Tunisian forensic experts work on the scene of an attack after a 30-year-old
woman blew herself on the Habib Bourguiba avenue in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday,
Oct. 29, 2018. A suicide bomber blew herself up on a busy Tunis avenue on
Monday afternoon, killing herself and wounding many others, Tunisia's TAP news
agency reported. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
lady: Fight against mindset behind violence against women
held for forcing women into sex trade in Dubai, Bahrain
Muslim women were encouraged in education
York police: dead Saudi sisters did not want to go home
UP, BJP to appoint 100 women as triple talaq pramukhs
incident: Minor girl molested for sitting with Muslim boyfriend at secluded
Casado predicts Arab women will take positions of power in sporting world
car sales set to rise 8% on back of new female market
Woman Seeks Change Through Street Art
over violence against women after Turkish singer beaten by boyfriend
refugee women play to their strengths with great communal food
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Do Terrorist Organizations Use Women As Suicide Bombers?
news earlier this week that a woman in Tunis blew herself up in front of a
shopping center came as a shock to many.
is the first attack in the Tunisian capital since 2015. While the attack has
yet to be claimed, instability in bordering Libya remains a concern, as do
claims by authorities that Islamic State and Al Qaeda continue to recruit
extremists in Tunisia.
remains unique about this suicide bombing is that it was carried out by a
woman. It is unusual for terrorist organisations such as the Taliban, Al Qaeda,
or Islamic State to actively encourage women to take up arms. Instead, women
are often used as a tool to recruit other women, reward fighters, and produce
the next generation of ‘cubs’. The group views them as vital participants in
its construction of a “proto state,” and women have been willing to
participate. After all, more than 13% of the foreigners who became affiliated
with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are women.
terrorist groups, such as the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, Hamas, Boko Haram,
Chechen organizations and some Al Qaeda affiliates, have also made extensive
use of women. History shows that the allure of physically taking up arms is not
limited to men. The core operatives of Germany’s Baader-Meinhoff gang in the
1970s were women.
that do use women in this way are adept at exploiting women who feel isolated,
perhaps as a result of domestic turbulence, gender inequality, or the lack of
representation in society. As an alternative, they are offered a strong
narrative of ideology, with suggestions that by joining an organisation such as
Islamic State, for example, they can reverse the ills of life outside the
they are enticed by the idea that they will be part of a tight-knit collective
sisterhood that will provide them with support and friendship. This new life,
in turn, is eventually used as a means to justify their radicalization and
sacrifice – the latter including the form of taking their own lives.
social media and its own propaganda, groups such as Islamic State actively
engaged with their female audiences, encouraging them to participate in a
non-combatant capacity to consolidate the new caliphate. The idea of forging a
new state, a new beginning, and mothering a warrior class had a deep, almost
with the advent of the female suicide bomber in Tunis, we are potentially
seeing women being used as operational spearheads too—another luring and
dangerous appeal to idealistic young women. We may now see women actively
targeted and recruited by terrorist organisations for specific violence rather
than just “state building.”
is important to note that the use of women in such roles holds a tactical
appeal and raises new security challenges for officials. Female terrorists can
sometimes avoid detection more easily than men, and are less likely to be
stopped and searched. Concealing weaponry or physical signs of trepidation
before an attack— warning signs that security forces look for— can be achieved
by wearing appropriate clothing.
response, we must do better at offering women a viable alternative to violence.
We can begin by emphasizing democratic and human-rights based values, and
empower women to play a more active role against extremism. But more than that,
we must address the ideology espoused by many terrorist organisations head on
and prove it to be false. Working with at-risk women through outreach,
gender-equality initiatives, and empowering their voices will be a crucial step
in this. When we talk of “full-spectrum” responses to terrorism and extremism,
we must not neglect the role of women.
a symposium on women on Friday, first lady Emine Erdoğan said violence against
women was one of the biggest problems in Turkey and there was a need to fight
against the mindset breeding this violence.
have to take steps together against violence and the first step should be
empowerment of women," Erdoğan said in her speech at the International
Woman Symposium in the southeastern city of Mardin.
more importantly, we have to fight against the mindset which lies beneath the
violence. We have to change traditional perceptions breeding the violence. This
is not only a women's issue but an issue for men as well," she said. The
first lady added that one-third of women in the world were exposed to physical
and sexual violence at least once in their lives, and that such violence cannot
The city crime branch has arrested three persons, including a hotelier from
Dubai, for offering women jobs abroad and then pushing them into prostitution.
arrested persons-hotelier Faridul Haq Shah alias Tipu (55), and his two touts
Kamal Anwar Shaikh (56) and Tinku Dinesh Raj (36)-have been booked under IPC
sections of cheating, extortion, exploitation, and under Immoral Traffic
Prevention Act. The police said that the trio has sent more than three dozen
women to Dubai and Bahrain and sold them off.
racket came to light only after a woman who was sent to Bahrain on a three
months' visa to work in the kitchen of a hotel was pushed into prostitution.
"As she refused to get into prostitution, the gang refused to release her
passport and demanded Rs 2 lakh from her. The woman then got in touch with her
mother, who paid the money and rescued her," said an officer.
returning to India last week, the woman approached the police. "She got in
touch with Kamal in June and he lured her with a vacancy in a hotel," said
Ajay Sawant, senior inspector of anti-extortion cell.
woman has told the police about the involvement of another person named Salim,
who is a hotelier in Bahrain. She has said that he used to send her to various
customers. "Salim would give digital cards to each of these girls and a
target. Their target was to earn 20,000 dirhams (nearly Rs 4 lakh) in three
months. "We raided the houses of the accused and seized several passports,
photos and fresh applications," said Dilip Sawant, DCP (crime).
scholars, teachers and colleagues have written much about A.M. A. Azeez’s
contribution to Muslim education, but very little is known about his thoughts
in the sphere of Muslim Women’s education in Sri Lanka. Having benefitted
greatly from his work in the field of Muslim Women’s education, it is only
befitting to share a few thoughts regarding Azeez’s ideas on education and
status of Muslim Women in Sri Lanka.
realised at a very early stage that the lack of education was the main reason
for the backwardness of the Muslims. He urged young men to follow higher
education; also with a few like-minded friends, founded a Scholarship Fund to
help needy students. His concern for education led him to retire prematurely
from the Ceylon Civil Service in 1948 and take up the post of Principal at
Zahira College Colombo.
then concentrated on education with the idea of ensuring the progress of the
Muslim community. At Zahira College he set about establishing a well stocked
library – reading, he said was the prerequisite for a good education! He
appointed dedicated and efficient teachers from all communities and with
varying ideologies; and also encouraged students irrespective of their
community, to enter Zahira. He felt that these measures would be beneficial to
Muslim students and would give them an understanding of each other’s religion
and culture. This he believed would pave the way for tolerance and communal
amity. ‘Muslims should not’, he said, ‘adopt a “frog-in-the-well attitude”!’
of the education of Muslim Women? The Holy Quran stresses the importance of the
pursuing knowledge and education. During the latter part of the 19th Century,
therefore, some interest was taken in educating Muslim girls by those
personages like Siddi Lebbe, who wanted to improve educational standards among
the Muslims including Muslim girls. In 1891, Lebbe established the first school
for Muslim girls in Kandy, followed by another in Gampola and then in
Kurunegala. These schools, however were failures resulting from parental
1923 Dr M C M Kaleel, an ardent supporter of education for Muslim women, stated,
“As long as we keep our sisters in the dark, we are depriving ourselves of over
50% of the benefits that education brings to each family and the community.”
Razik Fareed urged the Government to establish schools only for girls so that
Muslim parents would send their daughters, but only a small percentage made use
of these schools. Even up to the 1940s there was opposition to educating Muslim
a great step
1946 Muslim Ladies‘College was established at a new premises in Colombo, with
the encouragement of Sir Razik Fareed. Ayesha Rauf was appointed as Principal.
Azeez welcomed the establishment of the school and he hoped that this Muslim
girls’ school would follow the same systems that he introduced at Zahira
College. To him this was a great step forward in promoting education for Muslim
stated by the Poet/Philosopher Allama Muhammed Iqbal, Azeez believed that
“Education being a preparation for life is needed by all, the rich as well as
the poor, the male as well as the female.” He was a fervent supporter of
women’s rights to higher education and to gain a University degree- a notion
that was the result of his educational background.
was from an educated family of Moor street Jaffna. Most of the families, in
Jaffna, including the women were literate. They were not English-educated, but
were well-versed in Arabic, Tamil and Arabic-Tamil (Tamil written in the Arabic
script enriched by many Arabic words). Young girls attended the Madrasas with
young boys; later they enrolled in schools near-by but did not continue
schooling after puberty.
Moor Street was demarcated as a Muslim area there was much interaction and
friendship with the Tamil community; in fact Azeez attended Vaidyeswara
Vidyalayam and later Jaffna Hindu College. Perhaps this was why Azeez became a
very liberal-minded person and was keen on friendship and understanding among
right of women
has often said that it was his mother who instilled the faith in Allah and the
importance of education not only for males, but for females too. Guided by his
mother, the children of the family learned to recite the Holy Quran and the
meaning in their spoken language, Tamil. They read Islamic works in
Arabic-Tamil and in Tamil. It was at this time that Azeez began to be
interested in education for girls; he encouraged his cousin Sithy Khadija to
sit the London Matriculation, for which she attended Holy Family Convent,
Jaffna. She passed this exam, but in keeping with the times did not continue
was adamant about the right of women to higher education and of their right to
gain a University degree. He disapproved of the prevalent Purdah system
(seclusion) and the un-Islamic dowry system. The Purdah system hampered the
education of women. They did not attend school after puberty. They were
secluded and taught to recite the Holy Quran and to read the Hadiths within the
confines of their homes; at most they also learned Islamic songs. In addition,
girls were taught cooking and sewing to prepare them for an early marriage.
Purdah system was prevalent even up to the 1950ties and was practiced rigidly.
It was at such a time, that Azeez encouraged the education of Muslim girls and
discouraged the dowry system.
stated that education would end, at least discourage the dowry system and it
certainly did. He also expressed the belief that an educated mother would bring
up disciplined and educated children who would want to better themselves - a
necessity for the progress of the community. He expressed these views in his
speeches, writings and at seminars and discussions. To a great extent his
efforts were successful and many young women were allowed to follow
the 1950 ties onwards, the contribution of Azeez and like-minded Muslims such
as Siddi Lebbe, Dr Kaleel and Sir Razik Fareed spearheaded the education Muslim
women who had taken up the challenge to pursue higher education and were
aspired to gain University degrees and professional qualifications. Their
efforts have made women independent. They are able to contribute to the family
income resulting in an improved standard of living. They can also encourage
their offspring to pursue education and help themselves and the community
educated Muslim women are able to stand successfully alongside educated women
of other communities with confidence. They have taken to many professions and
hold responsible positions in Business. They have motivated other Muslim women
to pursue higher education and gain employment. This augurs well for the Sri
Lankan Muslim community.
in New York investigating the deaths of two Saudi sisters found dead along the
banks of the Hudson River say they have been told the women said they would
rather die than return to Saudi Arabia.
Shea, the city’s chief of detectives, said investigators had so far found no
evidence of foul play in the deaths of Rotana Farea, 22, and Tala Farea, 16.
this point in time we have no credible information that a crime took place in
New York City… but it is still under investigation," he told a press
conference on Friday.
women were found on October 24 with their waists and ankles loosely bound to
each other with duct tape, posing a mystery to detectives.
also have sources that the detectives have developed from the investigation so
far, that they would rather inflict harm on themselves – commit suicide – than
return to Saudi Arabia,” said Mr Shea, adding that he believed they had asked
for asylum in the US.
offered a timeline of their last months, saying the sisters were last seen by
their family in Virginia on November 30 last year.
had been living in a “shelter-like” facility in Virginia and detectives were
aware of allegations of abuse within the family, although they had not been
records showed they arrived in New York around September 1.
have them staying at a number of high-end hotels in New York City during this
time,” said Mr Shea, saying they had been spotted on CCTV footage in apparently
that changed when they began to run out of money, he added, saying their credit
card was “maxed out”.
early morning exerciser – who came forward because of a "story that is
haunting him" - spotted them 10 metres apart in a park close to the Hudson
River at about 7am.
were sitting with their hands in their heads, their heads lowered, making
noises that he described as praying,” said Mr Shea.
initially believed they could not have jumped into the water as their bodies
showed none of the injuries expected from leaping from a bridge. Detectives now
believe they may have waded into the water.
is entirely credible that the girls entered the water alive,” said Mr Shea,
adding that the tape was not so much “binding” the women together as “more like
keeping them together”.
added that he was still waiting for the medical examiner’s report on the cause
of death and appealed for anyone who had met the sisters since August to come
forward with further information.
OF the Winter Session, when the Centre’s ordinance making instant triple talaq
a criminal offence is likely to be tabled in Parliament, the BJP has appointed
two “teen talaq pramukhs” in Uttar Pradesh to reach out to triple talaq victims
and seek their suggestions for better rehabilitation.
Dr Nazia Alam and Shahnaz Khan, both state secretaries of the party’s minority
wing, have been appointed as “teen talaq pramukhs”, there are plans to appoint
a Muslim woman to the post in all the six regional units and 93 district units
in the state.
decision was taken at the BJP minority wing’s state executive meeting held
pramukhs will also distribute Hindi translations of the Quran to Muslim
families. “If they read Quran in a language that they are comfortable in, the
practice of triple talaq can be checked, because it is clearly prohibited in
the Quran. Through our campaign, we will also have to break the barrier that
hardliner clerics have created by conveying the wrong message,” Nazia told The
said the campaign would begin after Diwali, and the first task would be to
identify the victims. “Currently, there is no official figure on the number of
triple talaq victims. We have to identify them and approach them. Being a
woman, we can do this easily… We will also hold press conferences to narrate
their ordeal, if they agree to it,” she said.
said the objective of the programme was social, not political. In the first
phase, the focus will be on Muslim-dominated districts including Rampur,
Bareilly, Saharanpur, Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar.
Abbas Chaand, state president of the BJP’s minority wing, said triple talaq
victims who have shown courage by raising their voices in public as well as
women who have fought for their cause, will be honoured by the party.
its manifesto for the state assembly polls in 2017, the BJP had promised to
take up the issue of triple talaq. After their poll victory, BJP leaders had
claimed that Muslim women had backed them as the party was opposed to the
practice. The party had also raised the issue during the urban local body polls
in the state last year.
Despite #MeToo movement and other government initiatives to make society safer
for females, another shameful incident took place. A minor girl was molested
for sitting with a Muslim boyfriend at a secluded spot.
to the report published in India.com, this incident took place in Assam. This
incident was filmed by the boys who molested her. In the video, she was seen
requesting the boys to let her go.
is also reported that the boys saw the couple sharing an intimate moment. When
the boys rushed to the spot and started assaulting the couple, the girl’s
boyfriend managed to escape. The boys then misbehaved with the girl.
may be mentioned that earlier, in a similar incident, a minor girl was molested
by eight unidentified youths in Jehanabad, Bihar.
AIRES: Ploughing a lonely furrow, the sole female presiding over an
International Federation at the summer Olympic Games believes she will not be
isolated for much longer. Marisol Casado, the Spanish head of the International
Triathlon Union, predicts an “explosion” of women from the Middle East taking
up positions of sporting power in the very near future.
speaking at the recent Olympism in Action conference in Buenos Aires, lamented
her role as the only woman president of a Summer Olympic federation, joking
that when it comes to election time, she lobbies all the female voters by
simply looking in the mirror. “I really want more company,” she told conference
delegates. “It’s difficult to be alone.”
member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2010, Casado
expressed confidence however that she will soon have company at boardroom
level, adding her recent visits to the Arab World have left her with the
impression the region is on the verge of major change when it comes to gender
been to the Middle East because we have a very important triathlon race in Abu
Dhabi and I was also in Saudi Arabia,” she said. “My feeling is that very soon
the situation there will change and there will be an explosion of women from
the region coming through. That was the feeling I had when I was there and it
has stayed with me.”
in a panel discussion entitled “Women in Sport,” Casado was due to speak
alongside Saudi Arabia’s Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, vice president of
the General Sports Authority. A conflicted schedule, however, forced the
princess to withdraw, leaving Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini the only female Arab
speaking at the two-day meet.
underrepresentation is apparent at the recent World Youth Olympics too, where
more than 4,000 athletes took part, but only 98 were Arab girls. Kuwait, Libya
and Qatar did not bring a single female athlete to the two-week Games, despite
the IOC promising an equal number of male and female participants across the 32
another Arab women did take to the stage after Casado’s prediction. Two-time
Jordanian Olympic swimmer, Samar Nassar, was awarded the IOC’s Women and Sport
Award for Asia in recognition of her work helping promote gender equality
through football in the Middle East. She is the first winner from the Middle
East since Bahrain’s Sheikha Hayat Bint Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa won in 2015.
a board member of the Jordan Olympic Committee since 2014, was the Kingdom’s
driving force behind the successful hosting of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup
in 2016. She also pioneered various societal programs, including establishing
football programs for female Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in Jordan.
very happy to receive this award,” she told Arab News. “It was for our efforts
in promoting women’s football and sports in the region and to use the U17 World
Cup as a catalyst to promote social change in an area that is desperate for it.
We see the momentum now as there are more women than ever participating in
sports. And it is still growing.
it is not just about the physical aspect of it, it is also the social aspect.
Using it as a platform for women empowerment and sending a message across the
region that women can succeed not just on the pitch but off it as well. Saudi
Arabia is opening up and Iran is starting to open up too. That is nice to see
and I think we have a fruitful future.”
those who watched Nassar accept her award was Jordan’s Prince Faisal bin
Hussein, whom Nassar called a “champion of promoting and advocating for women’s
sport”, and Raha Moharrak, the youngest Arab and first Saudi Arabian to conquer
need a catalyst for change; we need a big sporting event to put the spotlight
on the region and on women’s sport; and we need role models to inspire, which
we already have many,” Nassar added. “With the right support and right
approach, I hope to see more women not only doing well in sport, but also in
positions of power. It is, however, a gradual process.”
Mlambo-Ngcuka, the United Nation’s Under-Secretary and executive director of UN
Women, said that while she agrees growth is a slow process, more must be done
by those in power. Especially in terms of having more Arab women represented at
has to be fixed,” she said. “We need society to shout very loud about this and
call it out for the injustice that it is. You cannot tell me there are not as
many women capable of sport in the Middle East. Women there are just as capable
as women in Kenya or any other country where women athletes are playing a
slower in the Arab world, but it’s not impossible. I have seen and met and
engaged with leaders from the Middle East who also want and need change. It is
not in the interest of these countries not to have women taking their place in
society. The region already has a high number of educated women so they have to
use that to their advantage.”
Lewis, a member of the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project, took it a step
further, calling for Olympics president Thomas Bach to eventually be replaced by
is the 21st Century,” he said. “The Olympic movement needs to better reflect
the world we live in. There must be a commitment by leaders — who are mainly
men — to do something concrete and practical. In the history of the IOC, there
has never been a woman president. The time has now arrived. It’s time for a
Arabia’s automotive sector is set for a rapid transformation in the coming
years, with 20 percent of the female population, or three million drivers,
expected to be added to the kingdom’s roads by 2020, according to a new report.
whitepaper, published by global research company Aranca, said the lifting of
the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, along with recovering oil prices and
economic policies aimed at boosting consumer spending, will result in an eight
percent per annum increase of passenger vehicles sales until 2022.
report added that in addition to new car sales, the positive impact of a new
customer segment over the next 1-3 years will be felt in the kingdom’s
automotive aftermarket, which was valued at $7.4 billion in 2017.
to Aranca, vehicles in operation in Saudi Arabia stood at 7.3 million in 2017,
with 438,000 new passenger cars and 110,000 new commercial vehicles sold for
accounted for the greatest slice of revenue in the Saudi’s spare parts market,
with a 30 percent share in 2017 ($2.2 billion).
whitepaper was published ahead of Automechanika Jeddah 2019, the only dedicated
trade show for the automotive aftermarket and service industry in the kingdom’s
western region. The 3rd edition of the three-day event will take place from
February 26-28 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events.
said 10 million vehicles will ply Saudi roads by 2022, including 6.5 million
passenger vehicles and 3.5 million commercial vehicles.
added that as a result, demand for spare parts and related auto services will
grow six percent annually, reaching a value of $9.8 billion in 2022.
of these opportunities will likely arise in Saudi’s western regions of Madinah
and Makkah, where more than one million women are expected to get behind the
wheel by 2020, it noted.
whitepaper further stated that key industry players are already taking
initiatives to capitalise on opportunities created by women being allowed to
drive, including the creation of women-only car showrooms, auto-insurance
claims centres and driving schools dedicated to women.
Gazi Bilikozen, Automechanika Jeddah’s show director, said: “Consumption of
auto spare parts and services in Saudi Arabia will grow at a healthy rate in
the coming years, aided by the addition of a whole new segment of the
population that is now allowed to drive.”
Shamsia Hassani is widely recognized as Afghanistan’s first, if not only,
female graffiti artist. Being a graffiti artist anywhere in the world presents
difficulties. In war-affected Kabul, such artists face special problems.
however, was recently able to share her work with a broader audience. She was
invited to show her work at a street art celebration in the Turkish city of
Istanbul. She spent three days creating a large painting on a city wall. It
shows a usual subject of Hassani’s work: a young woman dressed in cool clothes,
playing an instrument.
woman’s eyes are closed and she does not have a mouth. Hassani says those
qualities represent the difficulties faced by women in Afghanistan.
can use musical instrument to talk with people, to speak louder and make more
attention. And as she has no mouth, but this musical instrument gives her power
to speak in society. Her eyes are closed because usually, she has nothing good
around herself to see, and she doesn't want to see anything around, and sometimes
she cannot see her future. But it doesn't mean that she cannot see.”
respite in Istanbul
chance to attend the Istanbul event is welcomed, Hassani says, given the
increasingly difficult environment in Afghanistan.
really scared of public spaces. I’m really scared from explosions happening all
the time...and I feel usually very hopeless because there are a lot of bad
things happening around me and I cannot change anything. And specifically, it’s
difficult for women to do graffiti and street art because usually, people are
not happy with women’s activity.”
she says, she continues with her street art to help empower people in her
was born in Iran to Afghan parents who had fled the war at home. She says could
not study art in Iran because she was Afghan. Her parents moved back to Kabul
so Hassani could study art at Kabul University, where she now teaches.
family is very supportive, my parents and my husband, they always support me in
my works. All the time I am careful,” she says with a nervous laugh.
Hassani says that in Kabul she generally has only a few hours to complete her
work because of the dangers.
usually work in Kabul, but usually on the small walls, not the big walls,
because I cannot finish them. I need to just run away as soon as I can.”
Istanbul she had three days to complete her painting, a rare treat.
is not only the risk of bombs and hostility toward women artists, that Hassani
faces. Artistic differences with the owners of the walls upon which she paints
also can be a problem.
am trying to get permission, but sometimes it’s difficult. Usually the owner of
the wall never gives me permission to paint something — fantasy like this,”
Hassani said, pointing to her painting.
power of art
asked what keeps her going, Hassani says it is her love of art and the power it
has for good. She says she brings art to people in Afghanistan because there
are no art museums.
adds, "I think that I can change people’s minds with my artwork and
sharing my ideas with people, that’s the thing I really like to do.”
outcry has grown over allegations that Sıla Gençoğlu, a famous pop singer, was
beaten by her actor boyfriend Ahmet Kural, known for his comedy films and TV
who uses the stage name Sıla, filed a complaint on Thursday claiming that Kural
assaulted her on Oct. 29.
couple, who made the headlines with their romance last year, had broken up in
January but reunited last month. Kural denied the allegations and claimed that
there was only a brief scuffle. However, the account Sıla gave in her complaint
and photos showing bruises on her body contradicts Kural's claims.
criminal complaint, which led to a three-month restraining order on Kural, says
that the actor hit Sıla's head against a wall, hit her with an ashtray and
dragged her on the ground.
also claimed that Kural verbally abused her during the assault at the actor's
Istanbul home. He also threatened to kill her. Social media in Turkey, where
violence against women remains a hot issue, was awash with comments condemning
Kural. Yapı Kredi Bank whose commercials starred Kural, announced on Friday
that they had "ceased cooperation" with Kural after the news
surfaced, citing that his alleged behavior contradicts the ethics of the bank
"which advocates gender equality and the empowerment of women." In a
written statement, the non-profit Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) said
it was concerning that celebrities would resort to violence that "tramples
on the honor of humanity." "Violence is violation of human rights and
does not differ between genders. Everyone is entitled to the right of life
without threat of violence," the statement added.After the complaint, the
Istanbul Prosecutor's office summoned the actor to testify. Speaking to
reporters Friday as witnesses to the incident testified, Sıla's lawyer Rezan
Epözdemir said that the complaint was "a cry for all women exposed to
violence." "She is a victim of 45 minutes of physical and
Hassan is teaching me how to make yalanji.
a dozen other people, I’ve signed up for a cooking class with Tayybeh, a food
company run by Syrian refugee women. Since it launched with a pop-up dinner two
years ago, Tayybeh – the word can be translated from Arabic as both “delicious”
and “kind” – has branched out into catering and, over the summer, a food truck.
is the company’s first cooking class. We’ve gathered at a community centre
kitchen for instruction from Ms. Hassan, 41, and her 21-year-old daughter,
Mariam. Ms. Hassan is one of seven cooks now working with Tayybeh. Her English
is halting, but a Tayybeh co-ordinator is on hand to translate. Besides, Ms.
Hassan teaches by example. There are no measuring cups, no written recipes.
crowd around a small island and roll up our sleeves.
are stuffed grape leaves, akin to Greek dolmathes. To make them, you roll the
brined leaves from the top-down, then tuck the edges around the rice filling to
form a tidy bundle. My first attempts are sloppy.
this,” Ms. Hassan says as she shows me. My next attempt is perfect.
make malfoof, a cabbage salad laced with sumac; sfeeha, open-faced meat pies;
and fatayer, puffy dough triangles stuffed with cheese the women prepare
with its Instagram feed and strangers eating together for a common cause, is a
modern riff on a centuries-old pattern of immigrants and refugees cooking their
way into a country’s culture. Similar ventures have emerged elsewhere; in
Toronto, the Newcomer Kitchen sells meals cooked weekly by Syrian refugee
women. One of Tayybeh’s recent catering jobs was a reception for a screening of
Soufra, a film about a catering company founded by women in a refugee camp in
common ingredients are women, food and hope.
Hassan and her family used to live near the port city of Latakia. They fled
after bombing attacks intensified and relatives were injured or disappeared.
family – Ms. Hassan, her husband and their four children – spent four years in
Turkey before they arrived in Canada as government-sponsored refugees in late
arrived the night of Tayybeh’s first dinner, a coincidence she now sees as a
sign of hope. She joined the group soon after. The family lives in Surrey, B.C.
Her husband, a former contractor, works in a hot-tub factory, and their
children go to school. The family was part of an unprecedented influx. Before
taking office in 2015, the Liberals promised to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to
Canada by the end of the year – a target that wasn’t met until February, 2016.
But since November, 2015, Canada has admitted more than 58,000 Syrian refugees,
who have settled in cities and towns across the country.
class takes place a few days before Canadian Thanksgiving. Does Syria have
anything like Thanksgiving, someone asks? There’s a discussion about Eid
al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Ms. Hassan shows us how to
make rosettes from lemon peels.
Elwan, an international-development consultant and the spark plug behind
Tayybeh, met Ms. Hassan and the other women while volunteering as a translator.
She remembers them being haunted by grief and worry.
women did not speak English. But they all knew how to cook.
Elwan arranged the first pop-up dinner in a friend’s restaurant. It sold out.
Tayybeh grew, using social media to advertise. The women learned to take transit.
Their husbands learned to help with clean-up.
gained a following. Christina Braybrooke, a cooking-class participant, has been
to several dinners and hired the company to cater a family reunion this summer.
people had never had Syrian food before, and of course I over-ordered,” Ms.
Braybrooke says. “By the time people left, everybody was fighting over the
couple, Terry and Cheryl Murphy, are there because, so far, they haven’t been
quick enough to buy tickets to a Tayybeh dinner. The cooking class seemed like
a good alternative.
ask them if they have strong feelings about refugees.
Mr. Murphy replies. “Strong, as in we believe strongly they should be here.”
Ms. Elwan, I later ask Ms. Hassan what she values most about Tayybeh.
is my first work experience and it is a very successful step in my life,” Ms.
Hassan responds. “It was the reason for me to get out of the house and learn
everything about this city. Tayybeh also allowed me to contribute to my
family’s income, and that makes me very happy and proud. The most significant
and symbolic connection is I landed in Vancouver on the day of Tayybeh’s first
pop-up dinner event. I feel that we’ve grown here together. Everyone leaves a
mark in this life, and I hope to leave mine through Tayybeh."
a couple of hours, we sit down to eat. The lighting is fluorescent, the chairs
are plastic, and we opt for paper plates. Ms. Hassan has brought a tablecloth.
Everybody gets leftovers and baklava for dessert.
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