Shadia Bseiso, who was signed by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. as its
first female performer from the Arab world, gestures during an interview with
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signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push
(Reuters) - World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female
performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the
U.S.-based pageant seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets.
Bseiso, a Jordanian versed in jiu-jitsu, dreams of encouraging more Arab women
to take up sports - and of one day maybe even crashing a metal chair over WWE
mega-star John Cena.
athletes are finally getting the credit they deserve. The world is more open to
that, and in terms of how the region will react to it, I‘m hoping its going to
be very positive,” said Bseiso.
women exercising in public is rare in the Arab world and the local
entertainment industry often relegates them to docile roles, big companies such
as Nike have stepped up advertising geared towards female athletes.
the high octane physicality and outrageous storylines of professional wrestling
remain a novelty in the region.
to Reuters in the WWE’s Dubai office, Bseiso said she made sure to tell her
parents about her colourful career choice in person.
announcing she would join the ranks of the WWE, they paused in disbelief for a
moment, she said, worried for her safety in the often bruising shows.
support her fully, she added, as she now heads to the company’s Orlando,
Florida, training centre for gruelling in-ring training and what WWE calls
“character development” - transformation into one of their trademark big
has a Jordan-themed persona in mind, she says, declining to elaborate.
decades a quintessential if curious emblem of Americana, professional wrestling
has now won die-hard fans in the Arab world and beyond, and features widely in
apparel and toys.
reach deeper into new demographics makes plenty of business sense for the $1.5
billion Connecticut company, which has also recently signed several Indian and
Chinese athletes in the hope of snaring millions of potential new devotees.
Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE’s ongoing commitment to
building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base,” said Paul “Triple H”
Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President and himself a popular wrestler.
insists the quirky genre has room to expand if only fans could find a hero from
it is, the WWE’s incredibly popular in the Middle East, but I think having
athletes from the region who grew up here - it will change things. You finally
have someone to root for.”
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Reema Bint Bandar has been appointed to head the multi-sports federation in
Saudi Arab, as informed by an official this Saturday. This is the first time a
woman has been chosen for such role, in the Kingdom. Sports sector is usually
headed by males, but this would be the first time a woman would lead the sports
group. She would be managing the sports-related activities for both men and
in August 2016, the Princess was nominated by the cabinet for a senior post in
the Kingdom. The post was equal to that of sports ministry. That time also was
the first time for a woman to get such rank.
Reema had graduated from an American university in museology. She is the
daughter of the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
women have been appointed to do jobs in Saudi Arab. The Kingdom is undergoing
great reforms which incorporate the programs and plans to encourage and allow
women to join the workforce.
the month of February, three women were appointed to do the top-level jobs in
Nashar was made the CEO of Samba Group, Sarah-Al-Suhaimi chaired the Kingdom’s
stock exchange and Latifa Al-Sabhan was chosen for the job of CFO of Arab
National Bank (ANB).
reform programs introduced are the introduction of physical education classes
for female pupils in schools and the revision of guardianship system.
Prince of Saudi Arab has recently lifted the ban on driving by women. The women
would be able to now drive freely in the Kingdom from June 2018.
reform programs have brought and will bring betterment in the overall lifestyle
of Saudi women and would also prove beneficial for the country’s overall
Woman To Be Given Visa For Liver Transplant: Indian FM
| Oct 15, 2017
DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday announced that a
Pakistani woman would be given visa for undergoing a liver transplant surgery
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(sic)," Swaraj wrote on Twitter.
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minister's intervention came after M Mohsin, a resident of Faisalabad in
Pakistan, tweeted to her, requesting visa for his ailing aunt.
Madam my Aunt is (in a) very serious condition need liver transplant pls grant
medical Visa. Humble request.Plss! (sic)," Mohsin had written on the
has been sympathetically considering the medical visa applications of scores of
Pakistani nationals, notwithstanding the strains in ties between India and
Pakistan over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and
she had announced that India was giving medical visas to Pakistani nationals
seeking treatment in the country.
name is Tatyana Goldman Alexander, she is Jewish and she is serving as one of
seven women, among a total of 39 Supreme Court judges, on the Supreme Court
bench of the majority Muslim country, Azerbaijan.
Goldman Alexander, Azerbaijan Supreme Court Judge
is my second meeting with Madam Tatyana, an extremely friendly and hospitable
lady, open to a heart-to-heart chat. I especially requested an interview with
the Lady Judge because it is rare to see a woman serving in such high position
when Muslim countries are known for their oppression of women. And a Jewish
woman on top of it? That is the ultimate. Nowadays, there are hardly any Jews
living in Muslim countries. But Azerbaijan, though a minority Muslim country,
is a total different story, a story I wanted to tell.
Tatyana’s roots are in the Ukraine. She comes from a long line of
professionals, lawyers, doctors, architects.
mother’s grandfather was a lawyer. He was one of only five Jewish students in
the entire Russian empire who were accepted to study at St. Pietersburg
University. However, he could not get a job unless he changed his religion,
gave up being a Jew.
father’s family, name Gusman, she thinks were originally expelled from Spain,
moved to Baku from Ukraine in the early years of 20th century; her mother’s
family moved to Baku from Ukraine in the 19th century. Why? Because both
families had many children and suffered from intolerance.
Stalin’s rule, life in Baku was difficult for everyone, especially for Jews.
Stalin wanted to build a country for Jews north of Siberia where living
conditions were intolerable. For instance, her grandmother’s sister who lived
in the Koluma Region, Azerbaijan, was sent to that futuristic planned Jew
region where she was held and was brained washed for 17 years. When Stalin
died, she returned to Baku with a mission to build Communism in Azerbaijan.
the Communism era, life for Jews in Baku was difficult.
Baku the Gusman family is well known. Her father, an architect built many
buildings in Baku still standing today.
Tatyana formal studies took place in Baku. She received elite education, earned
a law degree and practiced law. “In Soviet times many Jews became lawyers” she
the Azerbaijan judicial system
country has irregular constitution.
are three division of courts:
Supreme Court plenum is seasonal and takes place four times a year. It is open
to the public.
Tatyana practiced law before she was nominated a Supreme Court Judge.
Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court, made of a total of 39 judges, there are seven women
serving, “with equal rights, problems, issues” Madam Tatyana explains.
is one woman serving in the court’s criminal division; 4 women are serving in
the court’s civil division, one of them is Madam Tatyana; two women are serving
in the economy administration division.
the civil division, each judge, in total 17 of them, works on approximately 600
cases a year. Madam Tatyana has two assistants to help her with the load of
work. With pride she tells me that there are not too many criminal cases the
Supreme Court deals with.
Jew in Baku, assimilation on a happy note
Tatyana proudly wears a Hamsa around her neck. (Hamsa, the Hand of Fatima and
the Hand of Miriam, is a popular good luck symbol found throughout the Middle
East and northern Africa, particularly within the Islamic and Jewish faiths).
She is married to a non-Jew from Russia. “My motherland is Azerbaijan,” she
emphasizes. “I am a Jew and I know it but I do not practice the religion. I
recognize that Israel is the motherland of the Jews, but my heart and my roots
are here in Baku,” she explains.
Tatyana has visited Israel many times. She has close family living in Israel.
Her mother’s sister lives in Ashdod, so is her cousin; other live in Netanya.
She likes Israel, she likes her Jewish roots, but she does not like the
catastrophes the Jewish people have been through.
son, a lawyer, married to an Azerbaijani Muslim woman, is an executive in a
large construction company. “My daughter-in-law is a Muslim, my grandson a
Muslim, they are happily married, so I am happy,” she smiles while telling me
the writer, met several Azerbaijani Jews and yes, the assimilation rate is high
among the small Jewish community.
my lifetime, as a Jew living in Azerbaijan neither my family nor I have ever
encountered problems as Jews. Azerbaijani society is among the most tolerant
societies. We are people, we are Azerbaijanis, nothing else,” she proudly
Azerbaijan, a Muslim majority country, there are 500,000 Christians and 30,000
Jews and several other, rather small, ethnic groups. Though the country is
Muslim majority, it is a secular society. The government works tirelessly to
keep the entire society, no matter of background or religion, solidified as one
nation. The country's social structure is based on civil identity and all
ethnic and religious groups are equally protected. The government makes sure to
closely monitor the needs of all the small ethnic groups in order to make sure
they are content and thus keep in line with the government’s society model of
coexistence, which creates a safe society.
Tatyana Goldman Alexander, Jewish woman, a Supreme Court Judge in Azerbaijan, a
majority Muslim country with the writer
may ask why this story? I am a Jewess. During my two visits to Azerbaijan I
felt at home. It is because in Azerbaijan everyone practices his or her
religion safely, that includes the Azerbaijani Jews. This exemplary country
tells the world it can all be different. Unlike what we see in the world today
and from time immemorial, a society made of difference ethnic and religious
groups can live is harmonious coexistence. It all stems from the right
education and approach.
Tatyana Goldman Alexander is a Jew, living in a Muslim country, yet, she enjoys
the freedom and opportunities any human being on earth deserves. In Israel,
like in Azerbaijan, Muslims, Muslim women, enjoy the very same rights and
possibilities. Azerbaijan’s society model is a case to follow. The Muslim state
majority, Azerbaijan, and the Jewish state, Israel, both enjoy an excellent,
all-around relation. These two countries, though different in many ways, are
exemplary societies from which the entire world can learn a lesson of
coexistence and valiant cooperation.
Centre is all set to bring in a new Haj policy. While the Ulemas are angry with
most of the proposals, saying they were not consulted, one proposition
particularly has been described by them as un-Islamic. It concerns women
wanting to perform the Haj.
new policy will allow women to perform the pilgrimage, one of the duties
enjoined by Islam, even if unaccompanied by a male relative or mahram. Until
now, a relative who fell within the prohibited degrees of marriage — father,
son, grandson, brother — had to accompany a woman when she went for Haj. Or,
she could be accompanied by her husband.
new policy says that women over 45 years can go for Haj in groups of four
without a mahram. This is being seen by the Ulemas as an attempt by the BJP
government to make Muslim women flout the Shariah.
Muslim women do not agree. Two of them told Mumbai Mirror why.
Shehnaz Shaikh is the principal of an Islamic school, the Al Muminah Girls High
School. The school has branches across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Shaikh argues, "If any provision relating to Haj was un-Islamic, would the
Saudi government grant a visa? Forget the BJP, the Saudi authorities would
themselves not allow any flouting of Islamic law."
Shaikh points to the website, saudia.com, where, under the Haj visa section, it
is written: "Any woman over the age of 45 may travel without a Mahram with
an organized group, provided she submits a letter of no objection from her
Mahram authorizing her to travel for Haj with the named group. This letter
should be notarized.''
the Saudi government permits it, why are we in India objecting?" asks Dr
Islamic scholar Dr ZeenatShaukat Ali, "The Saudi government is the
custodian of the two holiest Islamic sites. They would know the rules regarding
pilgrimages to these sites, surely."
Dr Shaikh and Dr Ali assert that there is nothing in the Koran that forbids
women from travelling alone. Dr Shaikh cites a Hadees, wherein Prophet Muhammed
is quoted as saying: "And if you live a long life, you will surely see
women travelling from Hira till they circumambulate the Ka'ba, fearing no one
except Allah" (Bukhari and others)"
shows that the Prophet had envisaged women doing the Haj without a
mahram," points out Dr Shaikh. "Besides, the Prophet's wives went on
Haj after his death, and during the Caliphate of Umar. So there's the precedent
of women travelling without mahram."
early Islam," says Dr Ali, "women were very autonomous. Asma Bint
Umais lived in the time of the Prophet and migrated by sea alone to Abyssinia.
She features in my book: Winning the Peace - A Quest."
Dr Ali and Dr Shaikh also emphasise that the Shariah is not an unchanging law.
"The Shariah is an evolving code; it differs from country to country. It
is only the Koran that has remained unchanged," says Dr Ali.
fact, says Dr Shaikh, the Koran says: "'These are the verses for those who
think'. But we have got used to blindly following one or the other
scholar," she rues. "We've forgotten Ijtihad or creative
interpretation of Islamic law."
the government on this proposal, Dr Ali feels it should have come a long time
back. "It will help widows and those whose male relatives are unable to
accompany them. Why should a woman be dependent on her son or father or any
Dr Shaikh cautions, "Women must take precautions for their own safety
while travelling alone, because we have been created differently from
the Raqqa front line: Only British woman fighting Isis in Syria says she can
never return home
Taylor sits at the top of an open concrete staircase gazing at the sun as it
sets over Isis-held Raqqa city, cigarette between her fingers.
turns her head slowly towards the entrance to the courtyard, and just as slowly
raises her free hand in greeting.
exactly how you imagine the female fighters of the YPJ (Kurdish Women’s Protection
Units). But Kimmie isn’t what I expected at all.
and Jianda, a Kurdish member of her unit, at their base in East Raqqa (Bethan
yours is the first British accent I’ve heard in ages,” she says, her
Lancastrian accent a reminder the same is true for me.
the story broke in February that the then 27-year-old had smuggled herself into
Syria to join the fight against Isis, most of the news coverage painted her as
a naive, self-styled revolutionary.
reality, she knows exactly what she’s doing. After studying for a masters
degree in political theory at Stockholm University, Kimmie was invited by
friends with similar left wing politics to explore Rojava – the self-declared
autonomous Kurdish region of Northern Syria – for the first time in 2015.
a country turned upside down by a brutal civil war, she found something to
believe in. The Kurdish democratic, feminist movement is building a fairer
society – and fighting off Isis at the same time.
picked up a gun because I knew how people at home would react to that. I’d
already been in Rojava for ages at that point, working with Yazidis and other
people fleeing Isis, learning Kurdish, learning about the revolution and how
society works here.
came back to Europe and gave talks and tried to raise awareness. But nothing
happened. The interest just fizzles out. So when I came back I decided to join
the YPJ because I knew it would get people’s attention.”
was right. The softly spoken northerner has been able to bring the complex
reality of Syria’s war home for people in the UK in a way they otherwise may
not have been able to imagine.
before July, when the US-backed Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
managed to encircle Raqqa, the capital of Isis’ so-called caliphate, she played
a major role helping the YPJ’s media team, filming herself talking about what
it was like to be shot at by Isis snipers and witness a suicide bomber detonate
his explosives just metres in front of her.
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past year has been hard. Kimmie has witnessed extreme suffering in the
communities ravaged by Isis and lost three friends and a mentor along the way.
the Kurdish, Arab and Yazidi women who have trained as fighters, though, it has
hardened her resolve to fight. The seven other women of Kimmie’s unit have on
occasion cried after learning they haven’t been picked for front-line missions.
have given everything to this fight and I am willing to die for what Rojava is
trying to achieve. I keep moving units because I want to stay on the front line
as long as possible,” she says.
celebrates after being rescued from Isis in Raqqa
as the SDF closes in on the last few hundred jihadis left in the city, an
unanswered question is looming: what will she do next?
the rest of the revolution, obviously. Going home to the UK is not an option,”
Kimmie may travel back to mainland Europe to raise awareness of the Kurdish
cause, she is worried trying to go home would get her arrested.
in previous interviews her family members have said that they have had no
contact with the British authorities over their daughter’s presence in Syria,
Kimmie’s lawyer has warned that their communications are probably being bugged.
remains little precedent in British law for returning YPJ and YPG (Men’s
Protection Units) fighters. Some manage to walk back in with little questioning
– but Josh Walker, a YPG volunteer from Wales, became the first person to be
prosecuted under anti-terrorism laws on his return from Syria last year. His
trial is later this month.
Kimmie says, there is still work for her to do in Syria. There are civic
institutions and election processes to strengthen, women’s history syllabuses
to write for university curriculums and water channels, school and hospitals to
revolution, this building of the society and empowerment of women is about
changing society,” she says. “The people won’t accept groups like Daesh again.
YPJ fighter takes a selfie with the new statue to women of the Kurdish
revolution in Kobane, Syria. At her feet, tanks reclaimed from IS.
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are relearning their place in the world as Syrians, as Arabs, as Kurdish
people, as Turkmens or Assyrians… they’re understanding how to organise
democratically and it’s working. This is the answer for Syria.
learned [in my time] here and the struggles that I’ve been through. This is an
education that I couldn’t have got anywhere else.”
does she finally feel like she’s found her movement? That she’s a true
revolutionary? “Yes, I am a revolutionary,” she says. A grin breaks out on her
face. I believe her.
women play major role in sustainability, says Dr Nawal Al-Hosany
DUBAI: Dubai Women Establishment hosted Dr Nawal
Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Director
of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, in the fourth knowledge-sharing session of
the “Qudwa” initiative. To mark Emirati Women’s Day, the “Qudwa” initiative was
launched by Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of
Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Deputy Prime Minister and UAE Minister of Presidential Affairs, as a platform
for female Emirati role models to inspire aspiring national women across all
strata of society.
attendance of Dr Tod A. Laursen, President of Khalifa University, Dr Arif
Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University, Shamsa
Saleh, CEO of Dubai Women Establishment, and LamiaAbdulaziz Khan, Director of
Dubai Ladies Club, the influential knowledge-sharing session took place at the
Abu Dhabi campus of Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUSTAR),
addressing 50 female senior students.
Al-Hosany commenced the session by praising the “Qudwa” initiative, describing
it as the ideal platform for the exchange of knowledge and viewpoints with
upcoming generations. She believes that “Qudwa” is capable of refining the
students’ skills and capabilities as well as preparing them to embark on their
professional careers and contribute to the future of the UAE.
students engaged in a dynamic and enriching question and answer session with Dr
Al-Hosany and asked about the role of her upbringing in influencing her
decision to specialise in sustainability and renewable energy. She highlighted
that her family guided her to this field, although it was respectively new and
uncommon among women at the time. She added, “My father encouraged us,
daughters and sons alike, to pursue our interests and continuously urged us to
be the best representatives of our family and country.”
Al-Hosany shared a brief overview of her earlier years, narrating her journey
since her graduation from the College of Engineering at the United Arab
Emirates University (UAEU). She spoke about her work at an engineering office
in the private sector before pursuing her path in academia for two years at
UAEU. Following that, she discussed her experience as Head of Studies and
Design at Abu Dhabi Police, at which she became the first woman to hold a
Deputy Director position in 2007. During that time, she was involved in the
refurbishment of the Abu Dhabi Police buildings, which sparked her interest in
sustainability. Moving forward, her experience in the field largely contributed
to her career at Masdar and her involvement in several other entities, awards
and committees within the UAE and internationally.
the students to achieve their full potential, Dr Al-Hosany said she’s faced
stumbling rocks upon venturing onto the path of sustainability and renewable
energy, but explained that each encounter provided her with invaluable learning
opportunities. For example, she said that dealing with the concept of
sustainability was a challenge in itself, as she tried to find ways to
incorporate its values within resources, assets and the community. Reflecting
on her experience in a field that has been dominated by men, she advised
students to excel in their fields of choice with determination and
perseverance. She emphasised, “As I partook in more conferences and meetings,
regionally and internationally, it became evident that women had limited
presence in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy. This furthered
my aspiration to undertake this challenge and increase the contributions of the
Emirati women in this industry.
UAE is recognised as a pioneer in the field of sustainability, and today, the
Emirati woman continues to play a progressive role in this field and has
secured a solid international presence.”
Al-Hosany expressed her pride in the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, which was
established to equip current and future UAE diplomats with essential knowledge
and skills. Additionally, she highlighted the role of the Academy in developing
diplomatic capacities, intellect and research for future diplomats striving to
serve the nation.
on her work-life balance, Dr Al-Hosany advocated having diverse interests and
hobbies to enjoy personal stability and renewed commitment to professional
careers. She is said to have climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mount
Kilimanjaro. She explained that her decision to undertake this challenge was
twofold. The first, which was personal, underlies the health, mental and
personal benefits resulting from the experience, boosting self-confidence and
agility. The second, which was on the professional front, was due to her
interest in expanding her knowledge of climate change and having first-hand
experience with its impact on the environment.
on her success and excellence in the fields of sustainability and renewable
energy, Dr Al-Hosany told the students that she continuously strives to hone
her skills and develop her expertise to best serve the UAE.
Al-Hosany urged the students not to set limitations for themselves, but rather
pursue innovations and advancements that don’t clash with their values and
norms. She said, “in order to effectively deal with people around us, it is
imperative to understand them, comprehend their differences and embrace their
Saleh commended Dr Al-Hosany on her efforts in serving the nation through her
eminent professional career and academic contributions. Saleh said, “Dr
Al-Hosany is a beacon of knowledge and personal attainments and we are honoured
to host her in the “Qudwa” initiative.
goal is to motivate young minds to expand their aspirations and follow lead of
inspirational achievers like Dr Al-Hosany.”