Abdul Wahid, announced on Sunday, that she would run for the presidency.
Journalist to First Woman Candidate to Run For the Presidency of Iraq
Region Introduces Ban on Muslim Full-Face Veil
Jails Woman Trying To Sell Own Baby for 10,000 Dirhams
Women Mark National Day behind the Steering Wheel
Business Is Booming For Women-Only Beaches in Lebanon
In Helmand, Women Candidates Up Against Odds
Genital Mutilation: Indian SC Refers It to Constitution Bench
Women Make Presence Felt In Asian Congress
Coach Arrested in Iran for Training National Women’s Team
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Girls at 18 Considered To Be Mature Enough To Get Married
LUMPUR: Girls at 18 years of age would have finished school and are considered
to be mature enough to get married.
Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Professor of Law in Family, Women and Children, Prof
Datuk Noor Aziah Mohd Awal said at that age most girls would feel comfortable
about getting married.
also said the proposal to increase the age of marriage to 18 could help to
protect the name of Islam from being used as a tool to legalise something that
is not supposed to happen.
example, in the case where a man who was married to an 11-year-old girl in
Kelantan few months ago, many condemn Islam and associate it as a religion
which promotes paedophile.
age is not a legal requirement for marriage and this has been a practice for a
long time. But, it does not mean that marriage (underage) can be encouraged.
it also possible to resolve the situation by marrying an underage girl if she
has child out of wedlock? From research, those who are married under 18 years
of age are prone to divorce at a young age too,” she said when contacted by
nationwide have differed in their views on the government’s proposal to increase
the minimum age of marriage to 18 years.
muftis are agreeable with the proposal in the hope that it will protect the
welfare of children and prevent them from becoming victims of exploitation.
there also views that such a move would be contrary to ‘hukum syarak’ (Syariah
laws) and invite the risk of adultery.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also Women, Family
and Community Development Minister, said a working paper on the matter, to be
prepared by the Islamic Development Department and the Women, Family and
Community Development Ministry, would be presented to the various menteris
besar and chief ministers for consideration and support.
on the recent Sabah Mufti Datuk Bungsu@Aziz Jaafar’s proposal to lower the age
of marriage for boys at 16 years and 14 years for girls so as to comply with
the Syariah law, Rembau member of parliament Khairy Jamaluddin slammed the
mufti’s remarks as “madness.”
in his Tweet yesterday, stressed that no individual should say “there is no
need to question a mufti” or “go for religious studies.”
Do not even say ‘no need to question a Mufti’. Go learn religion... This is
madness. Plain and simple,”said Khairy.
was against setting the minimum age of marriage at 18.
said people should be allowed to get married early, which according to Syariah
law was 14 for girls and 16 for boys.
former Kurdistan Alliance deputy, Sarwa Abdul Wahid, announced on Sunday, that
she would run for the presidency, which makes her the first woman to run for
this position in Iraq, and might become the first woman president after the
Wahid had several political positions regarding the political conditions,
especially in the Kurdistan Region. She had announced her clear position in
disagreeing with the independence referendum on the Kurdistan region of Iraq,
which took place in September last year.
Abdul Wahid, who holds a Bachelor degree in Arabic Language from the University
of Baghdad in 1993, worked as a journalist in a number of local media
institutions and then worked as a teacher until 1998.
then became a member of the Relations office in the Council of Ministers of
Sulaymaniyah and worked throughout these years as activist in defending women’s
rights in society until 2014.
that, she became a member of the Council of Representatives for Erbil
governorate and headed the Parliamentary Change Bloc.
also won the membership of the parliamentary Arab women network.
her parliamentary work, she participated in several seminars in the US, about
the impact of the negative referendum on Kurdish social, economic and political
Wahid is the third person to announce her candidacy for the presidency, along
with Barham Saleh, who was nominated by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and
Sardar Abdullah, a member of the Change Bloc, who introduced himself as an
candidate for the presidency in Iraq needs to win two-thirds of the votes of
the Parliament members.
meetings of political blocs have not agreed on a specific candidate. That’s why
Nechirvan Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, went to Najaf
governorate to meet with Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist movement.
referendum in Switzerland's northeastern region of St. Gallen has introduced a
"burqa ban" that would prohibit Muslim women from wearing garments
covering the entire face in public.
in St. Gallen on Sunday approved by a two-third majority the ban on Islamic
veils such as niqab or burqa.
to official results, nearly 67 percent of voters were in favor of the new
regional government now has to implement the result of the vote, which drew a
turnout of around 36 percent.
text stipulating that "any person who renders themselves unrecognizable by
covering their face in a public space, and thus endangers public security or
social and religious peace will be fined" was adopted by legislators in
St. Gallen late last year.
law passed the regional parliament with support from populist parties. The
issue was put to the people after the Green Party and Young Socialists demanded
to the Sunday vote, Switzerland’s largest Islamic organization, the Islamic
Central Council, recommended that women continue to cover their faces. It said
it would closely monitor the implementation of the ban and consider legal
action if necessary.
Italian-speaking Ticino region in southern Switzerland imposed a ban on burqas
two years ago
Swiss federal government in June opposed a grassroots campaign for a nationwide
ban on facial coverings, saying it should be up to the regions to determine if
such measures are appropriate.
across Switzerland are, however, expected to be called to vote on the issue
next year after the populist right wing Swiss People's Party gathered the
100,000 signatures needed to put any subject to a referendum as part of
Switzerland's famous direct democratic system.
supporters of the ban cite “security” concerns about the full-face covering.
Opponents, however, say that national legislators should try to stay out of
“the clothing closet.”
2009, Switzerland approved a ban on the construction of minarets at mosques.
European countries have also adopted restrictions on the Islamic symbols and
clothing since 2000. France became the first European Union country to ban the
public wearing of burqa in April 2011. A law took effect in Belgium in July
that year that banned any clothing that obscured the identity of the wearer in
the Netherlands, a proposed law banning burqas is awaiting approval by the
senate. It was approved by the lower house of the Dutch parliament in November
Dubai court on Sunday jailed an Ethiopian woman for attempting to sell her
two-week-old daughter for AED10,000, Gulf News reported.
woman, a maid, moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2013 and started
working for an Emirati man in 2017. Her employer locked her in a flat later and
had consensual sex with her.
then presented her AED5,000 and told her to leave. A friend of the woman
prevailed on her to sell the baby after she got pregnant. Police claimed to
have nabbed both after receiving a tip-off.
aforementioned court sentenced the maid’s friend to three months in prison for
abetting the crime. Both women, who had pleaded not guilty, will be deported.
Saudi Arabia’s celebration of its 88th National Day comes at a time when the Kingdom
is achieving remarkable progress economically and socially, most notably
lifting the ban on women driving.
is the first National Day in which Saudi women can drive their cars. Writer
Heba Qazi said it is a beautiful feeling, and Saudi women can now participate
in celebrations and exercise their legitimate right nationwide.
88th National Day is a great opportunity to remember past glories and recognize
the great sacrifices of those who have held high the banner of Saudi women’s
rights, she added.
King Salman and his crown prince, women have been able to obtain their rights
and become ambassadors to all the countries of the world, she said.
king and crown prince are “consolidating the stature of this nation and
granting women all their rights, including driving cars,” added Qazi
take pride in this great day and this important privilege, celebrating National
Day for the first time from behind the driving wheel,” she said.
also take pride in the nation’s achievements at all levels, and we are
endeavoring to highlight the status of women in all fields.”
and sociologist Hasna Al-Tallahi said the Kingdom has established itself as the
strongest nation in the region by promoting its political and economic
position, winning the respect of the entire world and respecting women’s
also managed to hinder the efforts of many parties to diminish the role of
women in all fields,” she added.
women obtained some of their rights, most importantly driving, they felt free.
They were responsible for their time and family, and were not at the mercy of
drivers and society.”
Salman supports the rights of the most vulnerable worldwide, and the rights of
Saudi women by listening to their demands, Al-Tallahi said, expressing great
pride in her nation, its leadership and people.
are always present and so are their solutions,” she added. “With each new
challenge, solutions are created … to achieve women’s progress, growth and
Abdulhakim, a supervisor at a hotel in Makkah, said the Kingdom’s Vision 2030
reform plan gives a great deal of attention to women’s issues.
the driving ban imposed on women paved the way for many job opportunities in
various sectors, not only in health and education,” she added.
Amira Qatabri said: “Lifting the driving ban on women led to a division between
the conservative movement, which controls many aspects of social life in the
Kingdom, and a more understanding and open elite.”
being able to drive is not just symbolic, but part of what may be the largest
transformation in Saudi society in half a century, she added.
Khalid Al-Zahid, the first female Saudi executive director — for the Dammam
Airport Co. — and head of the Businesswomen’s Center at the Eastern Province’s
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “This is a very important year in the
said: “It establishes a foundation for equal rights and opportunities for men
and women, giving women an opportunity to be part of what is happening in the
Kingdom regarding national transformation, in line with Vision 2030.”
actor and presenter Khairiah Abu Laban said: “I am really short for words, and
do not know how to thank our leadership for this beautiful feeling.”
call it the ladies’ beach. The name is demure; the scene, not so much – at
least not once they pass the parking lot, the man checking tickets at the front
gate and the dim corridor at whose far end blazes a rectangle of bronze sand
are unwound from heads, veils tugged from faces. Jeans and abayas evaporate,
divulging string bikinis, tankinis and swim shorts. Under spindly cabanas by
azure waves, two women lie chest down on lounge chairs, their bare backs
implying bare fronts. All around them, gallons of tanning oil glistens on acres
of copper skin.
a man on a jet ski buzzes past, a female lifeguard warns him off with a
staccato of whistle blasts.
says Nada, a school bus supervisor from Beirut who was treading the
Mediterranean just offshore, “are suffocating".
Lebanon, a sliver of a country on the Mediterranean coast where summer sticks
to your skin like moist Saran wrap, the beach is less a luxury than a utility.
It is hard to imagine going without.
and pay-by-the-day beaches line the coast from Tyre in the south to Tripoli in
the north, and every other billboard on the highways out of Beirut seems to
display a bikini model promoting a tanning aid (SPF, evidently, is not in
many observant Muslim women consider it haram – forbidden – to expose their
bodies in front of men who are not their husbands or, in some cases, close relatives.
Other women may cover themselves in deference to conservative families and
them, a mixed-gender beach is to be avoided; those who go with their families
roast in the sun fully clothed in hijabs and long-sleeved shirts and pants or
abayas, the full-length caftans popular among devout Lebanese Muslim women.
the emergence of ladies’ beaches like this one, the Bellevue Beach Club in the
seaside town of Jiyeh – a salt-tinged hiatus from the male gaze for $18 (£14) a
day, just 20 minutes down a trash-perfumed highway from Beirut.
is a dedicated patch of sand for conservative women amid the cultural melange
of Lebanon, which, with its 18 recognised religious sects and vigorous
all-night party scene, tends to be more socially liberal than other Arab
the Bellevue, there seemed to be as many different degrees of scanty cladding
as there were women. For some women, religious scruples argued for more
coverage. For others, style considerations, and the heat, argued for less. Each
woman had made her own peace with the proportions.
I’m free to be me,” says Rabab Amhaz, 35, a housewife from the inland Bekaa
Valley. She gestures to her tankini, bright with a teal floral pattern, and
shimmies in the water.
a second opinion on her beach visit, she had consulted her brother, a Hezbollah
fighter. He had not only given her his blessing but shown her a YouTube video
of a Muslim cleric explaining that swimwear was acceptable among women, so long
as the women covered their lower bodies.
who began wearing the veil when she married at age 14, dismisses this
assessment: you could find a cleric to say anything you wanted, she says.
her own strong conviction that all the skin on display around her was forbidden
(who knew who might be watching from one of the boats that periodically
splashed by, or from behind the walls of the resort?), she had looked at
herself in the mirror that morning and changed into a more modest bottom. She
also declined to reveal her last name to a reporter, preferring to avoid the
prospect of disapproval at home.
a swimsuit was a swimsuit – in this case, a black-and-white patterned swim tank
with black shorts.
you see me on Facebook, I look completely different,” she says, her hair loose
and ropy in the water. “You wouldn’t recognise me.”
next year, when she plans to make the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that every
Muslim who can afford it is supposed to undertake at least once, she says she
would avoid even the ladies’ beach; she, like many women who have completed the
hajj, will adopt more modest attire.
she frowns on the women who have brought their young sons, who are allowed up
to age 8 on the beach. She does not want her sons or grandsons to get used to
seeing women’s bodies.
still. “I love to swim,” she says, smiling and shrugging, “so I have no other
and Amhaz agree on one point: absolutely no beach selfies, not even to share
with their husbands.
no!” they exclaim, high-fiving.
husband doesn’t need pictures,” Amhaz says. “He sees everything anyway.”
are banned, the better to protect the beachgoers’ modesty and privacy, though
cellphones are not. But visits to several other Lebanese resorts, undertaken
purely for journalistic purposes, suggest few other differences between
women-only beaches and mixed ones beyond the obvious.
matter the setting, gossip and hookah pipes scent the air. Snacks, water and
shade are at a premium. People-watching is frequently rewarding.
ladies’ beaches fringe the coastline south of Beirut, their names redolent of
sandy glamour around the world (the Laguna; the Bondi). The Bellevue Beach Club
began offering women-only days in the mid-1990s after veiled women began asking
was good – better than on mixed days, even. It soon went all women, all the
man collects tickets, but no other males are allowed. Women staff the restrooms
and the pool. The staff includes the Australian and Filipino wives of the
brothers who run the Bellevue, who go to mixed beaches together.
is a female DJ for the thatch-roofed poolside cabana where beachgoers undulate,
hips exuberantly swaying to Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab and Lebanese
singer Maya Yazbek.
where people from different sects share offices, neighbourhoods and businesses,
and crop tops can outnumber hijabs in some Beirut neighbourhoods, might seem
like a natural inventor of the ladies’ beach. But women-only hours at the pool
or the beach are common in other parts of the Middle East, too, including the
United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, where dress codes for local women are more
the Bellevue, there are no religious strictures on swim attire but each woman’s
21-year-old daughter wears modest gym clothing when she goes to mixed beaches
with her husband; at the Bellevue, she wore a bikini top with a short swim
skirt. She had brought a Syrian friend who, taken aback at the way the other
beachgoers dressed, kept a tank top on.
there was Rana Ghalayini, a nurse from Beirut who had first put on the veil
when she was 12, only to remove it because her family thought she was too
young. When she married at 23, she and her husband agreed that she should be
veiled. But she had resolved to keep her three young daughters unveiled until
they, too, were 23.
is broad,” she says. “It’s a personal choice.”
province has eight seats in the lower house of parliament, including two berths
reserved for women. A total of 92 individuals, nine of them women, are in the
electoral race from the restive province.
Niazi, a female candidate, told Pajhwok Afghan News complained they were unable
to conduct their election campaigns the way their male counterparts were doing.
men, we have limited financial resources and unable to travel to districts or
the countryside in connection with our campaigns,' she alleged, seeking justice
for all candidates.
face public criticism -- culturally motivated -- if we display our photographs
as part of the campaign. This is a huge problem for us. In addition, such acts
enhance security threats to us,' argued Niazi.
election contender, Najeeba Faiz Helmandi, held a similar view. Due to security
and social threats, she said, women often failed to succeed at Wolesi Jirga
men, security for women was volatile, she claimed, saying men could hire
bodyguards. Security institutions are also cooperating with male runners' she
opined people generally avoided voting for educated women because of primitive
traditions. Instead they preferred promoting illiterate and conservative men,
Ehsas, a women rights activist, acknowledged the problems and difficulties
being faced by women during the ongoing electioneering.
is limited space for women, who could not interact with the public as easily as
men dose. Women candidates also cannot openly share their photographs on social
media,' she reasoned.
asked the Independent Election Commission ( IECinfo-icon
Khanzada, a civil societyinfo-icon
religious scholar Abdul Hameed Helmandi explained Islamic does not prohibit
women from contesting elections.
like Islam allows women to do business, it also permits them to have a role in
the decision-making process,' the scholar maintained, while supporting females'
spokesman Abdul Salaam Afghan vowed security institutions would pay greater
heed to the protection of female poll runners.
are faced with cultural taboos on the one hand and grapple with security
problems on the other. Police will pay more attention to resolving the issues,'
candidates in other provinces are faced with similar security and social
issues. As a result, they cannot effectively campaign for the elections,
scheduled for October 20.
Supreme Court on Monday referred petitions challenging the validity of female
genital mutilation practised among Dawoodi Bohra Muslims to a five-judge
Constitution Bench after Attorney General KK Venugopal made the request.
am of the opinion that this matter should be referred to a Constitution Bench,”
Venugopal told a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
opposed it saying each and every case couldn’t be sent to a Constitution Bench.
is not a question of every case. This is a very important case,” said senior
advocate Mukul Rohatgi who represented the Dawoodi Bohra community.
during the hearing, the top court had questioned the practice of female genital
mutilation among Bohra Muslims, saying none should have the right to violate
bodily integrity of women.
Bench--which also included Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY
Chandrachud--had in July pointed out that such act would also amount to a crime
under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
anybody should be allowed to touch the genitals of a human being? Why bodily integrity
should be violated and compromised?” it had asked.
Bohra women have moved the top court seeking to ban female genital mutilation,
contending it violates rights of Bohra Muslim girl children; it causes pain
during menstruation, sexual intercourse and urination and adversely affects
Attorney General had earlier supported the petition citing a World Health
Organisation (WHO ) report which said female genital mutilation adversely
affected the health of girls.
behalf of the Bohra Women Trust, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi had
opposed the petition, saying it was an essential part of the Dawoodi Bohra
community’s religious practice and hence protected under Article 25 of the
Constitution which guarantees right to religion. He demanded that the issue
should be sent to a constitution bench.
women did not want it then no one could impose it on them, the CJI had said.
Supreme Court had in May 2017 issued notices to the Centre and governments of
Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan on a PIL seeking a ban on age-old practice
of female genital mutilation followed by Dawoodi Bohra Muslims.
had asked the Centre and the three states to spell out their stand on the
controversial practice which many activists term as violation of fundamental
rights of women. The followers of this sect mainly reside in Maharashtra,
Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Sunita Tiwari, an advocate, demanded a law against female circumcision on the
grounds that it violated child rights of Bohra Muslim girls.
known as ‘khatna’, female genital mutilation involves cutting off the clitoral
head which, many Bohras believe, makes women lead a life of infidelity. It’s
generally done at a young age by midwives in unhygienic conditions.
to WHO, it often leads to repeated infections, cysts, infertility, childbirth
complications requiring repeated surgeries. The UN General Assembly had in 2012
adopted a unanimous resolution on elimination of this practice. The National
Commission for Women, too, supported ban on the practice.
practice...also amounts to causing inequality between the sexes and constitutes
discrimination against women...It amounts to serious violation of the rights of
children as even minors have a right of security of person, right to privacy,
bodily integrity and the freedom from cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment,”
the petition read.
the past few years, many women from the community have spoken out against the
practice and even launched online campaigns to end what is seen as a
patriarchal tradition to curb female sexuality.
women make presence felt in Asian Congress
— Saudi women made their presence felt in the AIPS Asian Congress here, as
several female volunteers from Saudi universities participated in organizing
Director of Women Students’ Affairs at the Business and Technology University
Sahar Al-Husseini told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that the Ministry of Education
decision obliging female university students to do 100 hours of voluntary
community service creates harmony between the women graduates and the society.
She said the universities are training women students to occupy leading roles.
this connection, the university is training its female students and developing
their skills so that they take up leading roles. She said that some 2000 women
university students are participating in voluntary work in the university. This
is a decision by the university and the Ministry of Education that prior to
graduation from the university, every woman student must do 100 hours of
voluntary community service. The female students are keen to take part in
voluntary work so as to complete the required hours.
they fall in love with community service and request for an additional 100
hours. The university then trains the women students and she becomes a female
commander and the university develops her skills further. Al-Husseini said the
university has some 2000 women students and all of them are doing voluntary
added that many of the women students go for volunteer work outside the
university, like in charitable societies, ministries, institutions and others.
Al-Husseini added that she has been a volunteer since 30 years.
advises women students to differentiate between training and volunteering.
Training in companies is that the female student will sit behind a desk.
However, volunteeriing is in serving the community and it polishes the female
student’s personality and makes her capable of dealing with others, she said.
university has activated a volunteerism e-portal via which any authority can
request for female volunteers.
said that women volunteers from the university participated in organizing the
Asian Congress, whose main organizer is the Saudi Sports Media Federation in
male soccer coach was arrested for training the Iranian women’s national soccer
team at a training camp in one of the northern cities of Iran.
one of the members of the women’s national team, the state-run fartaknews.com
published a report on September 19, 2018, saying a male coach was training the
women’s national football team at a training camp held for a few days in
northern Iran to prepare the team players. The man got arrested when the news
interrogation, it became clear that the Football Federation was aware of the
man’s participation and training in the camp and had granted him permission to
train the women’s team. (The state-run fartaknews.com, September 19, 2018)
revelation made by a member of the women’s national football team compelled the
Football Federation to verify the news and claim that the male soccer coach had
the right to train the players of the women's national team.
to Iran’s laws, male instructors are not allowed to undertake women's training
and practices, particularly in sports, and none of the state authorities are
allowed to issue such a permit.
February, the training camp for women’s national team had been called off. On
January 31, 2018, the website of the Iranian Football Federation announced that
the training camp for women’s national football team had been cancelled, while
the federation’s vice president for women’s football had earlier promised to
hold a training camp for women to prepare them for upcoming Olympics 2020 and
Asian Championship games in 2021. (The official IRNA news agency – January 31,
ruling regime creates numerous obstacles for women athletes to exclude them
from the sports arena. Nevertheless, Iran’s women are not only talented but
really hard working and motivated to show their competence at every opportunity
despite lack of any form of government support.
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