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Saeed, The Afghan Poetess Championing Women and Confronting Islamophobia, One
Verse At A Time
Women on the US-Taliban Peace Deal: We Refuse to Be SymbolsWe used to live on a
river across from New York and the very next day they weren't there anymore.
There's so much I don't remember. And yet it was the huge politicisation of
Muslims after that, the whole suspicion of Muslims after that, I was at the
crossroads of both those things, which was excruciating
adds: "On the one hand you think, 'That is my personal trauma, that is
something I experienced,' and at the same time people are calling you a
terrorist. It is hard."
it's not only political landscapes that provide a breeding ground for
anti-Muslim rhetoric. A viral hashtag, #FlyingWhileMuslim, was created after
Ryanair CEO sparked controversy by saying terrorists are "generally Muslims,"
pushing for more checks on Muslim men.
rise in far-right rhetoric has bolstered Islamophobia, as seen in the deadly
New Zealand Christchurch Mosque massacre, and more recently the deadly Germany
shootings which is being investigated as a far-right terror incident – but it's
not always overt.
have a lot of privilege in terms of I'm light-skinned, I don't wear a hijab,
for all intents and purposes a lot of the time people think I'm hispanic. So I
don't get racial epithets yelled at me in the streets," Amani says.
I faced more Islamophobia is in the workplace. I remember one time when I was
very new at my job, I walked in and someone who was a couple of levels above me
found out I was Muslim. In front of everyone in an open-plan office, she said
to me, 'If you come in tomorrow wearing a hijab, we know you've been
radicalised. Ha ha ha!' She thought she was being funny. I remember standing
there, 21-years-old, facing off a 40-plus-year-old woman thinking, 'I'm new to
this job, what the hell do I say to you?'
year later the Muslim ban was in effect in America and again she thought she
was making a joke by saying, 'Oh, it means you can't go back to the States to
visit your parents anymore. Ha ha!' I'm a dual national and I'm privileged to
have both passports, but I remember at the time, my inner New Jersey came out
and I went, 'Damn you can't say that!' It just came out. I didn't even think
also commented on the situation in China, where millions of Uighur Muslims have
been interned, tortured and killed on the basis of "re-education" and
the weaponisation of the 9/11 rhetoric.
Women on the US-Taliban Peace Deal: We Refuse to Be Symbols
women’s inclusion in the current peace negotiations with the Taliban and the
United States has become an international cause célèbre. But calls for
participation of Afghan women without methodical, sustained and substantive
engagement in a peace settlement has the potential to harm them, not help them.
international community should ensure that Afghan women are not used as window
dressing. We’ve seen it happen too often before the Taliban-US deal.
Afghan woman and an American woman, both of us having worked on international
programs in Afghanistan for several years, we’ve seen firsthand how
well-intentioned efforts sometimes promote progress for Afghan women while
quietly failing them. So we asked numerous women — in Canada, Britain and
Afghanistan, by phone — their thoughts on the peace process.
Afghan-Canadian woman, Mina Sharif, who has worked in Afghanistan since 2005,
shared an example of a multiyear US-funded program to teach computer
programming to women in Afghan villages. The program ended with no money or
relevant opportunities. Men in the village took it as proof that educating
women is pointless, Sharif told PassBlue.
government agencies regularly claim that such programs benefit Afghan women by
providing skills for a future market, or even by increasing their confidence.
But Afghan women pay a price for fickle intervention.
fact that these programs are not sustainable only serves to justify to the men
in these women’s lives that they should have never been in the program in the
first place,” Sharif said. “It shows these people that their daughters should
not go to school with the reasoning, Don’t you remember that computer class
that wasted our time?”
Afghan women is too high a price for governments and organizations to burnish
their reputations for “helping” them. The relatively late inclusion of a
delegation of women activists in the intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha last
summer, for example, drew international headlines of approval. But the sloppy
gesture from those in power did not impress all Afghan women.
women are already doing the hard work of political negotiation. The journalist
Farahnaz Forotan launched the #MyRedLine campaign in March 2019 with support
from UN Women to tell Afghan decision-makers that peace cannot be achieved at
the expense of the rights and freedoms of Afghan women.
efforts have been underway even longer. “Since the negotiations started in
2018, women have been advocating and campaigning,” said Mariam Atahi, a
journalist and student in peace-building and reconciliation from Kabul.
have been a lot of conferences across Afghanistan to see what women wanted in
both the rural and urban areas to see how we could find common ground. Women
have written lots of pieces and worked to form the narrative on women’s rights
in Afghanistan. This includes efforts to change the interpretation of Islamic
law that the Taliban implements in the rural areas they control.”
Atahi added, these activists were sidelined from the peace negotiations, which
are being led by the American envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
biggest mistake the internationals have made is to introduce Afghan women to
the world and to themselves as victims, and therefore as deserving less,” said
an Afghan artist and human-rights activist, Rada Akbar. At the Abarzanan
exhibition opening in Kabul, celebrating International Women’s Day, on March 8,
Akbar spoke about the need to counter the predominantly Western narrative of
Afghan women as victims and how it undermines their efforts.
not adhere to a racist standard that because we are from Afghanistan we should
be O.K. with just the basics, with just lack of bombs going off in our
neighborhoods, with just schools for girls, with just right to work for women
who dress a certain way or live a certain way,” Akbar said. “We want equal rights
for every single person, and we’ll fight for those rights even as we are
betrayed by those who patted themselves on the back for ‘saving’ us.”
Afghan women we spoke with agreed that their lives are better than they were
under Taliban rule and express gratitude for international support. But all of
them fear what the future may hold for them, particularly if Afghan women are
not substantively engaged in peace negotiations and in determining the fate of
majority of Afghan women, especially women in big cities, are really grateful
for the changes the US supported in women’s empowerment in Afghanistan over the
past 20 years,” Rahbin, the activist from Kabul, said. She was recently
accepted to study public policy at the University of Cambridge. “But we thought
we would be taken seriously when it came to negotiations and the peace process
itself. We were surprised that we were overlooked from the beginning.”
heavily attended March 10 panel discussion in New York at the United Nations,
sponsored by Afghanistan, Britain and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace
and Security and featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nargis Nehan, a former
Afghan minister of mines, petroleum and industries, said the peace process is
“oversimplified by many people.”
stakes for Afghan women are more than just an end of Taliban attacks, Nehan
said. When women participate at the negotiation table, they’re “not thinking
short-term.” The problem is that international assistance often thinks that
month, Molly Phee, the US deputy special representative for Afghanistan
reconciliation, said the US would “support whatever consensus the Afghans are
able to reach about their future political and governing arrangements.”
as NBC News reported, “The United States once vowed to liberate Afghan women
from the draconian repression of the Taliban, but a planned deal between the US
and the insurgents offers no protections for the country’s women, who fear that
their hard-won rights could be lost.”
international community should not underestimate the political sophistication
of Afghan women. Photo ops of women at a symbolic negotiating table may appease
some people in certain spheres, but that will not satisfy Afghan women. They
are accustomed to being told the wrong thing is better than nothing. While
their opinions may not always be considered with the weight they should be,
they will help determine Afghanistan’s fate.
need to acknowledge the fact that Afghanistan has a history of the West making
promises to help and then disappearing,” Sharif, the Canadian-Afghan, said.
Afghan women feel a “justified urgency” to take what they can and not complain.
you were really hungry and someone gave you a fifty-dollar donut, you would
probably say thank you, rather than explain that some bags of rice would make
more sense for that price,” Sharif said. “Especially if you weren’t asked until
after you got the donut. Yes, they said the program was great, and it was,
compared to what they had. But you’re failing because it wasn’t smart.”
Afghan women a seat they have actually earned, without giving them a chance to
substantively participate in the peace process, will only harm them, many women
say. Ironically, excluding women also undoes what Atahi called the international
community’s “investment” in Afghan women.
educated and I’m here to serve the country,” Atahi told PassBlue. Indeed, there
are many Afghan women who feel this way, but they keep asking, will the
international community support them?
international community made a huge mistake. They failed,” Akbar, the artist
and human-rights activist, said. “Now they don’t want to accept that they
failed, and that is why they just want to blame the Afghans, and say it is our
duty now to build up our country with a group of terrorists. It’s not all the
US’s fault. Everyone who came and joined are responsible today.”
Lockdown And Coronavirus Scare, Burqa Sale Sees Boost In Odisha
The coronavirus outbreak may be wreaking havoc across the country but for burqa
makers, it has come as a blessing in disguise.
sale of the burqa is booming in the district with a large number of Muslim
women and girls purchasing the outfit to cover their body and face in a bid to
prevent contracting the virus.
least 10 tailors of Kendrapara town and nearby areas are busy stitching burqas
in their respective homes to meet the huge demand. Sk Akbar, a tailor of
Tendakuda, said, “There has been a manifold increase in the demand for burqas
due to coronavirus scare. Due to the lockdown imposed by the Government, we are
making the burqas at our homes.”
are working overtime since the last two weeks to cash in on the situation.
Mohammad Sahid, another tailor of Kendrapara, said the dressmakers have their
hands full as each has received an order of stitching over hundreds of burqas.
usually stitch different sizes of burqas for women and girls. But these outfits
were sold at dismally low prices. Besides, the sales have not been encouraging
except during the Id festival and marriage season. However, the coronavirus
outbreak has given a major boost to our trade,” he said.
burqa is a seasonal business due to which not many tailors are into this trade.
But for those in it, this has come as a boom time. A burqa is now sold at
prices ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1,500.
Bibi of Pattamundai said though going out has been prohibited, burqa is giving
us protection when we have to go out to buy vegetables and essential
Ananda Gopal Mohanty, a doctor at the district headquarters hospital, said
Kendrapara and nearby areas are experiencing an acute shortage of three-layered
anti-bacterial face masks.
crucial for people to have proper protective gear to lower the risk of
contracting the virus. In the absence of masks, burqas serve as a better
protective gear. Besides, the outfit also helps women to maintain social
distance with others,” he added.
Arab women stand trial for forging certificates with ministry logo in UAE
Arab women are on trial at the Sharjah Criminal Court for allegedly forging
certificates carrying Ministry of Health (MoH) logo.
to public prosecution investigation, the complainant said that she received a certificate
with the MoH logo on it after she paid fees for undergoing a training
programme. She presented it to the ministry for making some amendments.
to the statement of the first witness, who works at the Internal Inspection
Department with the MoH, they received a certificate purportedly issued by the
ministry and signed by the first accused, apart from a receipt in the name of
the MoH, as fees for the document. After examining the certificate, it was
found that the signature on the certificate was of the first accused who was
not associated with the MoH.
the woman who presented the certificate to the ministry was called by the
ministry, she stated that she had paid the fees to a training center owned by
the two accused who worked as the coordinator and secretary there. She pointed
out that she was made to belief that the center had been "assigned a
contract by MoH to run the course". She said she paid Dh150 to register
for the course, and Dh650 for issuance of the certificate.
witness told the court that he was part of an investigation committee,
consisting of five persons, formed to crack the case. It was found that the
first accused issued forged certificates from the training center, with the
help of the second suspect. The case was referred to the Preventive Security
Department for further probe and later to the court.
you need to be following Arab Girl With Sign
Layla K. Saleh
Arab girl is unlike anyone else you follow on the 'Gram. A beautiful blend of
Lebanese and Palestinian, she has blessed us with one of the best pages and
content we've seen in quite some time: @ArabGirlWithSign. The page features
hilarious home-truths of the Arab world, and she has quickly amassed 10,000
followers in just the short three months of being online.
only are her signs relatable, but they are absolutely hilarious. It is
refreshing to see an Arab girl take on the world with such a fun and youthful
approach. Her posts are here to brighten your day and make you feel some type
of way! We stan.
sat down with the woman behind the sign to talk cancel culture, creating a
community, and why she never shows her face on social media...
ME: What’s the first sign you ever made?
It’s the first one I ever posted. The Zaatar one!
ME: Tell us about your handle – “Arab” girl. Why was it important for you to
stipulate that you’re Arab?
I think as “Arab girl”, it gave me the edge that I wanted. It’s what I wanted
to focus on. I do believe that the Arab girl deserves to be heard more in our
society. There are so many things that we as Arab women can all relate to.
Because at the end of the day, we’re all going through the same thing. That’s
why I wanted to say Arab girl. Not just a girl, not just Arab; but Arab girl.
ME: Who would you most like to read one of your signs?
Honestly, with my page, it’s all about the community. I’m not really targeting
any specific person or anything like that. Whatever comes my way, I just go
with it. I just want to reach as many Arabs as I can. That’s all that matters.
ME: Which post of yours has made the most noise? And why do you think that is?
Definitely the sign that says “It doesn’t count as gossip if we say beini o
beinik first”. It’s such a hit because Arabs talk and everyone talks! In our
society, word just travels around so fast. So we say “beini o beinik”, as in
"between you and me", to make ourselves feel better but we’re gonna
say it anyway!
ME: What was the most rewarding or fulling moment you’ve experienced with your
The United Nations have a page that’s called “Girl Power” and I was still
pretty new to Instagram, but they reached out, asking me to post about them on
my story. When I saw that, it reassured me that I’m doing something positive.
It made me feel like I could actually make a difference; that I was allowed to
voice my opinion.
ME: Are your parents supportive of your page?
Absolutely. My mama is my biggest fan!
ME: What is your biggest fear?
Failure… It genuinely scares me. I started this page for fun and to make people
feel good. That’s what I want to continue to do. This whole cancel culture does
scare me. What if I post something, accidentally offend someone and everyone
turns against me? I think of that sometimes.
ME: Have you experienced a negative side to your page?
Just some people when they comment this isn’t funny or stop copying whoever.
Why tear each other down? Why attack someone that’s just doing their own thing?
When I’m scrolling through Instagram, I never have the urge to attack someone
or leave a negative comment. I just don’t understand the need for it.
ME: Do you ever have moments of doubt?
When I get too in my head and overthink things, I start to doubt myself. My
most successful posts are the ones that I didn’t overthink. It doesn’t pay off…
and that says a lot.
ME: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Nancy Ajram or Haifa Wehbe. I think it would be hilarious. I have so many
ME: Why don’t you show your face?
It was actually an accident! When I decided to start the page and made my first
sign, we took a bunch of pictures. The only one I happened to like, was the one
where my face was hidden! So I just went with it and here we are.
woman's contact takes Uttar Pradesh coronavirus tally to 38
A woman who came in contact of the coronavirus positive patient in UP's
Pilibhit also tested positive for the infection on Friday morning.
new case took UP's tally to 38 even as the number of suspected cases continued
to swell. According to officials, as many as 73 suspected patients have been
admitted to different hospitals in the state.
details about the case, state surveillance officer, UP, Dr Vikasendu Agarwal
said: "The new patient was already under suspicion and admitted to
per the official coronavirus bulletin, the positive cases have been found in 11
districts. Noida leads the state tally with 11 cases, followed by Agra and
Lucknow, where eight cases each have been recorded.
with three cases and Pilibhit with two cases are the next two. Lakhimpur Kheri,
Moradabad, Varanasi, Kanpur, Jaunpur and Shamli have recorded one case each.
testing of coronavirus suspected cases has picked up in the state. The total
number of samples sent for coronavirus testing in the state on Wednesday was
officials also said that over 3,445 travellers from listed countries and 1707
contacts of positive cases were being tracked by surveillance teams as on date.
They claimed that all these patients were stable.
Secretary, health and family welfare, Amit Mohan Prasad said that 11 of the 38
patients in UP have been discharged. "As many as four patients, who have
recovered from the infection, may be discharged in a day or two. We are waiting
for confirmatory tests," he said.
health secretary also said that a three level management plan is being rollowed
out to treat patients of coronavirus. The others would be sent to state medical
colleges and district hospitals at level two. Critical cases will be sent to
level three centres like SGPGI and KGMU Lucknow and LLRM Meerut.
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