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Iran allegedly hangs woman to appease victim’s family despite her death by heart attack before execution

New Age Islam News Bureau

24 February 2021

 The execution of Zahra Ismaili, which was carried out in the infamous Rajai Shahr prison, above, has been condemned by human rights activists and analysts. (Wikimedia Commons)

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• Muslim women have always enjoyed prominent position in Islam, says MWL chief

• Lawmakers vow to strengthen pro-women laws implementation

• French female Daesh members begin hunger strike in Syria, demand return

• Yemen: 'Militarizing women impacts social cohesion'

• Saudi Arabia moves up global women inclusion rankings: World Bank

• SC to hear appeal against HC verdict barring female marriage registrars on April 4

• INTERVIEW: Female Saudi driver feels right at home at Diriyah E-Prix

• World Bank: Saudi Arabia maintains strong reform momentum in women legal reforms

• UAE tops MENA rankings in World Bank’s ‘Women, Business and the Law’ 2021 report

• Philippines: Nine women arrested over bomb plots

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Iran allegedly hangs woman to appease victim’s family despite her death by heart attack before execution

February 23, 2021

 

The execution of Zahra Ismaili, which was carried out in the infamous Rajai Shahr prison, above, has been condemned by human rights activists and analysts. (Wikimedia Commons)

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LONDON: The lawyer of an Iranian woman who died of a heart attack moments before she was hanged said the execution was carried out anyway to appease her alleged victim’s family.

Zahra Ismaili was convicted of murdering her husband AlirezaZamani, but her lawyer OmidMoradi said she was defending herself against violence.

Moradi, who said Zamani was an official in the Intelligence Ministry, posted online a depiction of his client’s ordeal.

He said Ismaili was in a line of people preparing for execution, behind 16 men, and while watching them being hanged ahead of her, she had a heart attack and died.

According to Moradi, the execution still went ahead so that Zamani’s mother could carry out the act of kicking the chair beneath her.

The execution, which was carried out in the infamous RajaiShahr prison, has been condemned by human rights activists and analysts.

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian academic who was recently released from prison in Iran, described the execution as “gruesome.”

KasraAarabi, an analyst at the Tony Blair Institute, said the killing was “truly barbaric. World leaders must speak out.”

JavaidRehman, the UN rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said in a recent report that 233 people were executed in the country in 2020, including three prisoners who were children at the time of their alleged offenses.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1814431/middle-east

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Muslim women have always enjoyed prominent position in Islam, says MWL chief

February 24, 2021

 

MWL chief Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa speaks at on online seminar organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall. (SPA)

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The secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, on Tuesday said the Muslim women always enjoyed a prominent position since the beginning of Islam and any violation of their rights are against the basic teachings of the religion.

He was speaking at an online seminar organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall.

Al-Issa said it is important to fight the wrong ideas about women propagated by extremist elements. He said armed struggle against terrorism and the deviant ideology is not enough. Al-Issa stressed the need to combat the extremist narrative using intellectual means to root it out from the world.

He stressed the need to promote dialogue between the East and the West to bridge the gap between different communities, cultures and civilizations.

The MWL chief blamed the trust deficit between different communities for violence. He explained the Islamic concept of moderation and its importance to promote global peace and harmony.

Al-Issa highlighted the efforts of the MWL in forging ties with several religious organizations around the world to spread its message of peace and coexistence.

Kim McCleary Blue, president of the World Affairs Council, praised the efforts of the MWL in promoting a culture of dialogue and cooperation between followers of different religions and cultures.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1814736/saudi-arabia

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Lawmakers vow to strengthen pro-women laws implementation

February 24, 2021

PESHAWAR: The KP Assembly lawmakers here on Tuesday vowed to strengthen the implementation and oversight of the pro-women laws including those on domestic violence and reproductive health.

They were speaking at a consultation jointly hosted by Blue Veins and Awaz-Centre for Development Services (CDS) Pakistan, non-governmental organizations.

The event was arranged in collaboration with the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of the KP Assembly and Social Welfare and Women Empowerment Department. KP Assembly Deputy Speaker Mehmood Jan, MPAs, WPC members, officials from the Law, Population Welfare and Social Welfare departments and civil society organisations.

The speakers said the woman legislators in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly are playing an efficient role in taking forward the issues, particularly those related to women, girls, children and transgender persons.

KP Assembly Deputy Speaker Khyber Mehmood Jan said: “The pro-women legislation in the past few years have shown the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s government strong commitments to the issues.”

He said collective efforts and actions are a focus of the KP Assembly to ensure that vulnerable communities are better protected and benefit from the laws and their implementation.

Member Provincial Assembly and WPC Vice-President MadihaNisar said: “The WPC is always ready to join hands with the civil society for implementing the pro-women legislation to strengthen the protection of the rights of women and eliminate violence against women.

MPA and Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education Aisha Bano said: “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has done two significant legislation on domestic violence and reproductive health for the province. If improvement and compliance are desired, the relevant institutions and enforcement bodies need to be strengthened. Strong coordination among the departments should be ensured”.

A law-maker from Jamaat-e-IslamiHumairaKhatoon, WPC Joint Secretary, dispelled the impression that religio-political parties are against pro-women legislation. She stressed that all laws in the country should as per injunctions of Islam.

Zia-ur-Rehman, Executive Director, Awaz CDS Pakistan, said: “According to the recent results of Sustainable Development Goals Citizens’ Scorecard, around 67 per cent of women do not have access to medico-legal facilities in KP in case of violence and torture. Less than 39 per cent of women complain against harassment in the public sphere that hinders their mobility”.

He said over 50 per cent of respondents have claimed that there are cases of child, early and forced marriages in their areas. “Therefore, there is a dire need for legislation against child marriages in the province,” Zia-ur-Rehman added.

The speaker demanded formulation of rules of business for the recently passed domestic violence act at the earliest.

Appreciating the legislation on domestic violence and reproductive healthcare rights, QamarNaseem Programme, Coordinator, Blue Veins, called for monitoring, oversight, resource and budget allocation, support, coordination and the empowerment of enforcement bodies to achieve the objectives.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/794691-lawmakers-vow-to-strengthen-pro-women-laws-implementation

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French female Daesh members begin hunger strike in Syria, demand return

February 23, 2021

Ten French women who joined Daesh and are now being held in Syria, began a hunger strike to protest France's refusal to repatriate them or their children, their lawyers said.

Marie Dosé and LudovicRivière, the women's lawyers, said in a joint statement that the women should be tried in France, and that "for more than two years" they "have been waiting to pay for what they have done".

"After years of waiting and no possibility [of] a trial (…) [the women] feel that they have no other choice but to abstain from eating," the statement added.

In audio messages sent to their families, the lawyers added, the women said they can no longer bear watching their children suffer, and that they want to assume their responsibility and to be tried in France.

Nearly 80 foreign women who joined Daesh, along with their 200 children, are being held in camps in Syria run by US-backed Kurdish forces.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which works in the Al-Hawl and Rouge camps in north-eastern Syria, says children there suffer from malnutrition and severe respiratory diseases during the winter season.

Last November, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child warned of the "immediate" danger to the lives of these children, who are being held in "inhumane sanitary conditions" and who are deprived of "the most basic foodstuffs".

For years, Paris has adopted a case-by-case policy regarding the return of these children. So far, only 35 have been repatriated, most of them orphans.

The two lawyers said, abandoning these women in these camps is completely irresponsible and inhuman.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210223-french-female-daesh-members-begin-hunger-strike-in-syria-demand-return/

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Yemen: 'Militarizing women impacts social cohesion'

Mohammed Alragawi

24.02.2021

Earlier this month, authorities in the northeasternMarib province of war-ravaged Yemen claimed having busted a spy cell by arresting eight women.

They have been accused of working for the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who currently control the capital Sanaa and a large part of northern Yemen.

On the other side, three civil rights groups recently documented the case of Asma al-Omaisi, 22, a mother of two children, sentenced to death by Houthi rebels. They have also accused her of spying for government forces.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, KawkabAlthaibani, director of an NGO, Women for Yemen Network, described it as a new phenomenon, where women are allegedly recruited to work in intelligence networks.

A former prison inmate, Fawzia al-Mahwiti, said that Houthi rebels had forced her to spy on fellow prisoners.

She was earlier working as a prison official, but she submitted a resignation protesting against the treatment of women by Houthis when they took over Sanaa.

But they imprisoned her and asked her to snoop on prisoners as a condition to accept her resignation.

“I was threatened. They lodged me with prisoners for three weeks and asked me to spy on them. They threatened to harm my children. When I was released, they asked me to train other female guards before they accept my resignation,” she added.

“Six days later after my release, they sent some military personnel to arrest me again. But with the help of colleagues, I managed to escape with kids to Aden. Since then I have not returned to Sanaa,” she said.

A report by the UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen last September found children being recruited by the warring armed groups.

The report cited that 34 girls aged 13-17 were recruited by the Houthi rebels in five years from 2015-2020 to work as spies, guards, medics, and members of the Zainabiyat -- a women's military group established by Houthis.

Government forces recruit women

“Girls from Houthi-affiliated or socio-economically disadvantaged families, or those in detention, were especially targeted for recruitment. As many as 12 girls allegedly survived sexual violence or were forced to marry, which was also directly linked to their recruitment,” said the report.

The Panel of Experts on Yemen in their report to the UN Security Council in January 2020 also documented multiple violations perpetrated by Zainabiyat that included arbitrary arrest and detention of women, sexual assault, beatings, torture, and facilitating rape in secret detention centers.

Media reports suggested that in Taiz, a city in southwestern Yemen, the groups aligned to government forces have also recruited women. Besides being used to undertake medical and relief work, they are also asked to carry out raids on suspected houses.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, HooriaMashhour, a former minister of human rights, said while she favors women taking over the highest positions in the Defense Ministry, using them as combatants should be completely rejected.

“This is because they are going to be used to arrest, detain, imprison and torture other women,“ she said.

In October 2015, Taiz witnessed a graduation ceremony of the first batch of female police officers where they demonstrated some of their combat skills.

Another batch of 86 female soldiers joined the 35th Armored Brigade under the name of the Hope Batch.

Althaibani said while the involvement of women in any armed groups is problematic, but the situation in Taiz was a reaction unlike in the north where rebels are systematically using women.

Zainabiyat military parade shock for Yemenis

Three years ago, media displayed pictures of Zainabiyat female forces participating in a military parade in Sanaa, carrying machine guns and Kalashnikovs.

Observers said that the scenes angered the conservative Yemeni people, who used to keep women away from any politically driven conflicts or anything that is associated with violence or causes harm and danger.

“Houthis use women as a tactic to appeal to social norms. So, many people would not disagree with this act because Houthis always claim that this act comes in respect to society and its tradition as female security groups are formed to protect other women,” Althaibani said.

She said that the militarization of women has impacted social cohesion in Yemen.

“Families within the same neighborhood feel insecure when female militants live in the same neighborhood. This will install further fear among people and social cohesion is going to get more destroyed,” she said.

Mashhour said this phenomenon needs to be addressed once the war ends. She called for the demobilization and rehabilitation of female soldiers.

But many observers say that it is the lure of salary and perks as well since the warning parties prioritize paying to combatants rather than using the money for public services.

However, Tawfiq al-Humeidi, head of SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties, said that the issue was not connected to the economic situation. He blamed Houthis for militarizing the society by raising Zainabiyat's force. Describing recruitment of girls as combatants as a negative sign of the war, he said action further contributed to the violations of human rights, especially attacks against women.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/yemen-militarizing-women-impacts-social-cohesion/2155177

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Saudi Arabia moves up global women inclusion rankings: World Bank

ReemKrimly

24 February ,2021

Saudi Arabia has made progress for the second year in a row in the “Women, Business and Law 2021” report issued by the World Bank, scoring 80 points out of 100, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday.

The report is “a series of annual studies measuring the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies,” according to the World Bank website.

Last year, the Kingdom scored 70.6 out of 100. This year’s score of 80 raised Saudi Arabia’s ranking to become one of the leading countries of the report in the Middle East and North Africa region.

According to the World Bank report, this achievement by the Kingdom is “an affirmation of the strength and continued momentum of legislative reforms in laws and regulations related to women, as the Kingdom has achieved gender equality in all areas of employment, to meet the needs of the labor market,” SPA said.

The Kingdom has achieved a full score of 100 in five main indicators out of eight measured by the World Bank report: mobility, pension, entrepreneurship, workplace, and pay.

Dr. Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi, the Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Competitiveness Center, said that this achievement comes as a result of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s keenness to implementing reforms in the Kingdom, according to SPA.

The minister expressed his appreciation to the government agencies that have contributed to the implementation of legislative reforms aimed at enhancing the role of women in economic development and raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.

He added that the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 has “contributed to supporting the implementation of these reforms.”

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program aims to raise the participation of women in the labor market from 22 percent to 30 percent.

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/02/24/Vision-2030-Saudi-Arabia-moves-up-global-women-inclusion-rankings-World-Bank

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SC to hear appeal against HC verdict barring female marriage registrars on April 4

February 23, 2021

A full bench of the Supreme Court will hold a hearing on April 4 on an appeal challenging the High Court verdict that barred women from becoming Nikah (Muslim marriage) registrars in the country.

Chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC Justice HasanFoez Siddique today sent the appeal to its full bench and fixed April 4 for hearing the matter.

The apex court chamber judge passed the order after a brief hearing on the leave to appeal petition against the HC verdict filed by rights organisation Foundation for Law and Development.

The HC in a verdict on February 26 last year ruled that women could not become Nikah registrars due to certain "physical conditions" and social as well as practical situations of the country.

"It has to be borne in mind that due to certain physical conditions a lady cannot enter the mosque during a certain time of the month. She is even excused from performing the mandatory daily prayers during this particular time. This disqualification does not allow her to conduct the religious task. We are mindful of the fact that Muslim marriage is a religious ceremony and has to be guided by the terms and dictates of Islam," the HC bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and KaziZinatHoque observed.

The judges came up with the observation in a full text of a verdict which was released after they signed it recently.

The HC bench delivered the verdict after rejecting a writ petition filed by a marriage registrar candidate, Ayesha Siddiqua, from Dinajpur challenging a government decision not to recruit her as a Nikah register.

https://www.thedailystar.net/law-our-rights/law-news/news/sc-hear-appeal-against-hc-verdict-barring-female-marriage-registrars-april-4-2049917

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INTERVIEW: Female Saudi driver feels right at home at Diriyah E-Prix

February 21, 2021

RIYADH: Ahead of the 2021 Diriyah E-Prix double-header on Friday, Arab News caught up with Reema Al-Juffali, one of Saudi Arabia’s rising stars in motorsports. Al-Juffali, 29, talked about Formula E, sustainability and her dream race.

Q: You made history in Diriyah by becoming the first female racer to drive competitively in the Kingdom during the Jaguar I-Pace. What did that moment mean to you?

That was a day of many firsts for me and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. It was my first time racing in an electric car and my first time racing in an international event on home soil, so it was truly a historic moment for me and my country. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to race in front of home fans and it was the highlight of my career so far. Hopefully, there will be many more opportunities like this in the future.

Q: The Diriyah Circuit has become one of the more iconic circuits in Formula E. What do you think makes it so special?

The circuit has been hailed by many drivers as a very unique and challenging track to drive. I think part of this is because we have the world’s most modern motorsport taking place on a site that honors the Kingdom’s past. It is a very special combination. Racing in the heart of Diriyah gives you a very strong feeling of connection to our Kingdom’s history. For me, having never raced on a street circuit before, I had to adjust to being closer to the walls while driving an electric car but it is something I love and will never forget.

Q: Now in its third year, we have seen Saudis become more engaged with the Diriyah E-Prix. Can you tell us about the excitement you are sensing ahead of this year’s race?

The passion for motorsport in the Kingdom runs deep. Bringing events like Formula E to Saudi is very exciting for racing fans who are not familiar with street racing. I am also very proud of the first Formula E night race to take place at the circuit on home soil, which will be an incredible moment for the country and the sport. It is fantastic to see the organizers making the most of the global spotlight that motorsport brings. It will showcase some of the beauty of our land and our capacity to put on brilliant, world-class events.

Q: Formula E stretches beyond just sports, it also aims to promote a sustainable and clean future, which is in line with the Saudi government’s initiatives. How important is it for a sport to promote the sustainability message in the Kingdom and beyond?

Our country is on a journey toward sustainability. Formula E’s message for promoting a clean future complements the aspirations of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. As a driver, I feel a responsibility to spread awareness regarding the need for a more sustainable approach to everyday life. I am honored to be a part of this journey towards a more environmentally conscious future.

Q: You are currently competing in Formula 4. What are your aspirations for the future?

One of my ultimate goals in life is to race Le Mans with some of the best drivers in the world. But more than anything I just want to excel in my field, regardless of the category or the event. I want to feel proud of my performance. The sky is the limit.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1812921/sport

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World Bank: Saudi Arabia maintains strong reform momentum in women legal reforms

February 24, 2021

RIYADH — For two years in a row, Saudi Arabia has achieved notable progress in the “Women, Business and the Law (WBL) Report”, a global measure of women legal reforms published by the World Bank Group.

On a scale of 1 to 100, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia scored 80 in WBL 2021, up from 70.6 in WBL 2020. Its performance is most remarkable in five indicators on which it scored at the top of the scale: mobility, workplace, pay, entrepreneurship, and pension.

These scores put Saudi Arabia on a par with many advanced economies with long traditions of women legal reforms.

The Kingdom’s strong performance comes as a result of a raft of reforms that it implemented last year to further expand women’s participation in the economy.

Saudi Arabia equalized women’s access to all types of jobs in the labor market, lifted restrictions on their employment in sectors previously considered unsafe, and eliminated the ban on women’s night work.

Commenting on the results, Dr.Majed Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and chairman of the board of the National Competitiveness Center, indicated that the Kingdom’s performance reflects King Salman’s commitment to enabling Saudi women to fully participate in the social and economic development of their country.

They also reflect the unwavering attention that Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has dedicated to ensuring an effective whole-of-government approach to implementing women legal reforms.

Saudi Arabia’s new reforms build on a succession of similar reforms that it has implemented since the launch of Vision 2030 in 2016, including lifting restrictions on women’s mobility, equalizing access to public services, guaranteeing equal benefits in the labor market, and instituting protections against harassment in the workplace and in public spaces, among other reforms.

Women, Business and Law report, a yearly publication of the World Bank group, assesses and reports on women legal reforms in 190 countries around the globe, using an index with eight indicators: mobility, pay, parenthood, assets, workplace, marriage, entrepreneurship, and pension. — SPA

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/603810

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World Bank: Saudi Arabia maintains strong reform momentum in women legal reforms

February 24, 2021

RIYADH — For two years in a row, Saudi Arabia has achieved notable progress in the “Women, Business and the Law (WBL) Report”, a global measure of women legal reforms published by the World Bank Group.

On a scale of 1 to 100, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia scored 80 in WBL 2021, up from 70.6 in WBL 2020. Its performance is most remarkable in five indicators on which it scored at the top of the scale: mobility, workplace, pay, entrepreneurship, and pension.

These scores put Saudi Arabia on a par with many advanced economies with long traditions of women legal reforms.

The Kingdom’s strong performance comes as a result of a raft of reforms that it implemented last year to further expand women’s participation in the economy.

Saudi Arabia equalized women’s access to all types of jobs in the labor market, lifted restrictions on their employment in sectors previously considered unsafe, and eliminated the ban on women’s night work.

Commenting on the results, Dr.Majed Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and chairman of the board of the National Competitiveness Center, indicated that the Kingdom’s performance reflects King Salman’s commitment to enabling Saudi women to fully participate in the social and economic development of their country.

They also reflect the unwavering attention that Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has dedicated to ensuring an effective whole-of-government approach to implementing women legal reforms.

Saudi Arabia’s new reforms build on a succession of similar reforms that it has implemented since the launch of Vision 2030 in 2016, including lifting restrictions on women’s mobility, equalizing access to public services, guaranteeing equal benefits in the labor market, and instituting protections against harassment in the workplace and in public spaces, among other reforms.

Women, Business and Law report, a yearly publication of the World Bank group, assesses and reports on women legal reforms in 190 countries around the globe, using an index with eight indicators: mobility, pay, parenthood, assets, workplace, marriage, entrepreneurship, and pension. — SPA

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/603810

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Philippines: Nine women arrested over bomb plots

February 23, 2021

Security forces seized bomb-making equipment during raids.

Nine women suspected of plotting to blow up military targets in the restive southern Philippines have been arrested, the army said on Tuesday.

Security forces detained the women and seized bomb-making equipment during raids on Friday of several homes on Joloisland, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group.

Most of the women were the daughters or widows of slain Abu Sayyaf fighters and included several “potential suicide bombers”, Major General William Gonzales said in a statement.

“This is how desperate the remaining terrorists are, willing to sacrifice their families just to get back at government forces,” Gonzales said.

The women had been monitored giving “financial or logistical support to their relatives” in Abu Sayyaf, First Lieutenant Jerrica Manongdo told AFP.

They allegedly planned to attack soldiers with improvised explosive devices.

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/rest-of-asia/philippines-nine-women-arrested-over-bomb-plots

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