsor young talents involved in international
tournaments, to develop equestrian sport in the Kingdom and make it available
for everyone, especially that it is considered to be one of the most expensive
Khaled Al Faisal crowns the winners. (Supplied)
Khaled Al Faisal crowns the winners
Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince of
Mecca Region, crowned the winners at the closing ceremony of the Championship.
tournament lasted for three days with the participation of international
referees, highlighting the status of Saudi equestrians and activities among the
countries of the world.
tournament witnessed a wide follow-up from different segments of the society to
learn about the characteristics and qualities of Arabian horses such as their
endurance and beauty, with the implementation of all the international
standards in the tournament in addition to large prizes to encourage the owners
and breeders of this rare breed.
educational programme in Senegal is the first of a series of programmes to be
implemented in developing countries.
for girls education, a delegation from the Dubai Women Establishment and Dubai
Ladies Club, along with a few high-end Emirati designers are visiting Senegal
to lay the foundation stone of an elementary school as part of their 'teacHER'
campaign to provide quality education for girls. The delegation will not only
lay the school's foundation stone but will also be actively involved in the
first practical steps of its set up and will also participate in a number of
local educational and cultural activities and events.
project, in line with the Year of Zayed, will be implemented in collaboration
with Dubai Cares, part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global
Initiatives, and is among the ongoing humanitarian efforts of Al Manal
Humanitarian Initiative, which was established in 2013 by Sheikha Manal bint
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, president of the UAE Gender Balance Council,
president of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), president of Dubai Ladies Club
and wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and UAE
Minister of Presidential Affairs.
educational programme in Senegal is the first of a series of programmes to be
implemented in developing countries as part of the 'teacHER' campaign, which
was launched by Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative in 2017 to advocate for girls'
programme is primarily supported by 'Designs of Hope', an annual charitable
exhibition organised by Dubai Ladies Club in which pre-loved luxury gowns and
high-end clothing items by Emirati designers are sold to raise money for
charity. All proceeds from the exhibition in 2017 and 2018 were dedicated
towards supporting educational programmes in Egypt, Nepal, Senegal, Ethiopia,
by Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, director of the Dubai Ladies Club, the delegation is
visiting Senegal from November 18 to 23 for the official inauguration of the school
that will be built in the western region, Thiès.
the importance of empowering girls across the globe with education, Sheikha
Manal stated: "We understand that there are social and economic factors in
many developing countries that prevent children - particularly girls - from
receiving the education they need, negatively impacting their future.
Consequently, this affects their societies as a whole, as it hinders overall
development processes and economic growth. This initiative aims to make a
difference in the lives of girls and contribute towards their happiness as
productive, effective and successful members of society."
Khan highlighted the importance of education as a valuable tool that equips
young girls with the necessary knowledge and skills required to participate as
equal partners in the development of the vocational, cultural and economic
spheres of society. She said: "In line with the Club's commitment to the
values of unconditional generosity and giving, we aim to become a global
platform for female empowerment." Lamia Khan highlighted that the Club has
been organising the annual exhibition since 2013 to support various
humanitarian causes, the latest of which is the 'teacHER' campaign. The
educational programme in Senegal will be implemented in collaboration with the
philanthropic organization Dubai Cares and its partner, buildOn.
Council of State has told junior justice minister Mark Harbers to rethink his
decision not to give asylum to two women from Afghanistan and one from Somalia
who say they are too westernised to be sent back. A western lifestyle is not
enough by definition to merit the right to asylum but it is, if this is the
result of a religious or political conviction, the Council of State said in its
ruling. ‘If a woman has become less or not at all religious in the Netherlands,
or has come to act in a more western way out of political conviction, then they
could face persecution and so have the right to asylum,’ press spokeswoman
Hanna Sevenster said. In addition, women who can no longer adapt to the way of
behaving in their country of origin can also qualify for asylum, she said.
‘This could be behaviour which is totally normal in the Netherlands … such as
looking straight back at men or having conversations with them – things which
can get you into trouble in your country of origin.’ The council said the
minister must assess each case individually on its merits. This should include
evidence about how the woman behaved when she came to the Netherlands and how
she has developed since then. In none of the three cases had this been done,
the council said. One woman, a 21-year-old Afghan woman who has been in the
Netherlands for seven years, told broadcaster NOS earlier this year she has
made her life in the Netherlands. ‘Here I can chose what I wear, what I do and
who I am,’ Mohadese Moradi said. ‘I cannot do that in Afghanistan.’
number of female lawmakers is 104 in the 600-seat Turkish Parliament, which
corresponds to 17.5 percent of the total number of MPs, but this is not enough
despite being one of the highest in history, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has
figure is 17.5 percent of the Turkish Parliament. It set a new record, but it
is not enough,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at the 3rd Women and
the role of Turkish women in politics, academia and other fields, he said
women’s labor force participation rate had gone up since his ruling Justice and
Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002.
about the increase, Erdoğan announced that women’s participation in the labor
force increased from 28 percent to 38 percent during their tenure, and the
number of women in the labor force increased from 21 percent to 30 percent.
Turkish universities, almost half the academics—at least 44 percent—are women,”
to statistics provided by Erdoğan, 44 percent of architects and lawyers, 31
percent of judges and prosecutors, more than 20 percent of diplomats, 56
percent of teachers and 51 percent of bankers are women. Erdoğan said the
percentage of women in public employment was 38 percent.
9.12 million women in the workforce strengthened our country and made us proud
with their successes,” he added.
religion of Islam does not justify any form of gender discrimination, the
members of a faith [Islam] which sees each human being, beyond all their
differences from gender to color, as a creation of Allah, it is not possible
for us to discriminate against women,” he said.
president praised women as an indispensable element of family and business
life, saying that families are shaped by the joint efforts of women and men in
Turkish culture and Islam.
understanding that isolates women from business life and men from home harms
the family concept at the very beginning,” he said.
president also said Turkey should look at its own history and culture to
improve its position on humans, women, children, and animal rights, as opposed
to those of Western countries, which, according to him, are harmed by contested
discussions on them.
accused the West of commodifying women, saying women were sold and forced to
work throughout the centuries. “It is not surprising for us that the mentality
that used women as a commodity in the past uses women with the same concept
under the guise of equality today,” he said.
at an Istanbul Medeniyet University department opening ceremony, Erdoğan said
universities were “cleared of terrorist organizations that transformed some
universities into militant training camps.”
universities have been modernizing since his party took power in 2002, Erdoğan
said the “fascist mindset of the Feb. 28  period” in universities were
mostly removed, referring to a so-called “post-modern” coup that ousted
Turkey’s first Islamist-led government.
universities are now freed from the oppressive and unliberated atmosphere of
the status quo,” he said.
AMEERWALA, Pakistan: For as long as she can remember, Ayeesha Siddiqua has
fought her male relatives for access to toilets — but a sanitation drive by new
premier Imran Khan could make life easier for women in patriarchal Pakistan.
told them: ‘You can go where you want, but me, my movements are restricted!’,”
said Siddiqua, who is in her 60s, in Basti Ameerwala, a small agricultural
village in central Punjab province where residents have been relieving
themselves in the open for generations.
in the village have long been forced to hide their bodily functions from the
conservative, deeply patriarchal society, Siddiqua and other female residents
themselves over long days working in the fields, they wait for night and the
cover of darkness — braving snakes, dogs, or even unpleasant encounters with
strange men, Siddiqua’s daughter-in-law Tahira Bibi said, her face hidden by a
would limit my consumption of water and eat less just to avoid going to the
bathroom in the daytime,” the 35-year-old said, describing a ploy used by all
the women interviewed by AFP in the region.
the last month and a half, however, Tahira Bibi has not had to wait. A small
red-brick cottage housing a pastel green squat toilet has been erected in front
of her house.
initiative has come from a Pakistani non-profit, the Lodhran Pilot Project
(LPP), whose team has ventured into the remote hamlet to preach hygiene —
mainly, they say, to men.
toilets is the responsibility of men in the region, according to Altaf Hussain,
a program officer for LPP.
we ask them, they are ashamed that their women have to defecate outside,” he
they tell us they have never thought about toilets. They are surely lying. They
can spend money on TV, smoking, other things, but latrines are not a priority.”
to this, he says, is a cultural issue: “People see open defecation as routine,
and as fertilizers for their soil. They are not aware of the consequences.”
United Nations children’s agency says 22 million Pakistanis relieve themselves
in the open. In rural areas just 48 percent of the population has access to
toilets, compared with 72 percent in the cities.
53,000 children die each year from diarrhea in Pakistan after consuming
polluted water, according to UN data.
cholera, dysentery and hepatitis are common. Those who do not die “tend to see
reduced capacity of their body to absorb nutrients,” says Kitka Goyol, a UNICEF
expert on water and hygiene.
can be a factor in stunting, which afflicts 44 percent of Pakistani children.
Bibi says one of her four children died after “stomach problems,” while another
was at one point in critical condition.
thought it was God’s will,” she said soberly.
UN, which marked World Toilet Day this week, says the lack of toilets costs
Pakistan up to $2.5 billion per year.
who came to power in August, vowed last month to “eradicate the deficit of
toilets in the country by 2023.”
counterpart in neighboring rival India, Narendra Modi, launched his own
aggressive sanitation drive in 2014.
Delhi claims it has slashed the number of people forced to defecate in the open
from 550 million that year to less than 150 million today.
government, meanwhile, has launched “Clean Green Pakistan,” a massive social
and environmental initiative seeking to shift behavior in areas including
sanitation, minister of climate change Malik Amin Aslam said. He did not offer
such as LPP, which is not part of Clean Green Pakistan, are already paving the
way in places like Basti Ameerwala, where 15 out of 60 households now have
the neighboring hamlet of Chah Jamalianwala, where LPP also works, 35 out of 60
houses have one, six of which have been built in recent weeks.
Nasir, a frail man of 45, is one of the last to have taken the step.
many other men in the area, he did not consider a toilet a priority — having
relieved himself in neighboring fields for 28 years, and spending his money
instead on a satellite dish, television and solar panel.
after his doctor warned him about his wife’s health, his small field is
equipped with roofless latrines.
construction cost him 15,000 rupees ($110), a month’s salary — but, he says, he
feels “pride” at finally having a toilet.
a woman born into a family who considers their daughters equal to their sons,
it is often quite hard for me to come face-to-face with inequality in the
present-day society of Pakistan. I am among some of the few women whose rights
have not been taken away from her by her family in any way. My brother and I
were given equal opportunities at everything, be it the choice to study what we
wanted, the choice to wear whatever we wanted, the choice to hang out with
whoever we wanted, or the choice to marry whoever we wanted. Not only that, but
I was taught things many only consider teaching boys in Pakistan. Like changing
a flat tire, changing the car oil, fixing a broken shelf, hopping over our
8-foot tall main gate if I ever got locked out, you know, “manly things.”
no matter how much I was told by my family that I am equal to my brother and
that I have as much right to things as him, society always poked its fingers at
me telling me that I was not deserving of the privileges I had gotten. Be it
jealousy or years of being taught women are inferior, the Pakistani society
always brought down its sword on me. From being allowed to wear jeans and a
shirt, to being allowed driving a car, to being allowed having a boyfriend, to
traveling alone, everything I did, was the talk of the town among everyone we
knew. But for my brother, it was, as per usual, never a problem.
a kid, I never gave much thought to what others thought of me but as I grew
older, day in and day out I started to see in me what people saw in me when
they saw me. It was my very first semester in university when I found out that
being a girl in this society – and being a bold girl at that – is something
that this society will not come to terms with. I am a student of media sciences
and field work covers the majority of our work. Handling heavy equipment,
running to locations, fixing heavy lights on the ceiling, controlling a
situation and your team, these are just some of the tasks we have to deal with.
Now, my father had always taught me never to be dependent on anyone in any way.
Both his children were taught to do their work by themselves and not depending
on anyone. So, imagine my surprise when all of my classmates, both boys, and
girls, made me out to be the odd one out, as I willingly took tasks upon
myself. Tasks that a girl just shouldn’t do.
guy friends in university always offered to do all the work for me failing to
see what they were doing wrong by offering me help, while all the girlfriends I
had, told me it was inappropriate for a girl to be doing these sorts of things
and that I should just let the boys do my assignments like they did. To this
day, I cannot understand why these girls thought they were incapable of doing
these things by themselves. Grabbing a camera, going out on a heated day and
shooting a documentary or ad or short film… To this day it haunts me to see
girls my age totally oblivious of what they’re capable of, just because they
are told since birth that, that is not what women do.
saw the girls and boys in my class appreciate me for my individuality and over
time, resent me for it. The girls because I was given a privilege they were
not, and the boys because I refused to be the damsel in distress. By doing
things myself and not depending on others I learned skills I would not have
otherwise. Skills that have helped me become the woman I am today. While the
cameras bought by my fellow classmates are gathering dust in the back of their
cupboards, I am working as a photographer and cinematographer. Something I
would not have been able to do if it weren’t for my upbringing.
troubles me to see my fellow classmates being married off one by one because
their families didn’t allow them to be bold. To be independent. As that is not
what a girl in our society should be. It haunts me to this day that the potential
in these girls is being butchered every single day just because this
patriarchal society refuses to change its ways.
now, there are times I get told I should not be doing what I am doing. That it
is wrong for a woman to be doing such improper things. The people who hire me
for my services are often among those who have rebuked me for what I do.
Picking a career in media is considered unsuitable in Pakistan even now. While
there are women out there like Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Qandeel Baloch, winning
Oscar awards and praise for their work in media outside the country, inside,
these women are ridiculed and considered a stain on the patriarchal society.
still face criticism from my classmates for being bold. For being independent.
But one thing that I’ve realized is that for a lot of women I know, I am a sort
of hope that they might be capable of doing great things someday as well. And
that is enough for me to keep my head straight, chin up and keep doing what I’m
doing without even an ounce of hesitation or deliberation of what the
patriarchal Pakistani society around me thinks.
In an attempt to spread awareness about women rights in Sindh, the provincial
women development department in collaboration with non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) has planned a 16-day campaign from Nov 25 to Dec 10.
a press conference held at the local press club on Friday, Sindh Minister for
Women Development Shehla Raza said society could not be uplifted without
women’s development; media should come forward and play its vital role in
ensuring women’s rights.
drive was aimed at creating and spreading awareness among communities about
women’s rights related to inheritance, family court matters, underage or child
marriages, harassment, domestic violence, breast cancer, honour killings etc.
memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were also inked, she said, adding that
various programmes, workshops and seminars would be organised to promote and
protect women’s rights among the masses.
said media and people should participate in it and make the drive successful.
said her ministry was working with the UN and civil society organisations for
women development in all divisions of Sindh.
the developed countries, government departments also worked with NGOs and Sindh
women development department was also working with NGOs.
said the women suffering from breast cancer would be given free-of-cost medical
treatment. She asked for bringing about a change in the entire society as
poverty bred all evils, including early and child marriages.
blasts in Karachi and Orakzai, she said that if the federal government properly
implemented the National Action Plan (NAP), the situation would have been
said the opposition must support the government to focus on restoration of
kind of blasts was alarming as Afghan Taliban and the US were holding parleys
in Qatar while Pakistan was being attacked, she added.
said that both federal and provincial governments should ponder over the action
plan again as the blasts in the business hub of the country, Karachi, were
spreading panic. She said that recent blasts in Karachi were a conspiracy to
vitiate peace of the city.
said corruption was the problem of the whole country, but PPP leaders were
being victimised without any evidence.
said that oil, gas and electricity tariffs skyrocketed while they were low
under the PPP-led federal government. She said that during the 100-day plan,
new taxes were imposed on the poor masses.
predicted that dollar would go up to Rs150 in comparison with rupee in the days
said the PML-N and PPP were not on the same page over many issues.
the world is observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women, the NCRI Women’s Committee calls for action by the international
community to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its state-sponsored and
institutionalized violence against women in Iran.
clerical regime's Constitution and laws institutionalize violence against women
and sanction the cruel punishments of flogging, stoning and blinding.
is the only country in the world where thousands of women have been executed or
tortured to death for dissent.
one thousand women have been arrested just last year and brutalized in
detention for participating in anti-government protests.
women have been executed so-far since the mullahs’ president Hassan Rouhani
official acknowledgements over the past year attest to a drastic rise in
violence against women in Iran. Regime experts have confessed that under the
mullahs’ rule, “Iran has one of the highest statistics on violence against
women.” (The state-run ILNA news agency, September 18, 2018)
admitting that the latest research done on violence against women in Iran was
done 14 years ago, regime’s experts have revealed that 66% of Iranian women
have experienced violence in their lifetime. (The state-run ISNA news agency,
November 16, 2018) Although, this is double the world average but it is clearly
an understatement of the reality of women’s life in Iran.
member of the mullahs’ parliament asserted that “currently domestic violence
against women is pervasive in society.” (The official IRNA news agency –
November 25, 2017)
the regime has hampered the adoption of the bill on prevention of violence
against women. The Judiciary has not only omitted about half of the articles of
this bill, but it has held up the bill for 8 years and has not passed it to the
parliament for adoption.
most common form of violence inflicted against women in Iran is the
state-sponsored measures to impose the compulsory veil. Dozens of video clips
were posted on the social media over the past year, revealing the savagery of
the so-called guidance patrols in dealing with Iranian women on the streets and
common form of violence against women in Iran are the forced early marriages
widely practiced across the country. It has been officially acknowledged that
some 180,000 girl children in Iran are forced to get married every year. The
regime’s social experts have also noted registration of hundreds of marriages
of girls under 10. (The official IRNA news agency - August 5, 2018)
regime’s experts have also admitted that the existing legal, judicial and
disciplinary structures in Iran allow men to apply force and commit violence
against women. (The official IRNA news agency - July 18, 2018)
state-sponsored and institutionalized nature of violence against women in Iran
calls for action by the international community to hold the Iranian regime
accountable for violating its obligations to uphold women's rights and
alleviate the suffering of Iranian women.
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