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At A Sprawling Tent Camp In Syria, ISIS Women Impose A
100 Females Enrol In King Fahd University Of Petroleum
And Minerals For Higher Studies For First Time
52% Married Women In Pakistan Have Unmet Contraceptive
Paris Pool Closes Due To ‘Pro-Burkini’ Protest
Palestinian Woman Allegedly Killed After Posting
Picture With Fiance
Egypt's Islamic Institutions Set Four Conditions For
Freezing Women's Eggs
Women have key to peace and development of nation:
Egypt’s Women’s Right Center Condemns Assault On Woman
By Niqab Wearers
Egyptian MP Proposes Law to Allow Women on State
MP Proposes Allowing Female Judges In State Council Positions
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Pushpa Kolhi: Pakistan's First Hindu Girl to Serve
Sindh Police As Officer
September 4, 2019
The Sindh Police is all set to welcome Pushpa Kolhi -
a Hindu woman - as part of its force in a historic first.
Kolhi will serve as Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in
the province and has risen to the stature after passing the competitive
The ecstatic news, shared by human rights activist
Kapil Dev on Tuesday, suggested:
"Pushpa Kolhi has become the first girl from
#Hindu community who has qualified provincial competitive examination through
Sindh Public Service Commission and become Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in
Sindh Police. More power to her!" Dev's tweet reads.
Excellent News: Pushpa Kolhi has become the first girl
from #Hindu community who has qualified provincial competitive examination
through Sindh Public Service Commission and become Assistant Sub Inspector
(ASI) in Sindh Police. More power to her! #WomenEmpowerment
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Earlier in January, Suman Pawan Bodani, a Pakistani
belonging to the Hindu community, was appointed as judge to the civil and
Suman Pawan Bodani who hails from Sindh’s Shahdadkot
area, stood 54th in the merit list for the appointment of civil judge/judicial
September 04, 2019
AL-HOL, SYRIA: The woman told aid workers it was an
accident. Her 14-year-old daughter had slipped and fallen, she said. There was
nothing they could have done.
But the body told a different story. The girl's neck
had been broken in three places, doctors said, and she died with eyes open,
biting her lips and struggling to breathe. Photos and medical records suggested
she had been beaten about the torso, then strangled. It was murder, not a
The teen, an Azerbaijani girl who had lived until
earlier this year with her mother under the Islamic State's caliphate, had run
afoul of the die-hard ISIS adherents who have come in the past few months to
dominate parts of the al-Hol displacement camp here in northeastern Syria,
according to camp residents. They said she had suggested dispensing with her
black niqab, the face covering worn by ultraconservative Muslim women.
Half a year after the territorial defeat of the
Islamic State, the vast sprawl of tents at the al-Hol camp is becoming a
cauldron of radicalization. About 20,000 women and 50,000 children who had
lived under the caliphate are held in dire conditions at the camp, which is
operated and guarded by 400 U.S.-supported Kurdish troops. With the men of ISIS
imprisoned elsewhere, the women inside the fences of al-Hol are reimposing the
militant group's strictures, enforcing them upon those deemed impious with
beatings and other brutality, and extending what residents and camp authorities
call a reign of fear.
Kurdish security officials, affiliated withe
U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces, say they have the troops to guard the
facility but do little else. "We can contain the women, but we can't
control their ideology," said the intelligence official. "There are
many types of people here, but some of them were princesses among ISIS. There
are spaces inside the camp that are like an academy for them now."
In a report last month, the U.S. Defense Department's
inspector general, citing information from the U.S.-led coalition fighting
ISIS, warned that the SDF's inability to provide more than 'minimal security'
at the camp has allowed for the 'uncontested' spread of ISIS ideology there.
In some places, children, including an estimated
20,000 born in the caliphate, are literally a captive audience.
Near one gate of the camp, guards have collected
homemade toy guns and Islamic State paraphernalia that children have made to
pass the time. Replica weapons are made from water pipes and bound tightly with
duct tape. Flags have been colored in painstaking detail, the hand neat but
"The children need help here, you can see
it," said the intelligence official, fixing the pile with a tired stare.
"How do we stop them becoming their parents?"
Conditions are desperate in the camp, erected on a
barren hillside. Sewage has leaked into tents, and residents are drinking water
from tanks containing worms. Many women have yet to learn what happened to
husbands or teenage sons when they were carted off by the SDF that defeated the
caliphate and now mans various camps and prisons.
Since the start of the year, when the camp
accommodated fewer than 10,000 people, al-Hol has swelled dramatically. Many of
the women and children were transferred to the camp after the last ISIS
stronghold in the Syrian village of Baghouz was overrun by the SDF, with U.S.
The residents are now segregated by nationality. Most
sections house Syrians and Iraqis, while more than 9,000 others - among them
the camp's most radical inhabitants - are penned behind chain-linked fences in
a sun-bleached and closely guarded patch known as the "Annexe." It is
home to Arabs, Asians, Africans and Europeans, among others.
The guards enter this zone warily. An ambush late last
month left one with broken bones.
"They can do anything to you here," said one
European woman in her 20s, her blue eyes darting around the camp as she spoke.
Three camp residents said that they had been stopped
by women who first corrected their attire and then threatened that repeat
behavior would be punished.
The relative of a European woman confined in the
Annexe with three children described her as more fearful than ever before. The
woman had changed tents several times after a group of Tunisian and Indonesian
women began threatening her upon learning that the family's lawyer was trying
to bring her home, according to the relative.
"They threaten other women who either gave
interviews and declared they were no longer supporting ISIS, or who are trying
to return to their countries," the relative said.
In the nearby city of Hassakeh, two doctors said that
patients from the camp were refusing to come for follow-up appointments in
facilities run by Kurdish authorities or international organizations.
"They tell us 'we cannot come,' " said one. "They say, 'If we
come to you, [hard-liners] beat us, or worse.' "
Nor is this growing menace confined to al-Hol. Aid
workers from the smaller al-Roj camp, an hour's drive away, describe frequent
disputes between Iraqi and other foreign residents. In one instance, an Iraqi
woman was barred from communicating with her neighbors after she removed her
veil. In another, the children of alleged Islamic State fighters tried to bury
a young Iraqi boy alive.
As conditions deteriorate, the inhabitants remain in
limbo. Some of the women want to return to their home countries, but few
foreign governments are eager to take them back, fearing in part the risk that
unrepentant ISIS adherents might pose and that the evidence against them might
not hold up in court. The SDF says it cannot be counted on to hold the camp
residents indefinitely. But neither the United States - which ultimately holds
sway in this corner of Syria - nor European and Arab allies have advanced a
"Given that ISIS had women's units and also
taught them how they should still spread the idea and ideals of the caliphate
once they are back in their countries of origins, they are a serious risk to
the society, so their children could be also," said an Arab intelligence
Iraq has yet to repatriate tens of thousands of its
citizens, and other governments are evacuating their nationals at a trickle.
Eight American citizens were repatriated from the camp to the United States in
June. President Trump has urged European countries to "take back" and
prosecute their citizens.
One European intelligence official said the approach
had to be "pragmatic" and "case by case," adding, "We
will have to study: Who was this woman married to? What role did [she] play
inside ISIS? Is [she] really ready to give up the ideology?"
But aid agencies insist that the international
community does not have the luxury of time and cite the dangers that al-Hol now
poses to the children trapped inside it.
Aid workers from Save the Children, one of the largest
organizations working with children in the camps of northeastern Syria, say
they often show signs of deep trauma. Boys, in particular, can be aggressive.
Girls have faced early marriage or sexual violence.
"The children who have been traumatized by living
through all of this need a lot more than we can really offer in a camp,"
said Sonia Khush, the Syria country director for Save the Children.
"It's not only the missing out of school, it's
the violence that women and children were exposed to. People talk about seeing
the beheadings in the town square, seeing the heads roll around," she
Some of the women interviewed said they are no longer
true believers, and some said they never were but had been coerced by
radicalized husbands to go to the Islamic State. Others, however, said they
remained proud to have joined a group that tries to foster what it describes as
an Islamic paradise.
In a video posted online in July, several women, fully
veiled and holding the Islamic State's black-and-white banner, said they were
delivering a message from al-Hol. "Brothers," one urges, "light
the fire of jihad and free us from these prisons.'
And then, addressing the "enemies of God,"
she says, "To you we say, women of the mujahideen: You think you have us
imprisoned in your rotten camp. But we are a ticking bomb. Just you wait and
September 3, 2019
DAMMAM — For the first time in the history of King
Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), about 100 girl students have
enrolled for higher studies.
The first batch of girl students joined their classes
on Sunday for postgraduate studies in the disciplines of mathematics, computer
science and business administration.
They were chosen from among 600 applicants after
passing the criteria and conditions of admission under the university rules.
Last year, the University Council session allowed girl
students to enroll in graduate courses (Master’s degree and PhD) in a number of
Welcoming the girl students to the university, Dr.
Sahl Abdul Jawad, president of KFUPM, said his institution aspires to provide
students with the opportunity to pursue their studies in a way realizing the
aspirations of the government in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 that aims
to nurture qualified women leaders in key development sectors.
“The university focuses on qualitative improvement in
education and creating employment opportunities for Saudis while working out
its programs, activities and academic initiatives,” he said, adding that the
university will provide girl students opportunities to enhance their innovative
skills and develop their technology base.
KFUPM has formed specialized committees to create an
appropriate educational and research environment for students as well as for
members of the academic faculty, staff and management.
The university was able to formulate a precise plan to
achieve the requirements for the start of the study in a typical manner,
including preparation of school buildings and setting up of an academic faculty
consisting of distinguished female graduates from prestigious universities.
It also developed introductory programs about the
university, its systems and advantages while the Deanship of Academic
Development prepared development programs on teaching methods, dealing with
students and creating opportunities for scientific research at the university.
The university also prepared an introductory program
for female students on university systems, rights, duties, educational,
technical and advisory services provided to them, methods of academic
excellence to help their success, interviewing some officials and visiting
At least 52% of married women in Pakistan aged 15–49
who want to avoid a pregnancy have an unmet need for modern contraception, said
a report by US-based Guttmacher Institute.
If all unmet needs for modern contraception among
married women in the country were met, overall unintended pregnancies would be
reduced by an estimated 82% or 3.1 million annually, said the report titled
Adding It Up: Investing in Contraception and Maternal and Newborn Health in
Unplanned births, abortions and miscarriages would
decline by the same proportion, said the report by the Guttmacher Institute
which is a leading research and policy organisation committed to advancing
reproductive health in the United States and globally.
Fully meeting married women’s need for contraception
would lead to an estimated reduction of nearly 1,000 maternal deaths annually.
Even more lives would be saved if all women’s needs for maternal and newborn
health care were fully met simultaneously.
Cost of meeting reproductive health needs
Satisfying the unmet need for modern contraception
among married women would increase the annual cost of services (based on
public-sector costs) from an estimated Rs8.91 billion to Rs19.03 billion. The
total cost would cover contraceptive commodities, staff salaries, health
infrastructure upgrades, contraceptive counselling, outreach activities, and
improvements to programmes and systems.
If contraceptive services were to stay at current
levels, providing all pregnant women each year with a comprehensive package of
maternal and newborn health care would cost Rs207.9 billion.
Because the cost of preventing an unintended pregnancy
through the use of modern contraceptives is far lower than the cost of
providing care for an unintended pregnancy, expanding modern contraceptive
services and maternal and newborn care simultaneously would result in cost
savings compared with expanding maternal and newborn services alone.
Modern contraceptive services and maternal and newborn
health care are essential for promoting the well-being of women, their families
Contraceptive use enables couples to plan the number
and timing of their children, while maternal and newborn care — along with
contraceptive use — greatly improves women’s chances of having a healthy
pregnancy and delivering a healthy newborn.
Providing a comprehensive package of maternal and
newborn care that includes antenatal, delivery, postpartum and postabortion
services is costly and can pose a challenge for low and middle-income
One way to manage such costs is to reduce the number
of unintended pregnancies — that is pregnancies that occur among women who want
to postpone pregnancy or stop childbearing altogether.
Need for modern contraception based on 2017 data,
there are an estimated 10.1 million pregnancies in Pakistan each year, 3.8
million (37%) of which are unintended. Twenty per cent of these unintended
pregnancies end in unplanned births and 69% end in induced abortion (and the
remainder end in miscarriage).
Nationally, 52% of married women aged 15–49 who want
to avoid a pregnancy have an unmet need for modern contraception, which means
they are not using contraceptives at all or are using a traditional method.
Most unintended pregnancies result from unmet need for
modern contraception. Unmet need for modern contraception is substantial in
every province and region of Pakistan. It is highest in Balochistan and
Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), where about two-thirds of married
women wanting to avoid a pregnancy have an unmet need, and lowest in Islamabad
Capital Territory, where the proportion is nearly half.
Need for maternal and newborn health care
Maternal mortality in Pakistan is estimated at 178
maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015 — approximately equivalent to
the average for the Southern Asia region as a whole (176). This mortality ratio
translates to the death of an estimated 10,000 women in 2017. The country’s
neonatal mortality rate of 42 deaths in the first 28 days of life per 1,000
live births is well above the median rate for Southern Asia (28).
Millions of women in Pakistan do not receive the
maternal and newborn care they need to prevent and manage health complications
that may arise during pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period.
According to recent national data, half of pregnant
women obtain the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits with a
health care professional, and about two-thirds (69%) of births take place in a
health facility. While these maternal health care indicators have improved
significantly in recent years, large disparities persist in Pakistan by region.
3 Sep 2019
A public pool in Paris closed this weekend after
pro-burkini activists mounted a protest against the ban on the body-covering
swimsuit, and demanding “access for all to leisure facilities”.
Protesters gathered at the pool in the 11th
arrondissement on Sunday September 1, holding a banner that read: “Pool for
everyone, stop Islamophobia”, and chanting “We will swim, even if racists don’t
want us to, we will swim”.
A “burkini” is a set of clothes, made out of swimming
costume material, which covers the entirety of the body, except for the face,
hands, and feet. It is worn by Muslim women who wish to swim and enter the
water without showing their body or hair.
Five Muslim women wearing burkinis entered the pool to
swim, supported by other protesters wearing one- and two-piece swimsuits. Most
of the protesters were women, although some men, and some who identified as
transgender, were also present.
The police were called and the pool was closed to the
public for around 30 minutes as the protest was dispersed. No-one was injured
and there was no violence.
In a press release, the protesters called for: “a
change in internal regulations for pools, and access for all to leisure
facilities”. It continued: “Our bodies belong to us, and we will cover and
uncover them for our own reasons.”
• Sep 1, 2019
Replying to @louzlapoetesse
Tout le monde doit pouvoir accéder aux services
publics. Les femmes n’ont pas à être infantilisées: elles doivent pouvoir se
baigner dans la tenue qu’elles ont choisie. La seule contrainte hygiénique est
le lycra. La longueur du maillot doit être un CHOIX.#PiscinePourToustes
Dans la continuité des actions de Grenoble et Lyon,
nous propageons la campagne pour les droits civiques des femmes musulmanes.
Nous avons co-écrit un communiqué relatant nos
opinions politiques ainsi que nos revendications : #PiscinePourToustes
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One woman, who swam in a burkini, denounced “growing
islamophobic ideas”, and told news network FranceInfo: “The objective is for us
to access the pool as hijab-wearing women. We want to reclaim our choice to wear
[the hijab], and to be able to continue our leisure activities without being
inconvenienced by discriminatory regulations.”
But in an interview on news channel BMFTV, minister
for equality Marlène Schiappa said: “No-one wants to stop women in burkinis from
swimming. But put simply, I believe very sincerely and very deeply that the
major issue here is respect for rules - it’s the same for people who throw
rubbish on the ground [for example].
“If someone wants to cover their hair while swimming,
which I do not disagree with, you can simply put on a swimming cap. But each
pool has its own internal rules, it is not for me to tell pools what to do. But
I am quite disturbed by the fact that these militants have succeeded in making
out as though there are millions of French women demanding their right to swim
in a burkini.
“I am sorry, I receive hundreds of letters a day, I
have worked for 15 years on the question of women’s rights, and it is not true
that there are millions of women in France who wake up and thinking, “I want to
go the the pool in a burkini”. These are the wishes of a minority...and we
should not fall for it.
“We must discriminate no-one; all women should have
access to swimming pools, but if the rules say that we must come uncovered and
unclothed, then we don’t go out [in the pool] wearing clothes, quite simply. We
must respect the rules that exist.”
A similar protest took place in Grenoble, in mid-June.
At the time, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that
public pool rules should be respected, and that “no religious belief” should be
taken into account to allow people to break these rules.
Dubai: Unconfirmed reports of the possible murder of a
young Palestinian woman by her family have hit the internet by storm.
Social media posts have alleged that Israa Ghrayeb,
21, died following beatings by her family members in a so-called “honour
What started it all?
Local media have published unconfirmed reports that
she was killed by her family after posting a picture her fiance.
She allegedly posted the picture on her Instagram
account, which appeared to have been deleted Monday.
What was the family’s reaction?
Her brother, Ihab — a Canadian citizen — was
reportedly angered by the video, believing it was a family dishonour to show
herself with her betrothed together before a formal wedding ceremony takes
Citing social media posts, The New Arab reported
Ihab’s father called for his daughter’s beating after other family members saw
Local media reported Ghrayeb fell from the second
floor of the family home while trying to escape family violence.
The fall caused severe spinal injuries.
While in hospital awaiting a spinal cord operation,
Ghrayeb, who worked as a makeup artist, stated on an Instagram story she had to
cancel all August and September makeup appointments because of her bad state of
Ola Al Fares
لم أستطع النوم هذه الليلة..صوت صراخها في المستشفى في الفيديو المتداول لا يِفارقني.#اسراء_غريب الله يرحمها
تؤكد بعض الجهات
انها تعرضت للضرب المفضي للموت
أرفض الظلم والإضطهاد بكل اشكاله كيف عندما يُمارس على إمرأة!
"الله ينتقم من كل ساقط يمارس تخلفه وجهله وتسلطه على امرأة"
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The family denies the claims and insists Ghrayeb, from
Beit Sahour near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, had a stroke.
“I’m strong and I have the will to live — if I didn’t have this
willpower, I would have died yesterday,” she reportedly wrote.
While in hospital, Ghraybeb was allegedly attacked a
second time. She later died.
Footage circulating online is purported to show the
screaming of Ghrayeb as she is beaten by relatives in hospital shortly before
“Israa was communicating with her friends during the time she was
suffering,” Minerva Jaraysah, a women’s right activist and sociology lecturer
at Bethlehem University, told media.
“All the material that was published on social media is an indicator that
she was hurt and beaten to death by her family.”
How has the public reacted?
The death has caused anger in the occupied West Bank,
with the hashtag “We are all Israa Ghrayeb” trending on Palestinian social
• Aug 31, 2019
الشرف مش بالقتل.. الشرف مش بالضرب والتعذيب والتعنيف!!! #كلنا_اسراء_غريب واليوم وبأعلى صوت العدالة لازم تتحقق والقاتل لازم يتعاقب ويتحساب.. هو وحده المجرم مش البنت اللي حبِّت وراحت تشوف خطيبها!
وكل بنت انظلمت وما وصلت قصتها للعالم
لازم تكون قصتها محرك لسن قوانين تجرم وتعاقب
كل من تسول لة نفسة الإقدام على هيك جريمة
8:14 PM - Aug 31, 2019
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It has been a trending on Twitter as tens of thousands
of people from all around the world, especially from the Arab world, tweet
Arab celebrities Nancy Ajram, Elissa, Nishan, and
Shams have tweeted about Ghrayeb, expressing sympathy and condemning the
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Meanwhile other Palestinian and Arab social media
users vow to not stop protesting until she receives justice.
Calls for accountability
Dozens of Palestinian women protested for women’s
rights Monday outside the office of prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, following
the death of a 21-year-old woman in suspicious circumstances.
Police sources said they were investigating, without
further details, and no autopsy results have been released.
The protesters chanted: “We want security and
Similar demonstrations were held Saturday near her
Shtayyeh responded Monday by announcing that a number
of people had been called in for questioning, without saying if they were
members of Ghrayeb’s family.
Official Palestinian news agency Wafa on Saturday
quoted Shtayyeh as saying legal protections for women should be strengthened.
Ammar Dweik, director general of the Independent
Commission for Human Rights, told AFP the details of the case remained unclear
and demanded a full investigation.
Majeda al-Masri, a former Palestinian minister who
took part in the demonstration, said she believed Ghrayeb had been killed.
“This demonstration is not only to hold the perpetrators accountable, but
to demand that the government assume its responsibility to enact the family
The law, drafted in 2004 and which is supposed to
provide protection to women from domestic violence, has been under
consideration by the Palestinian government for years.
The Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, a
Palestinian NGO documenting abuses in the West Bank and Gaza, said there were
23 cases of what it called femicide in 2018, and 18 so far in 2019.
The term is defined as the killing of women because they
are females, though it can also include suicide in cases of bullying.
Last year, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas repealed
an article in the penal code that allowed alleged rapists to escape prosecution
if they married their victims, according to Human Rights Watch.
CAIRO 4 September 2019: Following the controversial
announcement of Egyptian women Reem Mehanna on freezing her eggs, Egypt's Dar
al-Iftaa, the government's principal Islamic legal institution for issuing
fatwas (religious edicts) announced four specific rules that regulate Muslim
Dar al-Iftaa stated the four rules are: First, the
frozen eggs should be used only in marriage and should be fertilized by the
husband’s sperm. In case eggs were fertilized after divorce or death, it is
Second, the eggs should be kept in highly-safe places
and under strict control to prevent intentional or inadvertent confusion with
other frozen eggs of different women.
Third, the fertilized egg should not be put inside a
different woman’s womb. Meanwhile, the fourth condition provides that the
freezing process should not negatively affect the egg to prevent birth defects.
Breaking social taboos and Egyptian conservative
norms, Mehanna announced on her Facebook account that she had frozen her eggs 2
“I decided to announce publicly that I had frozen my
eggs. YES, I had frozen my eggs […] when I asked the doctor to make this
surgery, he was shocked, telling me ‘I’d never heard this request from a girl
in Egypt.’,” said Reem Mehanna posted on her Facebook account.
Mehanna added that she underwent an abdominal ova
freezing surgery and her doctor made a laparoscopy to get out her eggs and put
themin a freezing environment, saying “the frozen eggs stay for 20 or 30 years
Egg-freezing is not a burning issue in Egypt only, but
also in the United Arab Emirates. In April 2019, the UAE drew up a draft law to
allow freezing eggs, sperms or embryos in a way to prevent surrogacy or egg and
sperm donation. Lebanon is another Arab country where egg-freezing is being
PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar here on Tuesday
underscored the fact that women are among the disempowered and vulnerable
groups in Pakistan and that it is imperative to challenge the discriminatory
norms and practices so that inclusive and cohesive democratic practices lead to
a representative and pluralistic society in the country.
The seminar titled ‘Role of Women in Peacebuilding’
was organised by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar, in
collaboration with Paigham-e-Pakistan and Dukhtaran-e-Pakistan initiatives of
the Government of Pakistan.
A large number of faculty members, women activists,
civil society representatives and female students attended the event.
Addressing the participants, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Vice
Chancellor Dr Razia Sultana said women are the natural leaders and they have
the key to peace and development of a nation. Now is the right time for young
women to realise their true potential and unleash their abilities to work
toward the development of society, she maintained, adding that role of educated
women is vital for the development of the country.
The vice chancellor said conflicts and crises have
adversely affected the social and economic circumstances of women and girls in
Pakistan. Ensuring women’s participation at all levels in decisions related to
peace and security in the country is essential, she said, and stressed the need
to take concrete measures at social and political levels that will pave the way
for greater participation of women in peacebuilding and peace processes.
Other speakers said that the media needs to make
conscious and serious efforts to change stereotypes about women in society,
adding that women need to be provided adequate space and opportunities to
discuss wider issues related to peace and security. They maintained that the
promotion and achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment was a
means to the elimination of extremism and terrorism, which glorify violence and
aggression in the society. They said empowerment of women is crucial to
advancing the culture of peace in all its vectors and at all levels in a
family, community, country, region and globe.
The basic objective of the activity was to highlight
the role women can play in establishment of a peaceful and stable society by
helping counter the prevalent challenges including hatred, extremism, violence
The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECDR) has
condemned an assault by two women wearing niqab (face veils) on another woman
at a metro station.
The two grabbed the victim by her hair and cut it with
The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights in a statement
on Monday urged to investigate and take action regarding the incident, which
they described as a “blatant violation of the personal freedom and security of
“We know that wearing the niqab is a major security
challenge, as it hides the identity of the perpetrator of any crime,” the
The Center added that it is afraid the incident might
be intended to undermine the efforts made by security authorities to establish
The head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights,
Nihad Aboul Qomsan, condemned the
physical and psychological abuse suffered by the victim and called for
increasing police presence, especially in crowded places like metro stations.
She also urged for surveillance cameras to catch
anyone violating the freedom of others and preserve the personal security of
A bill banning Niqabs was widely rejected across Egypt
after stirring controversy in November with Ghada Agamy, a member of the House
of Representatives’ Foreign Relations Committee, having backtracked on the
draft law she submitted to ban the niqab in public places and government
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019
Egyptian member of Parliament Ehab al-Khouli revealed
plans to amend a law barring women from sitting on the State Council, reports
Khouli, a member of the parliamentary Legislative
Affairs Committee, said on Monday that he will propose an amendment to allow
women to apply for positions in the prestigious judicial body in the upcoming
session. He explained that “experiment has proven that women can [successfully]
bear responsibilities. There is not [a single] advanced nation that excludes
women as active members [in public life].”
According to Article 190 of the 2014 Egyptian
constitution, “the State Council is an independent judicial body that is
exclusively competent to adjudicate in administrative disputes, disciplinary
cases and appeals, and disputes pertaining to its decisions. It also solely
competent to issue opinions on the legal issues of bodies to be determined by
law, review and draft bills and resolutions of a legislative character, and review
draft contracts to which the state or any public entity is a party. Other
competencies are to be determined by law.”
Egypt is currently pushing for gender equality in all
leadership positions as part of the government’s agenda. Last July, the country
hit a milestone for women when judge Fatima Qandil sat at a judges panel in an
Egyptian criminal court for the first time in history.
As of today, Egypt has eight appointed female
ministers. These include Minister of Planning Hala El-Saeed, Minister of Investment
and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Minister of Immigration and Egyptian
Expatriate’s Affairs Nabila Makram, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem,
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali, Minister of Environment Yasmeen
Fouad, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat and Minister of Health Hala Zayed.
There are also two female governors, Nadia Abdou,
Governer of Beheira, and Manal Awan Mikhail, Governor of Damietta, who is also
Egypt’s first female Coptic governor.
As part of the country’s 2030 vision to achieve gender
equality, women have also been integrated into the country’s judiciary system.
In 2015, 26 new female judges were appointed. This was the largest number since
2007, and in 2018, 16 female Egyptian judges were promoted to higher judiciary
Although the current number of female judges makes up
only 0.5 percent of judges in Egypt. The government’s strategy aims to pull up
the figures to 25 percent by allowing women to apply to the State Council as
well as other judicial bodies.
MP Proposes Allowing Female Judges In State Council
CAIRO – 3 September 2019: Member of Parliament Ehab
al-Khouli has said he will propose legislative amendments to the State Council
law so that it allows the appointment of women in the prestigious judicial
Khouli, member of the parliamentary Legislative
Affairs Committee, said Monday he will make his bid during the upcoming
session. He added that his proposal comes in light of the Egyptian government’s
policy in gender equality.
“Experiment has proven that women can bear
responsibilities in full success. There is not advanced nation that excludes
women as active members,” Khouli said.
Khouli reminisced about the Egyptian society being a
pioneer in that aspect, providing examples such as Sameera Moussa, a nuclear
physicist who took several steps to allow the medical use of nuclear technology
affordable, who died in 1952 in a car accident in the U.S. that is highly
suspected to have been an assassination.
He also mentioned Fatma al-Yusuf, a journalist who
founded the acclaimed news magazine Rose al-Yusuf in 1952, a major step for a
journalist and a woman at the time.
Egyptian judges have consistently fought to assume top
positions, but the first major step was taken by former President Hosni
Mubarak, when he appointed Tahani al-Gebali as the vice president of the
Constitutional Court in 2003.
In July, judge Fatima Qandil was the first woman to
sit at a judges panel in an Egyptian criminal court, in another milestone for
female judges. The State Council, however, remains a male-only domain.
Article 190 of the 2014 constitution states that “the
State Council is an independent judicial body that is exclusively competent to
adjudicate in administrative disputes, disciplinary cases and appeals, and
disputes pertaining to its decisions. It also solely competent to issue
opinions on the legal issues of bodies to be determined by law, review and
draft bills and resolutions of a legislative character, and review draft
contracts to which the state or any public entity is a party. Other
competencies are to be determined by law.”
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