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Islam, Women and Feminism

Boko Haram's abduction of 200 girls: Educating Girls Spurs Islamic Extremists to Violence
Nicholas D. Kristof

These girls, ages 15 to 18 and Christians and Muslims alike, knew the risks of seeking an education, and schools in the area had closed in March for fear of terror attacks. But this school had reopened so that the girls — the stars of their families and villages — could take their final exams. They were expected to move on to become teachers, doctors, lawyers Instead, they reportedly are being auctioned off for $12 each to become “wives” of militants…..

Abduction of Girls an Act Not Even Al Qaeda Can Condone
Malala Yusoufzai

Pakistan ‘Most Perilous Place’ For Mums in South Asia

Bangladesh Climbs 6 Spots on List of Best Place for Mothers

Jordanian Christian Kills Daughter for Converting To Islam

Women Rights: Female Student from Faisalabad to Speak At UN

Boko Haram Should Learn Islam: Malala Yousafzai over Girls’ Abduction

UK Islamophobes Victimize Muslim Women

Obama's US-Based Aunt Given Islamic Burial In Kenya

Iranian Women Snap 'Stealthy' Photos Free Of Hijab

Headscarved Muslim Woman to Run For Greece in EP Polls

Didi Welcomes Migrants, Why Not Me, Asks Taslima

32% of Working Women Lose Jobs Due To Lack of Transport, Says Study

Fingerprint: A Good Beginning to Ending Women’s Sufferings

1.4m Disabled Pakistani Children Have No Access To Schools

Indonesia: Nearly 100 Child Sexual Abuse Cases This Year

Lebanese Women Run For Their Rights In Beirut Marathon

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


'People Grab Our Veils, Call Us Terrorists and Want Us Dead': What It's Really Like To Be A Muslim Woman In Britain
Ava Vidal

I am not denying that there are countries where the predominant religion is Islam where women are treated badly. But patriarchy is the problem, not Islam. In Islam, the rights of women were recognised much earlier than they were in the West. In any case, we in the UK don’t come up smelling of roses when we examine the inequality between the sexes either. A UN human rights inspector recently declared the sexism in the UK to be more ‘pervasive’ and ‘in your face’ than any country she has ever visited and that included some Muslim countries……


Seeking Greater Equality, Indian Women Turn To Unexpected Source: Shariah Courts
Khatoon Shaikh, Sharia Adalat

Egyptian Women Scared To Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment

Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnap 8 More Girls, Hours after Leader Issues Threat

At Gaza’s Horse Clubs, Girls Eager to Ride

Runaway Girls Killed or Jailed Under Afghan Customary Laws

Turning Daughters into Sons, Afghans Empower Girls

Myanmar Activists Condemn Plans to Stop Buddhist Women Marrying Non-Buddhists

Expatriate Women Struggle for Their Divorce Rights in Saudi Arabia

Female Entrepreneurs A Rarity in Lebanon

Lebanese Women ‘Run Forward’ For Their Rights in Beirut Marathon

Malaysia: Labelling Anti-GST Rally Participants as Prostitutes Denounced

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Noor of Bihar
Taimur Arbab

Noor of Bihar
Taimur Arbab

One day, while she was reciting the Quran with a deeply reflective state of mind, evident from the many brows on her forehead and the moist wells of eyes too perceptible to be missed, I wondered about Marx’s conception of religion as an opium for people’s intellect, a progenitor of false consciousness for the have-nots and an institution of base exploitation in the superstructure of society. But Marx should have thought about this – if it were, indeed, opium, it definitely still had immense impact in the life of this woman from Bihar…..

Violence against Women in Saudi Arabia Protection Homes Increases

Montreal Muslim Woman Sues for Damages after Hateful Messages

Women Realtors May Lose Jobs in Iran

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Have Women Prison

US Officials Fear For Abducted Nigerian Girls

Saudi Arabia’s Female Pilots' Group Aiming High

Rawalpindi: 200 Women Workers Employed Anti-Dengue Campaign

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Feminism Will Never Work In Pakistan
Faiza Iqbal

Everyone has a different perception of what feminism entails but, universally, it espouses equality and freedom from discrimination, degradation and sexual violence. However, feminism is a concept that sits at odds with a fiercely patriarchal, deeply religious and culture-obsessed society like Pakistan. This is not to say that feminism doesn’t exist in Pakistan; it’s just not given much emphasis or is twisted to suit a man’s needs.....


Constitutional Texts to Protect the Yemeni Women’s Rights
Sughra Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of

Special Jobs for Saudi Women at Courts Set

Muslim Women Pray Against Insecurity in Sokoto

Targeting Muslim Women Must Stop

First Female President of Islamic Society of Britain to Give Lecture at Stortford College

"Women and Youth Have Very Little Representation in Syrian National Coalition"

Malaysia Confab Empowers Muslim Women

Pak Women Thrash Bahrain in World TT Championship

Pakistan Women Get 75th Spot in World Table Tennis

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Educated and Ambitious, Qatari Women Nudge Their Way into the Office
Dr Mira Phailbus

US To Do ‘Everything Possible’ To Help Rescue Abducted Nigerian Girls

26% Pregnant Saudi Women Are Victims of Domestic Violence

Uniform School Education in KP Still a Far Cry

Dr Mira for Working Women’s Security in Paksitan

Veena Malik Shows up as IHRC’s Goodwill Ambassador

Pakistani Women Journalists Demand Review of Working Conditions

Malaysia’s Silk Road Peace Runner Woman Crossing Iran

22 Saudi Women to Undergo ‘Cloth Washing’ Test

Women Eye Seats On JCCI Commissions

Indonesian Women Face Socioeconomic Problems Due To Early Marriage

Nine Women Freed From Trafficking House in Sukabumi, West Java

Women Must Have Access to Good Maternal Health: Nafsiah Mboi Indonesian Minister

Eritrean Woman Asylum Seeker in Yemen

13 Shops in Riyadh Found Circumventing Feminization Regulations

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It is about time the intelligentsia, political leaders, Ulema and other Muslim religious leaders came forward to uproot the evil of misogyny from the Muslim societies by restricting the clear violation of the Qur'anic views of women's status and rights. They should work to reform the traditionally conservative Muslim societies such as the tribal areas in Pakistan, where women rights are brazenly violated day in and day out. Every possible effort should be exerted to highlight the true teachings of Islam regarding women rights...


Physical Education Classes For Girls a Major Sin: Hard-Line Scholar

‘Violence Deters South Asian Women from Politics’

Turkey to Help Kiribati’s Bid To Stop Violence against Women

Bahrainis Voice Support for Female Prisoners

Zionist Forces ’Brutally’ Beat Palestinian Woman

Hudud Will Drive Rape Survivors Deeper into Shadows, Say Women’s Groups

Rights of Arab Women Working In Israel Being Violated

Bangladesh: ‘Increasing Number of Unpaid Women a Challenge’

Indonesia Women Workers Demand Jokowi Fight for Their Rights

Iranian Female Drivers to Participate In 6,925km Rally

Women Eye Seats On Various Jeddah Chamber of Commerce Commissions

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The importance of psychological health and compatibility between a man and a woman is gaining importance in Saudi society. Psychological compatibility affects happiness, living conditions, understanding and stability between partners….


Forced Conversions in the Land of the Pure
Muhammad Akbar Notezai

The number of forced conversions of our religious minorities, particularly the Hindus, is intensifying in the land of the pure. Also, in the past, cases of forced conversions only surfaced in Sindh. Now, however, these incidents are taking place in every nook and corner of the country. The government needs to take notice of the forced conversions of its minority communities. .....


Women Ask Saudi Courts to Force Husbands Pay Breastfeeding Fees
Bashayer Mohammad, Female Poet

Saudi Women: ‘Give Us Freedom and We Will Marry You’

Nigerian Schoolgirls: Jihadis 'Willing To Consider' Release

Tunisia Lifts Restrictions on Women’s Rights in Landmark Action

Women Raise Their Voices on the Walls of Afghanistan

Taliban Target Girls Schools in Pakistan

Some Hospitals Have 100 Percent Saudi Nursing Staff

Female Poet Takes a Path Few Dare To Tread

Saudi Women Apply For Laundry Jobs

Shariah Law to Become the Legal Code of Brunei

Disabled Children Are a Blessing in Disguise

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Police Fear Jihad Girls Held By Radicals in Turkey
Maha Akeel, Saudi journalist

First Saudi Woman Appointed To a Top OIC Post

Saudi Women Prefer To Hire Female Expats to Drive Them

Sweden Championed Gender Equality to Raise Birth Rates - and it Worked

Kenyan President Signs Marriage Bill into Law, Legalising Polygamy

Muslim, Sikh Groups File Complaints over Head Scarf Policy at OC Theme Park

Meet Wazhma, the Reason Afghanistan Needs More Female Lawyers

Maldives Parliament Passes Sexual Harassment and Sexual Offences Bills

Saudi Man and Bahraini Woman Jailed For Selling Drugs, Illicit Relations

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Girls Abducted From Nigeria 'Have Been Sold To Islamic Militants Boko Haram for £8 Each'
Sharmila Farooqui Pak Politician

Tunisia Just Took a Step on Women's Rights the U.S. Has Yet To Make

Pak Child Marriage Restraint Bill Passage Lauded

Pakistan: Two Girls Killed For Honour

Firms Offer Incentives to Retain Saudi Female Workers

Shoura Proposes Fund to Help Women Involved In Family Dispute

Girls Brave Violence for Their Education in Northern Nigeria

Child Marriage Could Become Law in Iraq This Week

Vicious Attack at Women's Prison in Iran

Indonesia: Abuse against Women Shows No Sign of Abating

Iran’s Courts Are Still Blaming Rape Victims for Their Attacks

'Hadassah Women’ Visit Israel, Refuse To Meet Health Minister

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Nigeria Muslim Nurses Fired For Hijab
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Nigeria Muslim Nurses Fired For Hijab
Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai Makes It Again to Time’s 100

Bangladesh: 'No Qualm about Child Marriage'

This Somali Teen Fashion Designer Goes Big With Animal Print Hijabs

Ugandan Nun Is Helping Restore the Lives of War-Torn Young Girls

2-Month Jail, Fine for Well-Known Saudi Woman Academic for Illicit Relations

Pakistan Jolted: Rape of Minors a Rising Trend

Muslims File Complaint against Boomers for Not Allowing Hijabs on Go-Carts

Women Urged To Follow Hazrat Faitma (Ra)

HR Coordinator for Sindh CM Condemns Bomb Attack, Takes Notice of Torture on Woman

Try Robot Housemaids, Tech Firms Urge Saudis

Hillary Clinton to Address United Methodist Women as Keynote Speaker

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Married at Twelve: Most Forced Marriages at Tender Ages Are Related To Extreme Poverty and Reduced Dowry Costs
Shazia Omar

Most forced marriages at tender ages are related to extreme poverty and reduced dowry costs on the basis of age. Young girls are married to the least desired men in the community, men who are also extremely poor and jobless, and so the poverty perpetuates. ….


Muslim Women Entitled To Maintenance Even After Divorce: Supreme Court of India
Syeda Abida Hussain, Pak Politician

Sindh Assembly Passes Bill Prohibiting Child Marriages

UAE Tops the Middle East Table In Treating Women With Respect

In Iraq, Female Candidates Still Held Back By Old Paradigms

Jirga gives minor girl in vani to settle dispute

Arab TV Portrays Working Women as ‘Superficial’

Military Surrounds Location, Intensifies Negotiations to Free Abducted Nigerian Girls

Known Pak Politician Abida Asks Media to Be Rational On National Interest

UN Elects Iran to Women’s Rights Commission

Not All Syria-Bound Teens Are a Threat

Arab-Israeli Women Break Ground On Pro Soccer

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Lost Austrian Girls with Terrorist Groups in Syria
Malala Yousafzai

World with More Women Leaders Will Be A Better Place: Malala

Indonesia: Start Sex Education Early At Home and At School

Turkey’s Change makers: Life of a Determined Woman

Iranian Mother 'At Peace' After Stopping Execution of Son's Killer

Feminism Is a Facade to Dishonour Muslim Women: Ikatan Muslimeen Malaysia

Too Young To Wed: Yemen Weighs Marriage Law

Shobha De Finds Hospitality, Not Hostility, In Islamabad

Women Call For More Active Females in Iraqi Parliament

84% of Children in Balochistan Vulnerable, Says UNICEF

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi Speaks On Muslims in UK

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King Abdullah’s Daughter Calls For Uprising In Saudi Arabia
Shabana Azmi, India Actress and Activist

Why Are Female Orphans Being Urged To Accept Misyar Marriages?

Nina Ahmad, First Bangladeshi in Obama administration

Crime against women should not be tolerated: Shabana Azmi

Pak Punjab Bill and resolution against acid attack

German court upholds school ban on facial veil

Egyptian belly dancer summoned for 'spreading obscenity' in Egypt

Rural Turkish women all wear Chanel no 5

Christian rape victim faces threats if case not taken back

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival a Colossal Success

Teenage Women from Portsmouth ‘Have Joined Jihadist Fighters In Syria’

Egypt: Stop Mutilating Little Girls!

Poor Saudi Women Live On Sr1, 500

Kazakhstan Works On Reducing the Number of Abandoned Children

Abu Azmi Deposes before Women’s Commission, Says His Statement Was Distorted

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Child Marriage and Domestic Violence a Curse for Afghan Society
Dr Florance Ebrahimi

Revise Afghanistan’s Zina laws to harmonize them with Afghanistan’s international legal obligations, and clarify through an administrative decree that running away should not be treated as a crime under Afghan law. Until Afghan law is reformed, impose an immediate moratorium on prosecutions for moral crimes......


Women Offer to Search for Kidnapped Students in Boko Haram Enclave
Dr. Suhaila Zain Al-Abideen, NSHR Member

Syria conflict: Ten British women are fighting with rebels

Saudi Women Want Greater Say in Shariah Matters

Afghanistan Women Protest against Warlord

Prince Miteb Wants Women to Work for National Guard

Israeli Soccer Team Breaks New Ground: Recruits Arab Women

Nigeria: Baby Factory Victims Reunited With Home States

Does a Saudi woman’s hijab have to be black?

Pak Woman Set On Fire over Marriage Proposal Rejection of Her 13 Year Old Daughter

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Woman MPAs Carry Arms into Assembly

Nigerian Muslim Women Rue Nyanya Bombing, Abduction of Girls

Women, Arabs and Gay Israelis to Have Streets Named After Them

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A World Free Of Wartime Rape
Zainab Hawa Bangura

A World Free Of Wartime Rape
Zainab Hawa Bangura

Conflict-related sexual violence is a war crime mired in myths and shrouded in secrecy and stigma. Perhaps, the greatest misperception is that it is an atrocity of a bygone era and that in today’s age of high-tech warfare, rape is no longer used as a weapon of mass destruction. Nothing could be further from the truth.....


Bury and Burn Tradition, Not Women
Gulmina Bilal Ahmad

The young woman proudly tells my journalist friend, “I refuse to surrender. If I give up, patriarchy, feudalism and tribalism will be the winners. I want the women of Balochistan to win against this system.”Her brave words leave me with goose bumps and a cynical question....


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