Women in Kolkata Are Turning To Yoga to Keep Fit and That Too In Their Burqas
Pakistani Girl Claims to Be Donald Trump’s Daughter
Orders Probe into Allegations Regarding Sexual Abuse of Female Athletes
Sue Nigerian Premier Varsity Over Hijab
Parliament Should Back Gender Equality in Inheritance
Women of the Year Awards ‘18 Set In London
Women's Football Dream Turns into Nightmare
Civil Activist Sentenced To 1-Year in Prison in Tehran
to Host OIC Meeting on Role of Women in Development
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23 Million Girls in Nigeria Are Victims of Child Marriage
23 million girls in Nigeria are victims of child marriage, the country
representative for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the
Empowerment of Women revealed Sunday amid a campaign against gender-based
violence in the African country. Nigeria’s Leadership newspaper cited Comfort
Lamptey, the U.N. Women’s country representative to Nigeria, as indicating on
Sunday that “one in three women and girls aged 15-24 has been [a] victim of
violence while one in five has experienced physical violence which is the
highest in Africa.”
also said for too long, many women and girls have been subjected to various
forms of violence, yet have remained silent due to impunity, stigma, and shame,
among other inhibiting factors,” Leadership noted.
women and girls bearing the brunt of abduction, forced marriage and being used
as human bombs [by Boko Haram]. Gender-based violence is evident also in the
political realm, where women have reported numerous cases of victimization,
intimidation, and harassment, in order to sideline them in the upcoming 2019
General Elections,” Lamptey said.
against women takes many forms in Africa. Last month, Kenyan authorities
sentenced a mother to six years for forcing her 13-year-old twin daughters to
undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) “to avoid a curse from her deceased
grandfather,” Reuters reported.
to the recent conviction in Kenya, Mercy Chege, the director at the Plan
International charity that rescued the twin girls, told Reuters, “A community
member alerted us when they had heard the mother was organizing the girls to
undergo the cut, so we informed the local authorities. Unfortunately, we were not
able to prevent the circumcision as by the time the police conducted the raid
and rescued the girls, they had already been cut.”
Tuesday, a federal judge in Michigan deemed a federal ban on the heinous
practice in the United States unconstitutional, arguing that while state laws
against FGM are valid, the federal government lacks the authority to outlaw the
District Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling against the federal ban on the
practice came a few months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) revealed that “more than 500,000 women and girls in the United States are
at risk of or have been subjected to FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation or
the United States, 27 states including Michigan have reportedly passed laws
that criminalize FGM.
U.N. believes about 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM.
to the Center for Reproductive Rights, 18 African nations, including Kenya and
Nigeria, and 13 industrialized countries prosecute FGM practitioners.
which involves the partial or total removal of genitalia, can come at a
tremendous cost to many girls who bleed to death or perish from infections.
adherents of Islam and Christianity both practice FGM, the procedure is prevalent
in predominantly Muslim countries, particularly in Africa.
Trikonasana to Ardh Chakrasana, Muslim women in Kolkata are attempting all
forms of asanas that yoga has to offer and that too in burqas.
women in Kolkata have taken to yoga every morning to improve their health. Of
late, women in Kolkata gather every morning to do yoga after suffering from
years of bad health.
their religion doesn't believe in idol or Sun worship, many of them feel that
chanting can help improve health. They do however keep away from chanting 'Om'
and surya namaskar. They also do not have a problem with the fact that yoga
originates from Hindu scriptures and includes specific breath control
Praveen, a regular visitor at Park Circus grounds, said, "We do all types
of exercises from walking to yoga, everything. We dedicate more than an hour to
yoga daily. In two months I lost six kgs. I've gotten rid of my thyroid
problems to a great extent. Yoga is not differentiated on the basis of
religion, it is about our own fitness. Even namaz includes yoga. Yoga has
become a necessity in Kolkata since it brings relief from the crowds and
Firdaus, who had health problems, has found relief in yoga ever since she
started doing it. "I have quit medicine after starting yoga. We don't
differentiate people on the basis of caste or religion here. We do all the
exercises taught to us," she said.
women hail from financially weaker backgrounds and cannot afford going to gyms
or are caught up with daily household chores. These women have a trainer too
who trains them free of cost.
Hamid, who teaches these women the basics of yoga along with another teacher on
weekdays, said, "Exercise is good for everyone and makes you fit. Now we
have 70 - 80 women here. The government should take care of these grounds so
that more people can take part here. We have made several requests but no major
step has been taken to keep the grounds clean. You won't have to visit doctors
if you do yoga at least for an hour daily. I have been doing yoga for 22 years.
I teach boys and girls. We teach exercises to people of all ages... cardio,
yoga, everything. People coming here cannot go to gyms and cannot afford to buy
mats. The women have benefitted a lot from here. Except chanting 'Om', we teach
all types of yoga."
Khatun said yoga has helped her. "I come here because I feel fresh and
good here because of the healthy environment here. I like doing yoga
here," she said.
Begum said, "I do all exercises here. I am a diabetic and the doctor has
advised me to do regular yoga and walk frequently. After I started doing so, I
feel better and healthy as my sugar level is under control. Here we all
exercise enthusiastically but we don't undifferentiate on the basis of any
religion or caste."
yoga enthusiast, Manjari Khatun said, "I have recovered from my body aches
by a great extent. I come here because I feel fresh and good because of the
healthy environment. I like doing yoga here."
these women come out of their homes for better health, it has taken them a lot
to stick to traditional values and while still stepping out of their comfort
– A Pakistani girl Ammara Mazhar has declared herself to be Donald Trump’s
claims she was kidnapped from the USA and was brought to Pakistan. During this
time period, she spent her life under the guardianship of a religious scholar
and her teacher.
people think that I am not a Muslim so they misbehave with me. I want to tell
them that I am a Muslim,” she said.
girl further said that she has travelled the world on foot. She got far from
her father Donald Trump due to political conflicts.
I met him, he told me that he has given all my money to our politicians so I
would have to wait now,” she said.
think the girl is making up false stories with a hidden agenda of acquiring a
girl reached Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Sunday upon the arrival of Chief
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.
Mohammad Ashaf Ghani has ordered a thorough investigation into the allegations
regarding the sexual abuse of female athletes as he called the media reports in
this regard as ‘shocking’.
Palace said President Ghani has instructed the Attorney General Office to
investigate the case thoroughly using all their authorities.
Ghani further added that the misuse of authority and position is not
acceptable, emphasizing that the immorality should be controlled in sports
to ARG Palace, President Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with the
Director of the National Olympic Committee and some of its members.
his turn, Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi said the rule of law defends
the dignity of the people.
further added that a delegation led by deputy Attorney General has launched
investigation into the allegations, promising that the initial findings would
be shared with the people soon.
parents on Monday sued Nigeria’s premier university of Ibadan after a school
owned by the varsity barred 11 Muslim girls from wearing their religious head
covering in their classrooms.
case was filed following weeks of controversy on the Muslim girls' head
covering in the International School Ibadan (ISI) in the southwest Oyo state,
resulting in temporary closure of the school and counter protests.
by the ISI Muslim Parents Forum, the Muslims are asking the court to declare
the action of the school “a violation of the (students’) rights to freedom of
thought, conscience and religion, freedom from discrimination... and right to
education as guaranteed by the constitution of Nigeria.”
court will hear the case on Dec. 21.
latest hijab controversy comes weeks after Nigeria’s Lagos government
officially endorsed its use across schools.
Lagos decision came two years after appeals court struck down an official memo
restricting the use of the head covering, declaring it unconstitutional and
violation of rights to religious freedom.
have increasingly become a symbol of Muslims’ rejection of the British colonial
legacies in Nigerian public life.
2017, a Muslim female law graduate was barred from a call to bar event in the capital
Abuja for wearing a headscarf that drew anger from the Muslim community.
Firdaus Amasa was later called to the bar with her headscarf after the
country's council on legal education backed down.
parliament should take the landmark step of granting women equal rights in
inheritance, Human Rights Watch said today. President Beji Caid Essebsi
formally submitted a draft law to parliament on November 28, 2018, asking for
urgent action on the measure.
draft law, which was approved by the Council of Ministers on November 23, would
amend the 1956 Code of Personal Status, which provides that men would normally
inherit twice the share that women inherit, under interpretations of Islamic
should adopt this draft law to remove gender discrimination in inheritance law
and reaffirm Tunisia’s place as a regional leader on dismantling legal
discrimination based on gender,” said Ahmed Benchemsi, Middle East and North
Africa communications director at Human Rights Watch.
proposed amendment would insert a section on inheritance in the Personal Status
Code, “Provisions Relating to Equality in Inheritance.” In essence, it would
provide gender equality in inheritance as the default, except when the person
whose inheritance is involved formally opts out during their lifetime and
chooses instead to have their wealth distributed according to the previous
date has been set yet for parliament to discuss the proposed amendment. The
Ennahda party, the largest bloc in parliament with about 30 percent of the
seats, is the only party that has publicly announced its opposition to the
is a shame to see Ennahda fighting equality in inheritance laws, when the party
has backed other reforms favoring women’s rights,” Benchemsi said.
1956 Personal Status Law, enacted only six months after independence from
France, was progressive for its time, not only compared with others in the
Middle East and North Africa, but compared with the laws in some European
countries. It established identical grounds for divorce for men and women and
allowed divorce by mutual consent. However, a number of discriminatory
provisions remained in Tunisia’s code.
Commission on Individual Freedoms and Equality, appointed by the president,
issued a report on June 12 recommending gender equality in inheritance, among
other reforms. Caid Essebsi embraced the recommendation on August 13, leading
to the government’s approval of the draft law November 23. The commission also
urged removal of the Personal Status Code provision that the husband is the
“head of the family,” which gives him legal advantages in disputes over
household management. The current draft law amendments are only directed at the
inheritance section of the Personal Status Code.
21 of Tunisia’s 2014 constitution provides that “all citizens, male and female,
have equal rights and duties, and are equal before the law without any
discrimination.” Article 46 requires the state to “commit to protect women’s
established rights and works to strengthen and develop those rights.”
the amendment is approved, Tunisia will be the first Muslim-majority state in
the Middle East and North Africa to remove gender discrimination in laws
relating to inheritance. Tunisia would then join other countries with
Muslim-majority populations that do not discriminate against women in
inheritance laws, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Mali,
Tajikistan, and Turkey.
July 26, 2017, parliament adopted a comprehensive law on fighting violence
against women, which strengthened the legal tools to protect domestic violence
survivors and prosecute abusers, and eliminated the penal code provision that
allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim.
September 14, 2017, the Justice Ministry announced that it was rescinding a
1973 directive prohibiting the registration of marriage of a Tunisian woman to
a non-Muslim man unless the man provides a certificate of conversion to Islam.
is obligated under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), to which it is a state party, to remove
discrimination against women in law. On May 23, parliament approved the
ratification of the Maputo Protocol of the rights of women in Africa, which
imposes similar requirements.
number of renowned Arab women will be awarded for their achievements at a
prestigious event due to take place on Dec. 6 in London. The high-profile event
will showcase the capabilities of Arab women as leaders and will bring together
illustrious representatives of governments, businesses and civil society.
Arab Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be held for
like-minded individuals to appreciate the amazing achievements of Arab women.
In attendance will be journalists, politicians, ambassadors and social media
influencer who will all show their support for Arab women and who all believe
in elevating the recognition of Arab women to a global audience.
2018 awards are created by London Arabia Organization, and have been supported
by the Mayor of London. This year’s event will be held in partnership with
Regents University London, the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Y Asset
Management, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and London &
Partners. The event aims to honor and bring recognition to Arab women and will
act as an avenue to promote cultural understanding between Britain and the Arab
Aldwyn Cooper, Advisory Board Chairman and Vice Chancellor and CEO of Regent’s
University, said “the last year has seen an increasing focus on the role of
women in society all across the world. We have continued to see social change
in Arab countries, led and supported by the country leaders, to move from the
dominance of men through to the substantial growth of input from women from
many countries and many different backgrounds.”
added: “One of the best ways to form bridges between countries is through trade
and by celebrating each other’s successes. This is one of the key aspects of
this event, which seeks to recognize the tremendous contributions being made by
women in the Arab world as they take on new leadership roles.”
Bdour, the Chief Executive Officer of the London Arabia Organization, said “the
Awards can act as a way of promoting the achievements of Arab women who have
become role models for our children’s generations. Giving recognition to these
women can inspire even more to follow in their footsteps.” He added “hosting
the Awards in London highlights the close relationship between the UK and Arab
world. We hope that our event will play a part in helping to end stereotyping
of the Arab world and of Arab women; who accomplish so much, despite much of
the West’s impression of them.”
Boiler, Value Retail’s Chair and Chief Merchant, said “partnering with London
Arabia is a clear demonstration of our commitment to The Middle East – these
guests are an integral part of our business, we work hard to ensure they feel
at home from home in our Villages and we’re delighted to support an event which
promotes cultural understanding of the Arab world.” — SG
post-Taliban Afghanistan, the women's football team was hailed globally as a
symbol of the new freedoms enjoyed by the country's women.
now one of Afghanistan's top sports officials has admitted that female
footballers - who defied hard-liners and militants by daring to take to the
field in the first place - have been sexually abused. And it's not only
football - he admitted the problem extends to other sports too.
women athletes are too frightened to speak publicly about alleged abuse by
coaches and sporting officials. But several have now disclosed privately to the
BBC what they have experienced.
scandal has exploded in the last few days. On Friday, football's governing body
Fifa said it was investigating claims made by women in the national football
following day, Afghanistan's Attorney General's Office announced its own
investigation. Hummel, a Danish sportswear company, pulled sponsorship of the
Afghan Football Federation (AFF), which is at the heart of the allegations.
Alireza Aqazada, the secretary general of the federation, whose president
Keramuddin Karim is among the accused, repeated previous denials. The women's
stories aren't true, he said. No sexual harassment had ever been carried out
against any female player.
the furore is showing no signs of abating. Questions were asked in both houses
of Afghanistan's parliament on Monday. Then Hafizullah Rahimi, the head of
Afghanistan's Olympic committee, made a surprising statement to reporters in
these sorts of concerns have reached us," he said. "Sexual abuse does
exist, not only within the Football Federation but in other sports federations
as well. We have to fight it."
the first formal acknowledgement that persistent allegations made by former
members of the women's national football team of rampant abuse by male coaches
and others in positions of power may be credible.
of the allegations have come from Khalida Popal, a former captain of the Afghan
women's national football team who also served as its programme director. She
risked her life as a teenager to play football in secret - when Afghanistan was
still under Taliban rule. In order not to get caught she and her friends played
in silence so the Taliban guards on the other side of the school wall wouldn't
to the BBC from Denmark, where she has lived since 2011, after fleeing death
threats in Afghanistan, she said she had witnessed first-hand widespread
physical and sexual abuse of girls and young women by coaches and federation
officials. Girls complained to her about a range of abuse, from rape to sexual
touching and harassment.
says she almost lost hope of anything being done about it after she started to
document abuse by two coaches. She took her findings to the Afghan Football
Federation several years ago.
of removing them or punishing them", she said, "they were
of the key culprits, she claims, are powerful figures in Afghanistan with close
links to government. Officials in the federation would tell players that they
could get them on the team list and give them money if they had sex with them,
BBC has spoken to several young women still living in Afghanistan - including
some athletes from sports other than football - who tell similar stories of
sexual harassment and bullying. They say the abuse often happened when they
were competing to get a place in the national team or for the chance to train
or play overseas. One says she was told: "Show me how beautiful you are
because only beautiful girls will get on the team."
allegations about the women's football team have particular resonance because
it was earlier celebrated internationally as a symbol of a new, more liberal
Afghanistan - and a showcase for the freedoms enjoyed by girls and young women
after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
fact that the football stadium in Kabul where the team trained was once the venue
for Taliban executions only emphasised the contrast.
irony isn't lost on Khalida Popal. When she was the football team's programme
director, she recruited American female coaches and many Afghan women from the
diaspora. The Afghan women, she said, "dreamed of doing something for
their country, of supporting their sisters back in Afghanistan, of developing a
strong national team that represents a positive image of the women of
unfortunately men tried to destroy our programme."
says that since her allegations were published on Friday in The Guardian
newspaper, she's heard from a dozen men and women who have thanked her for
speaking out, some tearfully, and said they had similar experiences but were
too frightened to come forward.
know my voice can change so many lives," she told me. "I know my
voice can change the system."
one-year prison sentence was issued for a woman civil activist in Tehran, and
two Baha'i women arrested for their beliefs are in an unknown state.
Rasouli Baghi, a woman civil activist, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment
in Tehran. In a joint case with civil activist Mahmoud Masoumi, Elham Rasouli
Baghi received a one-year in prison sentence by Mohammad Moghisei, the current
head of Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. Ms. Baghi has been charged
with participating in protests, having contacts with families of detainees, and
insulting the mullahs’ leader. Earlier, this woman civil activist was arrested
in a gathering in protest against administrative corruption in Iran, in front
of the Dena Tyre building in Tehran on May 12, 2016.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, in addition to the wave of systematic arrests of
Baha'i citizens, Neda Shabani, a Baha'i woman from Karaj, was arrested by
security forces and transferred to an unknown location.
the situation of another Baha'i woman, Elham Salmanzadeh imprisoned in Evin
Prison is currently unclear. Elham Salmanzadeh was arrested and transferred to
Evin Prison on October 16, 2018, by security forces in Karaj after they
inspected her house and confiscated her personal belongings and books. After 46
days of being imprisoned, her situation is still unclear. Despite the repeated
inquiries by the Baha'i woman’s family, no authority has responded.
November 2018, five Baha'i women were arrested or imprisoned in Mashhad,
Isfahan and Tabriz because of their religious beliefs. The imprisonment or
expulsion of Baha'i women and citizens from work and education began since the
mullahs' regime began ruling in Iran.
Dec 3 (MENA) - Chairman of the National Council for Women (NCW) Maya Morsi said
Monday that Egypt will host the 8th ministerial meeting of the Organization of
Islamic Conference on the Role of Women in Development, set for 2020.
statements on Monday, Morsi said the decision was approved during the
proceedings of the 7th ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) which addresses the Role of Women in development. The session
was held in Ouagadougou, Borkina Faso over two days.
her participation in the conference, she said women empowerment was embodied in
Egypt's constitution of 2014 in more than 20 articles that covered their
constitutional and humanitarian rights and affirmed their rights to equality in
all aspects of life.
also underlined the role of women in the political process in the country,
shedding light on a campaign to support marginalized women in the poor areas.
pressed for the need for consolidating efforts among all member states to
accelerate the ratification of the statute of an organization for the
development of women to be affiliated to OIC with the aim of upgrading the
status of women in the OIC member states.
also announced that Egypt will be honored to host the upcoming ministerial
conference of the OIC in 2020 and invited all attendees to take part.
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