police officials rescued the girl and took it on themselves to school her over
a relationship with a Muslim boy
Women Fight for Right to Marry Non-Muslims
Women Selected for Facebook’s Leadership Programme
Irish Woman Claims There Are 150 Islamic Extremists Living In Ireland
Should Focus On Development: Turkey’s First Lady
on Saudi Arabia's First Woman Yoga Instructor Slated For Release In 2019
Champion, Iranian Women’s National Futsal Team Lacks Funding
Eghdam-Doost Sentenced To 9 Months of Imprisonment, 74 Lashes
Women Reign on Forbes’ 'Middle East’s Most Influential Women' 2018!
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Police Abuse, Thrash Girl for Relationship with a Muslim
After a group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers apprehended an interfaith couple
in Meerut, police officials rescued the girl and took it on themselves to
school her over a relationship with a Muslim boy. Not just verbal abuse, a lady
cop can also be seen thrashing the girl in a video that has now gone viral on
to a journalist on Twitter, UP Police asked Meerut Police to immediately look
into the matter and take necessary action.
three police personnel sitting in the vehicle, including the female constable,
have been suspended by the force after the video went viral.
incident was reported in Meerut when Dial 100 cops here took the girl, who is a
medical student, into custody. The video shows a lady officer beating up the
girl while another officer sitting on the front seat of the vehicle using
derogatory language to school her over her affair with a Muslim boy. The video
was shot by this officer who can be seen abusing the girl.
members accosted the interfaith couple at the Jagarati Vihar area of Meerut and
created a ruckus demanding action, alleging this was a case of ‘Love Jihad’.
video has drawn much flak for UP Police on Twitter.
inquiry has been ordered by SP (City) Meerut. Speaking to the media SP City,
Ranvijay Singh said, “A boy and a girl were brought to the police station and
both were handed over to their families. They both were accused of indulging in
objectionable acts in public. Now, a video has surfaced in which an officer
sitting in front is using objectionable language, while a female officer
sitting at the back with the girl is hitting the girl. A probe has been ordered
and those who found guilty will be punished.”
year after scrapping of a ban on marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslim
partners, Tunisia experiences resistance at a local level on its path to social
change amid a resurgence of conservatism.
September 2017, Tunisian women are free to marry non-Muslims. President Beji
Caid Essebsi repealed a circular dated to 1973, inspired by the country's
Muslim traditions that previously required non-Muslim men to convert to Islam
in order to marry a Muslim woman. Only then the country's Mufti would allow the
marriage to take place.
the change in legislation, the fight over inter-religious marriages is not over
yet as many women have recently stumbled on problems when trying to marry
outside of Islam.
case of Zeineb and her Italian fiancé Sergio is very illustrative of this
fight. Speaking in her coastal town Hammamet, she told about the bureaucratic
battle they fought after they decided to wed back in June and prepared all the
paperwork for the legal procedure.
whole problem was that we couldn't find in Hammamet a notary who was willing to
marry us," Zeineb said recalling the first three notaries she approached
who refused to validate the marriage.
motivated their rejection saying that allowing such marriage was against their
principles, the third said that the municipality did not want to register the
law must be respected," Sergio commented, baffled at the many obstructions
not Muslim, and I won't change to please the Mufti. Is it my life or the
Mufti's life?" he questioned in a sarcastic tone, "where's my
some of the reluctant officials declined out of "religious
convictions," others claimed they still had to receive or read through the
new regulations on interfaith marriages.
going around and phoning most notaries of Hammamet, the couple went to Nabeul,
a nearby town, and finally managed to have their marriage officiated.
Zeineb and Sergio's case, at least two more mixed marriages were reported only
in August by the Tunisian association for minorities.
the last few months, a show of resistance has emerged among some notaries and
municipal councillors who seem to be motivated by religious principles, and
dispute that recognising inter-religious marriages runs counter to Islamic law.
newly elected mayor of Kram, Fathi Laayouni, caused much debate in the middle
of the summer after declaring that he would never authorise a marriage in his
jurisdiction between a Tunisian woman and a non-Muslim.
defending his position, the Tunisian mayor referenced to Article 5 of the 1956
Personal Status Code giving an ultra-conservative interpretation of the
5 sets out some impediments based on Sharia law, among them the marriage
between a Muslim female and a non-Muslim male," he stated, "so we
must refer to provisions of Islamic (Sharia) law."
that Article 5 has not been recently revoked, Laayouni maintained that his duty
is to make sure the law is duly applied. He argued that in order to avoid
misinterpretations of the code, the article should be amended to refer to the
"law", not Islamic law.
it should be made clear that the marriage between a Muslim woman and a
non-Muslim is not listed in the impediments.
mayor of Kram is convinced that those who oppose his stance are just few people
who want to "destroy the Tunisian family and society" in the name of
majority of Tunisians are with me, many town halls are refusing to officiate
these mixed marriages without a certificate of conversion to Islam from the
male spouse," he claimed.
and politicians have said that Laayouni has breached the law and challenged the
town councillors have acted differently. Anis Maazoun, municipal councillor of
Ariana, publicly invited all the Tunisian women who were barred from marrying
non-Muslims in Kram to finalise the procedure in Ariana town hall.
couples are welcome in my city hall," mayor of Ariana Fadhel Moussa said
in the press, welcoming mixed couples, "For me, faith comes from deep down
Marsa, mayor Slim Meherzi recently celebrated a marriage of a Tunisian woman
with a Portuguese Catholic.
must be uncompromising in the application of constitutional principles,"
Meherzi reportedly said.
Ben Jemia, feminist and former head of the Tunisian Association of Democratic
Women (ATFD), long campaigned for the revocation of the 1973 administrative
considered the circular illegal because the Personal Status Code doesn't forbid
in any way a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim," voiced the AFTD's former
was finally scrapped, despite that there are officials and notaries who do not
recognise inter-faith marriages."
rights groups in Tunisia have demanded that the new law be applied more
strictly and efficiently.
Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities (ATSM) urged the ministry of
justice to adopt measures against those who continue to use the old circular to
forbid mixed marriages.
Tunisian women going abroad to marry or forcing non-Muslim men to convert is
something we can't accept in a country that has freedom of conscience,"
ATSM's president Yamina Thabet opined.
reminded that the law cannot be changed on the basis of personal sensitivities,
referring to some officials who put "religious convictions" before
your hearts, don't mind the challenges," Zeineb invited Tunisian women to
must stand up for their freedom to choose whoever they want to marry."
year since the 1973 decree was repealed, the battle over mixed marriages is
still on as the Tunisian civil society tries to adapt to the new law with
tensions between conservative and progressive forces.
For Kanwal Ahmed, Soul Sisters Pakistan (SSP) — a Facebook group she started
five years ago — was just an idea she developed for herself and the women
around two months ago, things changed when Facebook got in touch with her with
two opportunities — the first, a fellowship in the first global Facebook
community leadership programme; and second, the social media giant’s initiative
for entrepreneurs in collaboration with ‘Idea Croron Ka’— which is a reality
show on Neo TV that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to
Ms Ahmed on the reality show segment are five other women from Pakistan —
Binish Umair and Ishroon Nazish who run the Karachi Schools Guide group on
Facebook, Saba Mohsin Shaikh of Karachi Chefs at Home, Marham’s Asma Omer,
Rabia Aziz-Rizvi of Special Needs Pakistan and Nadia Patel Gangjee of Sheops.
Gangjee will also be participating with the SSP’s founder in the Facebook
per the Facebook leadership programme, I will be working with Facebook on
developing my leadership skills and vision for SSP that will be backed with
some funding from Facebook,” Ms Ahmed said.
the ‘Idea Croron Ka’, Ms Ahmed (who has more than 83,000 women on her group)
explained that the social media giant had handpicked a few online community
groups from Pakistan and asked the group admins what they would do with the
funding. In the latest season, these women would have the opportunity to share
their vision and each of them would receive a grant of up to $20,000.
been inspired by the many positive stories of what happens when people come
together to support each other – from women entrepreneurs and school teachers
to families with special needs. That’s why we’re committed to helping
Pakistanis build community and are delighted to be announcing this partnership
with Idea Croron Ka,” said Clair Deevy, APAC Director of Community Affairs at
to Dawn about SSP, Ms Ahmed said: “I wanted us to be able to express ourselves
freely without the fear of being judged in a society that often silences our
voices. Growth was never the aim. But amplifying our voices always was. So for
me, the fact that SSP is finally getting the opportunity to develop this way is
both exciting and motivating.”
Ms Aziz-Rizvi of the Special Needs Pakistan community, her group reaches out to
people from all over the world.
have members who have differently abled children, siblings, parents, members
who want to learn more about syndromes, diseases and special education even
members who just want to learn how to be compassionate, tolerant and kind,” she
group started in 2013 after I gave birth to my daughter Aaliya, who was born
with Apert Syndrome. There was no guidance, no support group and no one to
understand my anguish. I realised how many mothers and families must be
struggling just to keep themselves sane from the chaos of the medical dilemmas.
So I started to blog about my daughter, her experiences, hospital traumas, her
journey and how people treated her. My Apert Rose started a movement of
followers on Facebook and ever since I’ve been writing,” she added.
Umair’s random idea led her and her friend Ishroon Nazish to start Karachi
School Guide about four years ago when Ms Umair was looking for a school for
the first year we had about 200 new members every month but now we have 97,000
members. We don’t just look at schools but also parenting issues, teachers
share their problems with us and we also have school managements on board. The
group acts as a bridge between parents, students, schools and tutors,” she said
about Sheops — which started out as a small Whatsapp group but now has 150,000
members — Ms Gangjee said: “When I started Sheops I never thought it would go
this far, go international and partner with companies like Facebook.
is Pakistan’s first online women’s marketplace and community facilitating women
entrepreneurs and women-oriented businesses, to start and scale their
businesses leveraging technology; via a safe, bespoke platform. We also train
and assist stay-at-home women to monetise their talents, turning them into a
business, in effect increasing digital and financial inclusion of women,” she
Irish woman who said she had been radicalised after converting to Islam has
said there are up to 150 Islamic radicalists living in Ireland.
(not her real name) also declared that the mastermind of the London Bridge
terror attack in July last year, Khuram Butt, visited her several times in
two took several trips around the country to meet other radicals in places like
Cavan, Limerick, and Clonmel, according to a new documentary.
said in the documentary: “They would have spoken about their views and stuff
like that in places in Limerick, especially in Limerick.
Clonmel as well they would have had a close group of friends.”
Jihadis” will air on Virgin Media One on Wednesday at 10pm.
will explore Islamic radicalism and terrorism and its connections in Ireland.
said that she had been influenced by the 9/11 attacks and she converted to
Islam after she moved to the UK.
met Butt through her then-boyfriend, a Pakistani-born UK citizen Raza, who is
suspected of operating several internet fraud rackets targeting Irish companies
to raise funds for ISIS.
and Raza shuttled between UK and Ireland, and lived in Santry in Dublin between
2015 and 2016.
registered several fake companies as a front for the scam and listed Aaliyah as
a director using her Irish name.
she claimed that Butt stayed with them on several occasions around this time,
the officer from the country’s counter-terrorism agency told the programme that
the gardai stated that he never visited the country.
follow-up investigation into the London Bridge terror attack which left eight
dead and another 48 people injured revealed a direct link between ISIS terrorism
in the UK and Ireland when it was uncovered that Rachid Redouane, who was one
of the attackers, had been living in Ireland where he was granted residency
aid must include efforts to reduce recipients’ dependency on it, Turkey’s First
Lady Emine Erdogan said Monday.
at a panel organized by the Turkish SETA Foundation in New York, Erdogan
highlighted that humanitarian aid policies should not increase the dependency
of the recipients.
[Turkey’s] vision of humanitarian aid is not about aid packages or vulnerable
people waiting in line,” said Erdogan, adding the country’s aid covers not only
meeting basic needs but also prevention of crises and reducing dependency
through development support.
humanitarian aid must also include efforts focusing on development,” she said.
to Syrian refugees living in Turkey, who number more than three million and
more than half of whom are women and children, Erdogan said Ankara does not
provide shelter alone.
place special importance on teaching women a profession to help their survival.
We provide courses in many areas ranging from hairdressing to computer skills.
rehabilitate women who have suffered in the war through development programs
and hobby courses and help them discover their potential,” she added.
for children, she said, Turkey works to ensure that they are provided with
education and young Syrian people are able to pursue their university studies.
recalled that Turkey is also providing development aid to Africa.
other words, we are, to use a popular phrase, teaching them how to fish instead
of providing the fish. We provide training and equipment to Africa that will
help them discover their own potential,” she added.
has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011
when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected
life of Saudi Arabia's first certified woman yoga instructor Nouf Marwaai is
the subject of a new book, expected to hit the stands next year.
titled "Nouf: Yogi Who Made Saudi Arabia Fall in Love with an Ancient
Indian Science", the biography published by Westland, will be written by
well-known film historian and writer Gautam Chintamani.
who played an instrumental role in making yoga legal in Saudi Arabia, was also
awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government last month.
book will cover her life, her battles with diseases, and narrate how yoga
helped her survive against all the odds.
2015, Marwaai conducted the first ever International Day of Yoga in Saudi
journey of Nouf Marwaai highlights the importance of making peace with and
healing one's inner self. It is an inspiration for women across cultures to
take a stand on what they believe in," said Debasri Rakshit, Managing
economic conditions in Iran have had its adverse impact on sports, too. Despite
winning Asia’s championship, Iranian women’s national futsal team lacks funding
or any form of financial support in Iran.
women’s national futsal team does not have any sponsors, and the women’s futsal
league has been facing various problems since it began a few weeks ago.
seemed that winning Asian championship would attract financial sponsors for the
Iranian women’s national futsal team. Not only this did not happen, but the
number of contracts have been fewer than last year’s. The managers as well as
the private sector have not taken any steps to fund these women.
Azad University, one of the oldest in this field, has withdrawn from sponsoring
women’s futsal. There have been new names in this field, but no special
first week of women’s futsal league thus kicked off while a number of national
team stars did not have any teams.
players’ financial conditions are also bad. Their Asian championship has not
affected their salaries in terms of giving them a raise.
week, Shahrzad Mozaffar, former coach of the Iranian women’s national futsal
team, left the country for Kuwait where she has signed a better contract.
Mozaffar’s departure has left the women’s national futsal team alone. She left
basically due to lack of financial stability in Iranian clubs and lack of job
Tavassoli, the goal keeper of the Iranian women’s national futsal team, had
this to say regarding the amount of salaries and contracts of her team players,
“Futsal players are fed up because the offers this year are lower than last
year, while all prices have soared several folds. Instead of increasing their
offers, the players are either playing on contracts similar to last year, or on
lower pay contracts. Something that has been discouraging to them.” (The
official IRNA news agency – September 22, 2018)
economic crisis in Iran has not only affected futsal, but has had other
consequences, as well. Maryam Monazzami, vice president of women’s wrestling
federation, said the reason the national women’s Alish team did not participate
in the international tournaments in Lebanon, was the irremediable economic
problems. (The state-run ISNA news agency – September 21, 2018)
Iranian woman, Aliyeh Eghdam-Doost, a teacher, was sentenced to 9 months of
imprisonment and 74 lashes.
Aliyeh Eghdam-Doost was among six teachers arrested in a teachers’ protest
gathering in Tehran on May 10. Her trial had been held on September 5, 2018.
the verdict issued on September 15, by Branch 1060 of Tehran’s Criminal Court,
Aliyeh Eghdam-Doost was sentenced to 9 months of imprisonment and 74 lashes
which could be bought for 500,000 Rials.
six teachers arrested in the May 10 Tehran protest were convicted of
"disrupting public order by participating in illegal gatherings" and
"defying on-duty officers." The teachers who had gathered outside the
Budget and Planning Organization building in Tehran demanded to have their
salaries increased to above the poverty line. They also opposed privatization
of the country’s education.
Aliyeh Eghdam-Doost, member of the (Teachers’) Retirement Union, was arrested
along with Mr. Rasoul Bodaghi, member of the board of directors of the
Teachers' Association of Iran, Esmail Gerami, Javad Zolnouri, Hossein Gholami,
and Mohammad Abedi, each of whom were sentenced to nine months of imprisonment
and 74 lashes purchasable for 500,000 Rials.
teachers took to the streets in at least 32 cities across the country on
Thursday, May 10, 2018, to stage protests. Security forces in Tehran violently
clashed with the protesting teachers, resulting in the arrest and injury of
the time, some government officials opposed the arrests of teachers. In a
public session at the parliament on Sunday, May 13, 2018, Fatemeh Saeedi,
member of parliament from Tehran, asserted, “The peaceful gathering of teachers
in protest to their horrible living conditions turned violent because of
aberrant intervention in disregard for Article 27 of the Constitution, and a
group of protesters were arrested.”
the events in December and January where various strata of people played a role
in them, it was emphasized that the people's complaints must be listened to,”
Saeedi added. “Today, as a teacher, I would like to use this podium so that the
voice of teachers is heard… Is it wise to beat and arrest a teacher who is only
demanding improvement of their living conditions and the quality of education?”
(The state-run salamatnews.com - May 13, 2018)
the history, the powerful women of Egypt who ruled Ancient Egypt were the unusual
wonders of their time, like Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, and Nefertiti.
extraordinary traits in the Egyptian women have not gone extinct throughout the
generations, and it is still being transferred from one great generation to the
next one. This year, it was really proven as 20 Egyptian women have made it to
Forbes Middle East’s Most Influential Women of 2018.
these 20 women in the list, there are 18 figures in the business and 2 heading
governmental departments. Forbes’ list is ranked according to the overall
revenues of the companies these women led, their current titles, and the growth
of entities they had led in the past three years in the business sector. For
the governmental departments, their roles, and influence according to the Gross
Domestic Products (GDP) was put into consideration.
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