Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge, MA Photo Credit: Kyle Klein Photography
First Muslim Mayor Elected In Cambridge on Monday
Yasmine Sabri: First Arab Woman In Cartier Campaign
Court to Sentence Briton over 'Imaginary' Gang-Rape
My App and At the Mosque, I Want To Hear Women Recite The Quran
Lawmakers Stage Walkout From Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
Woman Accused of Snatching Hijab Is Charged With Hate Crimes
SC bench to hear issue of allowing entry of women of all age group into
Anti-Radical Islam Women Slam Critics Of Trump’s Airstrike On Soleimani
Fire, Mumbai Girl Says Sorry For 'Free Kashmir' Placard
Working Women Benefit From Saudi Human Resources Development Fund Program
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first Muslim mayor elected in Cambridge on Monday
Siddiqui became the first Muslim mayor in the state on Monday, getting elected
in Cambridge — where her family moved decades ago after emigrating from
31, was elected unanimously on the first ballot by her fellow councilors.
Following the vote, the packed chamber stood and showered her with applause.
more and more different representation there is, the better it is for
everyone,” she told the Herald after the inauguration, noting Cambridge’s
very important for people to see themselves in folks they elect,” she added.
in her second term on the council, became Massachusetts’ first Muslim mayor,
according to Jetpac Inc. — a nonprofit that works on getting American Muslims
Siddiqui is the first American Muslim Mayor in Massachusetts, and in her opening
address has emphasized the importance of service and how it has been such a
foundational part of her life since moving to America from Pakistan as a
child,” Jetpac wrote on Facebook.
a 2-year-old, Siddiqui moved with her parents and twin brother to the U.S. from
Karachi, Pakistan. Her family won a lottery to enter Cambridge’s affordable
housing system, which placed them in Rindge Towers in North Cambridge and then
in Roosevelt Towers in East Cambridge.
a Cambridge Rindge and Latin student, Siddiqui co-founded the Cambridge Youth
Involvement Subcommittee, now the Cambridge Youth Council in its 15th year. She
holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
college and law school, Siddiqui served as an AmeriCorps fellow at New Profit,
a Boston nonprofit that works on improving social mobility for children,
families and their communities.
mayor, her top priority will be “creating more affordable housing,” she told
Yasmine Sabri: First Arab woman in Cartier campaign
Egyptian actress Yasmine Sabri just became the first Middle Eastern woman to
star in French luxury jeweler Cartier’s campaign for its Panthere De Cartier
the video the star shared on her Instagram, Sabri stars alongside Italian model
Mariacarla Boscono and British actors Ella Balinska and Annabelle Wallis.
the “Into the Wild” video, Sabri wore a black jumpsuit, which she accessorized
with a gold and diamond Panthere de Cartier timepiece and pendant earrings.
32-year-old actress is known for promoting campaigns that support women
the 2013 Arab African Conference on Women’s Empowerment, Sabri received the
title of “Ambassador of African Women.” The global recognition she received
celebrated the support she offered for the “Enti Al-Aham” (You come first)
campaign for women empowerment.
acting career started in 2013 when she started in the series “Khatawat
is best known for her roles in several TV series such as “Hekayti,”
“Al-Ostoora,” “Tareeky,” and more.
court to sentence Briton over 'imaginary' gang-rape
Cypriot court is due Tuesday to sentence a British teenager convicted of
falsely accusing a group of Israelis of gang-rape, in a case that has stirred
protests in the UK.
19-year-old was found guilty last week and could face up to a year in jail,
after what her defence team blasted as a litany of rights failings by Cypriot
lawyers are to lodge an appeal in the island's supreme court, while Britain’s
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said he has "firmly and categorically
registered" concerns with Cypriot officials.
Michalis Papathanasiou told the young woman "statements you have given
were false", as he convicted her on December 30.
said earlier in the trial that her account was beset by "contradictions,
confusion, lack of logic and exaggeration".
for the woman, whom AFP is not naming, say she was raped in the seaside resort
of Ayia Napa by several Israeli teenagers in their hotel room on July 17.
fled in distress to her own hotel and was examined by an in-house doctor, who
called the police.
group of Israeli teenagers were arrested and appeared in court, but 10 days
after making a complaint of rape she was interviewed again by police and signed
boys were allowed to return to Israel and not called as witnesses.
Cypriot counsel, Nicoletta Charalambidou, told AFP that the woman had been
called in on July 27 by a policewoman who had taken her initial complaint.
police officers "picked her up, locking the doors of the car".
was then interrogated from early evening until the early hours of the next
morning, when she signed the retraction.
process was carried out in the absence of a translator or lawyer acting on her
behalf, according to her legal team.
called in a female "welfare officer, who was there for some time... but
the girl said she was not there during the retraction", Charalambidou
woman was then arrested on charges of "making a false statement about an
we can do’
50 Israelis have flown to Cyprus to stand by the woman at the sentencing,
partly out of disgust that the "boys returned to Israel as heroes",
an activist told AFP.
minimum we can do is to be there to offer support, to show her that we believe
her," said Orit Sulitzeanu, executive director of the Association of Rape
Crisis Centers in Israel.
of people demonstrated in London on Monday to call on the British government to
help the young woman.
protesters, most of them women, gathered in front of the Cyprus High Commission
before marching towards Downing Street and Parliament Square.
held signs reading "We believe her" and "Boycott Cyprus".
Polak, acting for the woman through British group Justice Abroad, told AFP by
email that "the case has been littered with both investigatory and legal
the supreme court bid fails, appeals will be made to the European Court of
Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, he said.
convicted British woman’s mother and legal team say she has been suffering Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder.
expert pathologist gave evidence that the state pathologist had omitted to note
a number of injuries suffered by the woman, whose bruises he said were
consistent with rape.
my app and at the mosque, I want to hear women recite the Quran
few months ago, I heard Madinah Javed recite 'The Morning Brightness' from the
Quran, on BBC Radio 4.
was moved to tears.
had never heard a female reciter of the Quran before. I didn't realise how much
I had waited my whole life to hear it. I didn't realise before that moment how
much I needed to hear it. For 30 years I had only heard the Quran recited by
men, and never thought to even demand anything else.
experience of recitations growing up were the Islamic cable channels in the
background at my grandparents' house, recitations on the radio during Ramadan,
or more recently on Quran apps and at the local mosque, hearing the always male
Imam through a partition from the women's area.
as an adult I'd chafed for years at the size of women's spaces in the mosque; an
afterthought compared to the men's, it never even occurred to me to ask why I
had never heard a female recitation of the Quran. I had just subconsciously
accepted it as something that was not meant for me. But there was an unspoken
and heavy guilt that I rarely - if ever - felt any connection with the
familiar warm sound of my mother murmuring the Quran, or the girls recitation
at study circles as a child seemed the closest I would get to a female voice
reading the Quran, until Javed's recitation made me realise I should have been
looking for more.
hearing her on the radio, I scoured the internet for more recitations by women
and found the then mezzo soprano trainee, Mai Kamal's, Adhan. The call to
prayer was something else I had heard frequently throughout my life, but never
by a woman.
one of the most beautiful sounds in the world for Muslims, the Adhan has often
left me unmoved, a shocking and almost blasphemous thought, to me. But Kamal's
voice made me realise it wasn't the Adhan itself I had trouble with, but the
acceptance that it would never be a woman calling it.
I've only recently come to realise we should be pushing for female reciters,
others have been campaigning for many years. Back in 2015, Jerusha Lamptey,
associate professor of Islam and interreligious engagement at Union Theological
Seminary, started the hashtag camapign #AddAFemaleReciter to protest the lack
of women reciters on all of the Quran apps.
this, it was only last year that the Quran-Afrilang app launched on Android as
the first app to include female reciters, and since then there has not been
the West and specifically in the UK, female recitation of the Quran in public
is extremely rare, which perhaps explains why I and others are unaware of it.
In Indonesia and Malaysia, however, it's far more commonplace. A Malaysian
reality TV show was even launched back in 2011 for women to compete as the best
here in the UK, it's almost unheard of for a woman to lead a call to prayer, or
recite the Quran for men and women in British Mosques.
Javed has often spoken about this issue and called for the normalisation of
more female reciters. Apart from on the BBC, she has also recited at events
such as the opening of the British Museum's Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the
Islamic world, and at St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow which not only platforms
female recitation of the Quran, but also brings recitation to a wider audience.
has been met with the expected Islamaphobic backlash, but it's important to
note that female recitation can face stigma within the Muslim community, too.
It is telling that the first time I heard a female reciter wasn't on one of the
many Islamic channels, at a local mosque or on a Quran app, but through the
people I spoke to remarked that they would like to have more female reciters
but didn't see how it was possible. Discovering reciters such as Javed, Tahera
Ahmad who was the first woman to recite the Quran at the Islamic Society of
North America Convention, Egypt's Sumaya Abdul Aziz Eddeeb, and Zahra Hani of
Algeria who won the Dubai World contest of the Quran, illustrates that it isn't
that we lack female reciters, it is that they are not platformed even a fraction
as much as their male counterparts.
the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the country will be listening to the
Quran through many different mediums, and many in the UK will not have the
option of listening to a female reciter.
important is this? For me personally, hearing Javed's recitation was
revolutionary. I can't go back to listening to male recitations and questioning
why I don't feel spiritually connected to the sound. I'm now very much aware of
the needless lack of representation and inclusivity.
Omid Safi, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University put
it: "The recitation of the Quran is to be celebrated in every voice. When
we exclude the voice of women, we are depriving all of us of half the
possibility of experiencing God."
Lawmakers Stage Walkout From Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Female members from the opposition staged a walkout from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assembly on Monday over incomplete answers by different departments. During
question- hour, Sobia Shahid of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) staged
a walkout from the House over sharing of the incomplete answer to her question
about the wheat purchase when the speaker did not allow her to speak on the
women lawmakers from the opposition also joined the walkout. However, they
returned to the House after the treasury members’ assurance. The opposition faced
defeat in its demand for referring the questions about change of secretary
energy department and purchase of wheat. In his reply to Sobia Shahid’s
question about a wheat purchase, Food Minister Qalandar Lodhi said that wheat
purchase was made transparently and all receipts were available with the
department, which saved Rs10 billion. The question by Inayatullah Khan of the
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) about the constant transfer of secretaries in the energy
department as well as Naeema Kishwar’s question about energy projects could not
be referred to the committee as the treasury refused to send them to the
speaker also referred to the committee concerned the privilege motions of MPA
Abdul Salam about the sub-divisional officer (SDO) and district health officer
(DHO) Mardan, and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sahibzada Sanaullah’s privilege
motion about district education officer (DEO), Upper Dir.
for Information Shaukat Yousafzai, while supporting referring the motions to
the committee, said there were complaints that government officers were not
giving importance to the elected public representatives.
member Ranjeet Singh raised the issue of the murder of a Sikh youth in Peshawar
the other day and demanded the killers should be arrested at the earliest.
also condemned the recent incident at Nankana. However, Information Minister
Shaukat Yousafzai assured that the police were investigating the murder of the
Sikh youth and the situation would get clear soon.
Woman Accused of Snatching Hijab Is Charged With Hate Crimes
in Oregon charged a woman with hate crimes for pulling off another woman’s
hijab, trying to strangle her with it and “intentionally desecrating” it,
prosecutors said on Friday.
Renee Campbell, 23, of Portland faces several charges, including two counts of
bias crime in the second degree and one count of attempted strangulation, the
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. All of the
charges Ms. Campbell faces are misdemeanors.
said Ms. Campbell snatched the hijab of the woman, a 24-year-old foreign
exchange student from Saudi Arabia, while at a transit stop in Portland in
SC bench to hear issue of allowing entry of women of all age group into
nine-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court will hear from January 13, the
issue of allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabarimala
temple along with other contentious issues of alleged discrimination against
Muslim and Parsi women. The top court on Monday issued a notice informing
listing of petition filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association seeking review of
its historic 2018 judgement allowing women and girls of all ages to enter
notice that the following matters will be listed for hearing before a Nine
Judges Constitution Bench commencing from Monday the 13th January, 2020",
the notice said.
November 14, last year, a five-judge constitution bench in a 3:2 majority
verdict had referred to a larger 7-judge bench, the pleas seeking review of its
historic 2018 judgement allowing women and girls of all ages to enter
had however said that the debate about the constitutional validity of religious
practices like bar on entry of women and girls into a place of worship was not
limited to the Sabarimala case.
top court said such restrictions are there with regard to entry of Muslim women
into mosques and 'dargah' and Parsi women, married to non-Parsi men, being
barred from the holy fire place of an Agyari.
Anti-Radical Islam Women Slam Critics Of Trump’s Airstrike On Soleimani
a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad International Airport that killed Iranian Maj. Gen.
Qassem Soleimani, considered one of Iran’s most powerful military leaders, many
media outlets and Democrats are slamming the mission as reckless and a
knee-jerk reaction. Muslim scholar and Independent Women’s Forum visiting
fellow Dr. Qanta Ahmed joins Fox & Friends Weekend to discuss why this was
a strategic and tactical mission that should be celebrated.
have been speaking to all of my friends and contacts in Iran where Soleimani
had a tremendous grip through his leadership and plans with PMF and they’re
celebrating; they’re exchanging cakes with each other; they’re congratulating
each other. To see the United States criticizing the president for this
emphatic, long overdue, much indicated rebuke, is disgraceful and it makes you
question what their interests really are.”
was the mastermind of Iranian hegemony over the region, responsible for
hundreds of deaths, thousands of deaths in many many nations,” she added.
“There’s no criticism that legitimate for this targeting.”
for these two ladies. Happy to hear their perspectives, and first-hand accounts
of relatives, friends, and colleagues in Iran. A completely different picture
than our MSM would have us believe.
fire, Mumbai girl says sorry for 'Free Kashmir' placard
Facing flak from various right-wing groups and activists for carrying a placard
"Free Kashmir" at a protest near the Gateway of India, a Mumbai woman
claimed it was "intended for peace in Jammu & Kashmir", and
apologised for the misunderstanding it created, here on Tuesday.
placard was seen in her hand on Monday evening during the protests in Mumbai to
condemn the violence on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus two days ago,
triggered a political controversy.
Kashmir' poster in Mumbai kicks up storm
Janata Party (BJP) leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis demanded to know what
the protest was exactly about and why slogans of 'Free Kashmir' were raised
protest: Won't tolerate if anyone talks of freedom of Kashmir from India, says
can we tolerate such separatist elements in Mumbai? 'Free Kashmir' slogan by
Azadi gang at 2 kms from the CMO? Uddhavji (Thackeray) are you going to
tolerate this 'Free Kashmir' anti-India campaign right under your nose???"
Fadnavis tweeted on Tuesday.
is for what exactly? Why slogans of “Free Kashmir”? How can we tolerate such
separatist elements in Mumbai?… https://t.co/byvNGVxRm5
to the BJP charges, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut made it clear that it
would not tolerate if anyone talks of freedom of Kashmir from India.
read that those who held the 'Free Kashmir' poster clarified that they want to
be free of restrictions on Internet services, mobile services and other issues.
It doesn't mean that they advocate freedom from India," Raut told
Congress Party Minister Jayant Patil retorted to Fadnavis that the 'Free
Kashmir' poster was intended for freedom from all restrictions and
her part, the woman was identified as Mehak Mirza Prabhu, a Mumbai-born who
works as a 'story-teller', said that though she had no agenda or motive, she
was taken aback by the reactions on social media to the 'Free Kashmir' poster
she carried on Monday night.
picture created by entire social media came as an absolute shock to me. The
placard meant 'freedom to express themselves, freedom from the Internet
lockdown which many people have been voicing for'. I was voicing my solidarity
for basic Constitutional right. No other agenda or motive whatsoever,"
that she was a Maharashtrian, born and bred up in Mumbai, she said: "I am
(an) artist who believes in basic human compassion. If by being naive in
understanding the impact it would have, and in the process create this stir, I
urged all to let the 'power of love overcome hate', even as a Mumbai
BJP-activist lawyer Vivekanand Gupta shot off a message to the Commissioner of
Police demanding her arrest.
working women benefit from Saudi Human Resources Development Fund program
The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) announced that 2,514 Saudi
female employees benefited from accredited centers for nurseries and daycare
for children in various regions of the Kingdom.
also amended the conditions of enrollment and support mechanisms in the Qurrah
program, in order to contribute to the empowerment and stability of women in
the labor market.
program covers all regions of the Kingdom, and the support period can cover up
to two children until they reach the age of six years old.The fund now
contributes to covering part of the cost of daycare as follows: During the
first year, the fund contributes to covering a maximum of SR800 ($213) of the
cost of daycare per child, SR600 for the second year, SR500 for the third and
SR400 for the fourth.
Qurrah program aims to increase the percentage of Saudi women working in the
private sector, and contribute to the stability of Saudi women in their jobs.
It seeks simple solutions for working Saudi mothers to improve and develop
their lives and those of their families.
working in the private sector can check the details of the program and apply to
benefit from its services.
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