Haveri is working on idols
We Must Listen to Women’s Warnings About the Middle East: UN Security Council
Court Reinstates Two Muslim Bangladeshi-American Women Kicked Out Of New York
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice Set to Give More Legal Rights To Women
‘Women role crucial to ensure anti-COVID precautions at
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Muslim Woman Making Ganesha Idols, Proves Art Has No Religion
For this woman from minority community, making Ganesha idols is a source of
livelihood. Her artistic skill affirms that art has no religion.
a Muslim woman from Hubballi, is part of a team that has been involved in
Ganesha idol making for the last two years.
is an expert in giving finishing touches to Ganesha idols. The idol-making
process begins in the city every year before the start of the rainy season.
has been working as an assistant with idol maker ArunYadav. Along with two
other women, she designs ornaments on idols and gives final touches.
started working in an idol-making unit near her house to meet her financial
requirements. She expressed happiness over making different types of idols that
are unique and eco-friendly.
said: "After the ban on Plaster of Paris (POP) Ganesha idols two years
ago, I started making paper idols. Since then I have employed six people who
belong to different communities, including a Muslim."
is difficult to get good quality soil these days. Moreover, clay Ganesha idols
develop cracks fast, besides weighing heavier. Therefore I thought of making
idols with 'Porbandar chalk mitti' and newspaper which are popular among idol
makers. The combination of chalk powder and newspaper weighs less and they
don't develop cracks,” he said.
is the only person who is into making paper Ganesha idols in the region. He
makes over 600 idols every year, from small to 10-ft tall size, for
installation in public places during GaneshaChaturthi.
Must Listen to Women’s Warnings About the Middle East: UN Security Council
2000, the UN Security Council unanimously recognized that the key to peace and
security lies in the equal participation of women in civil society. UN
Resolution 1325 reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and
resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping,
humanitarian response and post-conflict reconstruction. Canada is one of 79
member states with a national action plan to achieve these goals. Last June,
the government went one step further by appointing Jacqueline O’Neill as its
first ambassador for women, peace and security.
yet, the full participation of women in civil society is fraught with danger in
countries where women’s rights are lacking – especially when demanding basic
human rights and speaking truth to power. For their efforts, many have been
beaten, sexually abused, imprisoned or killed in an attempt to silence their
call for human dignity. Now, the pandemic has multiplied the challenges faced
by these courageous activists.
late April, the Nobel Women’s Initiative launched an ambitious online campaign
to highlight the work of seven extraordinary women striving for human rights in
the Middle East. This took place in lieu of a one-day conference originally
planned for April in Ottawa, during which Nobel peace laureates Tawakkol
Karman, Jody Williams and ShirinEbadi were to address delegates.
number of common themes emerge from this campaign.
is the worry that with countries focused on domestic initiatives regarding the
pandemic, less attention will be paid to human-rights abuses elsewhere. Omaima
Al Najjar, an exiled Saudi human-rights activist, believes the Saudi government
will further violate rights “because the world is busy with COVID-19.”
of these activists are pleading with us to remember the vulnerable – especially
in conflict zones where many of the NGOs that had been working on peacebuilding
are now also helping with the COVID-19 response with very limited resources.
MunaLuqman, a Yemeni peacebuilder, points out that despite the recent
ceasefire, women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are now “more isolated to face
the threats of warring parties on their own,” given the decreased oversight of
ceasefire violations. She also reminds us that the basic act of hand-washing is
a challenge for many Yemenis lacking access to clean water. She fears the
spread of COVID-19 through her war-ravaged country.
is also deep concern that prisons in the Middle East will become COVID-19 hot
spots – perhaps by design.
of Sudan has devoted her life to women’s equality and rights. Years ago, she
led a successful campaign to reform rape laws. She warns that female prisoners
in Sudan “are at great risk for the spread of COVID-19” due to poor living
conditions, overcrowding and lack of access to health care.
Hassan, a prominent Egyptian feminist human-rights defender, has been under a
travel ban and asset freeze because of her work. She reminds the world that
“when priorities shift, we need not to forget WHRDs who have been jailed
because of their legitimate activism. We need to call for their release.”
a number of countries have released prisoners to ease overcrowding, COVID-19 is
being used to endanger the lives of political prisoners who remain
incarcerated. Reem Al-Ksiri, a Syrian women’s human-rights lawyer and expert on
torture, leads research at the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research.
She has raised the alarm: “Women in prison, especially those imprisoned with
children and those imprisoned for political reasons, are at present in a
catastrophically dangerous situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” She is calling
for the release of all political and pre-trial detention prisoners.
Maryam Shafipour is an Iranian human-rights activist who spent time in Evin
Prison for her political views. She advocates for the release of female Iranian
political prisoners, observing that “COVID-19 has become a tool in the hands of
the Iranian authorities to do more harm to political prisoners” and accusing
authorities of using COVID-19 to “kill political prisoners.”
the spectre of increased domestic violence is on the mind of Yanar Mohammed, a
prominent Iraqi feminist who heads an organization that runs underground
shelters for women fleeing honour killings, sex trafficking and domestic
violence. COVID-19 is a ”double jeopardy,” she believes, since authorities are
”threatening us and trying to shut us down” while ”at the same time COVID-19
has locked us in our homes.” Please spare a thought for these brave women who,
at great personal risk, are demanding basic rights that we often take for
Reinstates Two Muslim Bangladeshi-American Women Kicked Out Of New York
Muslim Bangladeshi-American women running for the Queens Primary in the New
York State Assembly elections are back in the ballot after they were removed by
the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) on April 23 over “technical name errors.”
May 4, Queens Supreme Court Judge Leonard Livote ruled against the BOE’s
decision and ordered Mary Jobaida, who hopes to unseat Cathy Nolan in Assembly
District 37, and Moumita Ahmed, who is vying to be the Democratic district
leader in Assembly District 24, to appear on their respective ballots.
a move that was branded anti-Muslim and xenophobic by the pair and their
supporters the BOE had knocked the candidates off the ballot over discrepancies
in their names.
Board ruled that the name each had filed to run on didn’t match the name they
are registered to vote with. For instance, Jobaida is registered to vote under
her legal name “Meherunnisa,” but filed her petition to appear on the ballot
with her nickname “Mary.”
Ahmed has campaigned for the Democratic district leader position under her
personal name “Moumita,” but had registered to vote under her legal name
to The Muslim News Jobaida said getting “kicked off the ballot over a frivolous
excuse was exactly the opposite of what I wanted to see in the most diverse
borough in the whole nation. Western Queens, where I am running, is the most
progressive. I am a first time candidate from an ethnic background of which no
other candidate for this position has ran from before. People of all walks
enthusiastically volunteered and donated to pave a movement.”
people from all backgrounds came together even in the freezing cold, collecting
hundreds of signatures to get my name on the ballot. Facing this roadblock from
the BOE was an absolute shock for us all. I am very grateful for the Judge’s
decision. This is another progressive step for our democracy and inclusion.
This decision upholds our Queens value,” added Jobaida.
Livote called the BOE’s ruling “impermissibly narrow.” He noted previous cases
where a candidate named “Michael” was allowed to run under “Mike” and another
candidate named “Martin” was allowed to run under “Marty.”
argument of racial discrepancy in the application of the rules was also noted
by many of their supporters including Councillor Costa Constantinides, a
candidate for Queens Borough President.
Muslim women were kicked off the ballot for shortening their names on their
petitions. However, this is a common practice used by many elected officials,
including Bill Clinton (William) and Marty Markowitz (Martin). At face value,
the decision against Mary Jobaida and Moumita Ahmed was a xenophobic attempt to
keep two women of colour from entering the political discourse,” said
South Asian American Voters Association branded the decision to kick the pair
out as a “xenophobic attempt” to keep the pair off the ballot.
Livote said the diversity of Queens calls for a wider view of the name
requirements and what constitutes a nickname. ‘In a county as diverse as
Queens, with many exotic and unfamiliar names, an expansive view must be taken
of what is familiar or diminutive,’ he wrote. ‘Thus, the position taken by the
Board is impermissibly narrow.’
women will appear on the ballot on June 23 under their personal names.
Arabia’s Ministry of Justice Set to Give More Legal Rights To Women
Arabia plans to boost women’s rights mainly in issues related to marriage,
Saudi newspaper Okaz reported this week as the country recently adopted a wave
of social and legal reforms.
anticipated steps are aimed at enhancing women’s independence in choosing and
unequivocally agreeing on the marriage partner, according to the report.
and legal experts predict that the reformed regulations will allow a woman to
attend her wedding session, check terms of the marriage contract and approve
woman’s presence in her wedding contract session is part of her rights,” said
Qais Bin Mohammad Al Shaikh , an ex-member of the Council of Senior Scholars,
which is Saudi Arabia’s top Islamic body.
has the right to attend it or delegate her male guardian. Marriage is a lasting
partnership between both sides based on the couple's wish to be linked together,"
senior cleric confirmed that a woman's consent is essential for the validity of
his part, Issa Al Gheith, a member of the Saudi advisory Shura Council, pointed
out that there are no religious or legal restrictions on the woman's presence
of her wedding session to check her marriage contract.
presence is seen as blocking anyone from forging her signature or practising
coercion on her even under pressure of shyness," Al Gheith added. He said
that the marriage contract has to verify the woman's identity and ask her to
sign the contract herself.
2018, Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive for the first time in its history, as
part of wide social and economic reforms championed by the kingdom's young
Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
role crucial to ensure anti-COVID precautions at home’
: First Lady SaminaAlvi Thursday said that being custodian of the household,
women should play a responsible role to ensure strict enforcement of
precautionary measures to protect their families from COVID-19 pandemic.
a ceremony for distribution of ration bags among the women with disabilities,
the First Lady said that besides their own protection, strict adherence to
precautions would also keep others from getting infected.
event was attended by Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Aon Abbas Buppi,
Dr Mariam from World Health Organization and dozens of women with disabilities
who were distributed ration bags containing wheat flour as well as all basic
First Lady appreciated PBM for continuously serving the downtrodden communities
which were hard hit by the economic impacts of coronavirus outbreak.
said as the end to the pandemic was yet unknown, people would have to continue
doing their chores but with necessary precaution else their own family as well
as those in their surroundings would get infected.
said along with others, the women with disabilities were also badly hit amidst
the coronavirus situation but the government was striving to extend maximum
relief to them.
First Lady, who also distributed ration bags among the disabled women, also
informed the gathering that after compilation of their data, the government
would start supplying ration bags to the disabled women at their doorsteps to
save them from hardship of collecting it from the designated places.
his comments, Aon Abbas Buppi said whenever a family was faced with a financial
crunch, the disabled people and elders always became the biggest casualty.
said in one way or the other, around 20 percent of the population was facing
certain disabilities either due to old age or any other physical impairment,
making them dependent on their families.
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