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Saudi Women Umpires To Officiate In Arab And West Asian Badminton Event
— Two Saudi ladies, Hatoun Al-Sadhan and Ruba Al-Lehaidan, are set to
participate for the first time as umpires in the Arab and West Asian badminton
championships scheduled to begin in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Saturday.
a badminton player, is a member and an umpire in the Saudi Badminton Federation
and a female coach in the first recognized badminton academy. She narrated her
story on becoming a professional badminton player to Al-Arabiya.net.
said: “I started playing badminton as a hobby under the tutelage of a Korean
women coach. I found the sport appropriate and enjoyable. The Saudi Badminton
Federation, which was my main supporter and of all the women umpires, coaches
and players, then helped us develop and enhance our skills with constant
Federation provided us with courts for practice as well as to stage
competitions. It also held local championships and training courses that
elevated our skills both as a player and as an official.”
added: “Since childhood, I’ve been participating in various sports and have
become a professional in several disciplines, including basketball, soccer,
volleyball, and squash, among others.”
to her advice to girls, Al-Sadhan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in languages
and translation, said: “Whoever wants to play badminton, must learn the basic
skills, rules, objectives, and also how to keep scores in the game, aside from
honing tactical play that will help them improve their standard and skills.”
my perspective, the player must have the ability to focus on the rival player’s
moves and the shuttlecock at the same time. He/she should have the ability and
agility to cover the court intelligently and keep the shuttle in play — always
ahead in predicting the rival’s moves and tactics.
to reach this level, the player has to build his stamina and endurance level
with regular exercising while also show great patience in developing his/her
strokes and shot-making and undergo training continuously,” she said.
said: “Despite playing many sports, I liked badminton the most, as it involves
a lot of enthusiasm, pleasure and safety. For this reason, I joined the
training classes as a regular student. This created keen interest within me to
accomplish something in this sport — both as a player and an official. After
that, I began to develop my skills in the game.”
added: “Selecting me as one among the umpires is a challenge and a new
opportunity for me to represent my country in this important sports event,
along with an elite panel of Arab and international umpires.
gained a lot of experience both as a player and a keen student of the game. My
experience of becoming an umpire and then officiating in games in every aspect
helped me grow as I learned not only from my mistakes but from the mistakes
made by players and officials, understood the handling of some exceptional
cases in counting points, in addition to becoming proficient on how to manage
big competitions efficiently and skillfully.
all these qualities, I’ve been able to overcome the most difficult technical,
administrative and organizational pressures. These have had a positive impact
on my method of work and skills in the field of umpiring and training.”
added: “I’ve participated in the administration and umpiring of many local
women’s championships held by the Saudi Badminton Federation. Among these were
the First Women’s Championship and the Kingdom’s Open Championship for Women,
in addition to many championships organized by foreign badminton clubs in Saudi
said: “I was keen to grow in the game and kept in touch with some international
coaches and umpires, who have long experience in this field. This I could do
due to my interaction with some female players in the overseas Indian and
Philippines badminton clubs, which enabled me to gain a lot of experience.”
- Fashion and female empowerment are two concepts Renad Hefni was adamant to
combine in her daily life.
studying fashion design at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Hefni propelled
herself into the world of entrepreneurship with a clear idea in mind.
I was young, clothes always fascinated me,” she said. “I liked the idea that
people always judged each other according to their outfit. When you want to
look feminine, for instance, it’s a way to express yourself without speaking.
So, I loved the idea of creating powerful clothes to make women feel powerful
without them knowing it but looking it.”
started her brand, Royaled, in her last year at university, following her
knew before I had the opportunity to go into college when I was in high school,
that this is what I wanted to do,” Hefni, 26, said. “The name Royaled comes
from ‘royaling’ — someone or crowning someone — and is therefore about making
women feel like they are queens.”
pret-a-couture brand offers bespoke, powerful and stylish pieces, developed
through careful tailoring and high-quality fabrics. Hefni described the brand
as catering to women with no labels and no rules, crowning each other and
lifting each other up, as fearless and unstoppable creators.
message is important because women should feel appreciated,” Hefni said. “I go
around in the world looking at women and some of them don’t feel confident or
powerful and they deserve gratitude.
are daughters, mothers, teachers. They create generations so they should feel
the power and if they don’t get it from people, they should feel it within
an entrepreneur was not easy for Hefni, who faced a lot of difficulties
starting out in the field.
a licence for the brand was one issue, as well as doing a fashion show,” she
said. “Being in Saudi Arabia and creating something out of the box wasn’t easy
but I’m still working on it. Being an entrepreneur and a woman in the kingdom
has been a challenge but it’s going well so far.”
clients are diverse, ranging from Saudi women to foreigners, from the early 20s
to the late 40s. Her target is Saudi women as the country shift towards
Arabia is changing with progressive acts of openness,” she said. “Having women
drive was a great step and my brand is about making women gain their power
spoke of the Saudi fashion scene as evolving as well, explaining that people
were not necessarily “edgy” and “did not understand” her specific fashion when
she started. “They liked it but they never wore it,” Hefni said. “In the first
year, I didn’t make a lot of sales. People enjoyed looking at it, mainly, but
after the progressive act of Saudi Arabia, the market changed.”
with that, she said, came more travel among young Saudi women, calling for a
need for more stylish clothes.
wanted to look unique, so they decided to go to local designers because sales
were less than international brands,” Hefni said. “As the kingdom changed, so
did the habits of women in shopping. Women used to be inside the lines. They
thought they had guidelines in how they dressed and appeared and they didn’t
want to look too bold and out there so they were too safe.”
she explained, offers a lot to foreigners who wish to pursue their passion but
Saudi women, in her opinion, have a lot to offer as well.
have the potential to show more and I believe that, in the next five years,
people will hear a lot about Saudi women. They will thrive and everyone is
going to hear about it. It won’t take away from Dubai but the Saudi woman is
capable of a lot,” Hefni said.
Jeddah-born designer said she has ambitious plans, including fashion shows in
New York, Paris or London. “I want to take it to the next level, somewhere
international,” Hefni said. “I need my brand to go to another level other than
just a Saudi-based company and my aim is to do that in the next few years.”
advice for entrepreneurs is to drop their fear and take the risk, after
studying the market thoroughly. “If you have a passion for anything, you should
go for it,” she added. “Life is too short to just wish you are an
said she has high hopes for the evolution of women’s position in general.
are taking action in being what they want to be,” she said. “We have people who
used to sing behind closed doors and now they are signing at events so talents
are emerging and people are showing that they are not afraid anymore. They can
go out. They changed and they are not afraid to show who they are anymore.”
Asia Bibi sits free at last in a secret location in Canada, the Pakistani
Christian woman who spent years on death row after a false blasphemy charge
thinks of those left behind still facing the same ordeal.
four months after the 54-year-old finally left Pakistan following a miscarriage
of justice that caused worldwide outcry, she has the opportunity to rebuild a
new life for her and her daughters.
while she is enthusiastically grateful for the international efforts to free
her, she says the world should know that Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws have
left many others still behind bars.
her first ever newspaper interview, she told The Sunday Telegraph she had at
times fallen into...
They were on the front lines and in the negotiating rooms that brought down
military rule but Sudan’s women have yet to take their rightful place in the
signing last week of the documents outlining the transition to civilian rule
was a moment of national jubilation, turning the page on 30 years of
dictatorship and eight months of deadly protests.
as the ceremony attended by a host of foreign dignitaries unfolded, one thing
jumped out: the only female speaker at the three-hour event was the host.
scene was a slap in our face,” Rabah Sadeq, a woman activist and longtime
campaigner for gender equality, said the next day.
many women are talking about this now, we have to raise this issue,” she told
women attending the signing heckled the speakers to express their displeasure
and the indignation quickly spread to the street and social media.
participation of women in the revolution was very high, they even encouraged
men to join the demonstrations,” said Sarah Ali Ahmed, a student in Khartoum.
was very shocked to see the low representation of women... We want to play a
role in the civilian government, just like men,” she said.
Wednesday, Sudan’s new joint civilian-militaryruling body, which is meant to
guide the country through 39 months of transition to full civilian rule, was
of its six civilian members, two are women, although only one was included in
the list of nominees initially put forward by the protest camp.
the opposition alliance’s chief negotiator in the run-up to Sudan’s landmark
political deal was a woman, Ibtisam Al-Sanhouri, women were poorly represented
in the various negotiating committees.
shock caused by the all-male line-up at the signing last week, which will go
down as a key date in Sudan’s history, appears to have had some impact in
new prime minister Abdallah Hamdok, who arrived in the country on Wednesday,
raised the issue in his first comments to reporters after being sworn in.
have to concentrate on women’s participation. Sudanese women played a very big
part in our revolution,” said the 61-year-old former UN economist.
during the negotiations... as well as during the signing of the documents, it
was only men. We have to correct this,” Hamdok said.
el-Mubarak, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), an
independent trade union confederation that played a central role in the
protests, argued that women’s under-representation was not too surprising.
absence in the institutions is not acceptable but it’s also understandable in a
way,” said Mubarak, a 29-year-old pharmacist.
organizations and political parties that are active in the transition now have
existed all along, and they excluded women.
I’m very optimistic this is going to change,” she said.
legislative body which is due to be formed soon to help steer the country to
democratic elections in 2022 will have at least 40 percent of its seats
reserved for women.
the condition we are in now, we need some kind of positive discrimination...
but eventually women are qualified enough to become a majority in parliament
and government,” Mubarak said.
awareness over female under-representation in the transition appears already to
be bearing fruit, and a woman is now tipped as the next chief justice.
is progress but it’s still not the level we want. Women should continue to be
empowered,” Rabah Sadeq said.
Abdul Laleel, a UK-based paediatrician, agreed that women were insufficiently
you compare the street and the protests to the institutions, there’s a
mismatch,” she said.
Jaleel, also a member of the SPA, said that political parties did not have
people’s trust and that a debate was needed to find news ways to integrate
women in the country’s institutions.
Sadeq argued that parity was in the country’s best interest.
for more women isn’t just symbolic, they are more committed to peace. It’s not
just for equality, it’s for the chances of success of this transition,” she
el-Mubarak said that after decades of oppression under Bashir’s Islamist
military regime, women had gained a lot of self-confidence in recent months.
were the dynamo of this revolution, they can’t be taken out of the picture.
Otherwise there will be another revolution.”
The Pusad police have registered an FIR against a man for giving triple talak
to his pregnant wife. Triple talak was scrapped by the Central government to
protect the rights of Muslim women.
to sources, complainant Noorjahan Parvin lodged a complaint with the Pusad
police on August 20 against her husband Asif Khan Shabbir Khan (27), a resident
of Rahamat Nagar. She alleged that her husband divorced her by giving triple
talak, a custom somewhat still prevailing in the Muslim community despite the
complainant, eight months pregnant, alleged that her husband divorced her
without any rhyme or reason. The police registered the case under sections 498
(A), 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC instead of recording it as an offence under the
recently-introduced Muslim Women’s (Conjugal Right Protection) Act.
on Friday, the police filed the FIR under section 4 of the Muslim Women’s
(Conjugal Right Protection) Act. The police have launched an investigation but
no arrest was made. This is the fourth case in the state.
on August 26, the Mahagaon police registered an FIR under section 294, 506 of
IPC and under section 4 of the Muslim Women (Conjugal Right Protection) Act,
to police sources, Nasreen Parvin lodged a complaint on August 15 alleging that
her husband Sheikh Mobin Sheikh Jabbar, a resident of village Hivra of Mahagaon
tehsil of Yavatmal district divorced her after pronouncing the banned triple
the police station officer Damodar Rathod turned down her plea by saying that
the incident did not occur under their jurisdiction. The victim persisted with
her efforts and finally the Mahagaon Police registered her FIR on August 26. No
arrest was made so far.
was the first case in the district after the new law came into force. It is
learnt that two similar cases were registered in the state earlier after the
law was implemented.
- While many women and girls in marginalised areas of Lebanon have no access to
protection from gender-based violence, ABAAD, a local NGO that advocates for
gender equality, has been reaching out to those in need for such services
through its Jina al-Dar project.
al-Dar involves a bus touring the most underprivileged areas of towns and
villages, transporting a specialised team to provide services on the prevention
and reduction of violence against women and girls, said project co-manager Hani
idea behind the project is to access people in the most isolated, remote and
marginalised areas in Lebanon who have poor access to public services, social
services or associations that deal with issues of domestic or gender-based
violence,” Salhani said.
aim to raise awareness, respond to cases of violence and refer victims to the
relevant services they need. We assist all those who are in need regardless of
race, nationality, background and religion.”
Jina al-Dar bus spends two days in each location, contacting victims of
gender-based violence, raising awareness about legal rights and informing about
medical and mental health associated to physical and verbal violence.
two days, we have five sessions covering relevant subjects, including health
problems, legal rights, who they can resort to in case they are victims of
gender-based violence, how to access the needed services, where to find
psycho-social and medical support and assistance, et cetera,” Salhani said.
are seeking to inform people in remote areas who are not aware that such
services exist and how to access them,” he said.
it was launched in August 2016, Jina al-Dar has reached 60 central villages
around Lebanon, covering more than 300 communities.
the past three years since the project started, we have come across various
cases of domestic abuse and gender-based violence, including early marriages
and early childbirth. Such cases are found in all backgrounds and social
classes, though they are more common in underprivileged and poorly educated
rural communities,” Salhani said.
Lebanon, early marriages and girls having children at a very young age tend to
increase in poorer socio-economic conditions, especially among Syrian refugees
who live in informal camps in remote rural areas near the Syrian border. Girls
as young as 14 years old are sometimes married out.
the case of physical abuse, health hazards and risks of childbirth among young
girls the beneficiaries are referred to the relevant services and in severe
cases of violence and sexual abuse they are taken in by ABAAD in its secret
case is treated individually,” Salhani said. “Depending on the case, some are
transferred to social care or medical centres, while others are offered
immediate safe sheltering.”
runs several emergency safe shelters, referred to as Al Dar (“Home” in Arabic).
They are free and safe temporary houses for women at risk or survivors of
gender-based violence, including single and married women, their children, as
well as adolescent girls.
parallel to Jina al-Dar, ABAAD promotes a Masculinities programme, which seeks
to engage men in working towards achieving an equitable society, free of
hegemonic masculinities and violence against women.
sessions are conducted with men to highlight what we call ‘positive
masculinity’,” Salhani explained. “We run a documentary titled ‘Men in the
Shadow,’ which exposes positive experiences of men — both conservative and
liberal — who have played positive roles in their community by championing
women’s empowerment and rights. This helped us establish a constructive dialogue
on gender equality.”
to Jina al-Dar varied depending on how open and permissive the communities are,
Salhani noted. “In certain places we visited we were asked to come back and
conduct more activities. In other places they were not as receptive but they
were always welcoming,” he said.
that in many Middle Eastern countries, patriarchal cultures tend to permeate
all elements of society, the lack of political and religious will to include
women has strengthened social “norms” that support male dominance and amplify
the conditions that have led to inequality, violence and unfair access to
al-Dar was specially designed to mitigate the adverse effects of
marginalisation and exclusion on health, gender-equality, non-violence and
social cohesion. “It has an added value especially for the most relegated
communities because of their geographic location,” Salhani said.
CITY, Aug 31: The issue of a second wife, which surfaces from time to time with
the issuance of statistics, indicates that most Kuwaiti men are satisfied with
just one wife. The law grants citizens the right to have more than one wife but
the natural tendency of Kuwaiti citizens is not inclined towards polygamy,
reports Al-Qabas daily.
of Psychology in Kuwait University Dr Hamoud Al-Qasha’an explained that 99
percent of men in Kuwait don’t prefer polygamy due to many reasons. In the
past, husbands represented a social guarantee for their wives and played an
economic role in their lives. However, women these days spend money on their
is a social dimension to this. Some wives impose pressure on their husbands to
stay away from men who have more than one wife.
revealed that there are only 15 men who are married to four women in Kuwait,
which is not a big number.
lawyer Abdurrahman Al-Torfa said the law is one of the most important factors
behind the trend of one wife for each man, because of the weakness in the legal
situation for the man due to marital expenses that cost the husband more than
The port city has been orphaned and abandoned. Once it was considered the
cleanliest city of Asia but now it the sixth most unlivable city in the world.
views were expressed by speakers at a press conference on garbage situation in
the city held by the Pakistan Women’s Foundation for Peace (PWFFP) at the
Karachi Press Club on Friday.
Medical Association General Secretary Qaisar Sajjar, Nargis Rahman, Justice (R)
Shaique Usmani, Dr Minhaj Qidwai of the PWFFP and others were present on the
speakers said that as soon as rains lashed the city, sewage flooded most of the
streets, heaps of garbage on the streets worsened the cleanliness situation,
breathing and walking became a dangerous exercise, pedestrians were
electrocuted to death and life came to a complete standstill. The port city, a
home to over 20 million residents and the nerve centre of Pakistan, which
rendered 70 per cent revenue to the national kitty, had been left helpless by
lamented the state of affairs in the city and urged people to take matters in
their own hands. The city had become home to all kinds of disease and bacteria,
and no one was willing to take care of it. The authorities lived in a mantra of
shameful denial although local, national and international press carried
headlines of Karachi’s degradation and consequent suffering and losses.
approach and management of the city's provincial and local government officials
were very distressing. The Sindh government claimed that they had performed all
their duties satisfactorily despite many incomplete projects.
mayor complained that through the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013, the city
slashed its revenue resources and authority by returning of the Karachi Water
and Sewerage Board to the provincial government and establishing the Sindh
Solid Waste Management Board, the speakers added.
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