Afghan Woman Appointed As Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry
Pirzada Sparks Controversy with Tweet on NZ Women Wearing Hijab
Can Retain Religion As Pak Law Does Not Approve Marriage of Minors: Lawyer
Commission Agrees to Roadmap on Ensuring Women’s Social Protection
Smart Technology Empowers Saudi Women
Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced To 38 Years in Prison, Her Family Says
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Court Orders State to Take Custody of the Girls, Forcibly Converted From
Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday, while hearing a petition filed by two
Ghotki sisters who were allegedly forcibly converted from Hindusim and married
to Muslim men, ordered the state to take over custody of the girls and ensure
petition filed by the girls and their spouses Safdar Ali and Barkat Ali sought
protection from adverse action. It said that the girls left their home on March
20. On March 22, after announcing that they had willingly converted, the girls
sought legal help.
to the petition, the two girls were born in a Hindu family and converted
because they were impressed by Islamic teachings. It claimed that they did not
inform their family because of threats to their lives.
claimed that MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Hari Lal from the Hindu Council had
concocted a false and fabricated story about their forceful conversion.
petitioners subsequently left their native town of Ghotki in Sindh and
travelled to Khanpur in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab. They travelled to Islamabad
after learning that the inspector general of Sindh and Punjab were planning an
operation in Khanpur against them and, the petition claimed, feared that the
police may kill them if they are apprehended to show "progress" to
the governing party.
asked the court to restrain the respondent authorities ─ the state minister for interior, Sindh
chief minister, inspectors general of Sindh, Punjab and Islamabad police, MNA
Vankwani and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) ─ from
"harassing" and "threatening" them, as well as requesting that
Pemra be asked to refrain from "promoting propaganda" against the
Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition in Courtroom 1, where both
girls and their alleged spouses were also present. The judge ordered the state
to take over custody of the girls, and they were subsequently handed over to
the deputy commissioner (DC) Islamabad.
sahab, until the final report is submitted, they will remain your guests,"
Justice Minallah said.
Minallah also ordered the determination of the girls' age and instructed the
provision of security to them to ensure their safety.
if the girls are placed in a shelter home, the federal government must ensure
their protection," the judge asserted. "A district and sessions judge
will be appointed a guardian in this case."
hearing was adjourned until April 2.
young Afghan woman has been appointed as deputy minister of commerce and
industry of Afghanistan as efforts are underway to further increase the
presence of women in key leadership posts in governmental institutions.
Yourish has been recently been appointed as deputy commerce and industry
minister for trade.
was previously serving as a commissioner in the Independent Administrative
Refform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan.
has obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Akron in the United
States of America in the field of business management and her Bachlor’s degree
from Pune of India in the field of economy.
joinging the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Comission,
Yourish was serving as the director of Human Resources of Kabul Municipality.
She has also served as deputy head of the Association of Fulbrighters of
controversial singer Rabi Pirzada has cooked up another storm after her tweet
regarding women in New Zealand donning headscarves to express solidarity with
Muslims baffled netizens.
Attacking Pakistani women's freedom of choice
surrounding 'dupatta', Rabi's highly contentious tweet compares them with the
women of New Zealand wearing hijab to exhibit compassion towards the victims of
the horrific Chirstchurch mosque attacks launched by a white supremacist
Brenton Tarrant on March 15.
30-year-old singer - who remains in the headlines for one controversy or
another - recently took to Twitter to post that after seeing white women in New
Zealand entering mosques wearing headscarves, all women of Pakistan headlining anti-dupatta campaigns should die.
her tweet, Twitterati is in a deep state of rage and has expressed displeasure
over Rabi's condemnable tweet.
the singer had triggered a massive controversy when she said she has been
harassed by women in the media and that in reality harassment does not actually
exist, instead, majority of the cases are consensual.
two Hindu minor girls who were allegedly abducted and forcibly converted to
Islam and married to Muslim men can retain their religion as Pakistan’s Hindu
Marriage Act does not approve the marriage of Hindu girls below 18 years.
advocate Hira Singh on Monday told TOI over phone from Karachi that in 2016 the
Sindh assembly had passed the bill which stated that the approved age for
marriage could not be less than 18 years. It, however, has not yet been signed
by the governor of Sindh. He said the husbands of the girls, Reena (15) and
Raveena (13), have already filed an application in the civil court, claiming
that they (girls) had voluntarily accepted Islam and got married without any
the legal position is that the statement of girls in the court will be the
deciding factor even if the police arrest the socalled accused,” said the
senior advocate. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Hindu leadership has demanded passing of
the Sindh Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill 2015 to safeguard rights
of the minority Hindu community and ensure their protection.
NATIONS: The UN body exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and
women’s empowerment wrapped up its annual session at the weekend with agreement
on ways to safeguard and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection
systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure.
63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which
traditionally brings women’s rights advocates from across the world to United
Nations Headquarters in New York for two weeks of intense dialogue, expert
panels and partnership events, concluded with a strong commitment by UN member
states to ensure that services, infrastructure and social protection systems
are designed and delivered in ways to prevent discrimination and create a
“level playing field” for women and girls.
Executive Director of UN Women, which serves as the CSW Secretariat, Phumzile
Mlambo-Ngcuka, said: “This annual gathering has never been bigger nor more
significant for the women and girls of the world.”
one person delegation to the Commission was led by Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson
of the National Commission of Women.
annual meeting of the Commission, which dates back to 1947, brought to the UN
more than 9,000 representatives from civil society organizations.
year Pakistan organized a record four side-events dedicated to the promotion of
gender equality and the empowerment of women that, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador
Maleeha Lodhi said, were part of “our diplomatic activism.”
Commission’s meeting opened on March 11 with statements from a wheelchair-bound
Pakistani mother Muniba Mazari, who yearned to visit a park without worrying
about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman Mary Fatiya, who dreamed of
having affordable health care.
and other moving testimonies heard over the two-week session spotlighted some
stark truths: universal access to an old-age pension, quality health-care
services and safe and affordable public transport can enhance women’s income
security and independence, shape whether a small entrepreneur will get her
products to market on time, and at what cost; or whether an adolescent girl can
get safely to her school and has access to a toilet.
can determine whether girls go to school at all, what markets a woman farmer
can access, and how much time she has left in a day to pursue other paid work
outcome of the session, known as the Agreed Conclusions, speaks directly to
these concerns by setting out concrete measures to bolster the voice, agency
and leadership of women and girls as beneficiaries and users of social
protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure.
said the Commission’s recommendations “pave the way for governments to engage
and invest differently; involving women in policy dialogue, and targeting
initiatives that go to the heart of the largest barriers to the empowerment and
voice of women and girls.”
protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure are integral
to achieving the implementation of the landmark 1995 Beijing Declaration and
Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by
world leaders in 2015.
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working women, LG’s Styler is the ideal addition to a successful career. LG’s
TrueSteam technology eliminates over 99.9 percent of the germs, leaving clothes
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housework, robot vacuums take cleaning to a completely new level with their
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voice control, scheduled cleaning, hassle-free maintenance, intelligent
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dishwashers, the LG SteamClean dishwasher cleans more effectively and delivers
a host of unique performance-enhancing technologies to give customers a whole
new way to wash dishes.
high tech appliances make cooking fun. Working women especially love quick,
easy meals, and the EasyClean feature in LG’s combination wall oven is a
timesaving feature that removes any food residue that might have splattered on
the interior. LG’s smart kitchens ensure a superior culinary experience and
create an environment that is welcoming and stress-free.
the world of family entertainment, the LG’s AI TVs, with the Google Assistant
built in, offer a streamlined experience that allows users to expertly manage
daily tasks, find answers to important questions and control compatible smart
smart products help working women save up on time, be more efficient, save
energy and money, and spend more quality time with the family,” said Eddy Jun,
Managing Director of LG Electronics in Saudi Arabia. “With added unique
features, LG appliances increase convenience and efficiency, helping women live
a happier work life, which means happier homes.” — SG
Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in
prison and 148 lashes, according to her family.
is well known for representing human rights defenders, dissidents and women who
protested against the compulsory wearing of a headscarf in Iran.
to IRNA, Iran’s state-owned news service, the human rights lawyer was convicted
of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and for
“insulting the Supreme Leader”.
Facebook post by her husband Reza Khandan said the ruling sentenced her to 33
years and 148 lashes. He added that the punishment brings her prison time to 38
years. In 2016, she was sentenced in absentia to five years, according to
state media said that Sotoudeh was sentenced to seven years in prison, citing
the judge in the case, Mohammad Moghiseh. The reasons for the discrepancy in
the reports was not immediately clear.
Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women’s rights and speaking out
against the death penalty — it is utterly outrageous that Iran’s authorities
are punishing her for her human rights work,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty
International’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, in
a statement on Monday.
June, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison, a
notorious jail just outside the capital.
to Amnesty International, Iran conducted its “worst” crackdown in a decade in
2018, arresting over 7,000 dissidents.
a winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is
serving a jail sentence for a second time. In 2010, she was sentenced to 11
years in prison on charges related to her work defending detained Iranian
demonstrators during the 2009 Green Movement, a protest movement sparked by
widespread accusations of electoral fraud.
was granted an early release in 2013.
to news of Sotoudeh’s sentencing, campaigners against the compulsory hijab were
defiant. “By creating fear and putting people in prison or forcing them to
leave the country and live in exile, or threatening them, they cannot stop the
compulsory hijab protest in Iran,” New York-based Iranian activist Masih
Alinejad, who has previously been represented by Sotoudeh, told CNN.
January, Sotoudeh’s husband, who is also a human rights lawyer, was convicted
of security-related charges and sentenced to six years in jail. He has appealed
while waiting to serve his prison sentence.
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