e Asra is the daughter of an Imam Masjid – a position associated with
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Will Be Sworn in to US Congress with Jefferson’s
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Becomes Pakistan’s Fastest Runner, With the Exemplary Support of Her Father,
Imam of a Masjid
– Pakistan has had some great women role models and they have struggled for
every inch of the way and we are proud of all such Pakistani women. Without any
doubt, Pakistani women are the most impressive and accomplished females on
such shining star of Pakistan named Sahib-e-Asra is not just killing
competition but also breaking the stereotypes. She is Pakistan’s fastest female
athlete and is a proud daughter of an imam (scholar).
who is a citizen of Faisalabad, started her career as an athlete runner back in
school, taking part in division and district level competitions as much as she
could. She also proved herself and started to sprint at province-wide
tournaments. It is then that she truly arrived, as she bagged a gold medal in
one of those tournaments.
was a gold medalist before she started her professional career as a sprinter.
She was intent on pursuing her passion despite the lack of resources for
sportspeople in the country.
young athlete was told that support for sportspeople in Pakistan was far behind
even when compared to countries like Bangladesh, yet she remained determined to
continue. Asra shared that her father, who is an imam, was rather supportive of
her career as a sportswoman, despite what people could generally assume.
also revealed that it was people that they knew, associates and acquaintances,
that were opposed to the idea and tried to convince her father not to let her
carry on with a career as an athlete. Asra said that her father paid no heed to
the unsolicited advice and let her continue with her passion.
Alam Khan is a proud father and he shared with a daily publication ‘Pro
Pakistani’ that when her (Asra) school teachers told him that his daughter was
a sprinter and a fairly good one at that, it made him happy.
said that while he was proud of his daughter he was let down that the
government was not doing much for athletes.
am as proud of my daughter, as I am of my son,” said Qari Alam.
— Rashida Tlaib, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman from Michigan, will
be sworn in to Congress on Thursday on a Quran that once belonged to Thomas
important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam
is somehow foreign to American history,” Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press.
were there at the beginning. … Some of our founding fathers knew more about
Islam than some members of Congress now,” said Tlaib, who along with
Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, will be one of
the first two Muslim women sworn into the US House.
said she was not making a religious point.
believe in secular government (and) my swearing in on the Quran is about me
showing that the American people are made up of diverse backgrounds and we all
have love of justice and freedom,” she said. “My faith has centered me. The
prophet Mohammed was always talking about freedom and justice.”
whose parents are from the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa, near Ramallah,
has already announced plans to wear a traditional Palestinian robe for her
swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
personal copy of George Sale’s 1734 translation of the Quran into English, a
two-volume work that resides in the Library of Congress, was also used by Keith Ellison, the first Muslim Congressman.
new representatives take the oath with a Bible, but that is only a custom, and
no book is called for by law.
said she was aware that using a Quran could cause outrage in some circles, but
said those who were upset would be angry regardless.
mere existence, that I’m even of Muslim faith, is going to be a problem for
them with or without me swearing in on any Quran,” she said.
month she announced she would wear a traditional Palestinian outfit, posting a
photo to her Instagram account showing the hand-woven garment, called a thobe,
she said she will wear at the event.
peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress,” she wrote of
the thobe, which was black with a deep red flower pattern.
women wear hand-embroidered gowns with a unique pattern that represents the
city of origin of the wearer.
month Tlaib said she plans to lead a trip of incoming US lawmakers to the West
told The Intercept that her trip will focus on issues like Israel’s detention
of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water and poverty – and
perhaps a visit to Beit Ur al-Foqa, where her grandmother still lives.
trip is a counterpoint to the traditional Israel trip for first-term lawmakers
sponsored by the education arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,
or AIPAC, which includes touring and meetings with leading Israeli figures in
business, government, and the military.
said at the time she did not yet know when the trip will take place and which
Palestinian advocacy group she would partner with to provide the thousands of
dollars in needed funding.
in the interview also came out in support of the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions movement against Israel, which she said brings attention to “issues
like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right
Street withdrew its endorsement of Tlaib during her campaign for Congress after
she called for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tlaib
also called for a reduction in foreign aid to Israel, and told Britain’s
Channel 4 that she supported slashing US military aid to the Jewish state.
Street, the liberal Mideast policy organization, advocates for a two-state
solution to the conflict, among other things. Tlaib had previously received the
endorsement of the lobby’s JStreetPAC based on her support for two states.
of Minnesota, the other Muslim woman elected to Congress in November, said in
an interview shortly after the November election that she supports the BDS
movement, after saying during her campaign that it was “counteractive” and
report released by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) claims that complaints
of online harassment by women in Pakistan are mostly in reference to Facebook
to data analysed from the phone calls made to DRF’s online harassment helpline
from December 2016 to November 2018, women report being blackmailed, deceived,
having their information shared non-consensually and their personal data and
photographs manipulated etc.
the 2,781 complaints received by the organisation between this timeline, 660 of
the complaints (29pc) were related to Facebook. Whereas, complaints pertaining
to the mobile messaging application Whatsapp have also risen from 2.6pc to
9.5pc in the past six months.
report recommends that investigation officers dealing with such complaints
should receive sensitivity training in internet governance and criminal
prosecution and there should be a minimum of 33pc female representation among
cross-party panel of British parliament members and lawyers has written an open
letter to the Saudi Arabian ambassador in London asking permission to visit
female activists detained in the Kingdom.
the letter to Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday, they
expressed their concern for the imprisoned activists and requested permission
to check on their wellbeing.
group includes Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who chairs the panel, Labour MP
Dr. Paul Williams, who worked with refugees, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran,
the first MP of Palestinian heritage, Dr. Tim Moloney QC, a leading British
lawyer, and Tayab Ali, a senior partner at ITN Solicitors representing a
detained Saudi activist.
will be aware that there have been some serious allegations made about the
treatment of Women Activist Detainees in Saudi Arabia,” Blunt said in the letter.
have been asked by ITN solicitors, on behalf of a Saudi Arabian citizen (the
Client), to convene together an independent panel of UK parliamentarians to
review the conditions of these Women Activist Detainees (the Detainees)
currently in detention in Saudi Arabia,” he added.
am therefore writing to you as Chair of the Detention Review Panel for Detained
Women Activists who have been detained and/or imprisoned by the authorities in
Saudi Arabia. We would like your assistance in arranging a visit to Saudi
Arabia to visit and speak with these Detainees.”
letter also said the panel will conduct an independent review of the conditions
of the detained women activists and will inquire into the conditions in which
they are living and how they are being treated. Once the review has been
conducted, its findings will be released in a report.
the detainees the panel hopes to visit are those named in Human Rights Watch’s
November 2018 report, including Loujain al‐Hathloul, Aziza al‐Yousef, Eman al‐Nafjan,
Nouf Abdelaziz, Mayaa al‐Zahrani, Samar Badawi, Nassima al‐Saada and Hatoon
al‐Fassi, all of whom are women’s rights activists.
panel highlighted their concern over allegations made about the treatment of
the activists and that such allegations that have been documented by human
rights organizations “appear to be credible, but we acknowledge that the Saudi
Arabian government says that the allegations are unfounded”.
include torture with electric shocks, being tied down to a bed and whipping
with a rope, sexual harassment, threats of rape and assault, threats of the
death penalty or life imprisonment for “treason” and denial of access to family
members or independent lawyers.
allegations made and recorded by these human rights advocates are extremely
damaging to the credibility of the progressive reforms announced recently by
the Saudi Arabian government,” said the letter.
hope that following our review, we will be able to assist Saudi Arabia in
regaining confidence from the international community that its commitment to
progressive reform and the protection of the rights of peaceful pro‐reform
activists is both credible and sincere.”
Echoing the sentiment of several others from across India, women’s wing members
of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, from the Old City, too deplored the
move of the Narendra Modi-led government while demanding an immediate rollback
of the controversial Triple Talaq Bill. According to them, the bill, drafted
without much thought and in haste by lawmakers, will play a negative role and
adversely impact Muslim families.
the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 being widely
opposed by the Muslim community across the country, the bill was presented
twice in the Rajya Sabha. It will deal a massive blow to the institution of
marriage and existing family. Muslim women will get nothing out of this bill.
Instead, they are the ones who will be left abandoned. The condition of these
women will only become more miserable,'' said Asma Zohra, chief organizer, All
India Muslim Personal Law Board (Women's Wing).
that the bill is against criminal jurisprudence -- as it makes provision for
the husband to be jailed based on allegation of the wife -- members said that
it wouldn’t serve any purpose as it is ultimately a magistrate who decides
whether to grant someone bail and not the victim. “Also, the bill should be
fair to both men and women. Decriminalization of Section 377 is an example of
freedom in personal and civil matters. Going by that logic, why should a Muslim
then be needlessly penalised for divorce?'” Zohra asked.
SAGHIRA, IRAQ —
skies were threatening rain over an Iraqi Kurdistan village, but one woman
refused to budge from outside a house where two girls were at risk of female
know you're home! I just want to talk," called out Kurdistan Rasul, 35, a
pink headscarf forming a sort of halo around her plump features.
many, she is an angel — an Iraqi Kurdish activist with the Germany-based
nonprofit Association for Crisis Assistance and Development Cooperation (WADI),
on a crusade to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM).
in which a girl or woman's genitals are cut or removed, was once extremely
common in the Kurdish region, but WADI's campaigning has reduced the practice.
who herself was cut at a young age, is helping to eradicate FGM in the village
of Sharboty Saghira, east of the regional capital, Irbil.
has visited 25 times, challenging its imam on perceptions FGM is mandated by
Islam and warning midwives about infections and emotional trauma.
morning, she used the mosque's minaret to vaguely invite villagers to discuss
their health. When eight women entered the mosque, she patiently described
the end, a thin woman approached Rasul and said her neighbor was planning to
mutilate her two toddlers.
sent Rasul clambering up the muddy pathway to the house, first knocking, then
frantically demanding to be allowed in.
the door remained shut.
are changing people's convictions. That's why it's so hard," Rasul told
AFP, reluctantly walking away.
appears to have been practiced for decades in Iraq's Kurdish region, usually
known for more progressive stances on women's rights.
are usually between 4 and 5 years old but are affected for years by bleeding,
extremely reduced sexual sensitivity, tearing during childbirth, and
procedure can prove fatal, with some girls dying from blood loss or infection.
years of campaigning, Kurdish authorities banned FGM under a 2011 domestic violence
law, slapping perpetrators with up to three years in prison and a roughly
numbers have dropped steadily since.
2014, a U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) survey found 58.5 percent of women in
the Kurdish region had been mutilated.
year, UNICEF found a lower rate: 37.5 percent of girls aged 15-49 in the
Kurdish region had undergone FGM.
compares with less than 1 percent across the rest of Iraq, which has no FGM
cut me, I was hurt and cried," said Shukriyeh, 61, of the day her mother
mutilated her more than 50 years ago.
was just a child. How could I be angry at my mother?"
six daughters, the youngest of whom is 26, have all been cut, too. But with so
much campaigning against FGM, they have declined to do the same to their girls.
ago, Zeinab, 38. allowed female relatives to cut her eldest daughter, then 3.
was so scared that I stayed far away and came to wash her after they cut
her," she recalled, squirming.
WADI's sessions, she protected her other two daughters from mutilation.
the time I accepted [it], but now I wouldn't. Yes, I regret it. But what can I
told AFP it was hard to combat a form of gender-based violence that women themselves
men and women agree FGM should stop. But after we leave a village, older women
talk to them and tell them: 'Be careful, that NGO wants to spread problems,'
" she said.
2014 survey found 75 percent of women saw their own mothers as the most
supportive of cutting.
tell these women: This is violence that you're carrying out with your own hands
— women against women," said Rasul.
proximity has also made FGM victims less likely to seek justice.
2011 law isn't being used because girls won't file a complaint against their
mothers or fathers," said Parwin Hassan, who heads the Kurdish Regional
Government's anti-FGM unit.
has wanted to work on the issue since she narrowly escaped it: Her mother
pulled her away from their midwife after a last-minute change of heart.
been working on women's issues since 1991, but this is the most painful for me.
That's why I promised to eradicate it completely," she told AFP.
said Kurdish authorities would unveil a strategy next year to strengthen the
2011 law and carry out more awareness campaigns.
for its part, the U.N. expects it can better fight FGM in 2019, partly because
of the reduced threat posed by the Islamic State group.
IS emerged in 2014, U.N. agencies scrambled to deal with displaced families and
combat operations, said UNICEF gender-based violence specialist Ivana
that the acute emergency is over, we can regroup to have that final push
towards making FGM a thing of the past everywhere in Iraq," she told AFP.
BJP party’s minority wing in UP is all set to appoint 100 women as Teen Talaq
Pramukhs in the state this month as the Triple Talaq Bill shall be taken up for
debate in the parliament tomorrow.
party’s minority wing has announced of appointing women pramuks for each of its
organizational districts in the month of November to ensure the rehabilitation
of the victims and their children.
to Haider Abbas Chand, the state president of the BJP’s minority wing, the
party is still considering the names it has received and said that the
appointments will come through only in January, ET reports.
have been receiving recommendations and our committee is looking into them,” he
statewide survey of victims of the practice will be taken up after which
appointments will be carried out.
modalities for the process were being drawn up and an announcement would be
made next month, he said.
far as numbers go around 248 cases have been reported so far after the Supreme
Court banned Triple Talaq said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar in Lok Sabha
the minister added a detailed data of such cases is not available but according
to data in UP the state alone had the highest number of such cases.
Centre introduced the Triple Talaq bill in parliament on December 17 and it is
expected to replace the ordinance of September.
country’s retirees held a massive protest across from the mullahs’ parliament
in Tehran on Tuesday, January 2, 2019, demanding restitution of their rights. A
considerable number of women participated in this massive protest.
forces arrested two protesting retirees in order to control the scene but were
confronted by the protesters shouting at them, “Let them go, let them go.” The
protesters rushed to the help of the two men who were being arrested and
unanimously chanted slogans.
retirees participating in the massive protest chanted against injustice and
discrimination, called for unity of all social strata.
the same day, another group of retirees held a massive protest in Mashhad
against the authorities who have not responded to their demands.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, a group of defrauded clients of Shideh Company held
a rally to protest swindling of their properties. The company, affiliated with
the Aviation Organization, had sponsored a 1100-unit project and another
4000-unit project but has not delivered the housing units to their buyers after
the same day, a group of workers and employees of the Khomeini Hospital in
Karaj held a massive protest in protest of their wage payment delays. They have
held similar protests for consecutive times. Qassem Taheri, Vice Chairman of
the Islamic Labor Council at the hospital, said, “We have not received between
7 and 8 months of our wage demands. In today’s gathering, apart from trying to
bring our demands to the attention of the authorities, we want to show our
solidarity with the workers of Ahvaz steel, Haft Tappeh Sugarcane, HEPCO, and
Agh Darreh. (The state-run ILNA news agency – January 2, 2019)
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, the families of the arrested workers of the National
Steel Group of Ahvaz staged a protest and demanded the release of their loved
the same time, the families of the farmers in Isfahan joined the massive
protest of the hardworking farmers of Varzaneh in a protest gathering on
Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
protestOn Tuesday, January 1, 2019, a group of defrauded clients of the Caspian
Credit Institute in Rasht, mainly consisted of brave women, held a protest
gathering and called on the authorities to meet their demands. They chanted
slogans against Rouhani’s deceptive government and chanted, “The motto of every
Iranian is death to Rouhani.”
loans and incentives for female entrepreneurs help boost the participation of
women in the male-dominated workforce in Turkey, where women still lag behind
recent years, the government rolled out a series of incentives for working
women, from longer maternity leaves to financial support for daycare needs, as
well as payments to grandparents caring for their grandchildren with working
parents.As for female entrepreneurs, the government already provides up to TL 50,000
($9,320) in loans and plans to extend them to more women willing to set up
their own businesses.
Demir, a young woman from Şanlıurfa, a southeastern province where a rural poor
population usually head west as seasonal workers in agriculture, is among the
women who benefited from the loans. For six months every year, I've been
working as a seasonal worker in a canvas tent without water and electricity. I
thought I was destined to spend the rest of my life like this. But all is
changed, and now I live a life beyond my wildest dreams," said Demir, who
applied for an interest-free loan after she heard from her relatives. Demir and
her husband bought one-and-a-half acres of land and started growing peppers,
tomatoes and cucumbers. She later joined forces with her relatives to expand
the land and the business. "I am proud to earn money for my family. I have
no trouble running the business. I advise all women to be brave and take a
risk," she said.
of kilometers away from Demir's humble field, Nurcan Bayram enjoys the tranquil
weather of the Black Sea highlands interrupted by the clanging sounds of forks,
spoons and plates in her restaurant. A small wooden building in the tradition
of houses built by highland people of the region, Bayram's restaurant on the Kayabaşı
plateau in Trabzon province benefited from a TL 142,000 loan from the state-run
Agricultural and Rural Development Support Institution (TKDK). She added more
from her own pocket, and Bayram is now a successful businesswoman employing
eight staff from nearby towns. "This is not a place you would leave after
finishing your meal. It offers you a place to rest throughout the day,"
Bayram said. Her investment paid off in a short time, and the restaurant
nowadays hosts both Turkish patrons and tourists from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,
Qatar and Iran seeking to sample famous Black Sea cuisine.
in the region, Emine Tuğ, a native of Samsun, benefits from a loan she received
two years ago to build a mushroom plant. I knew it was a profitable business
but I had reservations because I didn't even know how to plant a flower,"
failed when she first started out. She was forced to dump 5 tons of mushrooms
when she couldn't find buyers, but Tuğ did not give up. Her resolve to stay in
business paid off, and now she exports mushrooms abroad in her two plants where
60 tons of mushrooms are grown yearly.Zehra Sema Demir, who lives in the
capital Ankara, differs from other entrepreneurs with her background. An
academic with regard to Turkish folklore, Demir decided to better promote and
preserve it. She set up shop in Beypazarı, a historic town near the capital
that largely preserved its rural traditions and beautifully ornate houses,
which was the perfect location. Two years ago, with the help of state loans,
she launched the Living Village, a museum with a small hotel and eatery where
guests are given insight into daily life in the countryside in the past. She
employs 30 staff, including her former students and locals, and along with
tending and curating the museum, she is involved in producing crops in a field
near the museum. "We do everything here to help people experience what it
meant to live in Anatolia. This is a museum where old Turkish rituals such as
Hıdrellez are being performed for our guests, where children can hear the
ancient Turkish tales," she said.
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