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Acid Attacks on Colombian Women

May 22, 2012

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by Meghan LewisMay 21, 2012 Latin America doesn’t generally pop into my mind when it comes to acid attacks on women. There’s usually some news flash or article detailing the sadly disturbing story of a woman from a fundamentalist Muslim society being doused with vitriol by a male member of her community. The possible offenses […]

Indonesia Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill

May 9, 2012

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Kafil Yamin | May 09, 2012 The fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia’s parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups. No fewer than six major Islamic organizations have formally objected to […]

Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women’s Rights?

May 2, 2012

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Sahar AzizAssociate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Posted: 05/ 1/2012 Last week, Mona Eltahawy triggered a polemic firestorm with her blanket assertion that Arab men’s hatred of women explains the abysmal gender inequities found in the Middle East. Many Arab women are perturbed that her article “Why Do They Hate Us?” […]

Women’s rights in Mali ‘set back 50 years’ by new ‘Family Code’ law

May 1, 2012

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Opposition to legislation dashes equality hopes in West African country’s strongly patriarchal society Soumaila T Diarra Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 1 May 2012 Village voice … Binta Samake: ‘We are different from men; we don’t have the power of decision’. Photograph: Andrew Esiebo/Panos Farima Samake, a widow living in the village of Gwelekoro in the south […]

A false analysis of Islam and feminism by Muslims and Non-Muslims

April 30, 2012

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By Hamzah Saif, April 29, 2012 “Gender is not the study of what is evident, it is an analysis of how what is evident came to be,” said Maya Mikdashi at her recent 10-point reminder on studying gender in the Middle East. Unfortunately, an influential strand of observers remains steadfastly deaf to her admonition, peddling […]

Female British Muslims are at last finding their voice

April 28, 2012

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A new generation of fearless Muslim women are actively starting to challenge inequalities that have faced them for generations Sara Khan guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 April 2012 ‘It is heartening to see a proliferation in Muslim women’s networks and forums right across the UK.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Anyone who has worked in British […]

Female circumcision anger aired in India #FGM

April 27, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist By Rupam Jain Nair | AFP – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 AFP Eleven years ago, Farida Bano was circumcised by an aunt on a bunk bed in her family home at the end of her 10th birthday party. The mutilation occurred not in Africa, where the practice is most prevalent, but in […]

Rights groups see politics behind rise in Muslim hate crimes

April 27, 2012

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Amnesty International says politicians have been pandering to prejudice against Muslims in a quest for votes. A Muslim woman holds her French passport during a news conference last year on the country’s ban on head scarves. (Remy de la Mauviniere, Associated Press / March 30, 2011) By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times April 26, […]

Why Do They Hate Us?

April 25, 2012

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The real war on women is in the Middle East. BY MONA ELTAHAWY | MAY/JUNE 2012 In “Distant View of a Minaret,” the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a […]

Muslim Women in India Seek Gender Equality in Marriage

April 24, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: April 24, 2012 NEW DELHI — Three years ago, Salma Khatun’s husband divorced her in a fit of rage after a quarrel, pronouncing what is known as the triple talaq in the presence of witnesses. The triple talaq is a formula of repudiation. The first two times it is pronounced, it […]

Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays

April 24, 2012

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Why aren’t schools doing more to educate children about forced marriage? Louise Tickleguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Jasvinder Sanghera, of the charity Karma Nirvana, talks to pupils at Landau Forte college, Derby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, […]

‘Honor’ killings debunked, demystified and redefined

April 24, 2012

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Women lay flowers on the grave of a woman killed by her husband in the province of Hatay. (PHOTO: AA, AHMET ÖZEL) 22 April 2012 / ALLYSON NEEL , İSTANBULNicole Pope challenges everything you thought you knew about “honor” killings in her new book, “Honor Killings in the 21st Century.” Pope, who has dedicated the […]

‘Gender (in)equality not linked to Islam’

April 22, 2012

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Equality between Muslim men and women has little to do with religion, says Gönül Halat-Mec. DW’s Klaudia Prevezanos spoke to the family lawyer and member of the of the annual German Islam Conference. Deutsche Welle: What’s the situation regarding equality between Muslim men and women in Germany? Gönül Halat-Mec: You have to differentiate: It always […]

‘Honour’ Violence and Discrimination

April 12, 2012

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Joanne Payton Founder of HBVA and works with Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and International Campaign Against Honour Killings. It is impossible to ignore the fact that so-called ‘honour’ crimes are predominantly associated with Muslims, as part of a general public stereotype in which Muslim women are seen as uniquely oppressed, and Islam as […]

On Shaima Alawadi, family violence, and hate crimes

April 10, 2012

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By Karla Kellam, April 9, 2012 As the facts about the Shaima Alawadi murder case continue to trickle in, it appears more and more that she was the victim of family violence, rather than a hate crime. As somebody who works to prevent family violence at Project Sakinah, this does not come as a surprise […]

Fears of female genital mutilation revival in Egypt

April 2, 2012

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Posted on 02 April 2012. Auveen WoodsWVoN co-editor Azza El Garf, a prominent member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of just 11 female parliamentarians in Egypt, has publicly denounced the 2008 ban on genital cutting (or female genital cutting, ‘FGM’) for Egyptian women. “It is […]

Hindu Girls Targeted in Coerced Conversions

April 1, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Dhan Bai received a certificate from a madrassa saying her daughter had converted to Islam. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS. KARACHI, Mar 30, 2012 (IPS) – Bharti, a 15-year-old Hindu girl living in the Lyari area in Karachi, left home for her sewing class last December, never to return. Three days later, her father Narain […]

Menses’ non-sense: Menstruation and the Muslim Woman’s “Red Tent”

March 8, 2012

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By Enith Morillo, March 8, 2012 Muslims love to brag about how the status of women was elevated from the backward practices found in earlier Judaic and Christian societies with the revelation of the Qur’an. Plenty of comparisons between Islam and Judeo-Christian traditions are available, highlighting categorical differences on divorce, inheritance, property ownership, education, and […]

American Muslims Women behaving badly in mosques

March 2, 2012

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By Uzma Mariam Ahmed, March 2, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> Women in American mosques are loud and messy. They allow their children to run free. They socialize and chatter during khutbas. They rush out after the prayers and don’t participate in cleaning or re-organizing the space. They wear inappropriate clothes, allowing their […]

PAKISTAN: Abducted and forced into a Muslim marriage

February 28, 2012

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Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINHindus marking a ritual occasion feel increasingly threatened in Pakistan KARACHI, 27 February 2012 (IRIN) – Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her. “Even after a year of `marriage’ I am not used […]

“Honor” killings and political correctness

February 22, 2012

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Reblogged from “Honor” killings and political correctness By Peter Gray, February 22, 2012 The debate about whether Canada’s “Shafia murders” were “honor killings” or “domestic violence” seems like an argument about whether “■” is a square or a rectangle. Beneath the surface, however, much more than semantics is at stake. Critics who reject all mention […]

Many layers: Examining the complex meanings of hijab

February 16, 2012

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By Fatima Ayub, January 30, 2012 Writer Fatima Ayub examines perspectives on veiling in Muslim majority and minority contexts, both in the United States, where she grew up, and in Afghanistan, where she has lived and worked. She finds a surprising number wear it due to a combination of social expectation and cultural habit, rather […]

‘Honor killings’ – What do we do now?

February 16, 2012

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By Abrar Qadir, February 7, 2012 On Sunday January 28th, a jury in Kingston, Canada returned a guilty verdict against Mohammed Shafia, a 58 year old Afghani immigrant, his wife and their 21 year old son in the murder of Shafia’s three daughters and first wife. Shafia was married to both women at the time […]

KYRGYZSTAN Efforts to Tackle Bride Kidnapping Hit Polygamy Snag

February 12, 2012

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By Chris Rickleton* BISHKEK, Feb 11, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Legislation designed to discourage the controversial practice of bride kidnapping fizzled recently in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament. The bill lost support because a key provision could also be used to crack down on the ostensibly illegal, yet quietly tolerated practice of polygamy, according to a member of parliament. […]

The assumptions behind the ‘black marriage crisis’

January 27, 2012

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It’s cast as a crisis for the African American community, but the subtext is that women should settle down – and settle for less Tamara Winfrey Harris guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 January Twenty years ago, just after college, I attended a birthday party for a friend. In the kitchen, standing round the drinks, a handsome guy […]

The assumptions behind the ‘black marriage crisis’

January 27, 2012

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It’s cast as a crisis for the African American community, but the subtext is that women should settle down – and settle for less Tamara Winfrey Harris guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 January Twenty years ago, just after college, I attended a birthday party for a friend. In the kitchen, standing round the drinks, a handsome guy […]

The New Muslim suffragettes of the United Kingdom

January 18, 2012

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By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanWednesday, 18 January 2012 An increasing number of Muslim women activists are receiving death threats, fatwas and even hate-mail from extremist male and female Muslims. Their crime: Rescuing fellow Muslim women from violent and life threatening situations. With heightened media sensitivity surrounding forced marriage, honour based violence and domestic violence we are […]

Muslim Daughter in India Breaks Home-Bound Custom

September 2, 2011

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By Anjali SinghWeNews correspondent Friday, September 2, 2011 Muslim girls and women in northern India have the lowest levels of education and are the least likely to leave home to work. When one 19-year-old pushed her way into the paid work force she had to brave the fury of her younger brother. LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, […]

Muslim Daughter in India Breaks Home-Bound Custom

September 2, 2011

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By Anjali SinghWeNews correspondent Friday, September 2, 2011 Muslim girls and women in northern India have the lowest levels of education and are the least likely to leave home to work. When one 19-year-old pushed her way into the paid work force she had to brave the fury of her younger brother. LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, […]

After the Taliban: Swat women on changing life

August 30, 2011

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28 August 2011 Swat in north-west Pakistan is still recovering from a period of militancy several years ago. Men and women deemed un-Islamic were killed by the Taliban and their bodies dumped on the street. Hundreds of girls’ schools were destroyed before the army ousted the militants in 2009. A local school girl and Swat’s […]

After the Taliban: Swat women on changing life

August 30, 2011

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28 August 2011 Swat in north-west Pakistan is still recovering from a period of militancy several years ago. Men and women deemed un-Islamic were killed by the Taliban and their bodies dumped on the street. Hundreds of girls’ schools were destroyed before the army ousted the militants in 2009. A local school girl and Swat’s […]

During Ramadan, Women Are Still in the Kitchen

August 30, 2011

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29 August 2011Sara YasinUnited Kingdom “Questioning the distribution of labour in a household is not exclusive to Muslim households. In retrospect, I think that would have been a crucial time to re-negotiate how we distributed domestic work throughout the household. Not just during Ramadan, but for the whole year.” *** As a child, Ramadan was […]

During Ramadan, Women Are Still in the Kitchen

August 30, 2011

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29 August 2011Sara YasinUnited Kingdom “Questioning the distribution of labour in a household is not exclusive to Muslim households. In retrospect, I think that would have been a crucial time to re-negotiate how we distributed domestic work throughout the household. Not just during Ramadan, but for the whole year.” *** As a child, Ramadan was […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east of Sri Lanka have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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Attached here is the full report from Sri Lanka’s Women’s Action Network, which is based on testimonies mainly of minority Tamil and Muslims affected by this recent wave of violence. Statement by women on the recent attacks on women, impunity and the lack of the rule of law. This report is based on interviews given […]