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Anti-Abortion Terrorist Claims Threats Were ‘Divinely Inspired’

June 6, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloJune 5, 2012 A domestic-terror trial in Kansas just got more interesting as Angel Dillard now claims the threats she made to abortion provider Dr. Mila Means were “divinely inspired” communications and are therefore entitled to constitutional speech and religious protections. Dillard is facing prosecution under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances […]

What Are the Roots of Gender Inequality? Women’s Rights, Race and Reproduction

June 2, 2012

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Released: 6/1/2012 Newswise — Throughout history, women have faced intense discrimination—from a lack of legal rights and very little independence from their husbands, to being thought to have inferior brains. In many societies, women have long been viewed as less than fully human. American society has come a long way in recognizing and protecting women’s […]

The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women

May 28, 2012

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Wearing the hijab doesn’t have to be about religious dedication. For me, it is political, feminist and empowering Nadiya Takolia guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 May 2012 A woman wearing a hijab. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images When you think of the hijab, you probably don’t think “political”. Or “independent”. Or “empowered”. Feminist? Certainly not – feminism is far […]

‘Women of the Wall’ movement fights Israeli gender bias

May 4, 2012

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ANN RODGERS – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Posted: May 02, 2012 Anat Hoffman was arrested in Israel for going to the Western Wall to do what would be regarded as a holy act in her synagogue: donning a prayer shawl and reading from the Torah. — She leads the Women of the Wall movement to allow […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012

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Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

Pakistani Judge Upholds 3 Women’s Conversions

April 20, 2012

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B.K. Bangash/Associated PressFaryal Shah, center, leaving the Supreme Court in Islamabad under tight security last month. By SALMAN MASOODPublished: April 18, 2012 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A controversy over religious conversions that has captivated Pakistanis was resolved in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a judge ruled that three Hindu women who converted to Islam under disputed […]

Breaking the bonds on marriage

April 15, 2012

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 Katharine MurphyApril 16, 2012 Illustration: Andrew Dyson The discrimination against same-sex couples should end, but progress on the issue can’t be taken for granted. SOME of the most implacable defenders of marriage as a union between a man and a woman don’t make it sound all that enticing. In fact, some of the more recent […]

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam

April 11, 2012

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Wealthy, educated women are increasingly embracing the trend for religious inquiry and observance Jason Burke in Lahoreguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Pakistani Muslim women celebrating Eid al-Adhi in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images All the women working in the information technology division of the Bank of Punjab’s headquarters in the western Pakistani city of Lahore […]

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 […]

Social attitudes: Three fourths of minority women report harassment

April 1, 2012

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By Shamsul IslamPublished: March 31, 2012 ” 14 % respondents report firsthand knowledge of abduction of a woman, 8 % of a forced conversion and 3 % of trafficking Minority Women in Pakistan report. FAISALABAD: As many as 76 per cent of the respondents in a survey of Christian and Hindu women in the Punjab […]

The rise of Mormon feminist bloggers

March 20, 2012

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Women are using social media to challenge the patriarchy of the Mormon church Frieda Klotz guardian.co.uk, Monday 19 March 2012 Mormon feminists are increasingly finding kindred spirits online. Photograph: D’Arcy Benincosa On her 30th birthday, which she celebrated in New York City, D’Arcy Benincosa did the wildest thing she could think of: she ordered a […]

The fight for women’s bodies and the race to the White House

March 20, 2012

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Posted on 19 March 2012.Auveen WoodWVoN co-editor Although taxation was predicted as the issue that would dominate the 2012 US presidential election, abortion, birth control and gay marriage have so far been at the forefront of the Republican primaries. This year a record number of states, including Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania have enacted legislation restricting […]

Yvonne Ridley: finding feminism in Islam

March 17, 2012

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Posted on 16 March 2012.Lucy Miller WVoN co-editor Yvonne Ridley is a journalist, author, peace activist and film-maker. She was captured by the Taliban in September 2001 after crossing the Afghan border wearing a burqa. After her release she read the Qur’an and subsequently converted to Islam. WVoN spoke to her about feminism, faith and […]

St Petersburg bans ‘homosexual propaganda’

March 13, 2012

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Russian city is fourth to adopt anti-gay legislation as politicians and Orthodox Church push for laws to apply nationwide Miriam Elder in Moscowguardian.co.uk, Monday 12 March 2012 A Russian police officer detains a man dressed in a bridal gown during a gay rights protest in Moscow. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters Twenty years after homosexuality was decriminalised […]

Madonna, Naked Hunks, and Anal Intercourse: Long Live the Feminine World

March 10, 2012

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Marten WeberPosted: 03/ 9/2012 For most of human history, we lived in male cultures. Men hunted and warred, women raised children, cooked, and gathered or cultivated food. Roles such as these are inscribed into the psyche of many nations and are almost universally codified in sacred texts. Today, we are living in a feminine world […]

Arab Spring Fails to Allay Women’s Anxieties

March 10, 2012

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By RANA F. SWEISPublished: March 7, 2012 Rana F. Sweis for The International Herald TribuneA participant at a meeting in Sousse, Tunisia, last month on changes in the Arab world. After recent elections, women remain underrepresented in the region’s parliaments. AMMAN — Like many Tunisians, Maroua Ben Salah, 23, never imagined that her life and […]

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 […]

The Republican party declares war on women

March 5, 2012

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The more Republican candidates pitch for social conservative votes, the more we see the misogyny of America’s religious right Diane Robertsguardian.co.uk, Monday 5 March 2012 Rick Santorum campaigning in Ohio: he has cast America asfighting a spiritual struggle against secularism and Satan. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Republicans and their Tea Party shock troops say they […]

Saritha Prabhu: Contraception issue really about control of women

March 4, 2012

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Mar. 4, 2012 When religious men seek control over women, they try to do it by invoking God’s name and authority. OK, that’s a sweeping statement, so let me explain. I’m referring to the recent tempest over contraception and Catholic-run institutions. At the lowest level, the issue was about contraception and “morning-after” pills. But at […]

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 […]

Women’s Health Care at Risk

February 29, 2012

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Published: February 28, 2012 A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services. Catholic hospitals that merge or form partnerships with secular hospitals often try to impose religious restrictions against abortions, contraception and sterilization on the […]

“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 […]

Saudi Judge Wants to Strip Saudi a Woman of Her Citizenship

February 8, 2012

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February 1, 2012 On January 10, 2012, Saudi judge Mutrak Al Bishr called upon the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, commonly known as the Religious Police, to arrest Saudi journalist Nadin Al-Badir for criticizing the Committee in an interview with Egypt’s Dream2 TV. During the interview, Nadin Al-Badir detailed various […]

Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud

January 20, 2012

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By DOV LINZERPublished: January 19, 2012 IS it possible for a religious demand for modesty to be about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies? From recent events in Israel, it would certainly seem that it is not. Jennifer Uman Last month, an innocent, modestly dressed 8-year-old girl, Naama Margolese, living in Beit Shemesh, described […]

Unsafe abortions rising globally

January 19, 2012

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Almost all abortions (97%) in Africa and Latin America (95%) are unsafe and 40% of those in Asia, according to a new report Sarah Boseley, health editorThe Guardian, Thursday 19 January 2012 Unsafe and poorly performed abortions are a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Photograph: Charlie Shoemaker/Corbis […]

Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women

January 15, 2012

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By ETHAN BRONNER and ISABEL KERSHNERPublished: January 14, 2012 Rina Castelnuovo for The New York TimesPeeking through a tear in a curtain separating the men and women at an ultra-Orthodox wedding in Jerusalem. Secular Israelis oppose such segregation. More Photos » JERUSALEM — In the three months since the Israeli Health Ministry awarded a prize […]

Women complain of male dominance in job market

January 9, 2012

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By DIANA AL-JASSEM | ARAB NEWS Published: Jan 9, 2012 00:55 Updated: Jan 9, 2012 00:55 A female journalist at a press conference. (AN photo) JEDDAH: Many Saudi women claim getting and maintaining a high quality profession has proven difficult despite the government’s efforts to improve employment opportunities for them because men are refusing to […]

Faith in equality a must

January 2, 2012

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Secular authorities need to ensure they win fights with zealots over the rights of women. January 2, 2012By Leslie CannoldMelbourne academic and writer Illustration: Robin Cowcher LAST week in Israel, a news story shocked the nation. It concerned Naama Margolis, an Orthodox Jewish girl, who was shown crying and quaking at the prospect of taking […]

Faith in equality a must

January 2, 2012

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Secular authorities need to ensure they win fights with zealots over the rights of women. January 2, 2012By Leslie CannoldMelbourne academic and writer Illustration: Robin Cowcher LAST week in Israel, a news story shocked the nation. It concerned Naama Margolis, an Orthodox Jewish girl, who was shown crying and quaking at the prospect of taking […]

Indians Rewrite Role of Women in Sacred Scripts

December 30, 2011

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By Kavitha RaoWeNews correspondentFriday, December 30, 2011 Religious epics in India are chock-a-block with patiently self-sacrificing women. In the past year, however, a trend has been accelerating for writers and artists to revise those characters in blockbuster novels, essays, films and theatrical scripts. (WOMENSENEWS)–For generations, Indian women have been reared on religious epics, filled with […]

Indians Rewrite Role of Women in Sacred Scripts

December 30, 2011

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By Kavitha RaoWeNews correspondentFriday, December 30, 2011 Religious epics in India are chock-a-block with patiently self-sacrificing women. In the past year, however, a trend has been accelerating for writers and artists to revise those characters in blockbuster novels, essays, films and theatrical scripts. (WOMENSENEWS)–For generations, Indian women have been reared on religious epics, filled with […]

Executed for Being Gay

September 2, 2011

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By Matthew Cardinale ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Aug 31, 2011 (IPS) – Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First. Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic of Sudan, […]

Executed for Being Gay

September 2, 2011

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By Matthew Cardinale ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Aug 31, 2011 (IPS) – Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First. Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic of Sudan, […]

What’s fueling Bible Belt divorces

August 27, 2011

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By Katia Hetter, Special to CNNAugust 25, 2011 Southerners tend to run to the altar earlier, but also more often to divorce court, experts say. (CNN) — While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don’t do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get […]

The Mennonite Rapes: In Bolivia, a Trial Tears Apart a Religious Community

August 19, 2011

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By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Manitoba Colony Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 Jacob Wiebe Knelsen, seen in court in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on May 27, 2011, is accused, along with eight other Mennonite men, of serial rape Noah Friedman-Rudovsky Katarina Wall remembers little about the worst night of her life. She recalls waking up in her bed, […]

The Mennonite Rapes: In Bolivia, a Trial Tears Apart a Religious Community

August 19, 2011

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By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Manitoba Colony Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 Jacob Wiebe Knelsen, seen in court in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on May 27, 2011, is accused, along with eight other Mennonite men, of serial rape Noah Friedman-Rudovsky Katarina Wall remembers little about the worst night of her life. She recalls waking up in her bed, […]

How Conservative Christian Anti-Choice Centers Are Plotting to Lure Women With Medical Services

August 19, 2011

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Many crisis pregnancy centers are converting into limited-service medical clinics. With Planned Parenthood under attack, will they be more of a draw for women? August 18, 2011 | There are between 2,500 and 4,000 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) operating in the US, all devoted to preventing the women who walk through their doors from getting […]

How Conservative Christian Anti-Choice Centers Are Plotting to Lure Women With Medical Services

August 19, 2011

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Many crisis pregnancy centers are converting into limited-service medical clinics. With Planned Parenthood under attack, will they be more of a draw for women? August 18, 2011 | There are between 2,500 and 4,000 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) operating in the US, all devoted to preventing the women who walk through their doors from getting […]

NIGERIA: Changing attitudes to contraception

July 28, 2011

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Photo: UNFPATraditional leaders’ support has been vital to reproductive health education efforts DAKAR, 27 July 2011 (IRIN) – Health workers say an apparent rise in contraceptive use in Nigeria stems largely from a willingness by traditional and religious leaders in some regions to use their influence in promoting reproductive health. In the predominantly Muslim north, […]

NIGERIA: Changing attitudes to contraception

July 28, 2011

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Photo: UNFPATraditional leaders’ support has been vital to reproductive health education efforts DAKAR, 27 July 2011 (IRIN) – Health workers say an apparent rise in contraceptive use in Nigeria stems largely from a willingness by traditional and religious leaders in some regions to use their influence in promoting reproductive health. In the predominantly Muslim north, […]

NEPAL Religious Practices Oppress Women

July 28, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar KATHMANDU, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The recent gang-rape of a Buddhist nun and her expulsion from her sect have sparked a debate about the deep-rooted religious traditions and biases that foster discrimination and violence, especially against women, in this South Asian state. The public outcry against the nun’s expulsion forced the […]

NEPAL Religious Practices Oppress Women

July 28, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar KATHMANDU, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The recent gang-rape of a Buddhist nun and her expulsion from her sect have sparked a debate about the deep-rooted religious traditions and biases that foster discrimination and violence, especially against women, in this South Asian state. The public outcry against the nun’s expulsion forced the […]

Churches debate whether to marry gays in light of new laws

July 23, 2011

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By RACHEL ZOLL – Associated PressSaturday, Jul. 23, 2011 NEW YORK — After same-sex marriage becomes legal here Sunday, gay priests with partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will head to the altar. They have to. Their bishop set a nine-month deadline for them to marry or stop living together. Next door, meanwhile, […]

Churches debate whether to marry gays in light of new laws

July 23, 2011

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By RACHEL ZOLL – Associated PressSaturday, Jul. 23, 2011 NEW YORK — After same-sex marriage becomes legal here Sunday, gay priests with partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will head to the altar. They have to. Their bishop set a nine-month deadline for them to marry or stop living together. Next door, meanwhile, […]

‘Full integration of women into IDF would be good for Israel’s security’

July 22, 2011

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Lt. Col. ‏(res.‏) Zeev Lehrer caused a storm this week by calling to curtail religiosity in IDF. By Merav MichaeliPublished 01:52 21.07.11 Lehrer. “I don’t know if the army is purposely sacrificing women on the altar of religion, but I have no doubt that it is under great pressure to reduce or stop absorbing women.”Photo […]

‘Full integration of women into IDF would be good for Israel’s security’

July 22, 2011

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Lt. Col. ‏(res.‏) Zeev Lehrer caused a storm this week by calling to curtail religiosity in IDF. By Merav MichaeliPublished 01:52 21.07.11 Lehrer. “I don’t know if the army is purposely sacrificing women on the altar of religion, but I have no doubt that it is under great pressure to reduce or stop absorbing women.”Photo […]