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Finds Champion for ‘Invisible’ Women in Deputy Premier
Abayas for Comfortable Journey
Athar First Female DPO: Setting Example for Others to Follow
Egyptian Women Judges Promoted To Top Judicial Positions
Women Granted Full Political Rights in Elections, Candidacy, Leadership
under Fire over Plan to Control What Women Wear To Work
Muslim Girls Stay Longer In School than Boys: Study
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Designer Uses Runway to Make Statement on Burqa Ban
An Iranian-born designer made more than a fashion statement in Denmark on
Wednesday by showcasing models wearing the conservative Muslim niqab, and
others dressed as police officers, days after a law banning the full-face
coverings worn by a tiny number of women in Denmark took effect in the country.
much-debated “Burqa Ban” is mostly seen as being directed at the conservative
Muslim dress known as burqas, which conceal the entire face, and niqabs, which
only show the eyes, in public places since Aug. 1. Both are extremely rare in
have a duty to support all women’s freedom of speech and freedom of thought,”
Reza Etamadi said of his MUF10 streetwear brand’s Copenhagen Fashion Week show
in a statement.
government says the law is not aimed at any religion and does not ban
headscarves like the more-common Muslim hijab, turbans or the traditional
Jewish skull cap.
Danish law allows people to cover their face when there is a “recognizable
purpose” like cold weather or complying with other legal requirements, such as
using motorcycle helmets. Anyone forcing a person to wear garments covering the
face by using force or threats can be fined or face up to two years in prison.
France and Belgium have similar laws.
enforcing the ban, authorities are violating women’s rights and “the free
choice we in the Western world are known for and proud to have,” he said in
connection with the semiannual fashion industry event.
Iran where I was born, women fight to freely choose what to wear,” Etamadi
said, adding “In Denmark, where I grew up, (...) women were free to choose how
dressed or covered they wanted to dress.”
have no unanimous attitude toward the ban in general but I have a principle: No
man should decide what women should wear,” Etamadi said the statement.
Sunday, a woman wearing a face veil became the first person in Denmark to be
penalized for violating the new law, and was fined 1,000 Danish kroner ($156).
Police asked her either to remove the veil or leave the premises. She opted to
LUMPUR] Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Malaysia's new deputy prime minister, said one
of the darkest moments of her life came in 2015 when her husband Anwar Ibrahim,
the former opposition leader, was sent to jail for a second time.
hindsight, she ended up appreciating the moment in one sense as it pushed her
back into politics in an effort to free him. Today, Mr Anwar is out of jail and
considered a possible prime minister, while she has become the first woman to
serve as second-in-command in Malaysia's government. Wan Azizah has also taken
up another cause: Improving the lives of women who haven't worked outside the
must be contributing to the empowerment of women," Mdm Wan Azizah, 65,
said at her office in Putrajaya.
a country where the median household income stands at RM5,228 (S$1,750) a month
and about 2.8 million women don't seek employment because of housework,
according to government data, Mdm Wan Azizah says it's time to help these
she was brought up by a mother who had only a basic education, Mdm Wan Azizah
said promoting the financial protection of this group is a key goal.
eye surgeon by training, Mdm Wan Azizah spent much of her married life as a
housewife before she was drawn into a political career about two decades ago.
She became a more significant national figure when her husband, Mr Anwar, was
first jailed in the majority-Muslim nation on charges of committing sodomy and
abusing power, allegations he denied.
Anwar was released in 2004 after a judge overturned the guilty verdict. Then,
he was jailed for a second time in 2015 on a separate sodomy charge before
receiving a pardon from the king after the current government took office in
May. During those years, Mdm Wan Azizah went on to establish the forerunner of
what's now known as the People's Justice Party, of which she is president, and
was elected a lawmaker in the constituency that Mr Anwar once held.
Wan Azizah later became president of Pakatan Harapan, which included Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad's party. Her role as deputy prime minister was agreed
upon by the allies before the election.
is advancing several proposals to help women who haven't worked outside the
home. One would raise the ceiling on the government's contribution to
homemakers who voluntarily save RM600 a year, up from RM250, with the national
pension fund. Another would allow wives a share of payouts from their husbands'
state-run pension plans.
plans were well received despite initial concerns that they may add to the
burden of married men. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who holds Malaysia's
purse strings as Mr Mahathir's government slashes costs to pare debt, has said
he fully supports the idea as it would fulfill a campaign promise.
Mdm Wan Azizah's other goals are to tighten laws protecting children against
sexual violence. In the long run, she said her ministry will look at social
security programs for those who are not supported by the current system.
Challenges posed by Malaysia's aging population, falling productivity and
duplication of government agencies are other key issues she wants to address.
Wan Azizah's appointment as the highest-ranked woman in power was greeted with
enthusiasm by many - particularly women. Yet even her supporters acknowledge
that she needs to overcome a perception that she's just a supporting actor to
her husband as she tries to help reverse stubborn sexism and misogyny in
people were saying: Oh, she's a seat warmer," said Angela Kuga Thas,
executive director of Empower, a Malaysia women's rights group. "She's now
proving them wrong. It sends a strong message to the Malaysian people that
women can hold top positions."
Wan Azizah holds a second portfolio as the minister of women, family and
community development in a new administration formed after Mr Mahathir, 93, was
elected again as prime minister after 15 years in retirement. She heartily
campaigned for Mr Mahathir, despite the fact her husband had a bitter
falling-out with the premier in the late 1990s.
her husband, Mr Anwar, was the de facto leader of an opposition group that had
made progress in previous general elections culminating in Pakatan Harapan's
historic election in May, Mdm Wan Azizah held the disparate parties together
with official duties during Mr Anwar's absence. He continues to have
restrictions on his political involvement.
Wan Azizah graduated as a ophthalmologist from Ireland's Royal College of
Surgeons where she was awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynecology. She
worked as a government doctor for 14 years before quitting to focus on
volunteer work when Mr Anwar became deputy prime minister in 1993.
the years in opposition, reporters and supporters fondly called her Kak Wan, a
Malay term for an elder sister. Though she was respected, her maternal image
and a record of vacating her parliamentary seat to make way for her husband's
return to politics raised questions about her seriousness as a politician.
Wan Azizah's traits of diplomacy, patience and passion for her job will serve
her well as a leader in the government, said Faisal S. Hazis, head of the
Centre for Asia Studies at the National University of Malaysia. Still, he
maintains that her leadership style hasn't been strong enough to play the role
effectively, at least not yet.
not a politician to start with and she's basically there to warm the seat for
the husband and became the proxy leader for Anwar," Mr Faisal said.
"It's a lot about the leadership vacuum that's very glaring in Pakatan
without Anwar in the picture."
Wan Azizah's leadership skills recently were questioned when she failed to
speak out against child marriage after a recent report of a 41-year-old man
marrying an 11-year-old girl sparked an uproar, Mr Faisal said.
Empower's Thas said the public must be fair in judging women leaders and allow
Mdm Wan Azizah some time to gain experience as a newcomer to a Cabinet role.
her part, Mdm Wan Azizah dispels any notion that Mr Anwar - who held her
position as a deputy prime minister in the 1990 - is schooling her on how to do
her job. Instead, she says she's adapted lessons from stories he had told when
he was a minister.
don't think he had to offer me advice because I think I could learn it very
fast myself," Mdm Wan Azizah said. "People would think I am in the
shadow of Anwar, but for me, the most important thing" is having the
respect of those who have worked with me, whether as a physician or a
— Following the lifting of the ban on women driving in the Kingdom, comfort and
fashion are the key drivers in the women’s statement while driving.
this in mind, abayas for driving have been produced in the Saudi market in a
new way to present females’ new lifestyle.
new line of abayas focuses on practicality, and some of the abayas’ designs are
such that there’s a marked similarity to the jumpsuits style.
Gazette interviewed the founders of ‘Alaa and Hala Fashion House,’ Alaa
Alharazi and Halah Ajeeb, who launched a driving Abayas’ line during June.
created a new line of abayas that are more practical and comfortable for woman
who drive. We created this line after they allowed Saudi woman to drive. We
were determined to let Saudi women still wear the traditional abayas while
driving, but with a twist that will allow them to be comfortable while driving.
example, this abaya includes fit sleeves, light material, and a new style of
pants and jumpsuit abayas that will allow them to feel free and not be hindered
while driving. The styling is such that it will allow them to use the brake
pedal and the accelerator with ease,” said Ajeeb.
can either go to the shop and buy these abayas directly or can see the abayas
for driving line on their social media accounts with the name of ‘alaaandhala’
in Snapchat and Instagram.
the interview Alharazi mentioned that other than these trendy abayas, their
fashion house is gearing up to launch other new abayas and clothes collections
in the coming months.
said, “We will be presenting for the next month our summer collection that
includes, beach dresses, veiled dresses summer abayas. What makes this
collection so special is that all the colors are bright and summery and the
fabrics are soft and light.”
added, that since their business is expanding they will be opening their new
shop in Basateen Center soon, and are planning a limited edition collection,
the first, because of the opening of our new shop, we will launch a limited
edition collection which is called ‘Alaa and Hala's Journey.’ This journey is
so unique and special because it describes our journey through 12 years.
customers will find in this collection the most demanded pieces and the most
lovable designs throughout the previous collections in this line but with a new
style,” Ajeeb said.
to Alharazi since 2015 the owners started producing fragrances lines that has
continued to be in their shops annually ever since.
added, “This year we will have three new perfumes that have different scents
such as, musk and powder, amber and oud wood, and the third special one
includes the cardamom scent with different spices. For me the third one is very
Desk) – Police as a department is in charge of maintaining law and order in the
area under its jurisdiction. Police personnel are considered to be the
protectors and should set remarkable examples. Following this, Ammara Athar
took charge of DPO Bahawalnagar. She is the first female officer on this post.
Working in South Punjab is always deemed complex and challenging but she
assumed charge of DPO with an aim to serve humanity to the best extent
to Dunya News, she said, “As DPO, corruption and injustice will never be
tolerated.” She further added that she had seen a number of things related to
crimes in Bahawalnagar and in the upcoming time, there would be clear reduction
in them. According to her, police visibility needs to be obvious everywhere.
is not alone in this field. Her better half Rana Athar Waheed is also a cop and
serving DPO of Rahim Yar Khan. Undoubtedly couples like this are rare to find.
He expressed his feeling by saying that crucial thing would be to create
respect of police among the masses and terror among the culprits.
definitely is a proud moment not only for the police but also for the entire
nation. Women in Pakistan, from lower level to upper level, need appreciation
couple has been giving public appearance through various means and encouraging
women join police and other tough, intricate jobs. Women too can face daring
challenges just like men, and the only thing required in this regard is utter
determination and willpower.
social media, people from various walks of life congratulated her and praised
her courage to take charge of the post which requires intense efforts. They are
hopeful that through determination and will she will be able to curtail the
number of crimes in the district.
National Council for Women (NCW) announced Wednesday that 16 women judges were
promoted by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary into high positions within the
judiciary service, congratulating them on their new positions.
Tuesday, the Supreme Council of the Judiciary promoted hundreds of judges
across the country, including women, most notably Judge Amal Ammar, who became
president of the Qena Appeal Court.
Ammar is also a member of Egypt's National Council for Women.
Hassana Shaaban was also promoted and appointed head judge of the Tanta Economic
the statement released Wednesday, the NCW described the decisions of the
Supreme Council of the Judiciary as a reflection of its deep belief in the
capacity of women to perform judicial duties, adding that women judges
contribute to upholding justice in the country.
to the NCW, there are currently 66 women judges appointed in several stages,
starting from 2007, then 2008, and in 2015.
NCW also recalled the appointment of Judge Ghada El-Shahawy as the first woman
assistant to the minister of justice on women and child affairs in 2015, as
well the appointment of Judge Susan Abdel Rahman as assistant to the minister
of justice on human rights.
The State of Kuwait has given female citizen all their rights in voting and
electing after a long journey in order to recognize their constitutional and
political right. Kuwaiti women were able to prove, through a history full of
achievements, their leading and active role in the development process
witnessed by the country in various social, economic, political and other
fields. They were able to achieve this success due to several factors,
including the development of the legislative and social system which allowed
many Kuwaiti talents to occupy the highest positions locally and regionally.
women were not only concerned with their political rights but exceeded this to
spread awareness economically, culturally and socially. A good example of this
was during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and her resistance to the
occupation when she stood side by side with the Kuwaiti men in defending their
country. The competence of Kuwaiti women and their educational and cultural
levels enabled them to win many leadership positions. They have become
ministers, undersecretaries, university rectors, ambassadors and directors of
large regional and international economic companies and were popularly elected
to the National Assembly.
May 16, 2005, the National Assembly approved a bill submitted by the government
to amend the text of article 1 of the election law to allow women to exercise
their right to vote and run for election. In June 2005, the cabinet announced
the selection of Engineer Fatima Saud Al-Sabah and Engineer Fawzia Mohammed
Al-Bahr as members of the Municipal Council, and selected Dr Masouma Al-Mubarak
to be as the Minister of Planning and State Secretary for Administrative
Development. In April 2006, Kuwaiti women, exercised for the first time, their
political right to vote and run for election when Engineer Janan Boshehri
announced her candidacy in the supplementary elections to the Municipal
2008, a total of 27 women applied for official candidacy for the 2008
parliamentary elections, but none of them were able to win. However, this
actual practice gained her more experience in winning the council elections in
2009 when four candidates won and they were Dr Masouma Al-Mubarak, Dr Aseel
Al-Awadhi, Dr Rola Dashti, and Dr Salwa Al-Jassar.
women continued to participate in the political process in the country, since
the presence of women in the formation of the ministry was necessary. Dr
Masouma Al-Mubarak was appointed as Minister of Transportation in 2006, and in
March 2007 she became Health Minister, while Nouriya Al-Sabeeh was chosen as
Minister of Education and Higher Education. In 2008, Dr Moudhi Al-Hamoud was
appointed as Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of Development
Affairs, while Nouriya Al-Sabeeh was re-appointed as Minister of Education and
Higher Education. Both held office in in 2009. In May 2011, Dr Amani Bouresli
was appointed Minister of Commerce and Industry, and then appointed, in
addition to her position, as State minister of Planning and Development. In
July 2012, Dr Rola Dashti was selected as Minister of Planning and Development
and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, while Dr Thikra Al-Rasheedi was
appointed as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor in November 2012. In August
2013, Hind Barak Al-Sabeeh was appointed Minister of Social Affairs and Labor
and Minister of State for Planning and Development, and held office until
2016.In December 2017, Dr Jenan Boushehri joined the new ministerial reshuffle
to become the Minister of Housing and Minister of State for Services, along
with Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic
Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh. Kuwaiti women continued their march to success, leaving
their mark and determination in various fields to prove to their society and
the world, that women are already half the society that cannot be dispensed
with or marginalized. – KUNA
Malaysian Government's plan to introduce a dress code for Muslim women in the
workplace has sparked a backlash from women's rights groups, which accuse
officials of acting like "fashion police".
in the Muslim-majority country, which has a large population of ethnic and
religious minorities, have been barred from government offices in the past for
attire that officials deemed as indecent, such as skirts or shorts.
who work in the civil service already have to follow regulations that typically
prohibit women from wearing sleeveless tops or skirts above knee level.
the Government has now said it is in the final stage of drawing up guidelines
for Muslim women in the private sector, which will comply with Islamic
details have been made public, but Malaysian women's rights groups condemned
the dress code.
Heang Lee of the Women's Aid Organisation branded it as
has been a trend where various agencies attempt to police women's bodies and
their clothing," she said.
is there this obsession with what women wear?
should be focusing on women's talent and capability.
last thing we should be thinking of is the length of a woman's skirt."
Yusof Rawa, a minister who oversees religious affairs, told parliament this
week the guidelines were meant to protect Muslim women who wished to wear to
headscarves or other Islamic garb.
groups have previously complained about policies at some hotels that reportedly
banned female frontline staff from wearing headscarves.
groups have also criticised female flight attendant uniforms as being too tight
leading rights group Sisters in Islam said the Government should, instead of
focusing on women's clothing, prioritise eliminating discrimination to protect
women from "injustices and bigotry".
is not right to try to control what women wear," spokeswoman Majidah
Zailah Yusoff, a female lawmaker from the conservative Pan-Malaysian Islamic
Party, who is in favour of a dress code, said on Twitter that covering up was
an "obligation" under Islam.
latest controversy has re-ignited a debate about rising conservatism and gender
inequality in Malaysia, which was ranked 104 out of 144 countries in the World
Economic Forum's 2017 Gender Gap Index after scoring poorly on political
attributed to better access to education in Telangana, increased security
from the Muslim community in the State tend to stay longer in school than boys
from the same community, a research paper has found, the reason being better
access to schools and increased security measures for women in Telangana as
compared to several other States.
by Commission of Inquiry (CoI) member Amir Ullah Khan, a research paper on
Educational Status of Muslims - Focus on Telangana noted that the mean years of
schooling, or the average number of completed years in school education of
Muslim girls in Telangana is higher than that of boys. The research paper is
one of 18 such documents compiled in a recently-released book ‘Vision 2025
Socio Economic Inequalities’ edited by Mr. Khan and academician Abdul Azim
research paper uses data obtained from the National Sample Survey Organisation
which shows that Muslim girls in rural Telangana spent 6.1 years in school as
compared to 5.4 years by boys. In urban areas, the number rose to 6.7 years as
compared to 5.9 years for boys.
also showed that other minority communities – Sikhs, Christians, Jains,
Budhhists and Parsis – have fared better as compared to other socio-religious
groups including Hindus, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Explaining the
trend, Mr. Khan said, “The book has a study of 16 States. What we found is that
as compared to many States, in Telangana, there is relatively better access to
education for Muslims. Security and safety is an advantage for Muslim girls,
which is why their mean years of schooling is higher than that of Muslim boys.”
upon the mean years of schooling being higher in other minority communities,
Mr. Khan said, “Jains in India have the highest percentage of literates above
seven years of age among India’s religious communities. Literacy in Christians
is also high. This is why other minority communities have fared better.”
the situation in terms of education of minorities is gradually improving in
Telangana, he cautioned about a high drop-out rate. Monetary problems remained
the top-most reason across communities for students dropping out of school in
Iraqi forces announced the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants
in July 2017, the joy of victory and the hope for a return to normalcy echoed
across the country. But for Sana Ibrahim, who lost all of her children during
IS rule, things would never be the same again.
at 61, Ibrahim has to take care of 23 grandchildren left behind from her three
sons and two daughters killed in the brutal conflict.
destroyed us and left us nothing," said Ibrahim, surrounded by her
grandchildren. "They assaulted my home and killed my children."
IS took control of Mosul in June 2014, Ibrahim and her family lived in the city's
densely populated district known as Old Mosul. She said her house was now among
thousands of other buildings destroyed by war.
is Iraq's second-largest city, with a population of more than 1 million, and
the largest city once controlled by IS across Iraq and Syria.
Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the city free of IS in July 2017. The
jihadist group has since been routed out of all territories it once controlled
in Iraq, and it struggles to hold the remaining small pockets of territory it
has in eastern Syria.
I am in pain'
IS, I was living at peace. True, I was worried for my children, but at least I
was feeling comfortable. Now, I am in pain, and I have to take care of the
young and the old in my house," Ibrahim told VOA.
said her two older sons were killed by IS in 2016 after the group found they
were members of the Iraqi security forces. Her younger son, 20, was shot by a
sniper. Her two daughters were hit by airstrikes as they were fleeing the city
children's bodies are still missing, and local officials have told Ibrahim that
they are still searching for them.
nine-month campaign to recapture Mosul came at a great cost for its residents.
An Associated Press investigation has estimated that about 11,000 people were
killed in the battle. The Norwegian Refugee Council last month revealed that
around 54,000 houses in the city and surrounding areas are still uninhabitable,
and 383,934 people remain displaced.
officials have said reconstructing the city is beyond their capacity and
requires an international effort.
international conference in Kuwait earlier this year collected about $30
billion, mostly in credit and investments, to help rebuild Iraq's economy and
infrastructure. However, that amount fell far short of Iraq's hope for $90
billion for post-IS recovery.
longer willing to wait for help, many residents have started borrowing money to
rebuild their homes, especially in Mosul's historic Old City, which has
suffered the most damage.
would be difficult
who is renting a house in a Palestinian neighborhood, said she wanted to go
back to her home in the Old City. But settling there will not be easy for her
in a patriarchal community where women faced restrictions even before IS jihadist
husband, Mouafaq Hamid Ibrahim, 71, cannot help because he is suffering from
Alzheimer's. Her 23 grandchildren, ages 2 to 16, are still young and depend on
donations from some of Mosul's wealthy families to pay for their education.
the difficulties, Ibrahim told VOA she was proud that all her grandchildren
were passing their exams this year.
don't want my grandchildren to get on Mosul streets and turn into beggars. I
want them to one day enter colleges and find prestigious jobs," she said.
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