SouissiFormer Tunisian Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik speaks during an
interview in Tunis, Tunisia, April 20, 2016.
to Allow Child Marriages to Go On, But Tighter Enforcement
Tapped As Head of Presidential Diwan In Tunisia
Forum Stresses More Women in Leadership Roles
Football Clubs in Saudi Arabia Call for Championships
Requires Husband or Father’s Permission For Women
Woman Accused of Murder Hanged By Iran
Politicians Want Bigger Voice in Bangladesh
Group Reacts to Govt Approval of Hijab in Schools
Fatima awarded 'Pioneers of Arab Giving Award' in Riyadh
Crown Jewel: Saudi Arabia Event through Eyes of a Woman
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Women’s Wing Says Marital Rape a ‘Liberal’ Concept
LUMPUR — Parti Islam Se-Malaysia’s (PAS) Dewan Muslimat has condemned the
concept of marital rape as non-existent in Islamic Shariah law, and instead
urged caution over the ‘liberal needle’.
women’s wing said certain quarters continue to harp on about the issue, by
using the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government as a platform to voice out.
is but a design used to attack the Islamic Ummah (community), and Muslim women
are now being targeted by such stirring of emotions and feminist sentiments.
The fighters of liberalism deign to consider any element of force even between
a husband and wife to be connected to wickedness,” it said in a statement.
Islamist party women’s wing said that in over half a century of Barisan
Nasional rule, it had failed to implement the agenda of individual human
development, to the extent that the family unit, which is meant to be the
calmest refuge for a person, has been unable to enjoy the prosperity of life.
the leaders were more focused on the aspect of material development, unequal
distribution brought about its share of burdens and distracted the rakyat from
their true purpose as God’s slaves on Earth.
has even affected the relations of husbands and wives, which ought to have been
built with Mahabbah, Mawaddah and Rahmah (affection, love and mercy).
Unfortunately, this most pressing aspect has been left without an agenda to
turn society’s smallest nucleus into the nation’s pillar of strength,” it said.
Muslimat said, in turn, marital and household problems played their part in
contributing to various negative social ills, and the ensuing chaos not only
led to grief or criminality but also stunted Malaysia’s future.
wives and children become victims, their welfare neglected. This decline has
attracted attempts by liberals to break sacred covenants and toss aside the
voice of ‘struggle’ by fighting for that which is wrong and unnatural,” it
said. MALAY MAIL
LUMPUR: Laws to better protect the interest of those involved in child
marriages will be tabled in Parliament by the middle of next year, says Deputy
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
amendments will cover both civil and Islamic marriages and make it a
requirement for reports from relevant agencies to be submitted before such
marriages are allowed.
non-Muslim marriages, Cabinet papers to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and
Divorce) Act 1976 will tabled in Cabinet in 2019.
amendments, among others, will include the requirements that social, health and
police reports are submitted for application for underage marriages, which
comes under the purview of the Home Ministry,” she said when replying to a
question raised by Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) in Parliament on Thursday (Nov
present, she said the government had tightened approval for underage marriages
whose procedures are governed by the Home Ministry, Syariah and customary
said the Syariah Judiciary Department's standard operating procedure (SOP) on
Muslim underage marriage was issued to Syariah courts nationwide on July 23.
the SOP, the state Welfare Department and Health Department, and state police,
must submit a social, health and police report if a Syariah judge finds it
necessary for consideration in an application for an underage marriage,” she
Wan Azizah said the reports would contain information on the applicant's
background, income, social status, and education level.
will help the Syariah judge in coming to a decision that will protect those
involved in underage marriages,” she said.
the Federal Government has proposed that the minimum marrieagable age be fixed
at 18, Dr Wan Azizah said that so far, only Selangor had done so, two months
added that Melaka, Penang, Kedah, Johor and Sabah had indicated their intention
to raise the minimum marriageable age to 18.
a question by William Leong (PH-Selayang), Dr
Wan Azizah told lawmakers that the marriageable age in Britain, Canada
and Australia was 16, while there was no minimum age for certain states in the
marriage became a national issue in July after it was reported that a
41-year-old man in Gua Musang, Kelantan, had taken an 11-year-old girl as his
were also reports of another marriage in Tumpat, Kelantan, where a 15-year-old
girl married a man nearly 30 years older than her.
Tuesday (Nov 13), a group of civil society activists and school students staged
a peaceful demonstration in front of Parliament to urge the government to ban
Tunisia — Salma Elloumi Rekik assumed her post as head of the presidential
diwan Nov. 1. She replaced Salim Elezabi, who resigned Oct. 9 due to his
opposing the policy adopted by Hafez Caid Essebsi, the executive director of
Nidaa Tunis and son of President Beji Caid Essebsi.
a 62-year-old businesswoman, served as minister of tourism and handicrafts for
three years. She will be the first woman to head the presidential diwan, which
oversees the work of the president's advisers, since Tunisia’s 1965
independence. President Essebsi appointed her to the post Oct. 21.
has survived four Cabinet reshuffles, which were lobbied for by several
opposition parties and the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT).
Belhaj Hamida, an official spokeswoman for the presidency, told Al-Monitor that
the appointment of Rekik is an important step toward empowering women in
politics. “Women need to be granted sovereign ministries,” she said.
added that Tunisian women still aspire to secure high-ranking political
positions, especially since they accounted for 47.7% of the total winners in
the municipal elections. They also headed 29.55% of the electoral lists,
according to statistics announced by the Supreme Independent Electoral
Commission in May 2018.
said Rekik earned the post given her performance as minister of tourism and
Magazine named Rekik one of the top 10 most powerful Arab women in government
for 2017 due to the success she achieved in Tunisia's public sector.
million Algerian and Libyan tourists visited Tunisia in 2016, while 6.7 million
tourists from all over the world visited the country this year. Despite the
terrorist operations witnessed in Tunisia, Rekik managed to turn Tunisia into
the second destination in Africa, following South Africa.
Ibrahim, a member of Ennahda movement, which holds a majority in parliament,
told Al-Monitor that Rekik’s appointment marks a valuable victory for Tunisian
women in politics. She pointed out that although women have managed to hold
political decision-making positions, their representation within parties
added that out of 160 Tunisian parties, only two are headed by women: the
Democratic Movement for Building and Reform, headed by Amina Mansour al-Qarawi,
and the Tunisian Party, headed by Myriam Mnaouar.
according to Ibrahim, is a weak figure in a country that has come a long way in
the field of rights and freedoms and that seeks to promote the role of women in
Jouini, a member of the Regional Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders,
told Al-Monitor that Rekik’s appointment was well deserved, as the post had
thus far been the preserve of men.
growth is measured by the ability to integrate women and enhance their capacity
as leaders in the political and development process,” she said, adding, “This
appointment reflects women's role in building a democratic and political
process in Tunisia in the wake of the January 2014 revolution.”
Maddouri, the former editor-in-chief of Sawt Achaab newspaper, told Al-Monitor
that Rekik’s appointment was merely a measure aimed to satisfy her after she
resigned as treasurer in Nidaa Tunis and after the Oct. 17 decision to merge
the Free Patriotic Union with Nidaa Tunis.
appointment precedes a Cabinet reshuffle that is yet to be announced by Prime
Minister Youssef Chahed. The reshuffle aims to fill the positions of minister
of energy and minister of tourism and handicrafts.
Kaddour was dismissed from his post as minister of energy on corruption
charges, and the Cabinet reshuffle might include other ministries, depending on
parties in Tunisia have yet to agree on the reshuffle, as the Nidaa Tunis bloc
(55 parliamentarians out of 217) is calling for Chahed’s departure, while
Ennahda (68 parliamentarians out of 217) is seeking a ministerial reshuffle
while keeping Chahed in his post.
the other hand, Yuad bin Rajab, a member of the Tunisian Association of Democratic
Women, a nongovernmental organization, praised Rekik’s appointment in a
statement to Al-Monitor. She said such an appointment is the fruit of women’s
efforts and successes in all fields.
said, however, that this shall not overshadow the violations that women are
still facing as part of attempts to silence their voices and isolate them in
gains, she added, are still at stake amid the ongoing violations and attacks
carried out against women in the public sector.
Tunisian Association of Democratic Women — an independent women's rights group
that works to achieve full and effective gender equality — condemned in a
statement issued Oct. 29 the violations committed against female political
activists, such as verbal abuse and exposure to violence.
al-Zaghlami, a parliamentarian for Ennahda, was the subject of a derogatory
media campaign due to her helping out a person whom the Ministry of Interior
had banned from traveling to France for security reasons. Nidaa Tunis parliamentarian
Fatma al-Massadi accused Zaghlami of helping a terrorist leave the country in a
press statement to El Hasade website Oct. 29.
appointment as head of the presidential diwan is a bold attempt to involve
women in Tunisia's political decision-making process at a time when Tunisian
women keep hoping for a chance to fulfill their dreams of taking over sovereign
ministries and the presidency.
Dr. Huda bint Mohammed Al-Ameel, rector of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman
University, led the Saudi delegation at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum
for the Middle East and North Africa region, which ended in Tunis on Wednesday.
highlighted the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to empower women in various
fields. She pointed out that the Kingdom has made significant progress in this
regard, citing the appointment of many women to decision-making positions in
2030, she added, contains a clear commitment to increase the participation of
women in the labor market, as well as plans for increased sources of income
that will not bear fruit unless based on equal employment opportunities for
women and men.
light of the ongoing developments in the Saudi sports sector, especially on the
level of women participation after the appointment of two ladies in the Saudi
football federation, and the permission given to women to enter sport stadiums
and events, the women football clubs hope to mark a presence under the sport
women football fans wish to see their hopes fulfilled as part of the ongoing
efforts aiming to promote health, quality of life and community sports, all
under the Saudi vision 2030.
Al-Maeena, member of the Saudi Shoura Council and Jeddah United Foundation,
said that 15 year ago, she established a private team and handled its training
worked to promote the club under a commercial umbrella, and I managed to
overcome many obstacles and difficulties," she added, noting that she is
optimistic about major upcoming developments such as building an organizational
structure and launching community sports programs.
do not deny that there is a significant development in the women sport sector
in Saudi Arabia. One of the most important developments is the appointment of
Princess Rima Bint Bandar and two other women as members of the Saudi Football
Federation. The contribution of those women sports staff will certainly have a
huge impact," Maeena said.
Arabia has now more than 15 women football teams. The most recent team is the
newly established Royal Lyons team in Riyadh, along with many similar teams in
other cities such as Jeddah and Dammam.
club is the fruit of dreams and painstaking efforts. We look forward to
harnessing the players' physical and artistic potentials to create a team that
meet their dreams of participating in local and regional tournaments,"
said Taline al-Abd al-Mohsen, team manager and football coach at AC Milan
Academy and co-partner in the Royals Lyons club.
new team includes more than twenty football players, and offers a privacy
atmosphere for women, especially in Saudi Arabia.
al-Mohsen told Asharq Al-Awsat that the team has the support of many sports companies,
which introduced a free stadium as part of an initiative to back the team,
along with a number of academies that provided the team with the required
Royal Lions' coach asserted that the Sports Authority set no regulations
concerning the establishment of teams or the selection of their names. But,
laws and regulations are expected to be endorsed to organize the participation
of women sports teams in light of the ongoing mobility and development, and the
appointment of two women members in the Football federation, Adwa' Arifi and
Haifa al-Sabab, who will play an important role in highlighting women's
said her team aspires to form a large base of talented players to become the
core of the Saudi national women team and represent the Kingdom in regional and
women must have their husbands’ permission, and single women as well as young
women under 20 years must have their fathers’ permission before they can
participate in any hiking or nature tours. This instruction was issued by the
Hiking Board of Razavi Khorasan Province to all clubs in the province.
official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, that the
directive had been issued on November 4, 2018, to hiking clubs.
directive reads in part, “The so-called sports activities which are increasingly
spreading under the pretext of nature tours, hiking, etc. in mixed-gender
groups and are planned as illegitimate sources of income promote moral
promiscuity, unveiling of women, spread of shamelessness and liberalism, and
lead to immoral and illicit relations among women and men, targeting the
genuine culture and roots of Iran, Islam and the foundations of the family.”
second paragraph of this directive reads, “To observe article 1105 of the Civil
Code as well as the religious decrees of religious scholars, and to protect the
foundation and bases of families, it is going to be required that married women
have their husband’s permission and single women and young women under 20 must
have their father’s permission to participate (in such activities).” (The
official IRNA news agency – November 13, 2018)
news met with widespread negative reactions in Iranian society.
is institutionalized in the clerical regime’s laws. The mullahs’ Civil Code
depicts women as men’s captives or sex slaves. Specifically, a nine-year-old
girl can be forced into marriage on her father’s order, and she must live
anywhere her “husband” wants and cannot leave home, go to work or travel
without his permission. Article 1105 of the Civil Code stipulates, “The family
is headed by the husband and the woman may not leave home without the husband’s
Eliasi, a Kurdish woman from Sanandaj, was hanged in the province’s central
prison on Tuesday according to Hengaw, a group which reports on human rights
violations involving Kurds in Iran.
was arrested and sentenced to death five years ago by Iran’s Judiciary for her
alleged involvement in the murder of Kaveh Gholam Veisi, reportedly during an
altercation over personal matters.
Aliyassi, the father of the executed, asserted the innocence of his daughter in
an interview with Hengaw and explained that the husband [of Sharareh] had
stabbed his daughter’s alleged murder victim,” Jila Mostajer, manager of
Hengaw, told Kurdistan 24.
the Iranian judicial authorities charged Eliasi with the murder.
to the Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM), she was only 27 at the date of her
2018, three Kurdish women so far have been hanged in Iran’s prisons, based on
the statistics of Hengaw.
rights organizations claim that Iran is the world’s leading per capita
also holds the record in the execution of women and minors.
to the Iran HRM, over 3,600 people have been executed under Iranian president
Hassan Rouhani. Sharareh Eliasi has become the 85th woman to be executed under
Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle
East and North Africa, earlier called on Iran to work towards abolishing the
must also immediately impose an official moratorium on executions with a view
to abolishing the death penalty.”
an eye on the national election next month, female Bangladeshi politicians have
called for better representation of women in parliament and an empowered role
will hold an election on Dec. 30, the Election Commission said on Nov. 12. It
will be the 11th poll since Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan in 1971.
10,000 candidates are seeking nominations from major political parties
including the ruling Awami League, the oldest and largest political party, and
the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the second-largest party.
Jatiya Sangsad (National Assembly) has 350 seats including 50 reserved
exclusively for women. It currently has 18 female MPs who were directly
Representation of the People Order 2009, the regulatory law for political
representation in Bangladesh, requires all political parties to ensure 33
percent female representation in their membership, in parliament and on
parliamentary committees by 2020. However, women politicians say parties are
failing to achieve the rate.
a seminar in Dhaka on Nov. 13, some 50 women politicians from major parties
including the Awami League and the BNP alleged that parties tend to give women
minor posts which deny them direct involvement in the decision-making process.
International, a U.S.-based democracy and civil rights advocacy group,
organized the program titled "Advancing Women's Leadership in the National
Election," sponsored by USAid and UKAid.
are still being treated as women, not as people, by all political
parties," Selima Hossain, a former minister and BNP vice-chairman, told
the seminar, reported the Dhaka Tribune newspaper.
have been holding a reserved seat for the past two terms and I appreciate its
existence, but it is not wise to think that women cannot be directly elected in
constituencies," Awami League MP Sofura Begum said.
Samaddar, a Baptist Christian who is seeking an Awami League nomination from
Barishal-2 constituency in southern Bangladesh, had similar views.
MP elected directly is entitled to great honor, rights and public support to
work for better changes in society, which MPs holding reserved seats cannot
expect. The world has changed and women in Bangladesh too. They deserve better
political representation for the good of the country," Samaddar told ucanews.com.
women of better representation is a result of a patriarchal mindset, said Rita
Roseline Costa, convener of the Women's Desk at the Catholic Bishops'
Conference of Bangladesh.
have come a long way in terms of their contributions in the society, the state
and the world. In developed countries women have a better role in policymaking,
but in a male-dominated society like Bangladesh women are seen as inferior to
men. Their role in leadership is limited and often ornamental," Costa told
competent woman can serve people equally to a man. Our nation can only prosper
if we can ensure women are allowed to play their role in society
analyst Rasheda Rawnak Khan said a level playing field is required for women in
of today, women in Bangladesh go through various forms of discrimination
starting from birth. Often their potential remains suppressed amid an
unfavorable atmosphere," Khan told ucanews.com.
grassroots level, political parties need to offer women equal rights and
platforms so that they can climb up the ladder of leadership and contribute to
society and the country."
Rights Concern (MURIC) on Wednesday commended the approval of the use of Hijab
by female Muslim students in all public schools in Lagos.
is coming after the Lagos State government on Tuesday issued a circular
approving the use of hijab by female Muslim students in all public schools.
circular read inter alia, “Since the case of the use of hijab in Lagos State is
still pending in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the status quo should be
maintained to avoid contempt of the court. That is, students should be allowed
to wear hijabs on school uniforms but same must be short, smart, neat and in
the same colour of the uniform (skirt).
schools’ management are advised to downplay comments and disciplinary actions
on the use of smart hijabs until the final determination of the case by the
student should be discriminated against in any form on the basis of religion.
All principals and teachers must be sensitized to comply accordingly. You are
enjoined to adhere strictly to these recommendations”.
the decision, MURIC director, Professor Ishaq Akintola in a statement sent to
DAILY POST urged other government agencies to take a cue from the Lagos
Statement reads: “Though belated, it is better to be late than never to do it
at all. The wind of change is sweeping across the South West and no state
government wants to be caught within the camp of reactionaries.
call on all government agencies and employers of labour to note this
development. It is a monumental decision. The patience exhibited by Lagos
Muslims has paid off. A quiet and peaceful revolution is ongoing and it is in
the best interest of all men and women of goodwill to join the train before it
leaves the station so that they may not be left behind.
reaching MURIC headquarters say the Tutor General Permanent Secretary (TGPS) of
District 6 has also issued a circular directing all school principals within the
jurisdiction to allow female Muslim students who wish to use the hijab to do
so. We are yet to hear anything from Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. We are
therefore calling on the remaining five TGPS to follow suit. Delay will imply
insurbodination and sabotage of government’s good intention.
congratulate the Lagos State chapters of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria
(MSSN), the Muslim Congress (TMC), the Muslim Teachers Association of Nigeria
(MUTAN) and the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN). We
commend them for their steadfastness, patience and forbearance.
conclusion, we charge all the Islamic organizations in the state to immediately
set up monitoring units for the successful implementation of the state
parents should be mobilized to visit schools for the purpose of ensuring
compliance. We warn that nobody should take the law into his or her hands.
Defaulting principals and recalcitrant teachers should be reported to the
nearest office of Islamic organizations.”
Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Prince of Riyadh Region,
awarded H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's
Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and
Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), the 'Pioneers of
Arab Giving Award,' in appreciation of her volunteer and humanitarian
Al Suwaidi, Director of the GWU, received the award on Sheikha Fatima’s behalf,
during the 5th Arab Giving Forum, which was launched yesterday in Riyadh, with
the attendance of Prince Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz; Princess Sara bint
Faisal bin Abdulaziz; Princess Nouf bint Faisal bin Turki, Chairwoman of the
Board of Directors of the Al Ghad Youth Association; Sheikh Shakhbout bin
Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Dr. Adel Al Shameri, CEO of
the Zayed Giving Initiative, and several princes, ambassadors and pioneers of
Faisal expressed his happiness at the launch of the forum in Riyadh while
expressing his pride at the presence of such humanitarian efforts in the Arab
world, and noting the idea of adopting giving.
also thanked the Emirati officials and authorities that participated in the
forum and wished them luck.
Faisal congratulated Princess Sara bint Faisal for being chosen as a
"Knight of Arab Giving," for her contributions to social work and her
giving while wishing her, Princess Nouf Al Faisal, and the staff of the
association future luck and success.
Sara praised the work of the forum, which is supported by President His
Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan while pointing out that many
prominent international figures in the area of humanitarian work are looking
forward to the forum’s recommendations and are keen to participate, due to its
realistic goals and initiatives.
said that Emirati charity institutions and organisations derive their
reputation and love for giving from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,
the UAE’s Founder, who made the UAE a leader in all areas of giving, including
at the forum.
Nouf praised the efforts of Sheikha Fatima in volunteer work and humanitarian
giving, adding that she is a model of the leading mother, who is characterised
by her accurate future vision to create a better future for the entire
community, especially for women.
stressed that the title, the 'Mother of the UAE', is connected to her support
for the humanitarian causes of Emirati and Arab women, as well as her efforts
to empower and support other women around the world, through organising humanitarian
campaigns, promoting giving, and assisting needy patients.
Suwaidi expressed her happiness at participating in the forum, which is being
held under the patronage of Prince Faisal, and with the attendance of local and
Arab pioneers of giving.
affirmed that holding the forum in Saudi Arabia reflects the deep relations
between the Emirati and Saudi peoples, whose foundations were established by
the wise leadership of both countries while pointing out that the UAE, under
the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime
Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed
Forces, is connected to Saudi Arabia by historic relations, common histories
and united fate.
controversies over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s, the WWE
decided to go ahead with the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia earlier this
month. With women not allowed to participate in the ring in the country, a fan,
who attended the show in Saud University in Riyadh, shared her experiences. The
official page of National Geographic shared images from a Saudi woman Tasneem
Alsulta, in which she talked about the WWE’s event from the eyes of a woman
recently attended the WWE’s wrestling show in Saudi Arabia, the Crown Jewel
Event in Riyadh, with many other women. I do not consider myself a fan just
yet, but I will admit that it was a fun experience- the glitter pants were an
added bonus,” the Instagram post read.
Saudi General Sports Authority (SGSA), in April, had to apologise after
pictures of “indecent” women were shown on big screens at the first-ever
televised WWE event in Saudi Arabia, The Greatest Royal Rumble. The incident
took place when footage of female wrestlers, Carmella, Bayley and Sasha Banks,
who were banned from taking part in the event in Jeddah, were played for the
crowd during an advertisement. In a statement, the SGSA said, “The authority
has made sure to ban showing of any segment that involves women wrestling or
any scenes related to it, and stipulated that to the company (WWE). The
authority also disapproved any promotional stuff with pictures or videos
showing women in an indecent way.”
even though, only men were allowed to participate in the event, women were
allowed to watch in the audience for the first time. Previous WWE events in the
country only allowed for the male audience and were not televised.
the Crown Jewel event, earlier this month, Renee Young was allowed to sit at
the commentary table but was asked to cover herself but she wore all black and
head to cover her full body except her face.
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