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Malaysian-Born Nurul Placed Fifth In Miss Universe NZ
LUMPUR, Aug 6 — Nurul Zuriantie Shamsul made it to the finals and took fifth
place at the Miss Universe New Zealand 2018 which she participated in while
wearing a hijab or a Muslim headscarf.
who was born in Malaysia to a Malaysian father and Indonesian mother, is
reportedly the first to wear a hijab during the beauty pageant’s final round.
I am very happy. It was an amazing experience that has helped me as an
individual,” the 20-year-old was quoted telling local daily The Star’s BM
portal mStar when commenting on the pageant results.
best moment for Nurul was when she could see both of her parents “looking
really proud” when the results were announced, she told mStar.
thanked those who gave their support, reportedly saying: “It would not have
happened without the love and support of all of you.”
am grateful to God who has given me this opportunity and for helping me to
reach this level,” she was quoted saying.
an interview before the pageant’s finals that was published by Indonesian daily
The Jakarta Post yesterday, Nurul noted the potential significance of a win at
the Miss Universe New Zealand’s grand final.
I win Miss Universe New Zealand, I won’t be just representing the country, I’ll
be representing Malaysians, Indonesians, Islam, women wearing the hijab and
minorities. If I win I could also be the first hijabi to make it to the
international stage of Miss Universe,” she was quoted saying.
also reportedly felt her participation in the beauty pageant would give women
globally more opportunities.
has always been about breaking boundaries and stereotypes as well as going
beyond beauty,” the psychology undergraduate was quoted saying, having also
noted that many people had messaged her to say that they were happy that she
joined the pageant as there was now someone they could relate to.
said she had never felt that her hijab was a “disadvantage” in any situation,
also reportedly saying the beauty pageant went beyond physical beauty.
commenting on the swimsuit segment of the beauty pageant, Nurul said the
organisers had six years ago replaced the “live bikini round” with a calendar
for this calendar shoot, we were able to wear swimwear or active wear. This
year, they’ve given me something modest to wear,” she was quoted saying.
moving to New Zealand since the age of five, Nurul has reportedly been
encouraged to keep her roots such as by speaking in the Malay or Indonesian
family meets with those from the Malaysian and Indonesian communities, while
her mother and grandmother cook food from the two countries, The Jakarta Post
a dynamic, minority, young progressive – the new breed of politician grabbing
attention in the Democratic Party. And if Rashida Tlaib wins her primary in
Michigan on Tuesday, she will be a shoo-in for Congress since her district is
so deep blue, no Republican is set to contest the seat in the November
would be a double historic first for the daughter of Palestinian immigrants:
Tlaib would become not only the first female Muslim to hold national office,
but also the first Arab-American Muslim. (The two previous Muslim congressmen
came from the African-American community.) Tlaib, along with Egyptian-American
Abdul El-Sayed and Lebanese-American Fayrouz Saad – two other Michigan hopefuls
aiming to make it to the midterms – fit a different profile.
are the American-born children of immigrants from the Middle East, reflecting
the state’s increasingly high profile, well educated Arab-American community.
And all are running campaigns fueled by the energy generated by opposition to
President Donald Trump.
the three, Tlaib appears to have the best chance at victory. Tuesday’s contest
in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District is a tight three-way race to replace
Rep. John Conyers, the 89-year-old who resigned from Congress in December
following sexual harassment allegations. Polls show the race as being too close
to call, but Tlaib is running strong and recently grabbed the key endorsement
of the Detroit Free Press – the region’s largest local daily.
has been a rising star in Michigan politics since 2008, when she became the
first Muslim woman in the state legislature. Her mother is from Beit Ur
al-Fauqa, outside Ramallah, and her father from Beit Hanina, an East Jerusalem
neighborhood. She is one of 14 siblings.
Election Day draws near, the national spotlight has shone brightly on the
state’s historic number of Muslim contenders, with The Washington Post
describing the primaries as both “tests of the party’s progressive insurgency
and tests of whether Muslim candidates can win.”
races are also testing the reaction of Michigan’s established and heavily
Democratic Jewish community to a new generation of Arab-American progressives
with whom they agree on the majority of pressing domestic issues, but worry
about where they stand on foreign policy – specifically Israel.
nerves jangled in the final days leading up the primary when, along with new
Democratic hope Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour
showed up in Michigan to campaign for progressive candidates on the ballot..
has mostly avoided comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and declined to
answer questions from Haaretz on the subject. She did, however, tell the
Washington Post: “We need to be much more honest about the fact that the walls
are not working. We need to be honest about the dehumanization on both sides,
frankly. And more importantly, we need to be not choosing a side. What I bring
to the table, growing up in a Palestinian-American household, and coming to
Detroit, is an understanding that there’s so much comparison between what
happened there and what happened to African-Americans here.”
use of the language of intersectionality echoes that of New York candidate
Ocasio-Cortez, who was widely criticized in May for comparing Gaza protesters
to civil rights activists in the United States.
it is Sarsour’s embrace that has made Jewish Democrats most concerned about
Tlaib. The two women are longtime political allies: In a recording for
StoryCorps in 2011, Sarsour described Tlaib, four years her senior, as “my
friend, my mentor, my role model.”“Some people really freaked out,” said one
Jewish Michigan resident active in Democratic politics.
before the July 29 event, Hannan Lis – an Israeli-American businessman active in
both the organized Jewish community and the Democratic Party – warned Jewish
progressives against embracing the candidate due to her ties to Sarsour.
insists that Tlaib’s Palestinian identity and Muslim religion aren’t the issue:
Neither is particularly unusual in Michigan, where the Jewish and Muslim
communities often work together. His problem with Tlaib is that “she has chosen
to associate with a person who is divisive and clearly hostile to Israel. Linda
Sarsour is very clear in her opinions; she is on record regarding Louis
Farrakhan. For American Jews, even liberal ones, it is not something we can
Tobocman said he was shocked by the “vitriol” directed at Tlaib on social media
following the Sarsour visit. Tobocman, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, has
been a close friend and political mentor to Tlaib, and defends her ties with
are two women who have been at the forefront of exposing Donald Trump [as] a
threat to the civil rights and comfort that Jews and other minorities in
America have enjoyed,” said Tobocman. Just because Tlaib and Sarsour have known
each other for nearly 20 years “doesn’t mean [Tlaib] agrees with all of
[Sarsour’s] comments on every issue,” he noted.
pointed out that Tlaib has no political need to pander to either the Muslim or
Jewish communities, given that the 13th Congressional District is 70 percent
African-American. He added that Tlaib was “focused on dignity of all people and
civil rights, and on peace. In that context, of course she is concerned about
human rights abuses inflicted by the Israel Defense Forces, as she’s concerned
about human rights abuses on the other side.”
said that while Tlaib hasn’t issued any position papers regarding any other
aspects of foreign policy, she has done so on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
because she “sought out the support and received the endorsement of J Street.”
J Street PAC fundraising page on Tlaib says she is “personally familiar with
the costs that the conflict has brought to Israelis and Palestinians.” As a
result, she advocates the United States being “directly involved with
negotiations to reach a two-state solution” and “supports all current aid to
Israel and the Palestinian Authority.” In addition, she “does not support the
expansion of settlements and believes that they make it difficult to reach a
sustainable two-state solution.”
In the past year, women in Saudi Arabia have been openly participating in
various sports. The rising number of female sports enthusiasts and teams is due
to social reforms, introduced as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, giving
women more freedoms.
football team, the United Eagles, comprises 21 women aged 18-22 years. “We
formed the team in 2016,” Captain Nouf Al-Shammari told Arab News on a sports
field in the city of Alkhobar, where they practice three times a week.
started out with 12 college students who were brought together by our love for
the sport,” she said.
played friendly matches with other female teams, and along the way more women
from outside the college started to join. As our team grew, we went on to
create the United Eagles.”
team has participated in a number of unofficial friendly matches regionally. It
took part in its first regional tournament in 2017.
second regional tournament was this year, organized by Sport Box, an academy
based in Alkhobar that introduced female sports to its facility last year.
Box representative Essam Moustafa said rising demand drove the academy to
create facilities for women, including tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming
and football. One of the most popular sports at the academy is football, he
we held female football tournaments in Bahrain, but as the number of
participating female teams started to grow, we decided to hold the tournament
at our own football field,” Moustafa told Arab News.
has been a great turnout of Saudi women at the tournament, with 10 female teams
Eagles member Waad Al-Dhowayan said: “When we saw the level of professionalism
of the other teams at the tournaments, we knew we had to start training
vigorously and consistently with a specialized trainer in order to move forward
and compete at a professional level.”
team said it still lacks the skills necessary to play at an elite international
level. Even in the summer heat, the women routinely practice on cement, with a
coach and gear that they have self-funded.
say there is still a taboo in Saudi Arabia about female professional
footballers. “There’s not enough awareness about female sports in the country,”
said United Eagles member Kawthar Abu Askr.
usually think of football and other sports as something that should be
practiced by men only. We still get criticized for practicing it.”
team members grew up playing football with their male relatives, but as they
got older it became socially unacceptable due to certain customs and traditions
that do not allow men and women to mix.
of the team members said initially even their parents and close family members
did not accept them playing football, but with all the changes occurring in
Saudi Arabia, they are slowly starting to accept the idea of female
they said they receive more support from their female friends, who cheer them
on at all their matches.
players said people are starting to understand the health benefits of sports.
“I started to play football due to health concerns,” said United Eagles member
had anemia and I wasn’t very fit, but after playing football regularly I
noticed that my fitness and stamina improved and I felt more energetic. For me
football is a lifestyle, not just a hobby.”
Almaeena, a well-known advocate for women’s sports who in 2003 founded Jeddah
United — Saudi Arabia’s first private female basketball team — said the future
of women’s sports in the Kingdom is promising.
had basketball tournaments since 2003, but they were all held unofficially.
However, in 2017 we held a tournament in Al-Jawhara stadium under the General
Sports Authority and the Sports Ministry,” she told Arab News.
beautiful to be part of the sports movement in the Kingdom under Vision 2030,
and it’s important to advance while preserving our national identity.”
United Eagles players said there is a bright future ahead for female
footballers in the Kingdom.
hope to see official national teams and leagues, as well as more sports
facilities for women so they can train at the same level as men.
Nuri, an Afghan woman who lives in Tehran, is the author of “Red Thread Instead
of Her Lips”, which is composed of eleven short stories.
the collection, she tells stories about the shackles of a patriarchal society,
which are seen in Iran and other countries in the Middle East.
between the lines, the stories also feature problems facing the Afghan men who
live in exile.
stories also are also full of Afghan proverbs and terms, which have been
explained by footnotes.
publishing house in Tehran is the publisher of “Red Thread Instead of Her
Front cover of Afghan writer Zahra Nuri’s short story collection “Red Thread
Instead of Her Lips”.
took the lives of five more women and girls in Iran.
teenage Kurdish girl from Saqqez who had committed suicide 40 days earlier by
taking pills, lost her life on Monday, July 30, 2018. Elham Fatemi, 17,
suffered a brain stroke as a result of her attempt and died 40 days later in
young women --Maryam Rostami, 17, from Saffron Village, and Noushin Rostami,
16, from Qolkhani Village, in Sarpol-e Zahab-- committed suicide with pills on
Sunday, July 29, 2018, and died within a few hours.
girls suffered from depression due to the pressures of life after the
earthquake which destroyed hundreds of cities and villages in western Iran in
months after Kermanshah’s earthquake, 60 per cent of the residents of the
stricken areas continue to live in tents and the ruins of their homes as the
government has not provided them trailers. The numerous problems caused by the
earthquake have made life especially difficult for women. Studies show that
anxiety and depression are greater among women than in men, both in quality and
quantity. (The state-run salamatnews.com - March 15, 2018)
another case of suicide in North Khorasan Province, eastern Iran, a 15-year-old
girl from Bojnord jumped off a building in Al-Qadir residential complex on July
28, 2018, and died.
young woman from Marivan, Arezoo Delangiz, 23, took her own life by hanging
herself on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. She was mother to a three-year-old girl.
Marivan is one of the major cities of the Iranian Kurdistan in western Iran.
and sociologists believe that the main reasons of suicide among young women and
girls are despair, depression, anxiety, and feeling of insecurity and disdain.
the interval beginning in March until the end of July, at least 46 young women
and girls in Iran have taken their own lives by committing suicide. Iran stands
first in the Middle East for the rate of suicide among women.
5th marks the anniversary of the 1906 Constitutional Revolution in Iran which
aimed to establish democracy, the rule of law, and a parliament of people’s
elected representatives, and push Iran towards progress and advancement.
the Constitutional Revolution, women in Iran were not entitled to any rights
and were completely excluded from social activities, restricted to household
Qajar King, Naser al-Din Shah, did not allow his numerous wives to take part in
society, even though he had traveled to Europe three times and had become
familiar with women's freedoms and their social engagements. Once a year, the
Tehran bazaar used to be closed to the public on his order, and that was the
only day his wives were allowed to shop in the market with all the shops run by
female salespersons. No men were allowed in. He also ordered a shrine to be
constructed at the Shah’s palace so that the women of the court could practice
their religious vows inside the palace; no woman had the right to leave the
king’s haram for visiting and prayers at a Shrine because it would expose them
Constitutional Revolution changed that, and women gradually engaged in social
activities. The Revolution had an amazing impact on the society. The obstacles
to women’s progress were gradually removed or minimized. According to Morgan
Shuster in his book The Strangling of Persia (New York: The Century Company,
1912), "Women in Iran have been the most progressive (if not the most radical)
women of the world since 1907." Shuster continues, "the veiled women
of Iran, with a little prior experience, instantly became teachers,
journalists, founder of women's clubs, and spokesman in political affairs,” the
same rights and social status for which "the women's movement in the West
had spend tens or perhaps hundreds of years to achieve.”
of the fight for women's rights
the Constitutional Revolution, activists of the women's rights movement, many
of whom were from the upper classes, were gradually organized in associations,
and established new girls' schools, adult education classes, clinics, and other
types of women’s institutions.
men of the time, including the intellectuals, journalists, poets and
parliamentarians (such as Vakil-or Ro’aya and Taghizadeh), were powerful
supporters of women's rights. Dehkhoda's satirical articles in Soor-e Esrafil,
Iraj Mirza's poetry, the writings of other writers in Habl ol-Matin, Iran-e No,
and Mosavat newspapers all showed solidarity and support of newspaper writers
and staff with the women’s movement.
intellectuals of that time insisted on the establishment of schools for girls.
They argued that when mothers are illiterate and unaware of the needs of their
time, they cannot be expected to be good role models for their daughters. They
argued that education helps girls learn the new sciences and traditions of the
of girls’ schools
April 1910, fifty girls' schools were established in Tehran.
1913, a women's magazine, Shokoufeh, published a list of 63 girls' schools in
Tehran with about 2,500 students. According to Shokoufeh, girls made up
one-seventh of the students in Tehran.
leading women who founded the girls' schools in Tehran, included Bibi Khanum
Astarabadi. Astarabadi was a pioneering educator who founded the Dooshizegan
Primary School. The school had five teachers and students were from seven to
twelve years old.
also created a nursery home for the disadvantaged and orphaned girls.
Astarabadi was an author and wrote a book entitled, “Maayeb al-Rejeal”
(literally, The Men’s Flaws).
founder was Safiah Yazdi, one of the famous women of the time who established
the Effatieh school in Tehran in 1910. Yazdi won fame for her bold speeches in
defense of women's rights.
of the girls’ schools faced opposition from fanatic, reactionary mullahs who
incited the unaware masses of the public who insulted the female students,
teachers and staff, and at times physically harassed and beat them.
of women's associations
Association for the Liberation of Women was one of the first women's groups
formed on December 30, 1906, after the constitution was approved. The
Association’s meetings were held twice a week, and a number of famous women and
men also attended their meetings.
of Naser al-Din Shah’s daughters, Taj ol-Saltaneh and Eftekhar ol-Saltaneh,
were among the association’s activists who passionately defended women's
famous women, including Sedigheh Dolatabadi and Shams ol-Muluk Javaher-kalam,
were also members of this association.
participant in the Association’s meetings was Mrs. Park Jordan. Mrs. Park and
her husband, Martin Jordan, had co-founded the Alborz College for boys in
Tehran in 1894 and ran the college until 1940.
meetings of the association were held secretly. Once, a group of fanatics who
had learned of the news of these meetings, mobilized a mob to raid and disrupt
the meeting. But before they arrived, a young Armenian informed the
participants of the news and they fled in time.
women's association was the Patriotic Mokhaddarat Association, founded by 60
women in 1910 in Tehran. They mainly worked to establish girls' schools, adult
literacy classes, and orphanages. They built a school and orphanage in Tehran
for 100 female children. One of the members of the Patriotic Mokhaddarat
Association was Agha-Baigom, wife of the prominent orator of the Constitutional
Revolution, Malik ol-Mutekalemin, and daughter of the free thinker clergy, Hadi
Najmabadi. Sheikh Hadi had also founded a girls' school in South Tehran.
individuals involved in the Patriotic Mokhaddarat Association included Anahid
Davidiyan, wife of Yefrem Khan, a prominent Armenian leader and Tehran’s Police
Chief after the conquest of Tehran and the overthrow of the last Qajar King,
Mohammad Ali Shah’s regime. Mrs. Davidiyan was a powerful speaker.
Dolatabadi, sister of poet and author Yahya Dolatabadi, was a member of the
Association of Liberation of Women and a secretary of the Patriotic Mokhaddarat
Association. In 1918, she founded a
girls' high school in Isfahan, and in the following years, she formed the Union
of Women in Isfahan, and published a women's weekly called, Women’s Language.
Dolatabadi traveled to France in 1922 and studied at the prestigious Sorbonne,
wrote articles in European newspapers and delivered lectures on women and
politics. She spoke at the International Women's Conference in 1926 as the
representative of Iran.
Eskandari (b. 1895, d. 1924), was from the Qajar family, whose father was one
of the founders of the Adamiyat Association. She was a pioneer of the women's
movement, despite her short life. She founded the "Patriot Women’s
Society." The society published a magazine called Women Patriots.
ol-Ma'ali, whose father was a personal physician of Naser al-Din Shah, was a
leading teacher and a member of the Patriotic Mokhaddarat Association. She
established Tehran’s Mokhaddarat School by using her personal wealth, and asked
the educated female in her family to help her in teaching the students.
ol-Ma'ali and Sedigheh Dolatabadi were among of the strongest opponents of the
colonial treaty between Russia and Britain to divide Iran into Russian and
British zones of influence in the north and south, respectively. Dorrat
ol-Ma'ali who was in touch with members of Majlis (parliament), asked them to
take a stand against the deal.
ol-Ma'ali’s home was a center for women's meetings and conferences where poetry
and cultural sessions were held and well-known poets such as Iraj Mirza and
Malek os-Shoara Bahar actively participated.
active role in the Constitutional Revolution
the bombing of the parliament in July 1924 and the beginning of the uprising in
Tabriz against the tyranny of Mohammad Ali Shah, women wearing men's clothing
actively participated in the 11-month resistance and uprisings led by Sattar
Khan and his comrades. Women took part in the fights in the Amirkhiz neighborhoods
and streets, and some died confronting the enemy.
Taherzadeh, a member of the resistance movement of Tabriz, was cited as saying
that one of the wounded soldiers refused to remove her clothes for treatment.
When Sattar Khan asked him the reason, he told him that she is a woman and does
not feel comfortable.
ol-Matin, one of the well-known newspapers of that era, once reported, "In
one of Tabriz's battles, twenty women were identified among the dead who wore
Maryam Bakhtiari, (b. 1847, d. 1937) was a revolutionary and active member of
the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in 1909. Her father was Hossein Gholi
Khan and his brother was Sardar (Commander) As’ad Bakhtiari. Bibi Maryam was a
strong supporter of her brother Sardar As’ad in capturing Tehran and the
triumph of the Constitutional Revolution on July 25, 1909. Bibi Maryam was an
educated and enlightened Iranian woman, a pioneer in demanding equal rights for
women, and one of the very early activists for freedom. She was also a
campaigner for the Iranian national interests against the occupation forces
from Russia and Britain during WWI. Bibi Maryam learned military warfare and
shooting skills at a young age (like other Lor tribal and nomadic forces) and
became a military commander. Bibi Maryam was opposed to the despotism of
Mohammad Ali Shah, and in various letters, telegrams and lectures, she educated
and advised the leaders of the Bakhtiari tribes to fight the Qajar tyrants.
November 29, 1911, the Russian government won agreement of the British and gave
a warning to the Iranian parliament to expel Morgan Shuster from Iran within 48
Morgan Shuster was an American lawyer, civil servant, and publisher, who was
serving as the treasurer-general of Iran by appointment of the Iranian
parliament, or Majlis. Morgan Shuster was there to help manage Iran’s financial
system, but he also opposed the colonial rule of Britain and Russia in Iran and
was active in supporting the Constitutional Revolution.
protest the ultimatum in Tehran, 50,000 people rallied in the streets and
announced a general strike. Thousands of women wore white shrouds, showing
their readiness to sacrifice their lives for their country. On December 10,
1911, the Patriotic Mokhaddarat Association called for a massive demonstration
outside the Majlis. Thousands of women participated in the rally.
his book The Strangling of Persia, Morgan Shuster wrote, "Free from
traditional confines and surrounded shrines, three hundred rebel women pour on
to the streets. They had black hijab and white scarves. They held pistols under
their skirts and hijabs. They went directly to the parliament and gathered
there and called on the Speaker of the Majlis to accept all of them. Some of
the women were allowed inside the parliament. These mothers, wives and girls
displayed their pistols to show they were determined in their beliefs. They
removed their hijab and threatened that if the MPs failed to demonstrate their
duty to protect the freedom and pride of the nation and the country, they would
kill these husbands and sons with the same pistols.”
the anniversary of the Constitutional Revolution, we commemorate the brave
women of Iran who played an active role in the Constitutional Revolution and
thereafter; courageous women who were the vanguards and pioneers of the
equality movement and took risks to hoist the banner of women’s liberation in
the darkest eras of patriotic rule. Their struggles became the beacon for
Iranian women in the modern time who have fought against both regimes of the
Shah and the mullahs. With such role models, the PMOI women are now leading the
Iranian Resistance movement to topple the mullahs’ misogynist regime and to the
(Kurdistan 24) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday said
they are ready to exchange Islamic State (IS) prisoners for civilians kidnapped
by the militant group from Sweida.
say it is a sign the Kurds are reaching out to the autonomy-minded Druze
July 25, IS killed over 250 people in the city of Sweida, inhabited by the
Druze religious minority, which is an offshoot of Islam incorporating elements
of other faiths.
the attacks, IS kidnapped hundreds of other people, mostly women.
the Syrian Democratic Forces, and in our belief in the unity of the common
destiny of all the people of Syria, express and assure our people in Sweida
city and the families of the abductees our full readiness for any exchange with
elements of [IS] we have detained to liberate the abductees and return them to
their families,” the SDF said.
SDF is holding hundreds of IS fighters, women, and children captured in the
fight against the extremist group.
Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) also said they are ready to defend
the Druze people.
declare that we are ready to protect them wherever necessary. This attack is as
burdensome and painful for us as an attack on Kobani and Jazira,” the YPG said.
do not distinguish between these attacks and those against Sweida. The YPG is
ready to dispatch forces to liberate it from terrorism,” Sipan Hemo, the head
of the YPG, told Asharq Al-Awsat.
to Qusay Sheikho, a member of the Kurdish Centre for Studies, civilians have
always been a priority for SDF forces. “In my opinion, the SDF forces see the
case of the abducted Druze civilians [as] an ethical responsibility," he
have done so previously in Raqqa, where mostly Arabs were the victims of the
terrorist group. Furthermore, SDF is an alliance that contains all Syrians from
all religious and ethnic groups.”
A. Heras, a Washington-based analyst for the Center for a New American
Security, told Kurdistan 24 that the SDF believes it is a movement for all
course, the SDF would want to help the Druze, regardless of some political
differences they might have because of the Druze connection to Assad,” he
concluded, referring to the Syrian President.
experts say the statements by the YPG and SDF also have a political purpose.
Scholl, a researcher on local history and politics in Syria, told Kurdistan 24
that the recent statement comes against the backdrop of detente and talks
between Damascus and the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC).
shows a gesture of goodwill to the central government, signaling the
willingness of SDF to commit its forces alongside SAA and other loyalists under
some kind of unified command,” he said.
Kurdish officials also said they were willing to fight militant groups in
to Scholl, there is a longstanding pattern of attempted outreach by Syrian
Kurds to the Druze, which can be traced back at least to the founding of the
SDC, if not earlier.
PYD and other parties backing the DFNS [Democratic Federation of Northern
Syria] project remain at least nominally committed to the dream of building a
new, decentralized order for all of Syria, not just the North,” he said.
like the Kurds, the Druze of Sweida are already known to be somewhat inclined
makes an obvious choice for another minority-led regional autonomist movement
to reach out to.”
researcher added that these recent moves show “that as the SDF negotiates an
uncertain future with Damascus, it’s already scanning the room for any
potential friends it can make to build whatever strength it can in a hostile
Bahraini Women Doctors Presence Hailed
Aug 1 (BNA): Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women, Hala Al
Ansari, today received the newly elected chairperson and members of the Bahrain
Medical Society, and discussed cooperation.
number of proposals were also discussed, including the establishment of a
committee on the integration of women's needs and an equal opportunities
committee at the BMS, in addition to ideas related to supporting women in the
Ansari pointed out the Bahraini women’s presence in the medical sector, taking
pride in the 64% Bahraini women doctors of total Bahraini doctors in public
hospitals, 26% in private hospitals.
said the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women related to the
health sector focuses on improving health services for Bahraini women,
developing preventive health care programs and early identification of risk
factors, as well as intensifying health and safety awareness programs for women
in home and in the workplace and.
chairperson Dr. Ghada Al Qassim praised the SCW’s supportive efforts, led by
President HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of HM the King, to
Bahraini women to contribute to the national prosperity march.
welcomed cooperation in support of the SCW’s efforts to empower Bahraini women
in various fields, chiefly health sector, stressing to continue the BMS’s
strategy to support national efforts to develop the health sector.
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