Columbus Police department said it’s now looking at changing its Hijab ban.
Bagh in Kolkata's Park Circus
Can Kota Women Be Behind?’ Say Protesters after Launching Shaheen Bagh-Like
Protest in City
Women, Kids Stage Peaceful Protest at Clock Tower
Laws and Traditions among the Causes of Child Marriages in Malaysia
Muslim Women Embrace Physical Exercise to Keep Fit
Working Women Not Keen On Saving Money For Marriage
Challenger for Ilhan Omar’s 5th District Seat Is Also a Muslim Refugee
Many Muslim Women in the US Are Skipping the Women’s March This Year
Assailed for Denouncing Women’s Rights March
Fatah Got It Wrong. Pakistani Woman Did Not Refuse Polio Drops For Her Children
By New Age Islam News Bureau
Police Weigh Eliminating Hijab Ban for Officers
(WCMH) — As the city diversifies, local government agencies are evolving as
hijab is a head covering Muslim women wear in public.
ban was originally implemented out of safety concerns for officers who wear
City Council President Shannon Hardin thinks this change is a great thing.
are folks who’ve argued safety concerns,” he said. “The hijab, as we look
around the country, other communities have instituted new policies around the
hijab. As we all agree, our police forces should match and reflect the
diversity of the city that we live. We think it’s one of those steps towards
getting to that goal.”
said he looks forward to seeing the department grow with Muslim women serving
as police officers once the change starts.
have to remember Columbus has 40,000 Somalis alone, let alone other Muslim
populations that make up our rich diversity, so we have to think outside the
box and be innovative as we strive to make sure we reflect the community that
they serve,” he said. “We have to continue to evolve. Continue to find ways to
make sure that, not just the police force reflects the community, but the
community feels safer.”
isn’t a clear cut timeframe of when this change will take effect.
Bagh in Kolkata's Park Circus
Jan 17 (IANS): They clap in rhythm, shout "Azadi" slogans, cry
"Halla Bol", clench their fists in solidarity and display high
spirits. The tri-colour is omnipresent, as are the faces covered with hizabs --
this is City of Joy's own version of Delhi's Shaheen Bagh in Park Circus Maidan
in south Kolkata, where primarily Muslim women have been on a sit-in against
the CAA, NRC and NPR for 11 days now.
January 7, taking a page out of the Shaheen Bagh protests that has been going
on for over a month now, some women from the largely muslim-dominated
neighbourhood of Park Circus descended on the local park expressing their
anxiety, disappointment and anger over the goings on in the country.
started the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, a proposed
nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population
Register (NPR) exercise, as also the "state repression on anti-CAA
protesters in Uttar Pradesh".
stock grew as the days passed. First their friends, families and acquaintances
came, followed by women belonging to all societal strata from various areas of
the city -- be it Topsia, Ripon Street, Khiddirpore, Metiaburuz or Prinice
Anwar Shah Road. Top professionals like medicos, lawyers, teachers, professors,
to those earning a living by cooking or washing utensils in others' homes --
everybody is joining in, and the numbers continue to go up every day.
lathi se tez hamari awaz hai" (our voice is stronger than your batons)
says a poster, as the participants shout "Halla Bol, Halla Bol".
are hundreds of women wearing the hizab, who have come from conservative Muslim
households, and are participating in a protest for the first time in their
lives. They sit on spread out matresses, plastic sheets, blankets, durries and
simple clothes they brought from their houses or offered to them by the
social groups and solitary individuals also arrive at the spot every day,
bringing in tea, coffee, drinking water and even 'haleem', to keep the
protesters going amid the dwindling temperature.
Jamil, a resident of Ripon Street who runs the NGO Azzumar, is considered the
pivot of the protests. "It is a movement to claim our rights as citizens.
It is a movement to show the power of people's voices to the powers that be in
Delhi," she said.
of the demonstrators sleep under the open sky every night, while others make
their daily trips to the venue after completing their household work or meeting
their professional commitments. While a group of women have stayed put since
the start of the protests, most faces change every couple of days, as people
take turns in gathering for the protests.
have left our homes, schools, kids. Thousands of women have followed us. They
have come out of their homes for their freedom," said a burqa-clad woman
in her 70s, pointing to the chants of "Azadi" (freedom).
not only do we demand scrapping of the CAA, NRC and NPR, we are also looking at
the larger picture. Women here are also voicing their demand for freedom to
move freely and fearlessly, the liberty to study, freedom to pursue their
vocation and profession of choice and even the freedom to choose whom to
marry," she said.
young woman -- a teacher -- joined in.
of the people in this gathering are poor. Majority of them don't have any
papers to show. I am a teacher. I have seen the mothers of my students cry.
support my country, I support India. We don't want to go on a troubled way,
right? That's why we should all come together," she said.
from the huge number of women, men are also there in strength, chanting
slogans, singing songs of protests, waving the tri-colour and reading the Constitution.
But they are not allowed into the main protest area, which is encircled by a
Park Circus protests, after Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, has emerged a rallying point
for the dissenters and the fiery young turks. From former student leader Umar
Khalid, to Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, and city's very own balladeer
Kabir Suman -- the venue is drawing famous names daily.
sitting around pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, the young and the
old commoners are the soul of the Park Circus protests -- determined to soldier
on till at least January 22, when the court will hear the petitions moved
against the CAA from all around India.
Can Kota Women Be Behind?’ Say Protesters after Launching Shaheen Bagh-Like
Protest in City
Kolkata and Prayagraj, New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh protest against the Citizenship
(Amendment) Act or CAA and a proposed pan-India National Register of Citizens
(NRC) inspired a similar sit-in in Kota.
than a hundred Muslim women from different localities of the city began the
sit-in outside the Eidgah grounds, calling it the Shaheen Bagh of Kota, on
the women of the country are organising protests against the CAA and the
proposed NRC, how could women of Kota be behind? The new law is a black law
against the spirit of Constitution,” said 28-year-old Shifa Khalid, convenor of
in Kota got inspired by the protesters of Shaheen Bagh. Our sit-in is also
indefinite,” she added.
said women in the sit-in are getting food and blankets from the neighbourhood
because most of the women are from Kishorepura locality, close to the venue of
the sit-in. Women of all age groups from localities such as Vigyan Nagar, Waqf
Nagar and Kishorepura are sitting in the protest since Tuesday night.
have joined the dharna because the government wants our documents to prove we
are Indian citizens even though several generations of my family have lived
here,” said Maqbool, 75, of Indira market locality.
Farhat, 39, travelled nine kilometre from her home near the railway station to
join the protest. Despite the cold wave conditions in the city, she spent the
night at the spot with more than half a dozen women.
women go home to finish the household chores and return to the sit-in later.
The sit-in will continue until the CAA is withdrawn,” she said.
New Delhi, hundreds of people have occupied a stretch of road in Shaheen Bagh
to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and a proposed pan-India
National Register of Citizens (NRC) for almost a month.
protest has spread to other cities such as Kolkata and Prayagraj. In Kolkata’s
sprawling Park Circus Maidan, hundreds of Muslim women have held a
round-the-clock sit-in for eight days. The sit-in in Kolkata began on January 7
following social worker Asmat Jameel’s call for it. Many of the participants
are first-time protesters, mostly students and homemakers.
CAA to fast-track the citizenship process for non-Muslims, who have entered
India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh before 2015, has triggered
protests across the country.
Prayagraj, an indefinite sit-in against the CAA, NRC and NPR and police
excesses against the student protesters entered its third day on Tuesday. “The
sit-in at Mansoor Ali Park began as a small gathering on Sunday. It has now
turned into a full-fledged agitation against the government’s actions, which
are not in the country’s interest,” said Saira Ahmed, a protester.
women, kids stage peaceful protest at clock tower
number of Muslim women and children staged a peaceful protest against the
Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Clock
Tower in the Old City here on Friday.
CAA as a black law, the women said it was discriminatory. “We have assembled in
solidarity with protesters at Shaheen Bagh (Delhi),” they said.
along with our children, came out of our homes to stage a peaceful protest. The
government is taking unilateral decisions,” a protester said. She alleged
administration had switched off the lights at the clock tower to quell the
have to give a message to the government that we can no longer be divided on
the basis of religion. That is why we went there and prayed for our country’s peace,”
said a woman, who was spearheading the anti-CAA protests.
Indian Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) president Madhu Garg said it was
commendable that women were leading the protest, be it at Shaheen Bagh (Delhi),
Prayagraj or in Lucknow.
are out to oppose the draconian law. It shows how hard this anti-people act of
the government has hit the public,” she said.
laws and traditions among the causes of child marriages in Malaysia
Lumpur (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Poverty, limited education (especially in
reproductive health), and social pressure to marry to solve problems are some
of the factors identified by the Malaysian government as the main causes of
address the widespread problem, federal authorities yesterday outlined a
five-year plan (2020-2025) with seven goals, 17 strategies and 58 programmes
at a press conference, Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that
the plan would not merely tackle the causes of underage marriage, but also
indirectly help overcome other social issues affecting families and children.
marriage,” she explained, has “a profound effect on the health of a teenager
and there are studies that found that girls aged between 15 and 19 who are
pregnant face a higher risk of death during pregnancy or birth.”
Wan Azizah, who is also Minister of Women, Family and Community Development,
noted that 61 agencies would be involved in implementing the government plan.
latter includes strengthening the existing socio-economic and outreach support
programmes, increase the minimum marriage age to 18 for girls as well as
providing children-friendly, reproductive health services.
achieve its goal, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development will
set up a steering committee to monitor the plan.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said the
government would also engage with non-Muslims, the Orang Asli[*] and natives of
Sabah and Sarawak in order to get every community onboard to stop child
states’ consent to change the law is only for the one that affects Muslim
marriages,” said Hannah Yeoh. “Our data, however, shows that customary
marriages in Sabah and Sarawak are equally high. Underage marriage is also high
among the non-Muslims too.”
far only the State of Selangor has raised the legal marrying age for Muslims to
18, whilst the process of changing the law is underway in Federal Territories.
Sabah, Johor, Melaka and Perak have agreed to amend their marriage laws but
seven other states – Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, Negri Sembilan, Kedah
and Kelantan – have not agreed to change theirs.
Salleh, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, announced that the
government was introducing guidelines that would require applications for
underage Muslim marriages to go before the Syariah (Sharia) High Court.[†]
must present medical and mental health reports from healthcare officials and
the Social Welfare Department to the court,” Fuziah Salleh explained. “They
would also be interviewed by Syariah High Court judges to determine the
underlying factors surrounding their applications.”
Malaysia, Islamic and civil laws allow minors to marry. Under civil law,
non-Muslim can only marry when they are 18; however, non-Muslim girls can marry
at 16, provided they obtain the consent of the chief minister of their state of
Muslims, the minimum age for marriage is the same as for non-Muslims, but
Syariah courts may allow marriage below those ages.
to official figures, some 10,240 child marriage applications were made between
2005 and 2015, an average of 1,024 each year.
non-Muslims, 2,104 girls aged 16 to 18 got married between 2011 and September
2015, i.e. 420 per year.
Muslim Women Embrace Physical Exercise to Keep Fit
wear big long head cover (Hijab) on top of tracksuits and canvas and come out
as early as 6am for exercise. We cover our body – from head to toe – properly
to ensure that our dress code is in agreement with our religion and culture,”
says Sadiya Ibrahim Muhammad, captain of Peace Fitness Centre who noted that
they have discovered that physical training exercise is a solution to the pervasiveness
of health challenges bedevilling them. Muslim women, especially married ones in
Jos, are not known to public sporting activities particularly among Hausa
communities but the prevalence of endemic diseases, according to them, have
been a driving factor that forced them to key into physical exercise. Regular
exercise according to medical doctors helps prevent many health problems but
the culture of going out to improve health condition through exercise is
uncommon among Muslim (married) women generally. Daily Trust gathered that lack
of awareness of the significance of exercise, coupled with cultural or
religious belief are part of the reasons why Muslim women dissociate themselves
from physical exercise.
new trend, which is gradually gaining acceptance in the state, presents the
women during training hours in their traditional Hijab which symbolises their
dress codes in some sport scenes, with others jugging along major roadsides
just to maintain fitness. The prevalent cases of health challenges such as
diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart and liver related diseases among others,
have made people to realize that physical exercise has a big role to play in
the general wellbeing of the body.
now, it was very rare to see Muslim married women in Jos, kitted in canvas and
sports wears along roadsides jugging or deliberately forming a drill team,
aimed at maintaining their health conditions. But half a kilometre from Bauchi
Road Dutse Uku Junction to Jilek football pitch, a group of Muslim women are
seen enjoying their morning training. Our correspondent who visited the
training ground as early as 6am on Wednesday witnessed how the women arrived
the training ground one after the other, being very passionate and keeping to
time. Speaking to our correspondent on their reason for embracing physical
exercise, Sadiya explained that “Muslim women have been left behind in terms of
exercise and it’s high time we embrace it because some of us are diabetic or
hypertensive patients, while others suffer from ailments that require frequent
exercise. You see this woman (pointing a friend), she had a serious heart
disease confirmed by a medical doctor, but through her active participation in
the training, she’s getting stronger.” Sadiya noted that most Muslim women
don’t partake in this kind of training because they are ashamed of moving
around wearing tracksuits and canvass, adding that “I enjoy it more than
anything because I feel healthy and comfortable anytime I go for the training.”
She said knowing the importance of the training, she always invite more women
to enrol. “When we started, we were three but today, we are more than fifty
because more women are beginning to see the impact of the training. Prior to
the commencement of the training, I was huge and heavy but through constant
training, I have reduced weight and equally lowered my sugar level. I don’t
want to miss a day without doing the exercise.” Mrs. Sadiya further said to
ensure commitment, respect and discipline among them, the team put in place rules
and regulations which include wearing of long hijab that covers the entire
body, adding “without hijab no woman will be allowed to participate.” She also
said everyone is expected to adhere to the stipulated time which is from 6am to
7am every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. This according to Sadiya has brought
sanity, discipline, and commitment to the team. Muhammad Kabir, who trains the
women, explained why the centre was initiated for the women. He said “life has
changed. There are lots of infectious and communicable diseases nowadays and
it’s also worthy to note that incessant drugs usage for treatment of those
diseases have effects on the health conditions of people; but regular exercise
happens to be the only platform for continuous relief from most of these
illnesses, that’s why we are here today. We are here to treat our major and
minor health cases by exercising, maintaining some degrees of fitness and
Working Women Not Keen On Saving Money For Marriage
– Saudi working women are mostly apathetic to save money for their marriage
purposes, according to an official survey, carried out by the General Authority
for Statistics. It was revealed in the survey that 99.6 percent of the employed
women are not interested in the idea of saving money for the purpose of
marriage. Only 0.4 percent of the working women are eager to save some money
for their marriage. At the same time, 34.82 percent of the male employees are
saving money to meet their marriage expenses. The overall percentage of Saudi
men and women employees, who save money for this purpose, did not exceed 28.38.
to the Saudi Youth Development Survey of 2019, the largest number of working
Saudi men and women, with 39.69 percent, see meeting emergency needs is the
main reason for their saving. More than half of women employees (58.80 percent)
give first priority to this while 35.28 percent of men employees consider this
as their first priority.
the survey, women employees also excelled in their choice to save for “other
reasons” by 33.53 percent while their male counterparts stood at 10.51 percent,
with an overall percentage of 14.82 percent.
males excelled in their reason for saving for the purpose of housing by 19.38
percent, while women’s percentage in this respect stood at 7.27 percent, and
the overall rate for both sexes was at 17.11 percent.
to the survey, the percentage of young employees, who are fully satisfied with
their job, accounts for 23.54 while 54.12 of them did not face any difficulties
during their work at present or in the past. The breakup of this among male and
female staff accounts for 54.67 percent and 51.47 percent respectively. It also
showed that 45.88 percent of young employees reported facing some sort of
difficulties during work.
survey also identified the reasons for the difficulties. The low salary was
attributed to as the reason by 19.31 percent of the young staff, with a breakup
of 18.86 percent of male and 21.49 percent of female staff. The work pressure
and length of working hours were attributed to as the reason by 10.04 percent
and their percentage by sex reached 8.94 percent of male and 15.34 percent of
female. Around 5.25 percent of the staff saw working in a distant city as the
third reason and their percentage by sex is 5.86 percent of male and 2.29
percent of female staff.
length of time taking to reach workplace due to traffic congestion or the
distance is the reason for difficulties for another 3.9 percent of staff, with
a breakup 4.25 percent of male and 2.25 percent of female. The difficulty in
obtaining leave was found as the reason by 2.93 percent of staff and these
include 3.09 percent of male and 2.16 percent of female staff while another
2.52 percent, including 2.26 percent of male and 3.78 percent of female, found
inappropriate treatment of superiors as the reason.
survey, which was conducted during the second quarter of 2019, aims to provide
many important indicators about the real situation of youth in the social,
demographic and economic aspects, highlighting issues and challenges facing
young people, providing an opportunity to get acquainted with their needs, and
extracting many indicators and measures.
the survey, all young employed people endorsed to the existence of all kinds of
values in society. However, percentage of their voting varied from one to
another in certain degrees. A total of 98.55 percent of the youth voted for the
value of a “person’s sense of responsibility” while hard work received 98.12
percent of vote; tolerance 98.26 percent; perfection 97.46 percent; prudent
spending 89.22 percent; compliance with regulations 94.64 percent; justice
97.95 percent; moderation 97.42 percent; determination and perseverance 98.41
percent while 92.64 percent of the young staff voted for transparency.
was also revealed in the survey that the Saudi population in the age group of
15-34 years makes up 36.70 percent, of which men constitute 51.03 percent while
women represent 48.97 percent.
Challenger For Ilhan Omar’s 5th District Seat Is Also A Muslim Refugee
(WCCO) – A new Republican challenger to Rep. Ilhan Omar is, like her, a woman,
a Muslim and a refugee.
Al-Aqidi announced this week her campaign for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional
District. In a campaign video, she criticized Omar for “sowing seeds of
division” in the country.
who was born in a refugee camp in Kenya and came to the U.S. as a child, was
one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress in 2016, winning the 5th
District in a landslide. Since then, she’s become a prominent critic of
President Donald Trump.
was born in Iraq and fled the regime of Saddam Hussein. In the U.S., she worked
as a journalist, covering the White House as a political correspondent.
her campaign website, Al-Aqidi describes herself as a proud Muslim who sought a
better life in America. She says the difference between her and Omar is that
while she has championed the United States, Omar’s rhetoric and comments have
been harmful for Minnesota and the country.
is seeking the Republican nomination. Omar is also facing a primary challenge
from community organizer John Mason.
many Muslim women in the US are skipping the Women’s March this year
Elhuni says she is done with the national Women’s March.
devoted attendee and participant since 2017, she even spoke at Vermont's March
in 2019. But the community organiser says she no longer sees a place for
herself within the movement.
year I made a clear stand that I will not be going because their feminism and
human rights [advocacy] is very selective,” she told Middle East Eye.
you are really for the liberation for women, then you should seek the
liberation for all women and the Women’s March doesn’t do that,” Elhuni added.
Women’s March is a US nonprofit group that evolved from the initial Washington
march in 2017 following President Donald Trump's inauguration.
movement describes itself as a platform "created by women and for all
people" with a mission to enable everyone to live safely and "free
from structural impediments".
Elhuni is one of a growing number of Muslim women and women of colour who have
publicly disavowed the Women’s March this year over repeated concerns that the
movement remains overwhelmingly white and tone-deaf to the issues faced by
other communities. “This country has a history of a type of feminism that
leaves out certain women. Through the Women’s March, this practise of valuing
the experience of some women over others continues today,” Elhuni said.
number of Muslim women say the March is neither inclusive nor interested in
moving beyond Muslims and women of colour as tokens.
Hussain, who was on the advisory board of the Minnesota chapter of the March in
2019, told MEE that the way some progressive spaces treat outspoken Muslim
women is not very encouraging for others looking to get involved in public
Linda Sarsour and then seeing Zahra Billoo included on the board - you know,
people who speak up on issues - was a
big deal. But then the moment they spoke up, they were attacked and attempts
[were] made to silence them," she said.
lot of Muslim women see how vulnerable these women are because they speak out
and then choose to steer clear from these positions as a result,” the executive
director of Reviving Sisterhood, a Minneapolis-based non-profit, said.
a community activist based in New York City, was one of the co-chairs of the
March. As an outspoken Palestinian-American, she routinely faced accusations of
antisemitism throughout her tenure.
mid-2019, she stepped down from the board.
Women’s March has been under intense scrutiny since it voted off activist
Billoo from the board over her criticisms of Israel, which her detractors
called antisemitic - an allegation ultimately endorsed by the board when it
decision created a wedge within the Women’s March, and for months, concerned
activists have sought clarity from the March over the treatment of Billoo, only
to be met with silence. Marcie Wells, a member of the 2019 steering committee,
resigned over the affair.
the community organiser from Vermont, says that for the March to sideline
Billoo, who speaks out about issues facing the community, it was akin to
silencing the community itself.
has spoken up on profiling by the FBI, and the Muslim ban, and she has a long
history of speaking up on important issues that matter to us,” Elhuni said.
told MEE that the Women’s March “has had many months to make things right with
Arab and Muslim communities”.
they haven’t done so,” Billoo said.
Women's March did not reply to Middle East Eye’s request for comment.
a statement released in September, the March said that Billoo had been removed
with immediate effect after concluding that "some of her public statements
[were] incompatible with the values and mission of the organisation".
it is not just Muslim women who feel marginalised by the Women’s March.
complaints of one-dimensional politics have also been levelled by others who
argued that the Women’s March did not take up issues close to the Black
community, such as police brutality.
Zainab Khan, a community organiser based in Atlanta, says that a lack of
intersectionality has dogged the March from the very beginning.
went for the first one in 2017. And immediately, I didn’t feel that my values
were represented. I felt tokenised.
remember there were these posters of a Muslim woman in an American flag hijab.
That is all I needed to know,” Khan says.
say the lead-up to this year’s event has been a lot quieter than normal, which
is a sign that all is not well within the movement.
the first edition of the March and its sister events drew millions across the
country, observers aren’t predicting a similar turnout this year.
think the jury is still out as to what the purpose of the March is today,"
still need to figure out what it has achieved besides bringing people to the
Khan, a student activist based in NYC, told MEE that the failure of the
movement to be intersectional, together with what she calls “collective
compassion fatigue”, means she doesn't foresee as big a turnout as there was in
Khan said that though the turnout has been in decline, she wouldn’t completely
discount “the efforts of gender, queer and women’s interest groups who meet on
the eve of the march to coordinate and reflect on shortcomings”.
Thursday, Mei Mei Chan from Equality Rights, a group that advocates for gender
justice in workplaces and schools across the country, argued that there were
many reasons to be upset with the movement.
many people, the fact that the Women’s March has made so many decisions in
conflict with their mission is good enough reason to cancel them,” Chan wrote.
I’m not casting aside the Women’s March. I hope that in the future the Women’s
March won’t cast me aside, either.”
Elhuni says it's imperative to take a stand.
we don’t send a message, this will continue. They need to know: leaving
Palestinian women out, leaving Muslim women out, is not okay,” she said.
assailed for denouncing women’s rights march
A discussion in the Senate on the annual report of the National Commission on
Status of Women (NCSW) on Friday took a bizarre turn when a Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker attempted to justify honour killing and
ridiculed women’s rights movements.
killing is a problem,” Senator Mohsin Aziz admitted but in the same breath said
honour and culture were important too. He said that women should lead their
lives in accordance with Shariah.
also criticised the NGOs that organised the Aurat March protests across the
country last year where slogans such as “heat up your own dinner” were chanted.
Peoples Party’s parliamentary leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman, while
reacting to the remarks that linked culture and oppression of women, said:
“When it comes to women’s rights I expect all parties to adopt a bipartisan
approach in parliament. You cannot justify honour crimes or any other
oppression, let alone condemn entire rights movements, in the name of culture.
We [women] are neither a second gender nor will we condone honour crimes in
those who played a pivotal part in women’s rights movements over the decades,
Ms Rehman said: “Those women spearheaded the women’s movement with an
unprecedented bravery, offering invaluable sacrifices as they faced a dictator
like Ziaul Haq. But we were not doing it for our own rights. We don’t fight for
ourselves. We fight for those who are without privilege or power as honour
crimes are mostly faced by those living in deeply vulnerable situations, in
rural or tribal areas or situations where they don’t know their rights or are
unable to exercise them, with no access to lawyers or justice.”
her remarks on a lighter note, she said: “The new women’s movement too must be
supported and if Senator Mohsin did not like slogans like ‘heat up your own
dinner’ from last women’s demonstrations, he should be careful as we will make
sure he has to heat up his own dinner too.”
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Nuzhat Sadiq said that the NCSW report
pointed out that though steps had been taken in some areas like academia,
corporate sector and media to improve conditions of women, yet concerted
efforts were needed to uplift them in some sectors including rural women and
home-based workers. Quoting one of the recommendations of the report, she said
that a mechanism should be formed to collect data of those women who work in
non-formal sectors, mostly home-based workers.
Senator Mushtaq Ahmed quoting the report deplored that over 12 million women
registered with the national registration authority were still missing from the
Fatah Got It Wrong. Pakistani Woman Did Not Refuse Polio Drops For Her Children
Delhi: Pakistani-Canadian author Tarek Fatah shared a video early Wednesday of
a woman screaming at two polio vaccine volunteers and refusing to allow her
children to take the drops.
had tweeted the video claiming it was from Pakistan, but deleted it later in
the clip, the woman can be heard saying: “I will never allow my children to
take these drops. My children will never drink this.”
columnist and author, whose Twitter bio says he has been imprisoned by
successive military regimes in Pakistan, had shared the video on Facebook as
the Facebook clip was viewed more than 6,000 times until the time of filing
this report, the video has been retweeted more than 3,000 times and liked by
over 8,000 people on Twitter. Many criticised the woman and the state of
affairs in Pakistan.
video is actually from a Pakistani movie called Load Wedding, which was
released on 22 August 2018. The movie’s lead actor, Mehwish Hayat, replied to
Fatah’s tweet, debunking his claims.
also asked him to check his sources.
a scene from my movie ‘Load Wedding’, the polio worker is me & that woman
an actress. Through the film we were raising awareness on the issue. Glad to
see our performances were so convincing (sic),” she wrote.
u for giving ur 2 cents on this but pls first verify the source b4 posting next
time. It’s a scene frm my movie”loadwedding”,the polio worker is me & that
woman an actress.Through the film we were raising awareness of the issue.Glad 2
see our performances were so convincing
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isn’t the first time that Fatah, who is known for his anti-Islam views, has
fallen prey to fake news.
November 2019, he had tweeted a doctored image of a madrassa teacher explaining
to students why Islam was superior to Hinduism. At the time, Fatah had said:
“No, the mullah is not playing knots & crosses. He is teaching Muslim girls
in an Indian Islamic school the comparative superiority of Islam over
image was actually from a madrassa in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, which was in
the news for teaching students Sanskrit along with subjects such as English,
Hindi and Urdu.
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