confirmed membership revocation of the two female athletics from Afghanistan
National Bowling Team as the athletics have neglected wearing of 'Islamic Hijab
Islamic Hijab: 2 Afghanistan Female Athletics Deprived Bowling Membership
Students Clinch Top Positions In All KU Faculties’ Exams
Student Wins Contest of Women Wrestling in USA
Women Killed Last Month In Turkey: Women’s Rights Group
Eagles Flying High With Women’s Football Win
Women Ride Into History With ‘Dream’ Home Debut
Room For Women In "New Malaysia"?
Team Want To Spread Their Wings
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Islamic Hijab: 2 Afghanistan Female Athletics Deprived Bowling Membership
Authorities confirmed membership revocation of the two female athletics from
Afghanistan National Bowling Team as the athletics have neglected wearing of
“Islamic Hijab” (veil) during their play in one of the gulf countries.
National Bowling Federation has described the two athletic as Fazila Hoorzad and
federation said that the two athletics have neglected the wearing of Islamic
Hijab and opposed the policy of the federation while they were at the 25th
Asian Bowling Championship in Kuwait.
accordance to the federation policy and rules, serious acts will be made
against the disregarding of Islamic Hijab,” said Sayed Ahad Sorush, spokesman
for the federation.
one of these athletics, Fazila Hoorzad, whose memberships has been cancelled,
called the implementation a “slander” against herself.
fully appeared in Islamic veil in our matches and attended all the official
meeting and events with Hijab,” she said, adding, “It is our choice to decide
how to appear out the official time.”
the videos and photos of 25th Asian Bowling Championships have shown these two
athletics with Hijab.
Hamidi, an Afghan women rights activist and regional campaigner for Amnesty
International has termed the federation‘s decision a discrimination act and a
clear violence against women.
is not the first time that women in Afghanistan have been deprived of their
membership rights. No law or policy can limit a person’s privacy,” she added.
called for an immediate halt of such actions, saying that women would hardly
dare to join such fields as they would be concerned about their privacy.
a society where attending women in sports are regarded as a taboo breaking,
women should not be victimized anymore,” Samira emphasized.
demanded the related authorities to re-grant the athletics’ membership and let
them attend the national and international games.
is considered one of the restricted countries against women in the world. Women
are paid with less freedom and treated with sever limitation.
students clinch top positions in all KU faculties’ exams
graduates again outshined male students in terms of academic excellence at the
30th convocation of the University of Karachi (KU) held on Saturday as girls
clinched all the prestigious academic medals, including the first position in
the entire university and the first positions in all the eight faculties.
total of 7,184 graduated this year, and 2,033 of them were awarded degrees for
programmes of various departments under the eight faculties of the varsity. A
total of 208 students received gold medals.
female graduate, Sajida, who was enrolled on the masters degree programme at
the Department of Mathematics, clinched three gold medals, including the one
that was dedicated to the martyred students of the APS Peshawar for securing
the overall first position in the entire university. She received the second
gold medal for holding the first position in the Faculty of Science, and the
third for achieving the first position in the Department of Mathematics.
with The News, Sajida said she had dedicated her APS gold medal to the parents
who lost their children in the terrorist attack and the students and teachers
who were martyred.
was the most disastrous day in the history of Pakistan. I always wished to do
something in the name of the martyred children of the APS. Now, I have the
opportunity and want to dedicate my gold medal to them, their parents and
position holders at the faculty level included Faiza Sabir for securing the
highest marks in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Alieya Ali in the
Faculty of Education, Sumaira Ashraf in the Faculty of Islamic Studies,
Tasmeena Perveen and Syeda Izza Maryam Rizvi in the Faculty of Law, Sayyeda
Sualeha Waseem in the Faculty of Pharmacy, and Farah Siddiqi and Muqaddas
Jelani in the Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences.
to statistics released by the KU, 3,166 degrees were awarded in different
departments working under the Faculty of Science, 1,865 degrees in departments
under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 718 degrees under the Faculty of
Management and Administrative Sciences, 284 degrees under the Faculty of
Education, 268 degrees under the Faculty of Islamic Studies, 216 degrees under
the Faculty of Pharmacy, 80 degrees under the Faculty of Law, and 21 degrees
under the Faculty of Engineering.
many as 292 students received MPhil degrees while 255 students earned PhD
degrees at the convocation. Fifteen students were awarded two-year master
programme degrees such as MS, MD and DSc. A total of 645 students received BA
(Hon) degrees, whereas, 68 students were awarded BS degrees.
the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1,142 students received masters
degrees. A total of 1,186 students were the recipients of BSc (Hon) degrees,
while 357 graduates were awarded BS degrees. As many as 623 graduates of the
departments under the Faculty of Science received masters degrees.
who received Pharm-D degrees were 216, while 95 graduates bagged two-year BCom
degrees. A total of 109 students obtained BPA (Hon) degrees and as many were
awarded BS degrees.
Governor Imran Ismail, who is also the chancellor of all the public sector
universities in Sindh including the KU, addressed the convocation.
Majority of the female students including the position holders do not start
their professional carriers or it comes to an end in an early stage due to
their marriages or some other reasons which are not a good sign for the
country,” he said.
mentioned that notable personalities were produced by the KU or were affiliated
with it who included Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Dr Attaur Rehman, Raees Amhrohi, Dr
Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Prof ABA Haleem and others.
around 40 per cent of youngsters after completing their graduation plan to
leave the country as they believe that it would be a better option for their
future. However, they should have faith and confidence in themselves and
dedication to work for the country,” the governor remarked.
shared that 70 per cent of the economics of the world would be run by 20
countries in 2023 and Pakistan for the very first time would be a part of that
privileged group. He also maintained that there was no shortage of job
opportunities in the country.
Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi said the international ranking
of the KU had significantly improved due to the hard work and expertise of the
informed the audience that the varsity had leaped forward in the Asia
University Rankings on 239th position. Compared to last year, the KU at present
is recognised as one of the best higher education institutions of the region,
Iraqi said the varsity had inked many memorandums of understanding with foreign
varsities to foster global competence and share experiences of best global
have also charted out a four-year bachelor's programme in Chinese language
which will have a 2-2 split, with half of the course – that is two years – to
be conducted in China at the Sichuan Normal University.”
acting VC said the KU always helped the students and for the first time the
administration had decided to offer scholarships to those who could not apply
for admissions due to financial reasons.
position holder students
who secured the first position in the entire Faculty of Education, said she
would pursue a career in the education sector to educate more and more women.
“It is not important for a girl to be employed. But the only thing which is
much important for a female is education. Women literacy will ultimately change
overall first position in the masters programme of the Faculty of Management
and Business Administration was clinched by two girls, Farah and Muqaddas.
to The News, Farah said the female graduates had received more degrees with
distinction in professional education than their male counterparts. She added
that though the girls achieve good percentage in their final results, a
majority of them give up professional careers.
our society, people generally expect that the sole responsibility for making a
family lies with the women in spite of the fact that a family is created by a
man and a woman together and they are equally responsible for it,” she said,
adding that she would like to pursue a career in teaching business education to
educate more females and bring them in the field of business.
said the future of Pakistan is bright as it has talented manpower, striving to
improve its economy and literacy rate. She added that nowadays, the parents and
employers encourage the women to get professional degrees while society has
also started to accept the positive role of working women.
asked why male students do not generally put efforts in education, which is
evident from the fact that very few of them secure positions in examinations,
but they are still able to get high-ranked and well-paid jobs in comparison to
female graduates, she said boys study with the objective of securing jobs in
the future; whereas, girls have an extra motivation than them as they have to
prove themselves in society, which, however, does not provide equal
opportunities to the women.
who bagged the overall first position in the Faculty of Law remarked that
achieving top position might be helpful in pursuing professional careers. She
said in our society, women suffer from many problems on a daily basis, but
added that they should accept all such challenges because no one would come
forward to resolve their issues.
was of the view that as there was a lack of practising female lawyers, the new female
law graduates were not able to find many mentors who could guide them in the
early stages of their career.
student wins contest of women wrestling in USA
of Badin city, Ms. Nida Ali Jamali, studying in USA has won contest of women
wrestling in California, state of USA and was honoured with atleast two gold
this connection Babar Jamali, maternal uncle of Ms. Nida Jamali said she was
hard working, talented and active student and best player of wrestling and for
her hard strive, efficient training and keen interest, she won the contest for
beloved Pakistan, nation and people of Badin.
is pertinent to mention that Ms. Nida Ali Jamali secured highest ever
percentage in the subject of American history during her study in USA and her
glowing and remarkable performance was lauded.
women killed last month in Turkey: Women’s rights group
53 women were killed across Turkey in September, making it the most deadly
month of this year so far for women, according to a report by Kadın
Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu (We Will Stop Femicides Platform), a
women’s rights organization that monitors violence against women.
to the report, 17 women were killed by their husbands, six by acquaintances or
relatives, five by their boyfriends, three by their sons, two by their
brothers, two by their former husbands and one by someone she did not know. The
perpetrators of the remaining 17 femicides could not be determined.
of the women were killed on the pretext of “financial reasons” and nine for
either wanting to divorce, refusing to get together or turning someone down.
The reason for 31 of the killings could not be determined, while 11 of the
femicides were logged as “suspicious deaths.”
long as it is not determined by whom the women are killed and due to which
reason, a fair judicial process is not conducted, suspects and murderers do not
get deterrent fines and preventive measures are not applied, the violence keeps
changing dimension and continues to exist,” said the report.
of the women were killed with sharp objects, 12 with firearms, two were
strangled to death, one died from being strangled and assaulted with a sharp
object, one was killed with a chemical substance and another was burned to
of the women were killed in their own homes, six on the street, two in a park,
one in a stable, one in a garden, one in an entertainment venue, one at a
workplace, one at a grocery store and one at a hotel. The bodies of two of the
victims were found in dams and another two, in forests. The authorities could
not determine where the rest of the five women were killed, according to the
the latest figure from September, the total number of women killed since the
beginning of this year equaled 347, said the activist platform. In 2018, the
number of women killed was 440, according to the same group.
Eagles flying high with women’s football win
A relieved Jeddah Eagles team claimed victory in the Jeddah Women’s Football
League with a final-match victory over arch-rivals Miraas.
Eagles were one-point leaders on the league table going into the last match of
the season on Friday and needed a win to ensure triumph in the league.
Bireen Sadagah, 31, said she is overwhelmed with her team’s victory. “I still
can’t believe we actually won the league,” she told Arab News.
Eagles claimed the title from rivals White Lion, Jeddah Wave, Miraas, Storm and
Kings United in a two-month competition which began on Oct. 4.
such a beautiful thing to win it after such a long journey, especially since we
started from scratch,” Sadagah said.
girls feel very proud of themselves because they have accomplished something
all the other teams in Jeddah were aiming for.
Eagles made history by winning the league and I’m sure that all the girls in my
team will support their nephews, cousins, nieces, friends and others to be better.
By 2030, you’re going to find a very good generation of athletes in the
Kingdom,” the coach added.
midfielder Farah Jefry, 16, said: “It was incredible. Everyone was fighting for
the cup and we were up by only one point before the final match, so we had to
win in order to win the cup. I’m really thankful for my team for working so
hard this season.”
young footballer said she is thankful for Saudi Vision 2030 and the role being
offered to women to make sports history. Under social reforms led by Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, women are beginning to enter many different fields,
has been a huge difference if you compare us now from five years ago. Women
have a lot more opportunities,” Jefry said.
Jeddah Women’s League is an example and also the first national team. Women’s
football is gaining popularity in the Kingdom,” she said.
are so many people asking how they can join our team, and so many teams are
being established these days. Two years ago, there were about five teams and
now there are around 10.”
midfielder Layan Jouhari praised the team’s efforts.
past few months have been intense with training four times a week, and a lot of
planning and commitment,” she said. “We had to go through tough losses and
amazing victories, so to finally win the cup in the end, it’s indescribable,”
said she is happy with the support Saudi Vision 2030 has given to women in
grateful that Saudi Arabia is taking all these steps to develop and change, and
shed light on areas where women haven’t had a chance to shine before. It’s
rewarding to be appreciated by the Kingdom, especially in the field of sports.
We are getting a lot of support,” she said.
women ride into history with ‘dream’ home debut
Saudi women riders are saddling up to make history when they compete side by
side with their male counterparts for the first time as part of this month’s
Diriyah Equestrian Festival.
and World Cup qualification points are up for grabs in the second edition of
the festival being held on Dec. 14 and Dec. 19-21.
more significantly, women riders will compete in the same arena as their male
counterparts for the first time in the Kingdom’s history.
the course of two weekends, the festival will feature 120 riders, 150 grooms,
50 officials, 300 companions and trainers, 250 club members and 150 crew.
13 Saudi women competitors are excited that the moment to shine on their home
turf has finally arrived.
is a dream,” said 18-year-old Lama Al-Ajmi. “It’s an international four-star
competition and I will finally get to represent my country on home soil.
me, this is the start. This is the start for all of us. I want to be on top and
the Olympics are my dream,” she added.
Abar, 32, a graphic designer and former UN employee, will compete alongside her
brother Abdelkarim in the festival — their first time riding together in an
international competition in their homeland.
started riding when I was four years old,” she said. “But until now I’ve only
been able to compete abroad. Finally, we can compete at home and it makes me
Al-Hasoun, 24, also voiced her excitement at being able to join an
international competition in her country. “We used to watch, now we participate
and look to win. We’re very excited to finally be part of this,” she said.
equestrian festival is part of the wider Diriyah Season, a month of major
sports events such as Formula E, top-class men’s tennis and the recent world
heavyweight title fight The Clash On The Dunes.
Diriyah UNESCO World Heritage site will also stage performances from some of
the globe’s biggest music artists, including Swedish House Mafia and Calvin
Harris, as part of the festival.
room for women in "New Malaysia"?
Malaysia’s male politicians continue to squabble over power, all the women seem
to be left with are breadcrumbs.
the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its 2020 Global Gender Gap Report.
While it was unsurprising that Nordic countries like Iceland, Norway, Finland,
and Sweden were the top performers, some ASEAN countries like the Philippines –
which managed to secure the 16th spot out of 153 countries – didn’t do too
shabby either. The same, however, could not be said for most of the other ASEAN
month, on 25 November, local Malaysian media had quoted the Department of
Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) as saying that the country’s Gender Gap Index had
improved, with increased women empowerment in politics being the greatest
contributor to the better score. The index score for 2018 was recorded at 71.1
percent, a boost from 69.7 percent the year before, Department of Statistics
Malaysia (DOSM) showed in its Statistics on Women Empowerment in Selected
more recent WEF report, however, seems to paint a different picture for Malaysia.
Malaysia was not a top performer in the 2018 Global Gender Gap Report either –
having been ranked 101st place out of 149 countries – the 2020 Global Gender
Gap Report placed Malaysia at an even lower rank at 104th place.
admittedly, there was an addition of four other countries in the more recent
report – which could have altered Malaysia’s score to be slightly lower - the
fact remains that Malaysia has a problem when it comes to realising equal
rights among men and women.
is similar in the case for the Political Empowerment dimension. In 2018,
Malaysia received a score of 0.072 out of 1 and ranked 131st. Meanwhile, in the
2020 report, Malaysia received a score of 0.108 and ranked 117th. Improvement?
Yes, but 117th place out of the 153 countries involved isn’t anything worth
bragging about and still a long way from Philippines’ score of 0.353 and rank
of 29th place for the same dimension – let’s not even talk about the Nordic
countries for now.
a matter of fact, Malaysia performed worst for Political Empowerment when
compared to all other dimensions where - let’s face it - the country didn’t
perform so well either.
to the Coalition of Hope’s (Pakatan Harapan) coming into power in the country’s
May election last year, the coalition had promised to ensure that women had at
least 30 percent representation in state and federal government. However, an
article published by New Mandala last month noted that this promise has yet to
there has been an increase in the proportion of women in the federal
parliament—from 10.8 percent after the previous election in 2013 to 14.9
percent currently — New Mandala noted that Malaysia continues to rank poorly in
global indexes for women’s political representation and gender equality.
of 2019, there are 33 women in federal parliament (14.9 percent), five female
Ministers (17.8 percent), four female Deputy Ministers (14.8 percent) and nine
women in Cabinet (16.4 percent),” the article noted.
fact, soon after the coalition came into power, a report from Reuters revealed
that activists were “angered” over the low number of women who had so far been
appointed to national and state governments run by Pakatan Harapan, with none
meeting the target.
are holding the government accountable to its promise. We want an inclusive
society,” said Angela Kuga Thas, executive director of the group Empower. She
had led a small rally outside the national palace in the capital, Kuala Lumpur,
where protestors held placards that read: “Women are ready to govern” and “We
vote for change”.
in March this year, Empower wrote a letter that was published by local news
portal Malaysiakini. In it, the group wrote that, although it had then been
close to a year since 9 May (the general election where Pakatan Harapan grabbed
power), and despite implementing various initiatives on women’s empowerment
through state-run institutions and appointing a female deputy prime minister
for the first time in the nation’s history, the coalition had yet to prove its
seriousness in placing women in decision-making positions in politics.
are half of the Malaysian population, and women should hold at least half of
the decision-making positions. This needs to be done right now for the betterment
of democracy and truly a Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia),” the group wrote.
from the numbers, Pakatan Harapan’s promise of 30 percent women representation
in state and federal governments has not been fulfilled. Yet again, this is
just another case highlighting the fact that Malaysia “improves”, but still has
a long way to go.
team want to spread their wings
national women’s cricket team are hoping to play at the Hangzhou Asian Games
and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.
participation in the Asian Games will depend on the Olympic Council of
Malaysia’s (OCM) approval, World No 28 Malaysia must go through the Commonwealth
Games qualifiers to play in Birmingham.
Cricket Association (MCA) president Mahinda Vallipuram said the women’s team
need to play quality opponents in their bid to improve rankings before taking
on Test-playing nations in the Commonwealth Games qualifiers.
women’s team have been making progress since winning bronze at the 2017 Kuala
Lumpur Sea Games. The objective now is to play in the Asian Games and also to
qualify for the Commonwealth Games in 2022,” said Mahinda at Kinrara Oval in Puchong
need to convince OCM that they are good enough to play in the Hangzhou Asian
Games by moving up the rankings. As for the Commonwealth Games, we are still
waiting for the International Cricket Council to release the qualifying format
for the Commonwealth Games.”
the four-team Malaysian Super Women League starts today at Kinrara Oval.
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