Palestinian women try to
prevent an Israeli soldier from arresting a child during an anti-settlement
demo in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, August 28, 2015.
Girl 'Kills Herself' On Wedding Day Defying Forced
Marriage in Bangladesh
Palestine Women Overpower Israel Soldier Bare-Handed,
Bangladesh Child-Marriage Rates Accelerate
Discourage Your Husbands from Corruption, Sultan of
Sokoto Urges Muslim Women
How Wonder Women is making superheroes in Indonesia
Pakistan’s Biased Attitudes Plague Women’s Cricket,
Says Team Coach
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
London Mother and Four Children Bound For Syria, Say
29 Aug 2015
A mother and her four children have gone missing and
are feared to be travelling to Syria.
Police are trying to trace Zahera Tariq, 33, her sons
Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, four and Safiyyah, nine, who were last seen at
her home address in Walthamstow, east London, on Tuesday.
They are believed to have flown from London City
Airport to Amsterdam later the same day and may now be on their way to Syria,
Scotland Yard said.
Commander Richard Walton, from the Metropolitan
Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said relatives of the mother are
He said: "We're concerned about Zahera and her
four children and we're doing all we can to work with our partners and
colleagues both here and abroad to try and locate them and make sure they are
all safe and well.
"Whilst we do have some concerns that Zahera may
be thinking of travelling to Syria, there is no current information to suggest
that she's already travelled there.
"Her family are extremely worried about her and
her three sons and daughter and we would urge anybody with information to
contact us as soon as possible."
A family member contacted police on Wednesday to
report the family of five missing, and raised concerns they could be on their
way to the conflict zone.
Detectives later found the family had been captured on
CCTV at London City Airport prior to their flight to the Netherlands.
The children are pictured wearing rucksacks while
their mother pushes a trolley loaded with four suitcases.
Zaheera Tariq with her children Muhammad, Amaar,
Safiyyah and Aadid - beleived to have travelled to Syria
Relatives of the young family are "extremely
worried" Photo: Metropolitan
Several cases have emerged in which women and children
from the UK are feared to have gone to parts of Syria controlled by the so-called
In July it was reported that several members of the
same family from Luton, including three children, were feared to have travelled
to Syria after a holiday in Bangladesh.
Scotland Yard recently confirmed that it believed more
than 40 women and girls had travelled to Syria from Britain in the last year.
Ms Tariq is described as an Asian woman of medium
build, approximately 5ft 3ins tall, with long black hair.
Her oldest son, Muhammad, is 12 years old and is of
medium build, approximately 5ft tall and has medium-length black hair.
Amaar, aged 11, has a skinny build and medium-length
black hair. Safiyyah, who is nine, is of skinny build and has long black hair.
The youngest son, four year old Aadid, has black hair.
Anyone with information about the family's whereabouts
should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Lord Carlile, who acted as the independent reviewer of
British anti-terrorist laws, told BBC Radio 5 Live that between 2001 and 2011,
"the focus of the Prevent strand was almost entirely on young men.
"Very, very few women were prosecuted for
terrorism offences in that period. That has now changed."
He added: "The way in which you reach women is
probably very different from the way you reach men.
"Quite a lot of work has been done in various
parts of the country. As one Muslim woman who was working in this area said to
me on one occasion, 'I do all my work at the school gate'.
"That was a very good example of the sort of
place where one can access women and point out to them the dangers and
undesirability for their children, at least, of doing what this woman appears
to have done."
August 29, 2015
A girl allegedly committed suicide on what was
supposed to be her wedding day yesterday, as her parents set up an arranged
marriage for her against her will in Shajahanpur upazila in Bogra.
The deceased was Istiwara Khatun Mira, 17, daughter of
Mohosin Pramanik of Shoilodhuki village in the Upazila.
Quoting family, police said Mira was to marry one
Jewel Mia of Bogra town, but she was in a relationship with Mojnu Mia, son of a
day labourer. She committed suicide as her parents did not accept her
relationship with Monju and wanted to marry her off to Jewel.
Talking to The Daily Star, Hasena Begum, Mira's aunt,
said they did not accept the relationship because they wanted better for Mira
than to for her to be married to be a day labourer's son.
She said they found Mira's body hanging from the
ceiling of her bedroom yesterday morning.
Abdul Mannan, officer-in-charge of Shajahanpur Police
Station, said an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.
The body was sent to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical
College Hospital for an autopsy, said the OC, adding that they would further
investigate into the matter.
Palestine women overpower Israel soldier bare-handed,
Aug 28, 2015
Israeli soldiers have always been notorious for their
brutal attacks against Palestinian civilians, especially children. The photos
released on Friday have once against testified to the ferocity and savagery of
the regime’s armed forces. However, they also depict the commendable courage of
the Palestinian women in the face of Tel Aviv’s cruel inhumanity, bearing
witness to the fact that the oppressed Muslim nation will never forgo pursuing
its inalienable rights.
Israeli armed forces attacked Palestinians during a
protest against Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied West
Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on Friday.
The photos from the clashes show that an Israeli
soldier tried to arrest a Palestinian boy with a broken arm. The soldier placed
the boy in a headlock and held him at gunpoint despite his wounded hand.
Following the attack, the Palestinian women present at
the scene courageously rushed to stop the Israeli soldier and rescued the boy.
The Israeli soldier also attacked a girl who was
trying to prevent him from further hurting the injured boy.
The Palestinians were rallying against the regime’s
plan to confiscate more Palestinian lands to expand illegal settlement units in
Neve Tzuf (Halamish).
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120
illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian
territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas
canister at Israeli troops after they attacked Palestinians during an
anti-settlement demo near Ramallah, August 28, 2015. (AFP)
Much of the international community regards the
Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were occupied by Israel
in 1967, and they are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid
construction on occupied lands.
BANGLADESH CHILD-MARRIAGE RATES ACCELERATE
28 Aug 2015
Photographer Allison Joyce witnessed one recent
wedding between Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, 32, and Nasoin Akhter, 15.
“It’s tradition for the bride to look shy and coy
during the wedding,” Joyce explained to The Washington Post. “But I noticed
this sadness and unspoken fear and uncertainty even when she was in her room
with her friends before the ceremony or at the parlor with her sister (who was
also married around the same age). She was withdrawn and quiet.”
Human Rights Watch (HRW) discovered the country ranks
fourth in the world in child marriages. Statistics show that “29 percent of
Bangladeshi girls married before the age of 15, and 65 percent before the age
The group found these factors to be behind the surge
in child marriages:
Gender discrimination feeds social attitudes and
customs that harm girls at every stage of their lives and fuel the country’s
extremely high rate of child marriage. Desperate poverty remains a daily
reality for many families in Bangladesh, and many parents see child marriage as
their best option to safeguard the future of a daughter they feel they can
neither feed nor educate nor protect. Bangladesh’s status as one of the
countries in the world most affected by natural disasters and climate change
adds an additional element of hardship to many families, especially those
living in the most marginal and disaster-affected parts of the country.
Joyce photographed the wedding of 14-year-old
Mousammat Akhi Akhter and 27-year-old Mohammad Sujon Mia in 2014. She then
performed the same job for Akhter’s 13-year-old sister.
“I photographed the wedding of Akhi’s 13-year-old
sister last year, and when I asked her mother why she was marrying her daughter
off, she described not feeling comfortable to let her walk to the corner store
because she would be harassed by men and boys,” she said, adding:
She also said no boy wants to marry a girl older than
18. If a girl is still single past that age people will ask too many questions.
She knew it was wrong to marry very early, but they weren’t from a wealthy
family, and she told her daughter’s husband to wear condoms for a few years, so
it will be okay. Marriage is seen as a cover of respect and protection for
women. By not going to school, it reduces the risk of being sexually active
outside the house or be harassed while commuting.
Some people accuse local government officials of
assisting the marriages.
“Interviewees consistently described local government
officials issuing forged birth certificates showing girls’ ages as over 18, in
return for bribes of as little as US$1.30,” claimed the HRW report.
The secular HRW report, however, downplayed the role
of Islam, which praises early marriage for girls and also minimizes their
cultural and political opportunities. For example, Islam lauds Muhammad, its
reputed prophet, as the perfect example of human behavior even though he
married a six-year-old girl named Aisha, and had sex with her when she was nine
That example shapes Bangladesh because almost 90
percent of the population is Muslim. “Sometimes imams [Muslim religious
leaders] are encouraging child marriage, asking why girls who are 18 or 20 are
not married yet,” an activist told the group.
Child marriages gained international attention in 2012
when statistics showed “20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th
The BBC interviewed a Bangladeshi girl named Poppy,
who was in a cockroach infested hospital. No one knew how old she was, but the
hospital believed she was only 12. She was pregnant, but suffered “serious
internal injuries which have left her incontinent. It’s caused by giving birth
too young and not getting proper medical attention.” Another mother told the
BBC that she forced her daughter into marriage “because I love her.”
While the BBC was present, Bangladeshi authorities
intervened and threatened prosecution if the mother married off her daughter.
August 28, 2015
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad,
has urged Nigerian Muslim women to support the current fight against corruption
by discouraging their husbands from engaging in corruption.
The Sultan made the statement on Friday while speaking
at the 30th Anniversary of the Federation of Muslim Women Association in
Nigeria (FOMWAN) in Ilorin.
The anniversary was celebrated at the Banquet Hall of
the University of Ilorin where various Muslim organisations from Ghana, Ivory
Coast and the United Kingdom came to felicitate with the Nigerian branch of
The Sultan pointed out that the change needed in
Nigeria should start from home, “for it to be positive and succeed”.
Alhaji Abubakar advised the women to always abide by
the dictates of Islam, and not support their husbands who might want to indulge
in corrupt practices.
He called on the women to discourage their husbands
from unlawful means, if the current change clamoured by Nigerians would be
In his speech, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah
Ahmed, also told the gathering that ethnic disunity and religious imbalance in
the nation could be traced to lack of good leaders.
He, however, urged the women to hand down good morals
to their children, for them to be good and responsible leaders of tomorrow.
Both leaders also called on Nigerians to ensure that
the present fight against corruption by the administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari was successful.
6 Aug 2015
Made up of more than 17,500 islands, Indonesia is a
vast country home to roughly 250 million people. But it has its fair share of
problems. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development
(IFAD), while Indonesia is the largest economy in South East Asia, almost 40
percent of Indonesians are living, "just above the national poverty
line," with ethnic minorities and women "more likely to experience
In addition, IFAD states that, on balance, Indonesian
women do not have the same access to education as men, earn less than men, and,
"are subject to discrimination and exclusion from decision-making
processes within households and communities."
Since 2011 Kopernik, an organisation based in the
country, has been on a mission to empower women in rural communities and
broaden access to both affordable cooking fuel and electricity through its
Wonder Women initiative.
Since the programme started in 2011, more than 300
women have become "micro-social-entrepreneurs," selling around 10,000
clean technology products to their communities. According to Kopernik, the
initiative trains the women to sell their communities everything from solar
lanterns to clean cook stoves and water filters.
"We distribute life-changing technologies to
people who need them, especially in poor parts of the country," Ewa
Wojkowska, co-founder and COO of Kopernik, told CNBC's Sustainable Energy.
"The Wonder Women initiative is a network of
women micro entrepreneurs who are sales agents."
"Many of them sell technologies door to door or
at community events, and others have their own shops that sell basic needs
within their communities," Wojkowska said. "We provide… a suite of
training to them to give them the skills that they need to succeed in their
"And we also provide the technologies to them on
a consignment basis, so this reduces the risk that they enter into when they
join the programme," she added.
Kopernik claims on its website that the Wonder Women
initiative has helped to cut CO2 emissions, "by more than 5,000
Co-founder Toshi Nakamura said that plans were in
place to expand the program.
"We are aiming to partner with an additional 500
women and to reach an additional 250,000 people in the next three years,"
he said, before adding, "This is one of the core programmes that we
KARACHI: As the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Women’s
Wing announced a 16-member squad for the tour of the West Indies on Thursday,
Omar Associates women’s cricket team coach Adnan Jamal is pondering whether to
shut down their operations following the snubbing of three promising players —
Kainat Imtiaz, Sadia Yousuf and Nahida Khan Bibi — from the touring squad.
Jamal claims that national skipper Sana Mir and the
stakeholders of Pakistan women’s cricket — selector Farrukh Zaman and coach
Mohtashim Rashid — are biased in their selection of players from his department
and has requested the PCB to look into the matter.
“The PCB hasn’t been monitoring the activities in
women’s cricket and thus the trio of Sana, Farrukh and Mohtashim are doing
whatever they want without any accountability,” Jamal told The Express Tribune.
“We are currently in the process of deciding whether to shut down our women’s
team, because these biased attitudes are not fair on the players who work
extremely hard to get into the national side.”
It is pertinent to mention that previously only ZTBL,
Pakistan’s first women’s departmental team, used to supply players for the
national side. However, in 2013, Omar Associates also emerged as a strong
option to provide opportunities to the players to vie for a place in the
Since then, the players who have left ZTBL are either
subjected to unfair opportunities in the team or are placed in reserve and
according to Jamal, the PCB should either ensure transparency in the selection
process or end its affiliation with women’s cricket.
“Kainat and Sadia are among Pakistan’s best players
but they are being subjected to discrimination only because they play in a
different department and can potentially replace senior players,” said Jamal.
“If the PCB cannot handle women’s cricket efficiently, then it should end its
affiliation with them.”
The other side
One of the stakeholders, Zaman, denied such claims and
stated that the team is currently trying out different combinations before the
2016 ICC World Twenty20 scheduled to take place in India, as they will not have
time to experiment before the mega event. “There is no discrimination in
women’s cricket,” Zaman told The Express Tribune. “We are trying out various
combinations for the World Cup because we will not have time before the mega
event. Ayesha Zafar and Diana Baig have
not featured in the national side before, while Aliya Riaz has only played
three games. These girls require some game time so that we can assess their
Team manager Ayesha Ashar, meanwhile, refused to
comment on why the trio was not selected but insisted that the girls should
wait for their opportunity to feature in the national side.
“Kainat, Sadia and Nahida all are really talented
girls but I cannot answer why they were not selected in the touring squad,”
said Ayesha. “That decision lies with the stakeholders. For me all 20 girls are
equal and I’m sure they will bounce back from this.”
The women’s team is scheduled to tour the West Indies
from October 14 for a series comprising four ODIs and three T20s. Three of the
four one-dayers are part of the ICC Women’s Championship, which also serves as
a qualification process for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
The 16-member squad led by Sana is made up of Bismah
Maroof, Syeda Nain Abidi, Nida Rashid, Rabiya Shah, Asmavia Iqbal Khokhar,
Javeria Wadood, Sania Iqbal, Marina Iqbal, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Sidra Amin, Iram
Javed, Diana, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin and Ayesha.
Reserves include Sidra Nawaz, Nahida, Kainat and