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A Lesser Sister
Nadeem F. Paracha

A Lesser Sister
Nadeem F. Paracha

Their Twitter timelines are usually full of those ubiquitous images where Hijabless women are explained as lollipops covered with flies; or with laments against ‘western hypocrisies and discrimination against appropriately dressed Muslim women in the West.’ But not a squeak came from them about a fellow Muslim sister beaten mercilessly in full view of the public by a man in their own country....

School Asks Parents Not To Wear Nighties, Burqas While Dropping Kids
Pop Singer Shakira

German Court Rules Muslim Girls Must Join Swim Classes

American Female Muslim Athlete Inspires Girls in Dakar

World Hijab Day Shows Pride in Being Muslim

Family Blames Saudi Gender Segregation Rules for Student’s Death

Will Tunisian Women Finally Inherit What They Deserve?

Arabs React to Raunchy Shakira, Rihanna Video with Criticism

Sheikha Fatima A Pioneer of Progress for Arab Women

50 Lashes for Wife-Beater in Saudi Arab

Iran's Female Footballers to Have Sex Tests

KSA-born expatriates look for Saudi wives

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Saudi Woman Loses Life, Was Denied Medical Help under Gender Law
British-Somali Fahma Mohamed

Sex Workers Call on South Sudan Government to Promote Safer Sex with Army and Police

Christian Girl Abducted, Converted and Forced To Marry a Muslim in Lahore

Young British-Somali Women Fight FGM with Rhyme and Reason

Female Literacy in Pakistan: Four Cities to Have New Women Universities

Expats Married to Saudi Women Entitled To Pension

Taliban and Government Imperil Gains for Afghan Women, Advocates Say

Hijab Suggestion for Non-Muslims in Aceh Draws Criticism

UAE Praised for Empowering Women as Lecture Highlights Islam’s Equality

Yemeni Women Struggle To Achieve 30% of Their Participation

Muslim Woman Says Saddle Brook Managers Demanded She Remove Headscarf

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Bomb in the Bedroom Egypt’s New Anti-Brotherhood Divorce Fatwa Explained
Sonia Farid

Shahin explained the logic behind his fatwa. “If a man has the right to divorce his wife if she betrays him, then what about betraying the country?” he asked. “If betraying a spouse is a sin, betraying one’s country is the gravest of sins.”....

 

Women in Libyan Jails Seek Right to Suicide to End Unbearable Humiliation
Zahrah Harassed for Hijab

Muslim Teen Harassed After Wearing Hijab to School in Florida

Qatar Airways under Fire over ‘Short Skirt’ Drive

Working Expat Women in Saudi Arabia See No End to Their Woes

Nobel Winner Shirin Ebadi Slams Russia for Protecting Assad

Sharjah Baby Friendly Drive Honours Partners

Old Challenges Continue For Women under New President in Iran

1 In 3 Saudis Rejects Nursing Profession for Women

Beirut: Refugee Crisis Boosts Women’s Services

Five-Year Plan In Pakistan: $7m For Girls Education In Distant Areas

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Sex Education for Saudi Children ‘Can Prevent Abuse, Divorce’
Malala Yousafzai

Aceh Mulls Sharia for Non-Muslims Women

HRW Says Detained Iraqi Women Frequently Tortured, Abused

Malala Yousafzai Nominated For 'Children's Nobel'

Paris Denies French School Is Teaching Sharia Law in Qatar or Dividing Classes by Sex

Saudi Women Pay To Guarantee ‘Front Row’ In Mosques

CAIR-NJ Files Complaint for Firing of Muslim Woman over Hijab

Moroccans call for 'no tolerance' of violence against women

Saleswomen Demand Female Guards

IDF to Knesset Committee, Rise In Number of Instances of Sexual Harassment Reported

Concerns over Under-Representation of Women in Indian Media

World Hijab Day Is Founded to Fight against Oppression

Women Grads in Jazan Awaiting Employment

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Sex Education Causes Uproar among French Muslims
Former Mauritanian minister Maty

Kenyan Governor Apologies for Suggesting, Unmarried Women Are Not Effective Leaders

France Arrests Two Chechen Women in 'Terrorism' Probe

Mauritanian Capital Elects First Woman Mayor

Concerns over under-representation of women in media

Mystery of Yemeni girl seen ‘crying stones’ instead of tears

In Bangladesh, 87 Per Cent of Women Victims of Domestic Violence

Some Yemeni Women Exploiting Housemaid Shortage Crisis

Saudi Woman’s Donated Organs Save Four Lives

Malaysians Call to Raise Marriage Age

Proposed Afghan Law Protects Women's Abusers: Rights Group

TechWomen Delegation to Expand Network of African Women in Science and Technology

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Honour Killing: A Dialogue with My Murderer
Rahila Umer Sumalani

I would forgive my killers if this murder brings any positive impact on our society but it won’t. The society is responsible for my immoral act. You are responsible of this disgrace; I was not the only guilty one here.” I am Bano and my mother used to call me Pari. This is the conversation I have with my father when he visits my grave. He still visits me in the dark so that no one sees him....

 

Saudi Cleric Suggests Baby Girls Wear Burqas to Prevent Rape
Nawal al-Husawi Female Pilot

After ‘Racist’ Slur, Saudi Female Pilot Vows To Fight Back

Saudi Women Urge Top Cleric to End Driving Ban

Filipino Muslims Urge Hijab Protection Law

‘I Married Her as Muslim; She Must Leave My House Now That She’s Christian’

A Closeted Life for Tajik Sexual Minorities

Muslims Join Paris Protest against Gender Equality Drive in Schools

Iran: Old Challenges Continue For Women under New President

Nigeria: Vice President's Wife Charges Women on Decent Dressing

US Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level since 1973: Study

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Al-Qaeda Forms Girls Brigades in Syria’s Raqqa
World Hijab Day ambassador for Singapore

Adoption of Muslim Girl, 3, By Lesbians Is Halted After Protests In UK

Successful Saudi Businesswoman Seeks Swiss Expansion

Fair Play to Sharjah’s Vision of Organising All-Women’s Games

Nigeria: Allow Use of Hijab to Curb Vices - Muslim Women

World Hijab Day Ceases Operations in Singapore

Iranian Women Fight Efforts to Restrict Travel Abroad

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
The Feminine Mystake
Inas Younis, New Age Islam

The Feminine Mystake
Inas Younis, New Age Islam

When it comes to lending moral legitimacy to the war on terror, sex is the new currency. The rhetoric of female emancipation is being packaged with everything from terror control to Islamic reform. The custodians of Islamic reform argue that the Islamic theory of law is open to a wide range of interpretations and can accommodate a more liberal world order.....

If Harassed on the Road, Take down Licence Plate Number, Pakistani Women Advised
Sumaira Malik

Equality for Women at Afghanistan's Officer Academy

Nigeria Muslim Pupils Protest against Hijab Ban

Outside Morsi Trial Venue, Child Sisters Wear Army Boots As Hats

Filipino Beautician Calls Her Workplace ‘Oasis of Harmony’

Hope for Indian Couples in the UAE Who Wish To Adopt

11 Year-Old Nigerian Girl among List of Top 100 Most Influential Africans

"The Future Young African Women and Girls Want" Statement Delivered During AU Summit

Sumaira Malik of PML (N) Challenges Life Ban on Contesting Polls

5.5 Million Children Out Of School in Pakistan: UNESCO Report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

UAE Forces New Mothers to Breastfeed by Law
Kashmiri girl students develop Android app

Fatima, 18, an Aspiring French ‘Hijabi’ Journalist

Women across the Globe Celebrate World Hijab Day

Three Divorces an Hour in Saudi Arabia

The Shadowy World of Sex Trafficking On US Shores

French Girl indoctrinated via Wahhabi websites Goes to Syria for War

Pregnant Mom of Four, Sentenced to Military Prison for Refusing to Serve in Iraq

Two Saudis among Top 20 Muslim Women Scientists

Girls from Ethnic Minorities at Risk from Genital Mutilation, MSPs Hear

Kashmiri Girl Students Develop Android App

French Woman, Indonesian Maid Held in Malaysia on Drugs Charges

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

270 Women, Including 95 Saudis Treated For Drug Addictions
Asma Jahangir

The British Babies Killed In the Womb Just For Being Girls

Kenya: Cyber Bullies Target Kenya's Women

Egyptian Woman Attacked In Tahrir Square As Police Watch, Laugh

Intended To Safeguard the Modesty, Burqa Has Now Become a Fashion in Hyderabad, India

Asma Jahangir Wins Human Rights Award

‘Honour’ Killing in Pakistan: Two Hang Sister’s Alleged Boyfriend

Women at Work in Afghanistan

New Marvel Superhero Is Muslim Teen from Jersey

Girl Education Gives White Rann Beauty Spot

Female Genital Mutilation Affects A Fifth of Young Girls In Sub-Saharan Africa

Detained Palestinian Children Face Staggering Rate of Violence

3 Dhaka Police Stations to Get Help Desks for Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

With such a simple solution to meeting Islamic gender guidelines, some women never really understood the need for the fatwa. If all the country's mosques could have enacted similar conditions, the barriers to women worshipping never would have needed to exist…

 

Widow Gang Raped On Orders of Muzaffargarh Panchayat in Pakistan
Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry

Saudi Women Selling Tissues on Streets for a Living

British Expats Start Help Group for UAE Divorced, Separated People

Yemen Police Foil Marriage of 8-Year-Old Girl

Iran: Fatwa Orders Women to Keep Wearing the Islamic Veil

Saudi Women Defy Tradition to Enter Workplace

Parents Urged To Watch Out For Potential Child Sexual Abuse

Indian-Origin Woman Held, Charged In London Anti-Terror Operation

Egyptian Belly Dancer Next Move, To Run in Parliamentary Elections

Little Progress on Girls' Education in Developing Countries - Report

President Obama Says Women Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work

Bangladesh: Homestead Gardening Changing Lives of Char Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Lack of Sex Pushed 1,371 Saudi Women to Seek Divorce in 2013

Wary Of High Divorce Rates, Saudi Girls Wed Education!

Female Customs Officers to Screen Women Landing In Riyadh

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Urges Female Lawmakers to Protest Attack on Nurjahan Begum

Egyptian Fatwa: Women Who Swim In the Ocean Guilty Of Adultery

Brides in Pakistan Say I Do – Thanks To Charity

Malala Book Launch in Pakistan Cancelled Due To Security Concerns

Defiant Muslim Woman on Trial in Britain Refuses To Remove Niqab

Palestinians Hold Mass Weddings in Jericho and Gaza

Graphic Journalism and Photos Tell Yemeni Women's Struggle

Cost Is No Consideration for Lavish Iranian Weddings

Pakistani Lecturer hurt in acid attack 10 days before wedding

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Muslim American Women Are the New Normal
Jennifer Zobair

A simple Google search reveals the strong Muslim feminist movement, the ways Muslim women are fighting for their rights both within and outside of Islam. Muslim American women are scholars and businesswomen, advisors to U.S. politicians, leaders of religious organizations, tireless activists and acclaimed authors. We are even the new Ms. Marvel super hero. Whether we cover our hair or don't -- the praxis to which the public seems most likely to reduce us….

Exploitation of UK Sikh Girls by Pak Youths Worries Akal Takht
Sawsan Chebli

Supporters of Women Driving To Launch New Plan on Feb. 25

First Muslim Deputy Spokeswoman for German Foreign Ministry

5 Ways Life Has Become Intolerable for Syrian Women

Calls Mount for Indonesian Government to Retract Support for FGM

Getting Away With Sexual Abuse in Jordan

Turkey's Controversial Headscarf Problem

US Universities Present Plans To Promote Women’s Football In Qatar

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Rape and Speech
Hafsa Khawaja

Rape and Speech
Hafsa Khawaja

However, using rape as an adjective in supposed humour is nothing less than an acceptance and approval for rape itself, for what is being thrown into process by this practice is the effective normalisation of the inhumanity of rape through its trivialisation. Using rape to describe the humiliating defeat of a sports team and to convey the extent of an examination paper gone bad have been heard or seen once by most, if not often....

 

Jeans-Wearing Women Ruling KPK: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F
Malala Yousafzai

With Greater Awareness, More Sex Abuse Victims Speaking Out

Women, Children Allowed To Leave Besieged Syria City

UK Woman Smuggles Terror Money to Syria

Countries Urged To Set Minimum Age of Marriage

Saudi Girl Designs Aircraft Interiors

Saudi Ministry to Set Up Hotline for Battered Women

Malala in Britain’s ‘Most Influential’ List

A Brilliant Scheme for Making Sure Syria's Child Refugees Get an Education

Women, Children Face Malnutrition in Neelam Valley, PoK, Says Survey

Half of Afghan Children Suffer Irreversible Harm from Malnutrition

180 Saudi Women Land Hotel Jobs

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Obese Women ‘Not Welcome’ In Private Sector Companies in Saudi Arabia
Sudanese First Lady

More Emirati Couples Divorce before Their Wedding Day

'65% of Females in Yemen Marry Underage'

Indonesian Women Face New Discriminatory Regulations

Taboo Topic Stymies Breast Cancer Efforts in Pakistan

New campaign in Egypt sheds light on the Breast Cancer of women

Sudanese First Lady Receives Director of Arab Women Organization

UAE Athletes Set Targets for Arab Women Sports Tournament

Saudi Women Occupy 38 Percent Govt Jobs: Report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

New Generation of Muslim-American Women Inspire Change in Mosques
Karen Mke and Kamilla Satto

Two British Teens on Their Way to Syria Arrested At Heathrow on Terrorist Offences

Women Lead Way for First Mosque for Natives in Panama

Women in Jeddah Demand More Places To Exercise

Child Bride’s Husband, Family Face 18 Years

Afghan Taliban's Use of Girls to Carry Out Attacks Condemned

Schoolchildren in S. Kyrgyzstan Learn About Journalism

SC: Online Sexual Offenses Are Just As Harmful To Minors

Implement Stringent Penalties for Sexual Harassment: Study

Brazil Trans Women Detained in Dubai for 'Imitating Opposite Sex'

Nigeria: The Meaning and Significance of World Hijab Day

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 

Let’s Criminalise Forced Marriage: Secular and Islamic Perspectives
Tehmina Kazi

It goes without saying that there needs to be better education in communities where forced marriage takes place; this is a point that unites pro and anti-criminalisation advocates. However, this is not an either-or situation. The new legislation must be accompanied by an effective awareness-raising campaign…..

"Towel-Head. Table cloth. Batman. Ninja. Oppressed. Rag head. Terrorist. Do you have Cancer? Do you have hair? Do you shower with it on? Oh, you can think? Don't you feel hot in the summer? Do you wear it to sleep? Did your dad force you to wear it? Well, okay, fine... did your mom?" mimicked the Muslim girls, who sat in chairs in a loose version of a circle, their faces red, drained with anger and shock.….

 
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