New Age Islam News Bureau
15 July 2022
• Women’s Rights In Light Of Sira-e-Taiba Discussed in a Seminar in Pakistan
• Princess Reema: Strong US - Saudi Alliance
Imperative to Resolve Global Dangers
• In Rural Bangladesh, Women Earn Self-Reliance with
Hand-Knitted Muslim Prayer Caps
• Muslim Women Pray For Oyetola, Tinubu Ahead Of
• Jordan Struggles to Stem Violence against Women
• Historical Presence of Saudi Women at World
Championships or Games
• More Women Work in Health And Care But Earn Less: UN
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Four Female Journalists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Win
International Awards in Film Making
Women journalists of
July 15, 2022
PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jul,
2022): Four female journalists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have brought laurels to
the country by winning international awards in Film Making on women empowerment
and religious freedom.
The four journalists of KP surprised all by bagging
top positions in the international awards sponsored by Empower Media Women.
The winning journalists are Zeenat Bibi who clinched
the first position and won the grand prize. The second position was bagged by
Khalida Niaz of Tribal news Network.
Jamaima Afridi of Khyber District submitted a film
titled as `A Helping Hand Across Faith and Countries' which received the
`Inclusion Award' and Fatima Nazish's film also obtained the first position.
The grand prize winner received a $3,000 cash prize, 1st
runner-up $1,500, and 2nd runner-up $500, says a press release of Empower Media
The media projects submitted to the film competition
came from thirty women who took part in Empower Women Media's Pakistan Media
This is the fifth annual Religious Freedom Film
Competition sponsored by Empower Women Media in association with the Religious
Freedom & business Foundation.
"We were amazed to witness the tenacity and
creativity of the Pakistani women filmmakers," said Shirin Taber, Director
of Empower Women Media.
"Their films have the potential to change lives
and shift the culture at large," she added in the press statement.
Zeenat Bibi from Peshawar who won the grand prize
submitted her film titled `She stood against religious extremism'.
The film tells the story of a young woman in a
war-torn region of Pakistan who starts an initiative to counter religious
extremism and sectarian violence by holding dialogue sessions with youth from
different beliefs and religions.
Empower Women Media invited nine highly respected
judges to review the short films, including Katrina Lantos Swett, president of
the Lantos Foundation; Dr. Brian Grim of the Religious Freedom & Business
Foundation, Ed Brown, Secretary General of Stefanus Alliance International, and
other leading voices for religious freedom.
The winning films were screened before civil society
and faith leaders at the IRF Film Festival and Roundtable in Islamabad. While
selected films are showcased at the International Religious Freedom (IRF)
Summit in Washington, DC on June 28-30.
Source: Urdu Point
Women’s Rights In Light Of Sira-e-Taiba Discussed in a
Seminar in Pakistan
Panelists express their
views at the third Women's Conference held at Pakistan Arts Council, while
choreographer Farah Yasmeen Shaikh enthralled the audience with her Kathak
performance. Photos: Jalal Qureshi/Express
July 15, 2022
A seminar on "Contemporary, Social, Economic and
Political Problems Faced by Women and their Solutions in the Light of
Sira-e-Taiba" was held at Allam Iqbal Open University (AIOU), organised by
the institute’s Seerat un Nabi chair.
“Islam is the greatest defender and advocate of
women's rights. Islam has given women all the basic rights in social, legal,
economic and political contexts, including right to life, education and
business," said Jamia Nusrat ul Uloom Gujranwala Chairman Maulana Zahid Al
Rashidi while addressing the seminar.
He said that Muslims have to differentiate between
religion and civilisation to solve problems, adding that husband and wife are
two wheels of a car that drive life together and to live a happy life, these
wheels need to be balanced.
Al Rashidi, while describing the positive and negative
effects of Western civilisation on Muslims, said that the Muslim Ummah need to
refrain from unacceptable things of the West.
“We need to sit together to find a solution,” he
Source: Tribune Pakistan
In this regard, he proposed a grand dialogue under the
Seerat Chair of AIOU.
Reema: Strong US - Saudi alliance imperative to resolve global dangers
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema Bint Bandar
emphasized that Saudi Arabia and US have emerged from every challenge stronger
together and if the two countries are united, they will be a formidable force
gone are the days when the US - Saudi relationship could be defined by the
outdated and reductionist “oil for security” paradigm. The world has changed
and the existential dangers facing us all, including food and energy security
and climate change, cannot be resolved without an effective US - Saudi
alliance,” she said, while reaffirming, “these priorities must guide the US -Saudi
partnership of the 21st century, and we view the visit of President Joe Biden
as an important moment for laying out our shared vision for how to tackle the
challenges that lie ahead.”
Reema made the remarks in an article she wrote in the famous US magazine
POLITICO on the eve of the first ever visit of Biden as president of US to
Saudi Arabia. She said that Saudi Arabia will share with Biden and the world
Saudi Arabia’s vision of progress and partnership and that President Biden will
see a storied land with a new, younger face.
the 80-year-long historic and strategic ties between the two countries ever
since the historic meeting between King Abdulaziz and US President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, she underlined the need to further bolster the U.S.-Saudi
partnership. “And that is why the upcoming visit by President Joe Biden to
Saudi Arabia is so pivotal. For our relationship to deliver peace and
prosperity for both of our peoples and the wider world, we must redefine the
contours of the next eight decades of this critical alliance.”
on the breathtaking changes and reforms being taken place in the Kingdom,
Princess Reema said: “The Saudi Arabia of today is barely recognizable from how
it once looked, even just five years ago and today, we are not just a global
leader in energy, but also in investment and sustainable development. Through
hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in education, technology,
economic diversification and green energy, we have launched a transformation agenda
that is unlocking the enormous potential of our young men and women,” she said.
to the government’s landmark initiatives toward women’s empowerment, the
ambassador said that Saudi women at present enjoy legal guarantees of equal pay
and nondiscrimination in the workplace and that some Western countries have not
taken such steps.
Saudi women outnumber men in our institutes of higher education and women
represent the same share of entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia as they do in the
United States. We are entering sectors such as construction, mining and the
military.” “We are creating companies, becoming CEOs and assuming top
government posts, empowered by a government determined to see us succeed. As
the first, but not only, Saudi woman appointed ambassador, I can speak
firsthand to the new realm of the possible we are establishing. It is a success
story we hope others will emulate.”
Reema also highlighted the Kingdom’s initiatives to promote tolerance and
interfaith dialogue to achieve greater stability in the region. “And we are
advancing a vision for shared economic prosperity as an alternative to
conflict. Saudi Arabia is indeed reconceiving how we express ourselves and
engage with the world as a society and a culture,” she said.
the growing significance of joint efforts to further strengthen US-Saudi
partnership, she expressed hope that the two countries can lead a global
transition to renewables, while catapulting the Middle East into a new hub for
global supply chains.
to the counterterrorism efforts, Princess Reema said: “We can and we must
continue our important cooperation on counterterrorism, but we should go above
and beyond current efforts. Our work will not be complete if all that we do is
just crack down on terrorists.” “We must offer the people of this region
greater hope for the future, and that is why our reimagined partnership
encompasses cooperation from emerging technologies to joint space exploration.
Given Saudi Arabia’s status as the cradle of Islam, the reverberations will be
felt from Nigeria to Afghanistan.”
the significance of enhanced Saudi-US role in establishing regional peace, she
said: “We envision a future where our region is not bogged down in conflict,
but is rather focused on regional economic cooperation, social development and
multinational projects that deliver benefits to everyone. We want the U.S. to
be part of that future, just as it was part of building our nation eight
governments, we must broaden our thinking to encourage and enrich such
collaboration. The challenges of the 21st century are complex, from maintaining
international peace and stability to addressing climate change, and we in Saudi
are coming to the table with ideas. Let us integrate the markets of our region,
use economics to promote friendship among all our neighbors, and show the
promise of growth and prosperity as an alternative to the status quo.”
Reema said that Saudi Arabia is approaching challenges such as global pandemics,
food, energy, and supply chain crises with a new mindset. “We believe that the
global transition to renewables can happen only if we all work together to
manage this transition in a manner that ensures energy security and global
economic growth. We have embraced the transition to green energy and are
committed to net-zero emissions by 2060, along with the goal to shift more than
half of our energy industry to renewables by the end of this decade,” she said
while noting that these are commitments once deemed unimaginable for the
world’s central bank of oil.
ambassador underlined the need to confront the vision of chaos promoted by Iran
with a vision of cooperation that people of region can see and feel. She also
referred to the Khashoggi issue, saying: “I acknowledge, of course, there have
been some turbulent waters in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. No doubt, the
killing of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi was a gruesome atrocity without any
justification”. “But Saudi Arabia has made clear from the highest levels our
abhorrence of this crime, and justice was served in our courts with verdicts
handed down against all assailants. We have emerged from this terrible tragedy
stronger, with stricter safeguards to make sure such an atrocity never happens
again,” she said while adding that Saudi Arabia is confident that its “reforms
will prove effective because, quite simply, what happened more than three years
ago in Istanbul is not who we are. What occurred is not what we do. And it
cannot define the US -Saudi relationship going forward.”
Reema also noted her personal attachment to the United States. “Having grown up
in the United States as the daughter of an ambassador and with a personal
connection to both of our nations, I see a horizon of unlimited potential in
our cooperation. Saudi Arabia stands at the meeting point of three continents —
Asia, Europe and Africa — but America is closest to our hearts...And we should
tackle today’s biggest challenges — from deadly epidemics and food insecurity to
the responsible transition to renewables — with the same zeal with which we
once contained communist aggression and threats to global energy production,”
she said while reaffirming, “by working together we can build the future we all
dream of, a future our youth can be proud of, a future we all deserve.”
rural Bangladesh, women earn self-reliance with hand-knitted Muslim prayer caps
When Shiuli Khatun completes her daily household chores, she joins other women
in Kashiabala, a northern Bangladeshi village, as they sit around baskets
filled with yarn and begin to knit prayer caps — their region’s main export,
and a source of female financial self-reliance.
35, learnt the craft from her mother when she was 15. The side job allows her
to earn about $50 a month.
in every house of this locality are engaged in prayer cap production, as it
offers them a big opportunity to earn,” she told Arab News.
I can fulfill all my little wishes with my earnings. I don’t need to ask my
and her neighbors in Kashiabala are among hundreds of thousands of women in
Bogura district involved in making the Muslim skullcaps known in Bengali as
Akand, president of the Bangladesh Jali Tupi Association, estimates that the
district contributes about a third of the whole country’s production.
Bogura region only, around 250,000 to 300,000 village women are engaged in cap
production, while this handicraft industry engages around 800,000 to 1 million
(women) across the country,” he said.
industry has been blooming since producers began to export the caps to Gulf
countries in the 2000s.
own company, Jewel Cap Depo, is one of about 150 in Bogura and exports 250,000
prayer caps a month to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, India and
changed the fate of many of the village women,” he told Arab News. “Our demand
in the export market is increasing year by year. It happened due to the high
quality of our handmade prayer caps. If the current trend continues, we will
employ more and more women to produce the caps.”
Parveen, 30, began to knit when she was six years old, learning the craft from
other women in Kashiabala.
have acquired this skill from my neighbors, as I used to watch them, sitting
beside them, as they (knitted) the caps. It’s not very tough. But one needs to
have patience,” she told Arab News.
she is often accompanied by her six-year-old daughter.
all make these handmade caps along with our regular (work),” she said. “As a
village woman, I look after around a dozen cattle every day. Besides that, we
rear poultry and pigeons at our home. After doing all these jobs, I spend my
time on making caps.”
a mother of three, can earn between $0.17-0.27 per cap.
would earn $50 to $60 per month from selling the caps to wholesale buyers,” she
said. “This little extra earning helps me a lot in spending on children’s
women pray for Oyetola, Tinubu ahead of elections
Women in Osun State have declared their support for All Progressive Congress
Governorship candidate, Adeboyega Oyetola and the presidential candidate of the
party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the forthcoming elections.
Muslim Women offered special prayers in Osogbo, Osun State capital for the APC
candidates to win the elections.
Convener, Hajia Rasheedah Adebari, said the Muslim women were convinced that
Tinubu and Oyetola have the experience and capacity to deliver.
said, “We use this avenue to drum support and pray for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed
Tinubu and Governor Oyetola in Osun.
are today organising this special prayer for a gentle, amiable, cool-headed,
capable, intelligent, financial guru, economic giant, incorruptible,
indefatigable and God-fearing Governor Adeboyega Oyetola to be victorious in
the July 16 election.”
are not just canvassing votes for Oyetola because he’s the last man standing,
the only ambassador of the Muslims in the entire Southern Nigeria (as
governor), we are equally supporting him as a worthy administrator who has done
us proud as Muslims, managing the scarce resources of Osun to achieve great
feats without resorting to borrowing and without failing in his financial
obligations as the governor.
is in this sense that we are declaring our unalloyed and total support for
Oyetola Leekan si. After all, nobody changes the winning team. Oyetola towers
above all the pretenders and jesters. He does not deal in theories. He is
practical and realistic to the core. He is a silent achiever. So, let the
achievements continue,” she said.
Source: The Eagle Online
Jordan struggles to stem violence against women
recent killing of Iman Irsheid, a 21-year-old university student, has once
again brought attention to the harsh reality that gender-based violence remains
a shameful and entrenched problem in Jordan and other parts of the Middle East.
attacker, 37-year-old Oday Hassan, shot her at least five times at a university
campus in Irbid. A few days later, the perpetrator shot himself dead after he
was asked to surrender by police.
murder came days after a similar crime in Egypt where Nayera Ashraf, a
21-year-old university student in Mansoura, was stabbed to death after she
declined a marriage proposal from her attacker.
social media has played a role in exposing such gruesome crimes against women,
sadly, many cases of gender-based violence in Jordan and beyond remain
under-reported. Violence against women is so pervasive that physically harming
a spouse is relatively common. Most alarming, it is widely accepted. A
government survey published in 2019 found 69 percent of men and 46 percent of
women agreed that wife beating could be justified.
to UN Women, 37 percent of women in the Arab world have experienced some form
of violence in their lifetime, although indicators suggest the figure could be
higher. This compares to 21 percent in western Europe and 25 percent in North
America, both regions where the situation is far from perfect.
women in Jordan are often reluctant to report male abusers. They fear they will
retaliate and they remain sceptical that the systems and institutions within
the patriarchal society will protect them.
a rhetoric that blames the victim rather than the perpetrator for sexual
has one of the world’s lowest female labour-force participation rates at 13
percent, meaning that most women rely on their spouses for financial support.
This leaves them with limited options when they want to leave an abusive
stigma also does not help. Many families are not keen on having their divorced
daughter return home. They often ask her to leave the children with the father
so he can provide for them.
is why the vast majority of battered women continues to suffer in silence. This
obscures their plight and encourages men to push, shove and slap their wives,
sisters or daughters, or even kill them.
the pandemic hit Jordan in March 2020, there was a surge in domestic violence
cases, as in many other countries. The Family Protection Department, a police
unit working to combat domestic and sexual violence, reported 1,534 cases of
domestic abuse, a 33 percent increase during the first month of lockdown.
few women had the courage to make their voices heard. One was Iman Al Khateeb,
a 36-year-old single mother who shared harrowing details of abuse at the hands
of her brother and mother. She was forced to flee home with her 13-year-old son
in April 2020 and was later relocated to a safe house.
before the pandemic, the 2017-18 Population and Family Health Survey showed
that 26 percent of married women aged between 15 and 49 were exposed to
physical or verbal abuse and sexual violence at least once by their spouses.
But the attacks are also coming from other male family members.
years ago, Ahlam, a 40-year-old woman was killed by her father with a brick in
broad daylight. Local media reports said he smoked a cigarette and drank tea
next to her body as he waited for police to arrive.
another horrific incident in 2019, a 31-year-old man blinded his wife by
gouging her eyes.
high profile cases sparked outcry and have prompted Jordan to take action.
Family Protection Department has beefed up its efforts to provide stronger
protection for abused women. In addition to its 24-hour hotline, it made it
easier for victims to file complaints through social media and a police app.
efforts to stem gender-based violence have not gone far enough.
Domestic Violence Protection Act, which was adopted in 2017, does not have a
definition of what constitutes violence against women. Marital rape is not even
considered a crime.
provide legal aid and support but they continue to struggle with limited
resources. There is a number of economic empowerment programmes to equip women
with skills, but they are not enough to pay the bills or take care of children.
couples are encouraged by the Family Protection Department to settle disputes
if the abuse was not a criminal offence. Some men who learn that hurting a
woman is not OK may stop, but others continue, particularly if the woman has no
family to support her. Since most women report abuse as the final straw,
reconciling with the attacker seems at best unlikely to succeed and at worst
abused women I talked to wished their husbands dead. Others who managed to
leave are staying at shelters, facing a bleak future. I have met some women who
struggled at first, but thanks to support from their families and NGOs, they
were able to stand on their own two feet.
Jordan and the wider Middle East to combat gender-based violence, social norms
and attitudes need to change and laws need to be reformed. Mothers need to
teach their sons that it is not acceptable to hurt women. Perhaps, most
importantly, women must strive to be financially independent or at least have a
job to help support themselves. Until then, tragic cases like that of Iman
Irsheid will remain all too common.
Source: The Arab Weekly
presence of Saudi women at world championships or games
World Championships in Athletics, taking place today in Eugene, USA, is the
first time in the history of Saudi Arabian athletics that women from Saudi
Arabia are taking part.
the Olympics in London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020, Saudi women will
record a historic presence with the participation of sprinter Yasmine
Al-Dabbagh in their eighteenth edition in Eugene, Oregon from 15 to July 24th.
is Al-Dabbagh’s second participation in international competition after the
Tokyo Olympics last summer, when she competed in the 100m and exited qualifying
ninth in her series with a time of 13.34 seconds before breaking her personal
best by Games in the Persian Gulf. last May when she placed fifth with a time
of 12.90 seconds.
dedicated Saudi women’s presence at the Olympics as the sixth athlete to
compete after runner Sarah Attar and judoka Wijdan Shahkhani who competed in
the London Olympics and Attar, fencers Lubna Al-Omair, runner Karimane Abu
Al-Jadael and judoka Judo Fahmy in Rio de Janeiro.
in Saudi Arabia performed well at the end of the last century and the beginning
of the new millennium, in particular, runner Saad Shaddad Al-Asmari won a
bronze medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the 1995 World Championships in
Gothenburg, Sweden. Barriers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
the only three runners present at America’s World Wedding were Yasmine Amr
Al-Dabbagh and pole vaulters Hussein Al Khizam and Mazen Al-Yassin, but the
latter was unable to compete due to injury.
Hizam qualified between 32 divers and his rating until the end of the
qualifying period was 29 in the qualifier list on June 26th and he put in a
fantastic effort during international meetings and external competitions and
showed remarkable levels that qualified him for the World Championships.
by Saudi forces in previous World Championships has been limited to middle and
long running, throwing, long jump and triple jump.
women work in health and care but earn less: UN report
— Women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 percent less than
their male counterparts – a larger gender pay gap than in other economic
sectors, two UN agencies said in a new report on Wednesday.
gender pay gap in the health and care sector: a global analysis in the time of
COVID-19 was published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the
World Health Organization (WHO).
documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to
24 percentage points when factors such as age, education and working time are
taken into account.
much of this gap is unexplained, the agencies said it is perhaps due to
discrimination towards women, who account for nearly 70 per cent of health and
care workers worldwide.
report also revealed that wages in the health and care tend to be lower overall
when compared with other sectors, which is consistent with the finding that
wages often are lower in areas where women are predominant.
even with the pandemic, and the crucial role played by health and care workers
during the crisis, there were only marginal improvements in pay equality
between 2019 and 2020.
health and care sector has endured low pay in general, stubbornly large gender
pay gaps, and very demanding working conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic clearly
exposed this situation while also demonstrating how vital the sector and its
workers are in keeping families, societies and economies going,” said Manuela
Tomei, Director of Conditions of Work and Equality Department at the ILO.
report also found a wide variation in gender pay gaps in different countries,
indicating that these gaps are not inevitable and that more can be done to
close the divide.
countries, gender pay gaps tend to be wider in higher pay categories, where men
are over-represented, while women are over-represented in the lower pay
working in the health and care sector also appear to suffer additional
penalties, with gender pay gaps significantly increasing during a woman’s
reproductive years and persisting throughout the rest of her working life.
more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women could lead to
women making different job choices, according to the report.
analysis also examines factors that are driving the gender pay gaps in the
health and care sector.
in age, education and working time, as well as the difference in the
participation of men and women in the public or private sectors, only address
part of the problem.
reasons why women are paid less than men with similar labour market profiles
remains, to a large extent, unexplained by labour market factors, the report
Tomei expressed hope that the report will spark dialogue and policy action as
there will be no inclusive, resilient and sustainable post-pandemic recovery
without a stronger health and care sector.
cannot have better-quality health and care services without better and fairer
working conditions, including fairer wages, for health and care workers, the
majority of whom are women,” she said.
Campbell, WHO’s Director of Health Workforce, added that the report contains
success stories in several countries, including wage increases and political
commitment to pay equity, which point the way forward.
comprise the majority of workers in the health and care sector, yet in far too
many countries systemic biases are resulting in pernicious pay penalties
against them," he said.
evidence and analysis in this ground-breaking report must inform governments,
employers and workers to take effective action.” — UN News
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