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Kerala to Give Free Legal Aid to Muslim Women Given Triple Talaq

New Age Islam News Bureau

7 Apr 2017

The Islamic Sharia Law allows men to divorce their wives by simply saying ‘Talaq’ three times, a custom that has turned into a cultural and political flashpoint in recent times. (AP File Photo)


 Israel Appoints Its First Woman Muslim Diplomat

 Speech at UNK Focus on Misconceptions of Muslim Women

 Ayaan Hirsi-Ali and Australian Muslim Women

 Removing Hijab for Work? Muslim Women in Europe Discuss a Difficult Choice

 NGO Pays Rs 4 Lakh Fine to Release Pakistan Woman With India-Born Daughter From Amritsar Jail

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau




Kerala to Give Free Legal Aid To Muslim Women Given Triple Talaq

Apr 06, 2017

Women in Kerala divorced through the Islamic tradition of triple Talaq can now receive free legal aid sponsored by the state government.

Kerala’s minority commission constituted a special committee under retired judge PK Haneefa to provide legal assistance to divorced women whose husbands invoked the Sharia law by verbally saying ‘Talaq’ thrice. It also set up a toll free helpline number (0471-2315122).

On Wednesday -- the first day of its sitting -- the committee received 21 complaints of women left to fend for themselves. If the committee does well, similar ones will be constituted in all 14 districts.



Israel Appoints Its First Woman Muslim Diplomat

Apr 06, 2017

Israel has appointed its first female Muslim diplomat, who will soon represent Tel Aviv in Turkey.

Rasha Atamny, 31, a Palestinian Arab born in Baqa al-Gharbiya town in central Israel, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in Ankara, the Times of Israel reported.

She studied psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before she was accepted into the three-year foreign ministry cadet course, one of only 21 candidates to make the cut.

In a blog written while she was in university, Atamny said she honed her diplomatic skills in her collegiate Model UN club. A year after joining the club, Atamny was accepted to represent Israel at the UN in New York as a youth ambassador for three months.

She described as a turning point her participation in the Human Rights Assembly Committee during a discussion on the violation of women’s rights.

“This time I listened to the speeches from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Egypt condemning Israel’s systematic violations of women’s rights while I, an Arab-Muslim woman of Palestinian origin, represent Israel at the UN General Assembly,” she wrote. Atamny is not Israel’s first female Arab diplomat, but she is the first to be sent abroad — Christian-Arab Rania Jubran worked for the foreign ministry from 2006 to 2009, but left shortly before she was due to be sent to Cairo.

Israel has several male Muslim and Christian diplomats.



Speech At UNK Focus On Misconceptions Of Muslim Women

Apr 06, 2017

KEARNEY, Neb.-- They are a group thought of one way, but really Muslim women have become an influential voice.

Thursday, they were the topic of discussion at UNK.

"There's a lot of mystique around Muslim women. Traditionally there's been a lot of mystique around that. Muslim women are always seen as voiceless dis-empowered women, but in fact many of the Muslim women are very active, working towards piece and dialogue, very creatively, despite many challenges that they face," said Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana.

Kadayifci-Orellana is a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University and was Thursday's presenter at Copeland Hall.

The topic was one that several students had began taking interest.

"It was one of my students favorite topics, so I thought, 'Well, when we bring a speaker in the spring, I should probably maybe follow up on that issue because it was so popular with my students," said Carol Lilly, UNK International Studies Program Director.

Thursday's speech not only dispelled some of those stereotypes with women, but also showcased how Muslim women are empowering themselves, even in the United States.

"If you look at some of the statistics Muslim women are one of the most educated women in the United States. There are many doctors. There are many teachers. There are many other opportunities for Muslim women and Muslim women have been taking advantage of those opportunities," said Kadayifci-Orellana.

One Muslim student said she didn't realize there are so many prominent muslim women. She said that it's inspired her to have bigger voice.

"She got me more excited to talk about Islam more and more. Maybe now I don't feel too worried to talk about Islam," said Mazoun Elnofli.

Lilly said the topic is more than a political one and hopes more of her students pursue studying it more.



Ayaan Hirsi-Ali And Australian Muslim Women

5 April 2017

Just mention the name of the Somali-born critic of radical Islam and you’ll divide opinion.

The former Dutch politician, who survived female genital mutilation as a child and now lives under constant protection, is either a truth-teller about Islamic doctrine , or an ally of anti-Muslim bigots, if not one herself!

Hirsi-Ali cancelled her Australian visit this week after threats to her security.

About 400 Muslim women signed an online petition opposing her visit. They said their views reflected, "the huge diversity of opinion among Australian Muslim women."

The spokesperson for the group is Melbourne businesswoman Hanna Assafiri Is she happy Ayaan Hirsi Ali has called off her tour?



Removing Hijab for Work? Muslim Women in Europe Discuss a Difficult Choice

By Mariam Nabbout

April 07, 2017

In a video published by The Guardian on Wednesday, three Muslim women discuss how their lives changed after the European court of justice's decision allowed employers to ban religious clothing at the workplace inside the European Union. The video was published in both English and Arabic.

Even though the women live in three different European countries, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (still in Brexit transition period) and Spain, the video illustrates similar struggles they now face in the aftermath of the ruling.

In their moving testaments, Ibtissam Al Zahir, Nada Abdel Muniem and Ayane Baudouin reflect on how difficult and unfair it is for a Muslim woman to have to choose between losing her hijab or her job.

In the video, Al Zahir who lives in Spain emotionally explains how she had to make the difficult decision to remove her Hijab, saying "at the end, I said, OK I will take it off, just give me work." She goes on to express her guilt over the decision.

Abdel Muniem who lives in the Netherlands speaks of similar struggles and explains that wearing a Hijab where she currently lives would be "like a wall separating her" from Dutch society. She eventually had to resort to wearing a hat and scarf to keep her hair covered and still be able to work.

Baudouin in London, UK says that she is fortunate because she has yet to face issues with employers judging her choice to wear a hijab. But also explains that if she ever had to make a decision between making a living or "expressing her religious identity," the decision would be extremely difficult to make.

Shortly after the video was shared on Facebook people took to the platform to share their opinions on the issue.

While the European Court of Justice's ruling would technically apply to all religious symbols, including Christian crosses, the Hindu bindi (red forehead dot) and the Jewish kippah, the specific cases brought before the court featured Muslim women. 

The ruling specifically addressed a Belgian woman working for G4S Secure Solutions. She was banned from wearing the headscarf as part of a company policy barring all visible religious symbols. Another case involved a French woman who works in IT. She was asked to remove the hijab after a client complained.



NGO Pays Rs 4 Lakh Fine to Release Pakistan Woman with India-Born Daughter from Amritsar Jail

April 7, 2017

A fine of Rs. four lakh was paid to the Indian court by Batala-based NGO ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ to save a Pakistani mother and her India-born daughter.  The Pakistani woman Fatima along with her sister was arrested at the Attari railway station in 2006 while they were travelling from Pakistan to India in Samjohta train. Both the women were arrested for the possession of contraband drugs.

The Indian court pronounced her ten years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs four lakh after finding her convicted and also stated that if they unable to pay off the fine they will have to stay more in the prison.  At the time of arrest, Fatima was pregnant and had delivered her baby girl Hina in the jail.  President of Society for Women Empowerment and Green Causes Advocate Navjot Kaur Chabba, who is facilitating the release of the two women and Indian girl Hina, said that she had met all the three in the jail on Thursday.

“Both of them are very happy with their early release and have expressed gratitude towards everyone pursuing their case and have also urged the Pakistan government and Pak NGO’s to come forward to help Indians lodged in Pak jail” she said.




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