Republic has four styles of hijabs, including satin fabrics and leopard prints,
on its website for $40 to $50. (Banana Republic)
Will Be Ultimate Sufferers Of Triple Talaq Law: AIMPLB
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Women Cyclists Arrested In Tehran For Violating Rules On Hijab
Jilani of the AIMPL Board to Challenge Triple Talaq Bill in Top Court
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Woman Sues Louisville over Jail Photo Taken Without Her Hijab
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Ruler’s Wife Applies for Forced Marriage Protection Order for Children in UK
estranged wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
has applied for a forced marriage protection order relating to their children
in the United Kingdom.
London-based High Court heard on Tuesday that Princess Haya bint Al Hussein,
half sister of Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II, has applied for the order,
as well as for wardship of their children, and a non-molestation order relating
a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Judge Andrew McFarlane allowed media to
report that Princess Haya had made the applications.
court also heard that Sheikh Mohammed has applied to the High Court for the
summary return of the son Zayed, 7, and 11-year-old daughter Al Jalila to
the British law, forced marriages are distinct from arranged ones, and are
those without the full and free consent of both parties.
forced marriage protection order can be used to help someone, who is being
forced into marriage or who has been subjected to one.
can be applied for by the person in question, a relevant third party or anyone
else with the permission of the court.
must include details of how the applicant wants to be protected by the court.
the couple had issued a statement about the nature of the case following a
previous hearing held in private in London.
proceedings are concerned with the welfare of the two children of their
marriage and do not concern divorce or finances,” the statement read.
said the preliminary case management hearing would “deal with issues relating
to how to proceed to a final hearing to determine the welfare issues.”
Haya married Sheikh Mohammed in 2004. The end of his marriage is a fresh blow
to the Dubai ruler, whose daughter Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Maktoum, 33,
sought to escape last year before being captured on a boat off the Indian
rights groups claim she is being held in captivity in Dubai.
Women will be the ultimate sufferers due to the triple talaq legislation, said
Asma Zehra, the chief organiser of the women’s wing of the All India Muslim
Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019 was passed by the
Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, making the practice of pronouncement of instant triple
divorce by a husband punishable with up to three years in jail.
is instigation of women and end sufferers will be women only. It is totally an
anti-women bill,” Zehra said.
lady who lands in such a problem will get nothing. In fact she will be damaging
herself in many ways. She will be damaging her home and causing lot of harm to
her husband,” said Zehra.
pointed out that for victims of domestic abuse, the country has the Protection
of Women from Domestic Violence Act which has many doors open for
reconciliation and repair of damages in marriages while this Bill has nothing.
minute a woman goes for an appeal under this Act, she herself will damage her
home,” she said.
believes that even the lawmakers and judges will find it very difficult to
handle these cases because the burden of proof lies with women. She feels that
this will impose lot of burden on the judiciary and the legal fraternity.
bill has nothing to do with Muslim women empowerment or their protection. It is
just vote bank politics of the ruling party,” she added.
slammed the regional opposition parties for what she called deceiving the
Muslim community by not opposing the defective bill. She said the weakening of
opposition and opposition leaders led to this calamity.
pointed out that 20 million women had come out on the streets to protest
against the bill.
a democratic country where numbers have value, the government turned a blind
eye to the voice of the women and posed itself as messiah of Muslim women.
Muslim women very well know who are their enemies and who are their friends.
There is nobody to raise voice over lynching of our brothers and husbands and
here several hours of Parliament were wasted on this issue of husband and
wife,” Zehra said.
had collected 50 million signatures during a nationwide campaign against the
bill last year.
included 2.85 crore [28.5 million] women who opposed any kind of interference
in Personal Law. Still the Law Commission, Women Commission and Human Rights
Commission did not pay heed to the voice of the majority,” she said.
also said every party and parliamentarian who had a role in passing this Bill
should be held accountable and Muslim leaders should not support or garner
votes for them.
should learn lessons from what has happened. Everything in the future depends
on how you understand the whole issue now. Unless and until the community
understands what has gone wrong, unless and until it diagnoses the disease
within and stands strong and united, our constitutional rights can’t be
defended and we will be weakened,” she added.
Republic, the mainstream retailer known for no-frills work wear, has introduced
a line of Hijabs, making it the latest consumer brand to create products for
company this week began selling four styles of the religious headscarves,
including satin fabrics and leopard prints, on its website for between $40 and
$50. It added the products to the “accessories” section of its site on Tuesday
as part of an effort to “to reflect the rich diversity of customers and
employees,” a company spokeswoman said in an email.
growing popularity of “modest” clothing lines and hijabs at mainstream stores
signals a shift, analysts say, in retailers’ attitudes toward inclusion and
diversity. The apparel industry is undergoing massive change, and analysts say
companies are having to rethink their products to attract new shoppers. Many
are using their websites as a way to reach groups they might have ignored in
traditional stores, where the focus has long been on stocking shelves with
items that will appeal to the largest swath of consumers.
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retailers, including Macy’s and Uniqlo, have begun courting Muslim shoppers in
recent years, with the addition of hijabs and other “modest” fashion items like
high-neck tunics and floor-length cardigans. Nike markets its Pro Hijab to
Muslim athletes, while American Eagle briefly sold a $20 denim hijab. The head
covering, which is worn by some Muslim women, is now seen on the runway, in
Congress, and on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, which
this year featured Somali-American model Halima Aden in a hijab and burkini.
companies are waking up to the fact that there is value in Muslim consumers,”
said Sabiha Ansari, co-founder of the American Muslim Consumer Consortium, a
nonprofit that works with businesses. “Any time a consumer is acknowledged,
that’s a good thing.”
there are also large profits to be made: Muslim consumers spent $264 billion on
apparel in 2016, according to the Global Islamic Economy report by Thomson
Reuters. The figure is expected to rise to $373 billion by 2022.
purely pragmatic: Retail needs to serve everyone who’s willing to spend,” said
Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of consulting firm WSL Strategic Retail. “This
is an audience that deserves to be served as any other. But I suppose the
question then is, why has it taken so long?"
of the answer, she said, may be political. Companies are increasingly taking a
stand on a number of issues — from the environment to immigration — in response
to President Trump’s divisive rhetoric. Adding a line of hijabs, she said, “is
a way retailers can show that everybody’s invited to their brand.”
Republic, which is owned by the Gap, has had its share of financial struggles
in recent years, as it tries to keep up with fast-fashion chains and new online
competitors. Same-store sales, a closely watched measure of performance at
stores open for at least one year, fell 3 percent in the most recent quarter.
shoppers, though, said they felt conflicted about major retailers getting into
the hijab business. Was it inclusion, they wondered, or the appropriation of a
religious symbol for the sake of their bottom line?
the one hand, it does feel like they’re profiting off of us,” said Leena
Snoubar, 25, an American Muslim fashion blogger whose Instagram handle
@withloveleena has nearly 800,000 followers. “But on the other, it’s a way to
normalize hijab and make us feel more included."
who works as a labor and delivery nurse in Tyler, Texas, was tapped by Banana
Republic to promote its new line on social media. She said the leopard-print
hijab she received was “beautifully made.” But, she added, she won’t be buying
more from the chain but will instead stick with Muslim-owned businesses such as
Haute Hijab and Voile Chic.
she said, " is where my loyalty lies."
women cyclists have been arrested in Tehran’s Vali-Asr Square. Gholam Hossein
Ismaeli, spokesman for the Judiciary, confirmed the news on the arrests of 70
women cyclists when talking to a reporter. He said the 70 women cyclists had
been arrested for breaching the rules of “chastity and Hijab.”
did not provide any details particularly around the timing of the arrests of
the 70 women cyclists. (The state-run ISNA news agency – July 30, 2019)
Massoumeh Ebtekar, Rouhani’s deputy in family and women’s affairs, had earlier
confirmed that “there are no rules in Iran which could prevent women from
July, a research done by the Office of Cultural Studies of the Research Center
of the mullahs’ parliament indicated that some 70% of Iranian women do not
believe in the mandatory dress-code, namely the head-to-toe black veil called
“chador.” Nevertheless, the regime has further stepped up pressure and
restrictions on women under the pretext of improper veiling.
of the Public Places Police have instructed women clerks working in some Tehran
shopping centers to wear the Maghna’eh instead of simple scarves or shawls,
otherwise their shops would be sealed and shut down.
another development, Abol-ghassem Shirazi, head of Tehran’s Union of Clothing
Manufacturers and Wholesalers, announced that they are implementing a plan to
tackle and prevent production and sale of see-through or open-front women’s
manteaux. (The state-run ISNA news agency – July 31, 2019)
Gilan Province, northern Iran, commander of the State Security Force, Mohammad
Reza Is’haghi, announced that they had sent 66,000 text messages to drivers in
this province, carrying female passengers who had dropped their veils inside the
car. (The state-run ILNA news agency – July 31, 2019)
this month, commander of the Airport Police also announced that his forces
would deal with passengers who promote western dressing styles or drop their
veils. He said they would even prevent women who are considered improperly
veiled. (The state-run ISNA news agency – July 1, 2019)
Indian government and women’s groups yesterday hailed “historic” legislation
that criminalised ‘instant divorce’ for Muslims, but an influential Muslim
group said it would launch a legal challenge.
Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, passed a bill on Tuesday banning
the practice that allowed men to separate from their wives by saying “talaq”
who use it now can be jailed for up to three years or be fined.
Muslim women’s groups celebrated at events across India, which has followed
many countries in regulating “triple talaq”.
Soman, a social activist who launched a campaign against the practice nearly a
decade ago, said the legislation would serve as a deterrent against the unjust
treatment of women, some of whom were divorced with a WhatsApp message or by
law is the result of decades of injustice meted out to Muslim women and the
unsympathetic attitude of the political class and clergy,” Soman told AFP.
government called the parliament vote “historic”.
archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of
history,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter late Tuesday.
other Muslim groups fought the law and even the opposition Congress party was
against it, accusing Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of targeting one
Jilani of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board vowed yesterday to challenge
the new legislation in court.
said the action was part of a wider campaign by the BJP to undermine religious
are not surprised by the legislation as it is part of their larger agenda to
change the country’s constitution and snatch away the rights of minorities,”
Jilani, secretary of the Muslim group, told AFP.
said a petition against the law had nearly 50mn signatories across India.
Owaisi, a leading Muslim lawmaker, said the new legislation “should be seen
only as one part of many attacks on Muslim identity and citizenship” since Modi
came to power in 2014.
JAYA, Aug 1 ― Following the success of Halal/Haram last year, Sisters in Islam
is back with its third charity art show this month titled Awan & Tanah.
to unite Malaysian artists in pursuit of gender equality and justice in the
country, Awan & Tanah looks at the relationship between the divine and the
ordinary, God and humans as well as the inequality between men and women
through the context of religion.
show, held at Cult Gallery in Bukit Tunku, features 28 artists and their works.
exhibition includes distinguished names such as Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Ilse Noor,
Jalaini Abu Hassan, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Zubir, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Chong
Siew Ying, Kow Leong Kiang, Noor Mahnun, and Sharmiza Abu Hassan.
theme of Awan & Tanah is also explored by emerging artists such as Nia
Khalisa, Nadia Nizamudin, Sanan Anuar, Aiman Asimuddin, and Hana Zamri.
word artist, poet and author Sheena Baharuddin will perform at the fundraiser’s
opening this weekend.
the mediums employed to present this unique theme include oil, print,
threadwork, wood and textile.
SISArt theme this year, Awan & Tanah, brings together two conceptual
imageries. On one hand, they are harmonious because no matter what land (tanah)
you walk on, you can look up and there would always be a sky (awan) above you.
the other hand, as long as you have your feet on the land, you can never reach
the sky,” explained Sisters in Islam communications manager Majidah Hashim.
added that these concepts create conversations about humans and their
relationship with each other and with God.
we see a lot of people placing conditions to God, restricting access to God and
even playing God, particularly where women’s rights are concerned.
must never forget that women have equal access to God and that God sees women
with the same mercy and compassion as with all human beings. These are the
conversations that this art show intends to create,” she told Malay Mail.
the previous SISArt shows, all artists have pledged to donate 50 per cent of
their artwork sales to Sisters in Islam.
year’s Halal/Haram show raised over RM115,000 for the non-governmental
organisation which has been championing Muslim women’s rights in Malaysia for
the last three decades.
& Tanah will be launched at CULT Gallery on Saturday, August 3 at 7pm, at
the Cult Gallery, 10A Persiaran Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.
donations to Sisters in Islam are tax exempted.
Ky. – A Muslim woman is suing Louisville Metro Corrections and the city, saying
she was made to remove her hijab in front of men for her jail booking photo in
violation of her religious rights.
Ruplinger, 24, was arrested in July 2018 along with eight other people after
they blocked elevators to the immigration court inside the Heyburn Building.
The protest was one in a string calling for the abolishment of Immigration and
Customs Enforcement amid outrage over the separation of families at the U.S.
nine of the protesters were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
her lawsuit, filed July 25, Ruplinger alleges that while she was being booked,
male officials made her take off her hijab and take a booking photo although
"removing her headscarf in the presence of men with no familial relation
violated her religious beliefs."
beliefs call for "people to have modesty and specifically for women to
exhibit their modesty through some sort of head covering," said Soha
Saiyed, one of Ruplinger's lawyers.
lawsuit says that she was examined by female officers in a private room, during
which time she willingly removed her hijab. She then put her headscarf back on
and went to the booking area to have her photo taken in a room with 50 to 60
people of both genders, according to court documents.
was first allowed to wear her headscarf for a photo, her lawsuit says, before a
male officer told her it had to be retaken without her hijab so officials could
get "proper head dimensions."
followed was a debate about the importance of Ruplinger's hijab to her, after
which the lawsuit alleges that officers succeeded in "coercing" her
to remove her headscarf, which she said caused her to be "embarrassed,
humiliated and intimidated."
Reece, another lawyer for Ruplinger, said "the fact that she was required
to remove her headscarf in front of dozens of male officers and inmates in the
first place is a problem, is a constitutional violation."
lawsuit says that the Jefferson County Attorney's Office had explained that the
Metro Corrections officers were following policy. Officials were required to
"take the inmate’s photograph, including pictures of any scars, marks
and/or tattoos without compromising the inmate’s privacy (i.e., revealing
those contentions, the lawsuit says, "Ruplinger had no scars, marks, or
tattoos on any portion of her head or neck that were both coverable by her
headscarf and requiring photographic documentation."
this policy was changed around February 2019, the lawsuit states, and it now
allows for "male and female detainees to retain religious headwear while
incarcerated, and specifically, during booking photography."
county attorney's office hasn't replied to a Courier Journal request for
comment on this piece of the suit.
said now that the policy has been changed, officers need to be trained on how
to comply with it.
said there's still public confusion over what is required when people are being
booked at a corrections facility.
law doesn't place a mandate on metropolitan jails to take a mugshot, he said,
and Kentucky doesn't have any mandatory requirements for booking photograph to
booking and jail admissions must include, Reece said, is important identifying
information such as gender, height and weight.
the other hand, Reece said, jails are required to "allow their inmates to
practice their religious beliefs freely unless there is some sort of
justifiable risk posed to the safety and order of the facility." In this
case, he said, there was no question of facility security or safety. "This
was simply just an arbitrary requirement."
Ruplinger's mugshot was made public through Metro Corrections and published in
news reports, the lawsuit says, she was further humiliated.
suit asks that her mugshot without her hijab be removed from public record and
that she be awarded an undecided dollar amount for "damages for physical,
mental and emotional pain, suffering and humiliation, now and in the
for Metro Corrections and the mayor's office both told the Courier Journal that
they cannot comment on pending legal action.
rights defenders on Wednesday wished imprisoned Saudi activist Loujain
al-Hathloul a "happy" 30th birthday - the second Hathloul has spent
behind bars since being jailed last year.
Saudi women's rights activist is one of 11 women detained in May last year amid
a wide sweeping crackdown on dissent.
had long campaigned for women's right to drive in the ultraconservative
women were finally granted the right to drive in June last year, Hathloul and
other activists including blogger Eman al-Nafjan, retired university lecturer
Aziza al-Youssef and preacher Rokaya al-Mohareb were detained and are now part
of an ongoing trial.
to human rights organisations and members of Hathloul's family, the jailed
activist has been subjected to torture and sexual harassment while in prison.
Hathloul's family, friends and fellow human rights advocates hold-out hope that
she will be released.
rights organisations including Amnesty International, ALQST, MENA Rights, the
Gulf Centre for Human Rights, and the European Centre for Democracy and Human
Rights (ECDHR) all wished Hathloul a happy 30th birthday on Twitter.
social media users repeated Amnesty's call for Hathloul to have a "happy
and resilient" birthday, her second behind bars on charges the human
rights organisation has called "bogus".
Rights Watch's Executive Director Kenneth Roth was joined by the organisation's
Middle East research Adam Coogle and others in wishing the activist a happy
birthday and protesting her continued imprisonment.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici also noted Hathloul's birthday, calling the
activist's treatment in prison a "clear sign of the human rights
violations occurring in Saudi Arabia".
Freedom, PEN America and English PEN also noted the day and protested against
the activist's continued imprisonment.
from across the globe came together on Wednesday to wish Hathloul - and her fellow
detainees - freedom for the milestone birthday.
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