New Age Islam News Bureau
02 May 2022
• Tina Rahimi, Australia’s First Muslim Women’s Boxer To Compete At The Commonwealth Games
• Pakistan: Sindh Commission For Women Airs Concerns Over Abduction Of Minor Girls In Karachi
• Bayer, AUW To Support Women’s Education In Asia
• President Alvi Upholds Major Penalty Against A Woman Harasser
• Women play important role in sustaining Resistance movement: Fayyazbakhsh
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Egypt Introduces the First Psychotherapy Clinic for Abused Women
Image Via UNFPA
26 APRIL 2022
The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) announced on Tuesday, 19 April the inauguration of the Safe Women Clinic, Egypt’s first psychotherapy clinic dedicated to abused women at the Ahalina Medical Center in Cairo.
This project is done in cooperation with the MoHP, the General Secretariat of Mental Health (GSMH), the National Council for Women (NCW,) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Safe Women Clinics are medical response clinics that will offer comprehensive services for women subjected to violence. They aim to provide first aid in the case of injuries as well as psychological counseling, therapy, and self-defense techniques.
According to a survey conducted in 2015 by UNFPA, NCW, and the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), around 7.8 million women suffer from gender-based violence annually in Egypt, whether domestic violence or in public spaces.
In partnership with the GSMH and with the support of the Norwegian Embassy in Egypt, UNFPA and NCW held a three-day workshop in December 2021 for medical staff and physicians on case management as well training workshops on the national referral process for all existing medical, legal, and social services available.
Health Expert at the Anti-Violence against Women Coordination Unit at the NCW, Dr. Amal Phillip, expressed in a statement her deep appreciation for the ministry’s efforts to combat violence against women.
Source: Egyptian Streets
Tina Rahimi, Australia’s First Muslim Women’s Boxer To Compete At The Commonwealth Games
May 1, 2022
Tina Rahimi is set to become the first Muslim women’s boxer for Australia when she competes at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year.
From Box Hill in Sydney, Rahimi gave up her career as a make-up artist to pursue boxing in 2018. At the time it was just a hobby, but it quickly became a full-time pursuit for the 26-year-old.
Competing in the lightweight boxing class (57kg), she has a 15-2 win-loss record, securing her a spot in the team of 11 boxers for the Games this July, and giving her the perfect opportunity to move her skills to the mainstream.
“From the moment I started, I have not stopped. I just loved it,” Rahimi told The Daily Telegraph.
“I was good at it and went to a fight night and it really motivated me.
“I’ve always embraced the physicality. I was never scared to get hit. I even sparred with the boys and I’d get hit by a punch and still come forward,” she said.
“I know that I have the potential and capability to get the gold, so I have really dedicated myself to the sport.
“It would make me really happy to win.”
She certainly has the pedigree for success. Her father Michael Rahimi was a champion wrestler and coach himself.
But Rahimi’s quick success is a testimony to her own determination.
Rahimi’s spot on the team will make her the first Muslim women’s boxer to compete for Australia, and the importance of this platform has not passed her by.
“It would be a big deal coming from a Muslim background,” she said. ‘Not many Muslim women have accomplished something like that.
“It’s a big community. I have to wear the hijab to cover my hair and have my arms and legs covered as well, so I do stand out.
“I feel like it would show anything is possible if you put your mind to it. That you can do anything. That just because you dress or look a different way, come from a different religion, that doesn’t mean it should stop you achieving your dream.”
Rahimi is documenting her journey for her 13,400 Instagram followers on her personal account, along with her business account Boxing With Tina, where she hopes to encourage women and girls of all backgrounds to take up the sport.
Rahimi is one of eight debutants in the Australian boxing team, and will compete alongside three-time Games competitor Kaye Scott, a trailblazer in the sport.
This is the second Australian team announced for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, after confirmation of the weightlifting representatives last week.
Pakistan: Sindh Commission for Women airs concerns over abduction of minor girls in Karachi
01 May 2022
Sindh [Pakistan], May 1 (ANI): In the case of the mysterious disappearance of two girls from Karachi, the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW), while highlighting the recent trend of minor girls being abducted, said that the girls must be recovered and brought back to Karachi and added that the culprits must be prosecuted in Sindh from where the minor girls were abducted.
The minors Dua Zehra Kazmi and Nimra Kazmi were traced but have not been recovered yet. Both the girls had gone missing under mysterious circumstances in Karachi.
Highlighting the recent trend of minor girls being abducted, the commission asked for attention to be brought to the issue. It is recommended to oversee if the acts are being carried out by a certain group of human traffickers.
The SCSW has also called for an age determination of the test to verify the ages of the girls. It added that the girls must be kept under safe custody. It also added that the minor must have an option of meeting with their parents, reported Dawn.
Condemning the harassment and intimidation that the family of the girls and lawyers looking out the case of minor girls are going through, the Commission has shown grave concern over the matter.
The Commission said that the culprits involved in the abduction and facilitation of their nikah should be punished as per law.
In another unexpected twist, the alleged 'Nikahnama' (marriage documents) of both the girls went viral on the internet on Monday. Both the girls from Karachi were traced in Punjab. One of the girls, Nimra was traced in Dera Ghazi Khan where she was found to have married a man, Najeeb Shahrukh, according to the Nikah Nama and court documents obtained by The News International.
The other minor abducted, Dua, was traced in Lahore after her marriage documents, which went viral on social media, showed a Lahore address. According to the Nikahnama, Dua has married a man, Zaheer Ahmed, 21. Karachi police sources said the marriage document Dua appeared to be genuine but the police were trying to further verify it.
The hearing of the cases in the district courts is to be held on Saturday (May 30). The cases are being led by advocate Altaf Khoso (nominated lawyer of the WDD and member of the violence against woman committee of the SCSW) and his Plus Legal Aid team. (ANI)
Source: Pakistan News
Bayer, AUW to support women’s education in Asia
01 May, 2022
KARACHI: Bayer has pledged US 675,000 dollars for the Bayer scholarship programme which will fund the university education of sixteen Asian University for Women (AUW) students.
Nine of the sixteen Bayer scholars will be selected by AUW from the rural farming communities of Bangladesh and seven will be selected from other smallholder farming communities in South and Southeast Asia, including Pakistan.
The scholarships will cover two years of pre-collegiate study and the first-year of AUW’s three-year undergraduate degree programme and will run from August 2022 to July 2025. Bayer will also provide internships to sixteen AUW students who hold interest in agribusiness.
In this regard Kamal Ahmad, Founder of the Asian University for Women said that in all communities, we are separated by one divide after another: the poor vs the rich, those with access to power and privilege and those without. In the midst of all of these divides, it is the rural-urban divide that is probably most decisive in predicting the future of those born across them, he added.
He added by dedicating scholarships to the daughters of landless agricultural workers, AUW joins Bayer in lifting the curtain against that great divide and creating a pathway to discover and nurture the teeming talents that the tyranny of our divided societies otherwise suppress.
“We look forward to welcoming the Bayer scholars to our AUW community and so grateful to Bayer for extending such pioneering support”, he added.
Monika Lessl, Senior Vice President Corporate R&D and Social Innovation and Executive Director of Bayer Foundation said that Bayer is constantly working towards creating a world where everyone has access to essential services be it health, nutrition or education.
President Alvi upholds major penalty against a woman harasser
May 2, 2022
Islamabad: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday rejected the petition of Dr Humayun Iqbal for setting aside the orders of conducting a denovo inquiry against him and upheld the major penalty of termination of service imposed upon the accused by the Anti-Harassment Committee and Syndicate of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad.
The accused had filed an appeal against the decision of the Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace to the extent of conducting a denovo inquiry against him.
The ombudsman then set aside the findings/recommendations of the anti-harassment committee and sent the case back to the university for conducting a denovo inquiry.
Moreover, in a similar petition complainant had also requested to set aside the impugned order of the ombudsman and uphold the recommendations of the anti-harassment committee.
According to the background of the case, the complainant, a graduate trainee, had filed a harassment complaint against the accused before the VC of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad, who referred the matter to the Anti-harassment Committee of the University.
The committee imposed a major penalty of termination of service upon the accused in 2018.
Furthermore, the Syndicate of the University approved the recommendations of the committee and terminated the accused from the service.
The accused filed an appeal before the ombudsman assailing the said penalty. The learned Ombudsman set aside the findings/recommendations of the anti-harassment committee and ordered to send the case back to the organization for conducting a denovo inquiry to provide both the parties full opportunity of hearing and producing the evidence.
Subsequently, both the accused and the complainant filed the representations with the president against the decision of the Ombudsman. The accused prayed to set aside the order of the Ombudsman to the extent of conducting the denovo inquiry against him, while the complainant requested to uphold the recommendations of the Anti-Harassment Committee.
During the course of proceedings, it was informed that the previous conduct history of the accused reflected that he had sexually assaulted women in the past.
He was removed from being a registered doctor in the United Kingdom and was also expelled from service by the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology on similar allegations of sexual harassment.
President Dr Arif Alvi observed that very few women come forward with a complaint of harassment, and those who do so have to face the uphill task of proving it.
He further observed that the said case had been lingering on since 2017, and it would be unfair to delay it further.
Source: Pak Observer
Women play important role in sustaining Resistance movement: Fayyazbakhsh
May 1, 2022
The advisor for women affairs of the president of the Islamic Azad University said, “Movements are won in which, in addition to the determination of their leaders, there are women who support the resistance. Women play an important role in sustaining resistance movement.”
The International Conference “Women and Holy Quds” was held on the evening of Tuesday, May 16, 2022, on the eve of World Quds Day, in the conference hall of the Palestine Intifada Conference.
Referring to the role of Muslim women in reviving the monotheistic school, Nafiseh Fayyazbakhsh, the advisor for women affairs of the president of the Islamic Azad University said at the conference, “According to Quranic verses, Asiya (Pharaoh’s wife) played a major role in reviving the monotheistic school of the Prophet Moses (a.s.). When Asiya believed in the authenticity of the call of the Prophet Moses (a.s.), she refused to renounce her faith, despite the most severe tortures.”
“From the beginning of Islam, women defended Islam alongside men. The role of women in Islam is very strong, and we see this prominent role in the events of Karbala. Leading women in the defense of Islam and the Infallible Imams (a.s.) have not been limited to the women of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). But other Shiite women, despite all the pressure, defended the guardianship of AhlulBayt (a.s.),” she continued.
“Following divine leaders, women persevered in defending religion. Movements are won in which, in addition to the determination of their leaders, there are women who support the resistance. Women play an important role in sustaining resistance movement. Women need to increase their insight,” added the advisor for Women’s Affairs to the President of the Islamic Azad University.
It worth mentioning that the International Conference “Women and the Holy Quds” is being held with the participation of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly and other similar institutions. Guests from Iran other countries attended the conference.
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