Kimia Alizadeh of Iran celebrates after winning the bronze medal in a women's
Taekwondo 57-kg competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
in 'Shock' Over Missing Female Olympic Medallist
Muslim Women Forum Raises £700 in Charity Brunch
Confirms Participation in Arab Women Sports Tournament
Tiktok-Er Talks About Hijabi' Representation, Or Lack Thereof, On TV
Blogger Rosie Gabrielle Embraces Islam after Visit to Pakistan
Widow Sells Her Hair for Rs 150 to Feed 3 Kids
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in 'shock' over missing female Olympic medallist
mounted Thursday in Iran over the fate of the Islamic republic's only woman to
have won an Olympic medal, who is believed to want to settle in The
Alizadeh clinched a taekwondo bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, drawing
praise from her compatriots including the country's President Hassan Rouhani
and even conservatives in the Islamic republic.
keeping with Iran's strict Muslim custom, Alizadeh, then 18, competed wearing a
head scarf over her taekwondo uniform and protective gear.
were high hopes she would compete at the Tokyo Olympics later this year and
bring home another medal, but it appears this is not to be.
semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday carried a report saying: "Shock
for Iran's Taekwondo. Kimia Alizadeh has emigrated to The Netherlands."
to ISNA, the coach of the women's national team said that Alizadeh is suffering
from an injury.
said Alizadeh did not show up for trials ahead of the Tokyo Games.
and several other media believe that Alizadeh, who is reportedly training in
The Netherlands, is hoping to compete in Tokyo but not under the Iranian flag.
poor quality picture posted on the internet, and showing a woman who is
believed to be Alizadeh without a headscarf and mixing with a group of young
men and women, has sparked tens of thousands of comments.
the hashtag #Kimia_Alizadeh was one of the most-shared Thursday on Twitter in
news agency, which is close to ultra-conservative groups, questioned why the
taekwondo federation and Alizadeh's family "have not yet reacted to
confirm or deny the stunning development" of her defection.
MP Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh, meanwhile, demanded answers, accusing those he
described as the "incompetent officials" of allowing Iran's
"human capital to flee" the country.
drew a comparison between Alizadeh and Iranian chess prodigy Alireza Firouzja
who won the grandmaster title at age 14, two years after winning the Iranian
chess championship, and who now lives in France.
Alizadeh fails to represent Iran at the Tokyo Olympics it would be a huge blow
for the Islamic republic.
with judo, taekwondo is one of Iran's sporting strengths.
year, the International Judo Federation suspended Iran from international
competition over its refusal to allow its fighters to face judokas from Israel
which the Islamic republic does not recognise.
Muslim Women Forum raises £700 in charity brunch
brunch took place at Cafe Regal on Sunday, which was the main sponsor, in
support of the Lord Mayor of Bradford's Appeal - Child Bereavement UK - and the
is based in Rawalpindi, in Pakistan, and works to empower women through
vocational training to become financially independent. It also provides
healthcare for the destitute.
total of £700 was raised at the brunch which will be shared between the two
wife of the Pakistan Consul General Asma Ibrar attended the event for the first
time and was impressed by the efforts of the forum in supporting charities.
BMWF also celebrated the re-election of Bradford South and Bradford West MPs
Judith Cummins and Naz Shah who support the work of the local women and the
confirms participation in Arab Women Sports Tournament
Female athletes representing four renowned clubs in Egypt will be competing in
the upcoming edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) 2020 — the
largest women’s sporting event in the Arab world, February 2 — 12, in Sharjah.
is Egypt’s fifth participation in the event since the tournament’s inception in
2012. The country will be competing in four AWST competition disciplines,
namely, basketball, volleyball, fencing and karate.
plays a leading role in the Arab world in supporting and promoting women’s
sports, and is one of the region’s first countries to establish sports clubs
for females. The representation of Egyptian sportswomen in AWST has always been
outstanding, who have won 28 medals competing in AWST’s previous editions. In
the 2018 edition, six Egyptian clubs participated taking home 13 medals.
Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST’s Supreme Organising Committee, Head of its
Executive Committee, and Director General of SWS, said: “Egypt has always been
superb in sports. It has a long history of brilliance and innovation in all
sports, including women’s sports. The country’s dedication to enhancing the
capabilities of women in sports is reflected in the nation’s unrivalled
representation at AWST who play with utmost professionalism to defend their
titles, inspiring their peers from other countries. We look forward to Egypt
bringing a high level of excellence and sporting spirit to AWST 2020.”
fifth edition of AWST 2020 will see the participation of 16 Arab countries who
will compete across nine sports: shooting, basketball, volleyball, table
tennis, athletics, show jumping, fencing, archery and karate.
TikTok-er talks about hijabis' representation, or lack thereof, on TV
a short and simple one-minute video, a TikTok-er who goes by the name Aabida on
Twitter summarized the same argument Muslims have been reiterating for a while
now, "Where's our accurate representation in series/films?"
young Muslim woman, and from the comfort of her own bathroom, recorded herself
sharing a brilliant idea: A series in which the main character would be a black
Muslim woman who wears the hijab. "But that's not the crazy part,"
Aabida explains further, "the crazy part would be that the show itself
would not revolve around the fact that she is a black Muslim woman who wears
we've come a long way from being exclusively portrayed as terrorists and
oppressed women, Muslims still aren't getting fair and accurate representation.
Even when Western media do cast hijabis and Arab/Muslim actors, the plot is
almost always either fetishized, misrepresented, or at odds with their religion
supposedly positive and inclusive representation almost never is what Muslims
really want it to be: just a story they as Muslims happen to be part of, rather
than one exclusively centered around their identity (or lack thereof).
you still with me? Cause this part is important," Aabida continues in the
now-viral video. "In the entirety of the whole show, not once would the
main character fall for a white guy and take her hijab off for him," she
intrigues the viewers. "I know what you're thinking, why wouldn't she fall
for the white guy right? I know, but that's just how it needs to be done."
TikTok user sheds light on how the complex and multifaceted identity Muslims
have, especially those living in the West, are rarely ever explored or even
mentioned on TV. Muslims are either fighting terrorist wars or sinfully falling
in love with someone they're not supposed to fall for, and we rarely (if ever)
get to see them as normal human beings going about their everyday life.
the fact that the video now has 35,000 retweets and 135,000 likes proves that
she's not the only one noticing a trend here.
working on Muslim characters, creators seem to choose from an exclusive set of
samples: The hijabi who hates her religion and rebels against her family, the
gangster Arab man who is selectively religious, the queer character who is
rescued by the "White Savior" — the list doesn't go on for long.
many people from Muslim backgrounds - especially women and members of the
LGBTIQ+ community - struggle with their faith and their experiences are
definitely worth shedding light on. However, the issue lies in the way these
experiences are depicted and in the prejudiced-focus on such scenario cases.
These characters are envisioned in an extremely narrow lens and the
complexities that come into play are often diluted, not to mention the
increased focus on their sexual lives in a way that promotes fetishization
rather than empathy and acceptance.
Western writers seriously want to improve their scripts, they should simply
listen to what real Muslims have to say
the change is gradual and relatively slow, it's important to highlight the
increasing number of actors and shows that have decided to make a change.
an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor and rapper Riz Ahmed spoke out
against the limited roles for actors of color, saying he'd rather go broke than
play stereotypical characters. The British actor of Pakistani descent, known
for starring in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and HBO's The Night Of, once
explained how he faced typecasting when he first went into acting.
Youssef, Egyptian-American co-creator of the Hulu comedy Ramy, plays a New
Jersey-based character that's loosely based on his own life. The show follows
him as he "grapples with his Muslim faith while navigating sex, dating and
relationships." When co-writing the script, Youssef made it clear that
Ramy is the specific story of one Egyptian family in New Jersey and not
something that would "blanket a group of a billion people."
really wanted to lead with our problems [as Muslims], and I wanted to lead with
the things that people would connect to on a human level," the actor
explained at the Golden Globes' backstage interviews. "I turned [things
that I struggled with] into something that hopefully could just make people
feel a little less lonely."
blogger Rosie Gabrielle embraces Islam after visit to Pakistan
blogger Rosie Gabrielle, who visited Pakistan in December and went to many
areas of the country, announced she had converted to Islam on Thursday.
solo traveler, who has toured various Muslim countries around the world on a
bike, shared her experiences that brought her close to Islam.
last year was one of the hardest in my life, and all life’s challenges have led
me to this point here and now. From a young child, I’ve always had a unique
connection with creation and special relationship to God. My path was far from
easy and I carried a lot of anger in my heart from a lifetime of pain, always
begging God, why me? Until ultimately coming to the conclusion that all is
meant to be, and even my suffering is a gift,” she wrote in the caption of her
photo in which she can be seen holding a copy of the Holy Quran.
said she renounced her religion four years ago as she “never resonated with
what I was brought up with”. The traveler said she went down a path of
self-discovery after which her curiosity and connection only grew stronger.
no longer dictated by fear, I was able to fully explore this righteous path,”
her strong urge to be free, Gabrielle
stated, “As time passed, the more I experienced, the more I witnessed the true
nature and calling for my life. I wanted to be free. Free of the pain and
shackles that was hell. Liberation from the anger, hurt and misalignment. I
wanted peace in my heart, forgiveness and the most profound connection with
all. And thus started my journey”.
credited her trip to Pakistan for showing her the way to Islam.
Widow sells her hair for Rs 150 to feed 3 kids
A 31-year-old woman, neck deep in debt left behind by her husband who committed
suicide seven months ago, sold her hair to feed her children.
Friday last, Prema, widow of Selvam had run out of the last penny she had. With
three children, aged five, three and two years, by her side in hunger, Prema
approached every person she knew seeking money. But none of her neighbours or
relatives would part with cash on a Friday, an auspicious day.
when a man passed through her street in Ponnamapet offering to buy hair to make
wigs. Without a moment’s thought, Prema rushed inside her hut, chopped off her
hair and sold it for Rs 150 with which she bought food for Rs 100. Then she
went to a shop and asked for a bottle of insecticide. The shopkeeper sensed
something amiss and refused to sell her.
then attempted to consume poisonous arali seeds (nerium oleander). Fortunately,
her sister stopped her from consuming it,’’ said G Bala, a graphic designer who
posted Prema’s plight on social media and eventually helped her crowd fund
and her late husband Selvam were working as daily wagers in a brick kiln.
Selvam wanted to set up a small business of his own and borrowed money to the
tune of Rs 2.5 lakh. But he was cheated by people and eventually the family
slipped into deep penury forcing him to commit suicide. Shattered by husband’s
death, hounded by those who lent money and saddened by suffering of children,
she decided to end life.
week later, now Prema is a new woman. Thanks to Bala’s post, several good
Samaritans offered help and she managed to collect Rs 1.45 lakh. On Thursday,
the Salem district administration also sanctioned her monthly widow pension.
Bala’s friend Prabhu who runs a brick kiln has also given her a job.
regained confidence so much so that she asked Bala to remove his Facebook post seeking
help for her. “I am so overwhelmed by the support of people. I will never even
think of committing suicide again. I want to give a good education to my
children and take them out of this penury,’’ says Prema.
changed her was not just the help that poured in but Bala’s advise too, as they
were not just textbook motivational speech but his own life experience
strikingly similar to that of Prema. When he was a child Bala’s family too was
in penury and his mother once attempted suicide. “One day we never had any
money left for food. My mother sold all the old newspapers and with Rs 4 she
got, bought rice and cooked it for us. Soon after she tried to commit suicide,
but relatives saved her,’’ recalled Bala.
told Prema that if my mother had died that day she wouldn’t be here now to go
around in her son’s car,’’ Bala said.
woman tortured terribly by her husband may lose both legs
09 Jan 2020
17-year-old woman admitted at a local hospital in Faryab province may lose her
both legs which are severely damaged due to terrible prolonged tortures by her
husband and her father-in-law, doctors said.
Bibi, a resident of the northern Faryab province, was admitted to a hospital on
Wednesday. She said she had been tortured by the hot skewer, boiling water, and
other means for the last six months.
husband and father-in-law bet me, punched me, and kicked me regularly. Worst of
all, they hit me with a skewer, and pulled out my nails in the past couple of
weeks,” said Laal Bibi.
was completely unaware of the situation until they showed me my daughter, who
had internal bleeding, and had gone through worst possible physical and
psychological conditions,” said Fateh Khan, father of the victim.
the mother of the victim, said, “she was not to blame, they hit her every day,
and we took her to the hospital to save her life.”
said the victim is likely to get both her legs severed through a surgical
operation after enduring months of beatings at the hands of her in-laws.
to Maria Noori, chief of women’s decorticate in Faryab province, Laal Bibi’s
veins have been severely damaged due to physical injuries and bruises on her
have arrested her father-in-law, but could not arrest her husband because the
area was under the control of the Taliban.” Abdul Karim Yorash, the spokesman
of Faryab police, said.
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission’s (AIHRC) described the event
as “shocking and horrifying by all means.”
to the data provided by the AIHRC, the acts of violence against women’s rate
have been increased by eight percent (8%) this year with 762 cases registered
at AIHRC in the first 7 months of the solar year 1998.
women to check meat quality at abattoirs
of female Emirati graduates have enrolled on a training course to work in Abu
Dhabi abattoirs proving that Emirati women are versatile in performing all
specialised and professional tasks.
Municipality of Abu Dhabi City said it had decided to train a number of female
Emirati graduates from the UAE University (College of Veterinary Medicine), in
specialised technical tasks in the field of meat examination in the
to the municipality, Emirati women joining this field confirms the Emirati
daughters' ability to perform any specialised and professional duty.
municipality said it was looking forward to attract as many citizens as
possible in many specialised professional and technical fields. "We have
enrolled a number of female veterinary doctors and graduates from UAE
University College of Veterinary Medicine on a training course, with the aim of
integrating them into the job market. We have begun training them with
technical skills in examining meat at slaughterhouses, veterinary examination
procedures for animals before slaughter, and technical examination after animal
slaughtering," said the municipality.
all other government entities, the Abu Dhabi Municipality aims to attract
competent UAE nationals in all specialised technical fields, with the aim of
promoting the Emiratisation policy and to support those qualified nationals
seeking for jobs."
woman in Dubai records 1,000 songs in 1,000 days
An Indian woman in Dubai has completed her record bid to sing 1,000 songs in
1,000 days, with all songs written, composed, sung and recorded entirely by
Abraham, 48, has been recognised by the Golden Book of World Records for four
awards, including the “quotidian feat of composing, producing and publishing a
song ‘live’ incessantly for 1,000 days from April 8, 2017 to January 2, 2020.”
is also going to apply to the Guinness World Records for “the most number of
songs in a digital album.”
reality, she has sung more than 1,000 songs a day as she also sung an
additional song for children over the 1,000 consecutive days - plus a third,
fourth, or fifth song on many of the days. Once she even managed to complete 22
songs in one day.
who works for a management consulting firm in Dubai, said she wanted to end her
decades-long music career by, ironically, singing 1,000 songs in 1,000 days.
doing music professionally for 24 years and publishing 22 albums, I still felt
I was very unfulfilled as a musician, as an artist. I couldn’t understand what
it was. So I made a decision to give up music for good and almost immediately
after that I told myself I want to do one more very difficult thing and then I
will give it up. And that’s when I decided I would do a song a day for 1,000
days,” Abraham added.
that mission now accomplished, has she decided to give up music?
– but I’m definitely going to take a break.”
1,000-day feat wasn’t easy. For almost the first year, Abraham would sleep by
8pm so she could rise by 3.30am to record her songs between 4am and 6am at a
venue before heading to work. Later on, she started finishing her songs at home
after returning from work.
late, getting stuck
once recorded her song outside an airport manager’s office while running late
for a flight. On another occasion, she started working on her song while stuck
in a lift. “That song wasn’t about getting stuck in a lift,” Abraham joked.
her songs are original, meaning she had to create 1,000 themes or stories (more
counting the additional songs) and the endless lyrics.
I would drive home from work, I would think what to write about. Most of my
songs are about life, relationships, values and the state of the world. They
are affirming songs that speak to people. My music has to have a message. I
don’t do demeaning songs or use derogatory language. And I don’t sing songs
just for songs.”
the 1,000-day spell, both her son and daughter completed college. He daughter
got married and Abraham became a grandmother to a boy and a girl.
singing daily for so long, Abraham said “part of my system hasn’t come to
terms” with the abrupt silence of melody. Looking back, she is “quite happy by
how it all turned out.”
the concluding ceremony of her successful attempt, held at the iconic Burj Al
Arab hotel in Dubai, followers from US, Australia and India joined to hear her
last live song. One fan even registered her name as a star – a celestial star.
“One person from the US did an online registry for a star under my name and
gave me a certificate with the coordinates for the star. It was all so
of her songs can be seen on www.1000songsin1000days.com/tour
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