Iranian policewoman (L) warns a young woman about her clothing and hair during
a crackdown to enforce Islamic dress code in Tehran 22 April 2007. Iran has
issued more than a thousand warnings and arrested dozens in a new drive aimed
at forcing women whose dress is deemed inappropriate to adhere to Islamic dress
rules, officials said today. The nationwide drive -- an annual pre-summer
crackdown given greater prominence this year -- is aimed primarily at women
whose coats are seen as too tight, trousers excessively short or hejabs
(headscarves) overly loose. (AFP/-)
Pakistani Muslim Women, Living In India for 24 Years, Get Indian Citizenship;
Thank PM Modi
between UN Women and Women Parliamentary Caucus Signed For Legislation to End
Child Marriages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
in the Middle East: Bangladeshi Domestic Workers Recall Ramadan Abroad
Clash over Hijab at Tehran University
Woman Placed Under Investigation on Terrorism Charges: Report
by New Age Islam News Bureau
in M’sia Reprimanded For Wearing ‘Inappropriate Clothing’ During Ramadan
holy month of Ramadan started last Sunday (May 5). Since then, 39 women have
been reprimanded for “dressing inappropriately” according to several agencies.
Kelantan’s Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (JAHEAIK), Kota Baru
Municipal Council (MPKB), state Welfare Department and the Malaysian police
conducted an operation on May 13 reprimanding women for wearing “inappropriate
clothing” and “sexy attire” in public.
women who were singled out were then instructed to attend counselling sessions
and warned not to repeat their clothing mistake, according to a report by the
to the sartorial notice, the Sisters in Islam (SIS) released a statement
saying, “Not only does this practice humiliate and degrade the value of women,
but the compulsive need to control what women wear also implies that she is
mentally, physically and spiritually defective and a danger to the moral order
the Sisters in Islam argued that the JAHEAIK is biased against women. The SIS
questioned why men who failed to maintain their modesty by lowering their gaze
were not reprimanded by the JAHEAIK.
discrimination unfairly suggests that women are exclusively to be blamed for
social and moral ills within the community.”
Sisters in Islam also condemned the widespread shaming of women on social media
for their clothing choices. Netizens have criticised Malay Muslim female celebrities
and politicians for dressing inappropriately or for not wearing the tudung.
rights activist Ivy Josiah added that policing women’s choice of clothing is an
“unnecessary obsession” that derails from the more important work of fighting
and preventing violence against women and children.
in Islam communications manager Majidah Hashim stated that “In a country that
embraces modernity like Malaysia, it is the responsibility of the government to
ensure that the rights of all its citizens to justice, equality, freedom and
dignity be upheld at all times and not be trampled by states’ overzealousness
in policing what women choose to wear.”/TISG
24 years of struggle, Nida and Mahrukh Naseem, born in Pakistan's Karachi and
living in India since 1995, were finally granted Indian citizenship on March
23, 2019. The two women - Nida and Mahrukh Naseem - on Tuesday thanked Prime
Minister Narendra Modi for granting them Indian citizenship and said they will
never forget the date.
want to thank PM Modi. When we went to the PMO, the people heard us and asked
us to go back home and that it was now their responsibility to get them Indian
citizenship," Nida Naseem said.
and Mahrukh Naseem's parents got married in 1989. Mahrukh was born in 1991 and
Nida was born in 1995. Their father is an Indian citizen, while their mother
was a Pakistani citizen. Their mother was granted Indian citizenship in 2007.
However, the two women, who have been living in India for the last 24 years,
continued to face problems.
father, Naseem Akhtar, made a number of appeals and sent applications for 24
years but did not get any help. When PM Modi opened a 'mini PMO' in Varanasi
after winning the Lok Sabha seat in 2014, Naseem Akhtar appealed there for
2019, the government finally announced that the two women will be granted
Indian citizenship. Both the sisters have thanked PM Narendra Modi for his
to a media channel, Mahrukh Naseem said, "Since my mother was a Pakistani,
we faced issues related to our nationality. PM Modi won from Varanasi and he
heard our matter really well. He did not ask us to come another time but took
instant action. We finally received our citizenship certificate on March
Naseem said, "I never felt like an outsider here. But any legal work would
require us to write our nationality and we had to write 'Pakistani'. It was
really problematic for me in the sense that I was living in India, I studied
here but my nationality was Pakistani. After PM Modi came to power, we had a
hope that our work will be done. We cannot forget March 23. We were so
April, PM Modi's personal intervention had led to the rescue of an Indian
Muslim woman who had been held captive and tortured in Somalia by her in-laws
since July 2018. The 31-year-old woman, Afreen Begum, was rescued from her
captivity at Mogadishu in Somalia on March 28.
The UN Women and Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
has signed an MoU to raise awareness and policy advocacy for legislation to end
child marriages and women trafficking in the province, including the new
districts of former Fata.
by UN Women Pakistan Country Representative Jamshed Kazi and WPC Chairperson
Maliha Asgher Ali Khan, the MoU focuses on joint efforts for promulgation and
implementation of pro-women laws with the first and foremost efforts on
awareness-raising and advocacy for legislations.
UN Women will support WPC on gender research, drafting gender sensitive laws,
developing position papers, resolutions, declarations and reports.
both the bodies will work together for capacity building of local government
representatives, WPC members, parliamentarians and political parties to
understand better the challenges faced to advance gender equality and undertake
concerted efforts to overcome those challenges.
women MPAs lauded the beginning of joint efforts aimed at upgrading the status
of women in KP.
partnership will help us build capacities of various government entities and
the community in general and advance gender equality agenda of the provincial
government,” said Maliha Khan, a PTI MPA.
Kazi said UN Women and WPC would be drafting and promoting gender sensitive
laws for KP.
Child Marriage Restraint Act of KP is an important legislation that we will
prioritise to jointly review and advocate for child marriage remains prevalent
in Pakistan and is a grave violation of fundamental human rights,” he said.
added that research indicated that 21 per cent of girls were married before the
age of 18 and three per cent before 15. These important facts have made this a
key direction for us to focus on the areas of human rights in Pakistan.
vision and mission is ideally aligned to together undertake important initiatives
to improve the situation of women and girls’ rights and empowerment in KP,” he
Women has worked with WPC in the past to finalise the KP Women Empowerment
Policy Framework and mainstream gender concerns in two draft bills of Internal
Human Trafficking Bill and Home-Based Workers Bill.
UN Women is the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and
the empowerment of women.
supports the federal and provincial governments to attain gender equality and
works closely with the government, civil society and other stakeholders to
design laws, policies, programmes and frameworks needed to achieve women’s
empowerment and to protect the social, economical and legal rights of women,
girls and excluded groups.
Women Parliamentary Caucus- KP has been established with an objective to
strengthen the voice of women legislators in the provincial assembly through a
united platform and put in joint efforts for debate and legislation on
pro-women laws in the provincial assembly.
members of the WPC-KP are Ayesha Bano, general secretary, Dr Sumaira Shams and
Humera Khatoon, members.
Alo Begum was aged just 16 when she boarded a plane to begin a new life in
Lebanon caring for a woman 44 years her senior.
Bangladeshi teenager’s family had hit upon hard times and a move abroad offered
better job prospects. But rather than being a hardship, Begum’s new career
became a labor of love.
forged an almost instant bond with her new Lebanese employer, Shahira Lakij,
which lasted through eight Ramadans and created memories she will never forget.
was suffering from cancer, but the illness didn’t stop her from taking it in
turns with Begum to learn about each other’s customs and traditions. And it was
their mutual love for a staple Bangladeshi breakfast treat – deep-fried puff
pastries – that cemented their relationship.
the Bangle dishes, Shahira liked the mughlai paratha the most. It’s a special
preparation of a savory pastry which is made with a combination of flour and
eggs. I taught her how to cook that,” Begum, now 25, told Arab News, as she
recalled some of the things she missed most about Ramadan spent in Lebanon.
500,000 Bangladeshi women are currently employed as domestic workers in the
Middle East, with the South Asian country being one of the biggest sources for
migrant workers around the world.
Begum, her first experience of working in a foreign country was daunting. She
started her employment in 2010 and said to begin with it was an uphill task,
each day being a learning experience.
was new for me – whether it was kitchen appliances, washroom fittings or home
cleaning materials ... but because of Shahira, I got acquainted with the new
form of urban life. She was so kind,” said Begum, from the city of Barishal in
south-central Bangladesh, 246 km from the capital Dhaka.
was the youngest of three siblings. Her father was a farmer and her mother a
housewife. She decided to move to Lebanon when the family’s financial situation
took a turn for the worse – a decision she would never regret.
spent around eight years with the (Shahira’s) family. They were so good that
Shahira would celebrate my birthday with cake, chocolate and other gifts. I
still remember the day she died – it was one day before my birthday,” said
tries to keep that bond alive by cooking her favorite Lebanese dishes for her
own family in Bangladesh.
was physically weak from the cancer and could not stand for a long time in the
kitchen. She would guide me step by step and that’s how I learnt to make
Lebanese dishes such as kusa, orarish, kassi bil zeish, kassi bil samad,
shistao, lubi bil lakhme, and zuenih bil foron,” she said, adding that kassi
bil samad was now a family favorite, a fish which her husband loved to eat.
comparisons to the Ramadan spent in Lebanon with those observed in Bangladesh,
Begum said there were several cultural differences, but one stood out. “Arabs
love to get together after the Taraweeh prayer, and it continues until suhoor
in the early morning. But in Bangladesh people usually go to bed around 10
p.m.,” she said.
returned home more than a year ago after Lakij died, but said she still misses
her old friend and keeps in touch with her family.
I got married last year and started my own family, I can’t go to Lebanon right
now. Otherwise, I would love to go back once again,” Begum added.
Bangladeshi housemaid, Lucky Akter, 24, recently returned from Jordan after two
years caring for two children from a family based in the city of Akaba. Akter’s
employer, Ehab Maita, was a civil engineer, while his wife Habil was a police
family’s youngest son, Sunny, was born just six months after I arrived. Laila,
their daughter, was only three then,” Akter told Arab News. “Sunny was so
attached to me that he called me mom. Habil calls me almost every day and I
talk with the kids. They used to cry on the phone and asked me to go back
another Bangladeshi housemaid did the cooking, Akter learned to make a number
of Jordanian dishes, such as magmura and lithue, and occasionally served
Bangladeshi cuisine for the Maita family.
prepared lentil and tomato sauce for them in a Bangladeshi style. They liked it
so much that Habil learnt the cooking process from me,” added Akter. “I miss
the kids and the employer family a lot. They loved me and Bangladeshi culture.
returning home I sent them several videos of my area, which they liked, and
they have promised to visit Bangladesh when the opportunity arises.”
husband Jakir Moral, 26, will soon be the one leaving home to work abroad. He
goes to Dubai this month leaving Akter behind in Bangladesh to care for their
worker, Jesmin Islam, has been back in Bangladesh for a year after spending two
years working in Riyadh.
35-year-old, from Madaripur district, which is around 200 km from Dhaka, was
employed by Tarek Rahman and his wife Huda as a domestic aid.
the beginning, it was not easy to understand the employer’s language and
culture, but after several months I managed to learn the language and
preparations of Arabian food with the help of the employer’s wife,” Islam told
a short time, she was able to cook Arabian dishes such as sarba, zerish,
khyasap and oragaina. “I liked the zerish most during my days in Saudi Arabia
and even after returning home I prepared this food several times for my
children,” added Islam.
said zerish tasted similar to a Bangladeshi dessert called payesh which is made
of rice, milk and sugar. Zerish is also prepared with rice and milk, and a kind
of milk shake.
Rahman family had three daughters and one son, and Islam developed a good
relationship with the eldest daughter Ruba, 20. Islam is a widow with two
school-aged children and has hopes of working for the Rahman family again.
have been working as housemaids in the Middle East since 2002, and according to
Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, secretary general of the Bangladesh Association
of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA), around 500,000 women from the
nation are currently employed as domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries.
In all, around 2 million Bangladeshi migrants are employed in the region, he
workers provide the second-largest revenue stream for Bangladesh after garment
exporting, last year pumping an estimated $13.5 billion into the economy.
erupted between Iranian students at Tehran University on Monday during a demonstration
against the enforcement of wearing hijab or Islamic veil, media reports said.
number of students gathered... claiming that morality police and security
forces had entered the university" to warn students against failing to
observe compulsory hijab laws, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
agency reported that a vice president in charge of cultural affairs at the
university had attempted to speak to the students but was "physically
prevented" from doing so.
vice president, Majid Sarsangi, denied any police or security forces had
entered the university grounds.
he said "two groups of students with opposing thoughts and ideals
unfortunately clashed with each other while we tried to calm down the enraged
published parts of a statement issued by the students protesting enforcement
methods that said female students faced "severe checks when entering the
imposition of one type of attire on students... is a direct violation of their
human rights," it added.
news agency, which is close to ultra-conservatives, said scuffles broke out
between the protesters and other students who supported the enforcement of
hijab when demonstrators began marching in the grounds and shouting what it
called "law-breaking slogans".
"were shouting slogans against attire laws and observance of hijab,"
Ali Tolouie, the head of Tehran University Student Basij Organisation, told
Fars, adding the protesters' statement "shows they are against Islam
were no reports of any casualties or arrests.
the 1979 Islamic revolution compulsory hijab was enforced throughout Iran with
women forced to dress modestly and cover themselves with the Islamic veil.
year with the advent of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan authorities strictly
enforce the mandatory Islamic dress code.
have been a number of protests, mostly by women over the years, with the latest
major protests being the "Dokhtaran-e enghelab", or the Girls of
particular protest began after an Iranian woman stood on a pillar box on
Enghelab Avenue in December 2017 without the mandatory long coat and raised her
white veil on a stick, an act that was copied by women in different cities in
spite of arrests that followed.
May 13 (Xinhua) -- A French woman was put under formal investigation by
magistrates last week on charges of belonging to a terrorist cell, local news
channel reported on Monday.
female national from Moroccan origin had expressed, on social media, her
willingness to carry out a suicide attack and had been on a list of volunteers
who wanted to act, new channel BFMTV reported, citing a judicial source.
27-year-old suspect was arrested on May 6 after being expelled from Turkey and
was convicted for "criminal conspiracy in relation to a terrorist
company", it added.
joined fighters in the conflict zones in Syria in 2014 and surrendered to
Turkish authorities in October 2018.
wave of attacks, claimed by the Islamic State, had broken the calm several
times in France. The bloodiest terror attack took place in Paris in November
2015, when a series of explosions and shootings left 130 people dead.
New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African
Muslim News, Arab
World News, South
Asia News, Indian
Muslim News, World
Muslim News, Women
in Islam, Islamic
In Arab, Islamophobia
in America, Muslim
Women in West, Islam
Women and Feminism