men reportedly shouted 'this is the punishment for going to school'
Arab Muslim Woman to Officiate At Wimbledon 2015
London Muslim Launches Campaign after Car and Cigarette Attacks
to Call for $39bn Investment in Education at Oslo Summit
British Daesh Girl’s Response to Tunisia Attack
Posing As Muslims Marrying Poor Bengal Girls
Muslim Woman Hopes to End Abuse Faced By Veil Wearers
Needs Safe Houses for Female, Child Victims of Violence
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Throw Acid into Girls' Faces 'For Going to School' in Afghanistan
Afghanistan (CNN) Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three
teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on
Saturday, an official told CNN.
girls, age 16 to 18, are students at one of the biggest girls' schools in Herat
city, the provincial capital, said Aziz-ul-Rahman Sarwary, head of the
education department for the province.
three girls were admitted to Noor hospital in Herat city before their parents
took them elsewhere, said hospital head Jamal Abdul Naser Akhundzada.
of the girls were in critical condition after the acid was thrown in their
faces, he said.
quoted the girls as saying that their assailants were two men on a motorbike.
is the punishment for going to school," the men told the girls after
pouring the acid on them, according to Akhundzada.
Rauf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, said police were
working very hard to find the attackers.
attacks, poison: What Afghan schoolgirls risk
Arab Muslim woman to officiate at Wimbledon 2015
Kuwaiti line umpire, Aseel Shaheen, has become the first Arab woman to
officiate at Wimbledon.
41-year-old is among 350 men and women officiating at Wimbledon 2015. The
majority of umpires and line judges at the championships are British, but
around 60 are invited to take part from overseas.
who became a line judge after enrolling on a course in 2002 admitted that even
though she didn’t a lot about tennis before enrolling for the course she
finished third in her class.
gymnast criticised for ‘revealing’ costume as she wins double-gold
kept going. It became a challenge for me because they would always nominate the
guys and ignore me,” she said.
told them I wanted to be an international umpire, I have the qualification and
I have the language skills, because I speak good English. So I went to
officiating school,” she added.
asked about how she feels about being the only Arab female on the courts she
said, told Sport360° earlier this week, ”It’s an indescribable feeling being
here, it’s something big, it’s a challenge.”
Shaheen revealed she was concerned she may not be welcomed at the championship
because she covers her head. But she added the All England Club ‘really
wearing the hijab and working on court during a tennis match at Wimbledon is a
sign that the world is starting to accept us more.” She went on to say.
cycling team pushes past roadblocks in Afghanistan
only drawback she said would be that line judges often receive icy stares and
harsh words by the players who disagree with their decisions which can be
she said Hawk-Eye technology on several courts has made their job less
stressful but they still need to be wary of naughty serves and often charm the
crowd with their timely and graceful escapes.
young London Muslim wearing a Niqab suffered ‘several’ attempts to run her over
and had a cigarette thrown at her in a daily barrage of abuse. Joni Clarke
talks to London24 about her experiences and new campaign. Joni Clarke, 22, is
from south east London and converted to Islam when she was 17. She has been
abused for wearing the Niqab, a veil covering a woman’s whole face except for
her eyes. Joni said: “I experience discrimination on a day-to-day basis. I get
called names, I’ve had a cigarette thrown at me and nearly been run over on
several occasions.” The incidents mainly occurred in Penge and Croydon, the
areas where Joni spends most time. “People stereotype me and make assumptions
based on what they see without knowing who I am as a person. “Sometimes I get
angry, but other times I take the time to question the perpetrator and explain
why I wear what I do. I tell them the meaning behind it and how it makes me
feel,” she explained. Joni’s choice to convert to Islam as a teenager was a
considered one. “I was looking into doing more than just waking up in the
morning, working, and going out at the weekend. I thought there has to be more
to life than that,” Joni told London24. What drew Joni to Islam? “I did some
research, and I knew a little bit about Islam anyway. I went to church a few
times and listened to what they were saying, but Islam is the only religion
which worships one God and no one else associated with the creator.” Joni said
she wears the Niqab because she feels it connects her more with God. “The more
I cover up the more I am pleasing him,” she said and explained how the veil
reminds her that she is a Muslim every day. In partnership with charity Fixers,
which helps young people address issues in their lives, Joni has produced a
two-minute lip-synced video telling her story. The video features a diverse
range of people, because Joni thinks “others who choose to express themselves,
either by having tattoos or unique hairstyles, often face similar prejudice in
their lives without being able to tell their story”. “I chose to have a black
man in the video because at one point the media was stereotyping all black men
as being in gangs and as drug addicts. “I want to put a stop to those who judge
a book by its cover and encourage them to see an individual for who they are
and not how they look,” she explained. “When I did the video and met the other
people we all sat together and someone took a picture. It came up later on
Facebook and I thought that in the photo we are a pic n mix, the way England should
be. “We can all get along no matter what we look like,” she said.
to call for $39bn investment in education at Oslo summit
As heads of state and education ministers gather this week for the Oslo
Education Summit, student activist Malala Yousafzai is calling on world leaders
to deliver on their commitments, and ensure that every child has access to 12
years of free, quality primary and secondary education.
tomorrow at the summit, Malala will urge leaders to invest an additional $39
billion annually to make this promise a reality.
is her first visit to Oslo since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
year in Oslo I spoke of our historic opportunity to put an end to wasted
potential and empty classrooms. And now, we must make a choice: to choose more
of the same or to choose bold leadership to ensure that no girl is denied an education.
Now, we must seize this opportunity and put a plan in action to ensure all
girls can achieve at least 12 years of quality education,” said Malala.
May 2015, ministers from over 100 countries signed on to the Incheon
Declaration in Korea, committing to provide free primary and secondary
education to all children by 2030.
guarantee twelve years of universal fee-free primary and secondary education
will cost an estimated $340b per year through 2030. The current funding
shortfall is $39b — equivalent to just eight days of global military spending.
poorest girls get just three years of schooling because of a lack of will and
vision by our governments. This is unacceptable. Leaders of the 21st century
must deliver on their promises to invest in the future and start investing in
books, education and hope, rather than in weapons, war and conflicts.” said
will not stop. We will continue to speak out and raise our voices until we see
every child in school.”
a paper published for the Oslo Education Summit, the Malala Fund — a non-profit
co-founded by Malala and her father — presents clear recommendations for
governments to finance full primary and secondary education for all children by
paper calls on governments to increase the size of their often-low education
budgets. Low and lower-middle income countries need to commit a minimum of 20
per cent of their national budgets to education. The current average is now
education will unlock the potential of millions of my sisters and brothers —
brilliant young minds who will become, if given the chance of quality primary
and secondary education, the next great scientists, engineers or teachers or
anything they want. Our leaders must have the same level of ambition for all children
as they have for their children, no matter where they live,” said Malala.
Malala Fund argues that traditional and non-traditional bilateral donors should
commit to meeting a target of 0.7pc of Gross National Income (GNI) in Official
Development Assistance (ODA) and increase the share of aid to basic and upper
example, commitments to 0.7pc of GNI in ODA by the emerging BRICS and Arab
donors, with just 10pc of total aid allocated to education, could raise an
further $20.3bn could be raised annually if seven non-EU traditional donors ─ Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, Norway,
Switzerland and the United States ─
make and meet this commitment to 0.7pc of GNI in ODA, or in Norway’s case, its
of 1.0pc, and spend 10pc of this on basic and secondary education.
Malala Fund is also calling on leaders to expand the mandate of the Global
Partnership for Education (GPE) for upper secondary education.
its scope to secondary levels would enable the GPE to mobilise additional
funding needed to support 12 years of quality primary and secondary education
for all, reaching an additional 266 million children in low income and
lower-middle income countries by 2030.
Global Partnership for Education has played a crucial role in increasing access
to quality basic education across over 60 countries.
Malala Fund welcomes leaders’ commitment to educating every girl and boy for 12
years through upper secondary education. If we are to make good on our promise,
we must expand the funding mechanisms in place to achieve this goal,” said
Meighan Stone, President of the Malala Fund.
British Daesh girl’s response to Tunisia attack
— A British teenage girl, who has joined
Daesh (the so-called IS) in Syria, has ridiculed the Tunisian massacre in an
online conversation with an undercover reporter pretending to be a wannabe
16-year-old who fled Britain to join Daesh in February, wrote that she was
laughing out loud (written ‘lol’ in text language) regarding the Tunisian
massacre which saw the murder of 38 civilians, of which 30 were British on the
Sousse beach on June 26.
comment came in an exchange with an undercover Mail on Sunday reporter, who
Abase thought to be another British teenager planning to run away to Daesh,
which Abase encouraged.
the messages Abase gave advice and information about how the supposed “young
girl” could fool her parents and flee out of Britain and into Syria via Turkey.
conversation also revealed that Abase has an active role as a recruiter and
“mentor” for other young females.
undercover reporter got in touch with Abase on Twitter, asking to exchange
private direct messages. In her first message back, Abase asked: “U planning on
making hijrah [migration]?”
the reporter replied yes, Abase told him to contact her on messaging service
Kik Messenger. On Kik Messenger when asked how long she had been in Syria,
Abase replied: “Im one of the three girls from Britain so about 4 months. I was
only 15 when I made hijrah, so it was worst. [sic]”
also gave advice against booking a plane ticket online, as that would require
giving credit card details and passport numbers.
told the reporter that she lives in the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa, where women
are brought and kept in an all women safe-houses called maqqars, without access
to mobile phones or Internet, until they are married.
said: “When [you] first come in to dawla [Daesh territory] [you are] put in to
a sisters house but [you can’t] go out, no net and no phone allowed. If you
[want] get married its better [you] know his name beforehand so when you get in
to the sisters house you can ask for him. [sic]”
also advised to go to an Asian travel agent in Brick Lane, in East London,
where they take cash and do not ask questions. — Al Arabiya News
posing as Muslims marrying poor Bengal girls
of Hausa and Sonadanga villages in Bardhaman district of West Bengal have
alleged that Hindu men have been marrying girls from their villages by posing
as Muslims from Uttar Pradesh. Both villages have a predominant Muslim
incident came to light at the end of June when a young girl from Sonadanga
protested and reported the matter to the village seniors. On her wedding night,
she found that her husband and his friends, who had introduced themselves as
Muslims, were Hindus.
men, one of whom has already married a girl from a neighbouring village, stayed
at her relative’s house in search of a suitable bride. They said they were
Muslims from Agra. When they found a girl from a very poor family, they
arranged for the wedding in a week,” social worker Md. Zim Nawaz, who led a
fact finding team to Sonadanga, said.
village seniors immediately convened a makeshift village court and ordered the
four men to compensate the girl’s family. While two of them were allowed to go
to Agra to arrange for the money by July 1, the other two were detained by the
villagers, Mr. Nawaz said. While the villagers have not yet received any money,
the police have taken away the two men, he added.
villagers went to Memari police station on July 1 to lodge a complaint but the
police turned them away, saying they should have inquired about the groom’s
background before agreeing to the wedding. There have been almost seven such
instances in the past two to three years. Only two girls have come back to
visit their families,” Mr. Nawaz said.
police, however, presented a contrasting version. “We received a complaint on
July 1 and arrested the main accused on the same day. The accused hails from
Agra. He was produced in court on July 2 and has been remanded to judicial
custody. There was no Hindu-Muslim angle in the complaint. We were told that
the boy took advantage of the girl’s poor financial status,” a police officer
of Memari police station said, refusing to divulge further details.
said they were Muslims from Agra. When they found a girl from a poor family,
they arranged for the wedding in a week’
Muslim woman hopes to end abuse faced by veil wearers
A British Muslim woman is campaigning to raise awareness of the abuse she and
other women face while wearing a niqab.
Joni Clarke, resident of southeast London, has decided to raise awareness of
the abuse and discrimination that Muslim women face by making a short film. The
film, My Freedom, My Right, features Clarke reciting a poem that recalls
comments made to her because of her niqab.
about the film she said, “I made the video to prove a point – I wanted to
highlight that people who go through struggles and discrimination every day,
but are rarely talked about by the media.”
Muslim family ‘saddened’ by former houseguest British PM Cameron
wants everyone to be treated as ‘individuals’ and urges people to stop ‘judging
a book by its cover’. She turned to Islam when she was only 17 and chose to
wear a niqab after studying the history of Islam.
was reading about the women of early Islamic communities,” she said. “Many of
the Sahabah (RA) [companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)] are revered women
in Islamic history, so I tried to follow what they did, including wearing the
people look up to people like Rihanna or other celebrities, but for myself, I
look up to those women and chose to do things like they did.”
she started wearing a niqab, she has been insulted, threatened, and even
attacked in public, she said and added, “When I was pregnant I got followed up
the road by a bin man who shouted at me, ‘Terrorist, go home!’ and I’ve been
told several times to go ‘back to my country’”.
UK Muslims condemn move to host Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) exhibit
maintains there are many Muslim women who receive worse treatment because they
choose to wear the veil.
had people flicking cigarette butts at me to try set my niqab on fire, and I’ve
almost been run over a few times.”
Freedom, My Right is not only a step towards creating awareness among the
people about the sufferings of the Muslim women but also aims to alleviate
needs safe houses for female, child victims of violence
NGO activist has said Papua needs safe houses as it has quite a high incidence
of violence against women and children.
cases of violence against women and children can be brought to justice because
of the absence of safe houses, she said.
number of victims of violence against women and children in Papua is quite high
and one of obstacles impeding prompt solution of the violence is the
unavailability of safe houses for the victims,” said Levina Kalansina of the
Papua Women and Children Empowerment Agency.
child victim of violence may still suffer psychological trauma even if his or
her physical wounds have been treated. In such a situation, he or she really
needs a safe house to help him or her to recover from psychological trauma.
Unfortunately, Papua has no safe house,” she went on.
was speaking at the close of a violence victim assistance training event held
on Saturday by World Vision Indonesia (WVI) and Yayasan Sobat Perduli, a
Jakarta-based NGO that works to protect children from violence.
said the Papua Women and Children Empowerment Agency had prepared a safe house
at the Papua Police headquarters. However, it was not yet able to function.
safe house’s developer has not yet handed over the keys to us so we cannot yet
use it,” she said.
area manager for Jayapura and Merauker Radika Pinto said rates of violence
against women and children in Papua were getting high and most of them were
from Dok II Hospital in Jayapura shows that it received victims of violence against
women and children, which reached 515 cases throughout 2014. Most of the cases
were committed by someone known to the victim,” he said.
said WVI aimed to make Papua a child-friendly province by providing training
programs to improve skills in introducing violence prevention measures and
forms of violence against children to the public.
the four-day training, which ended on Saturday, WVI trained 22 violence victim
assistants from three regencies, namely Jayapura, Merauke and Keerom, and Jayapura
City. They are to work building awareness in society of the importance of child
protection, including publicizing treatments needed to be taken once they
encounter cases of violence against children.
of reasons that leads to a lack of reports on violence against children is the
fact that violence against children is still perceived as a domestic problem
outsiders should not interfere in. This shows people still don’t know and
understand Law No.35/2013 on children protection,” said Radika. (ebf)(+++)