New Age Islam News Bureau
29 September 2021
• Women’s Cycling Challenge to Take Place at Dubai’s Al-Qudra Track In October
• Dana Feels Proud Of Becoming First Saudi Female Coach To Attend European Volleyball Program
• Female Afghan Teachers, Health Workers Ask US to Unfreeze Assets
• Tunisian President Appoints First Woman Prime Minister, Najla Bouden Romdhane
• Women Held Over 38pc of Decision-Making Positions In Public Sector In 2020, Says Malay Deputy Minister
• Women’s League Rejects Former Haritha Leaders’ Gender Politics
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Qatar’s Sheikha Asma Becomes First Arab Woman to climb a 8,000er ‘Killer Mountain’ , Mount Manaslu, Without Oxygen
By Menatalla Ibrahim
September 29, 2021
Asma al Thani at Mt. Manaslu in Gorkha's summit in Nepal. [Instagram]
Qatar’s Sheikha Asma al-Thani became the first Arab woman to climb a 8,000er without oxygen after reaching the top of Mount Manaslu, the eighth tallest mountain in the world.
Manaslu summit point is one of the most dangerous in the world, with locals nicknaming it “Killer Mountain” due to its treacherous slopes.
Towering in the west-central above the pine forests of Nepal’s Budhi Gandaki river valley, the mountain stands at 8,163m above the sea, with the summit point so narrow that it cannot accommodate 2-3 climbers together.
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On her Instagram page, the local mountaineer said the journey was challenging and pushed her out of her comfort zone at every level. Fortunately, after all the hard work, Sheikha now holds a title that will forever be documented in history.
“The Qatar flag has been raised for the first time on the top of Manaslu,” the climber narrated on her social media.
Asma al Thani at Mt. Manaslu in Gorkha’s summit in Nepal. [Instagram]
“From training two times a day with @clairemurphyxo (Claire Murphy) and @pierredaniel_active (Pierre Daniel) to mentally preparing for a goal I never thought I could set for myself until @Nimsdai (Nirmal Purja) set my goal a little higher. ‘You can do this without oxygen’ – he said,” Asma recalled, adding that she had a restless night without sleep to reach the summit.
However, it was all worth it. The record-setter said that the moment she started the summit push, all she could remember was Mohamed bin Abdulla al-Thani’s words of wisdom:
“Don’t forget to look up at the stars. Why do we even try when the barriers are so high and the odds are so low? Why don’t we just pack it in and go home? Our goals, and challenges are what spark that magic within us. We can only go forward if we tell ourselves we can,” he would say.
And slowly, after overcoming all challenges, the Qatari woman became the first Arab to summit an 8,000er without O2.
“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny,” she said in her Instagram post, in which she thanked all her friends and family who supported her throughout her adventures.
“Everything changed, my dreams just got a little bigger,” the post read.
“It takes a person that knows the power of a dream to expand it beyond what you think is possible,” she added.
In a tweet, Qatar Olympic Committee praised Asma’s achievement, which has earned Qatar a well-deserved new Arab record.
“Congratulations to all of Qatar. Our flag waves high at an altitude of 8,163m above sea level. Qatari mountain climber @atalthani (Sheikha Asma al-Thani) reaches the summit of Mount Manaslu, 8th tallest mountain in the world, and becomes the first Arab women to climb an 8,000er without oxygen,” the committee tweeted.
And with big achievements come bigger dreams.
For her next goal, Sheikha Asma hopes to become the first Qatari woman to stand at 8,849 metres above sea level at Everest’s summit, adding yet another title to her records.
She conquered two summers in 2018 and 2019 when she became the first Qatari to ski the last degree to the North Pole and summit Aconcagua, consecutively.
Her main goal is to become the first woman from the Middle East to complete the Explorers Grand Slam — a challenge to reach both North Pole, South Pole, and climb all the Seven Summits (Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Puncak Jaya, and Mount Elbrus).
Source: Doha News
Women’s Cycling Challenge to take place at Dubai’s Al-Qudra track in October
September 28, 2021
DUBAI: The second edition of the Women’s Cycling Challenge is set to take place at Dubai’s Al-Qudra Cycle Track in Al-Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve on Oct. 8, Emirates News Agency WAM has reported.
The event is being presented by logistics firm DP World and held under the umbrella of Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Women’s Sports Committee, in association with the UAE Cycling Federation.
The challenge, over 40-kilometer and 70-kilometer distances, is open to cyclists of all skill levels who can take part as individuals or in teams.
A DSC spokesperson said: “The Women’s Cycling Challenge supports a healthy and active lifestyle for women, providing them with an opportunity to practice sports and physical activity that enables them to compete in an environment that conforms to the customs and traditions of the UAE. It is one of our strategic objectives, and the Women’s Cycling Challenge is an initiative that seeks to further those aims.
“We are pleased that DP World is a partner and supporter of this important sports event for women in the UAE, championing the opportunities and initiatives that women have to participate in sports at every level in the country.”
Nabil Qayed, director of people and general administration for the UAE in DP World’s people department, said: “As a global logistics leader, we not only enable smart trade, but work to create a better future for everyone.
“In alignment with this goal and our sustainability strategy that impacts people, communities, and the environment, we take pride in our association with the Women’s Cycling Challenge that is dedicated to promoting female health and wellness.
“At an organizational level, we have constantly supported women and are committed to increasing female representation in every sphere, thus promoting women’s aspirations in the UAE,” Qayed added.
Riders will race through the Al-Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, which is home to 204 species of native birds, 158 species of migratory birds, many endangered animals, as well as Arabian oryx, Arabian sand gazelles, foxes, and wild cats.
The 3,000-year-old Saruq Al-Hadid archaeological site — one of the oldest in the country dating back to the Iron Age — is also located within the reserve.
Ruth Dickinson, the event’s director, said: “Women cycling for recreation and as a way to keep fit is popular in Dubai and across the UAE. Around the region, it is a fast-growing sport and pastime for women of all levels of fitness and riding capability.
“In Dubai, we have excellent facilities and easy access to cycle tracks around the city and this has encouraged more women to take up cycling competitively and socially.
“We are encouraging women at every level of ability to join the challenge. We would like to see women come and ride to compete, or cycle just for fun and enjoy a great experience,” she added.
Source: Arab News
Dana feels proud of becoming first Saudi female coach to attend European Volleyball Program
September 28, 2021
RIYADH – Dana Ali Mohsen has become the first Saudi female volleyball coach to participate in the European Volleyball Federation Program, which was held from Sept. 24 to 26 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
She was among 10 coaches picked from the Asian continent to participate in the international training to enhance their qualification to undertake national volleyball projects for the beginners. Her participation was made possible with the support of the Saudi Volleyball Federation.
Dana expressed her happiness and pride over getting the unique opportunity to represent Saudi Arabia in the field of training and participation in the international tournament. “I am very confident that Saudi women have the ambition to achieve success, in light of the support and attention we receive from the Ministry of Sports.
“I will do my best to develop the women’s volleyball, and we have a group of female players to develop their level of competence to participate in international matches and present an attractive image in international forums,” she said.
The European program is classified as a deal for trainers and physical education teachers working at the grass-roots level. More than 150 male and female coaches participated in the European Volleyball Program, which is a fertile environment for the exchange of expertise and experiences in the dissemination and development of the volleyball game.
Dana’s passion for volleyball began to emerge from an early age and she worked hard to develop her capabilities. She used to play the game at every time and place, until it became her daily routine, before she developed a passion for training and leading to the establishment of her team named “Blue Clickers”, which includes nearly 40 players.
The Blue Clickers was among the teams participating in the first Saudi Women’s Volleyball Championship, which was held in August and September this year.
A total of 14 teams participated in the zonal qualifying matches held in Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province in August. From the 14 teams the future Saudi volleyball team is expected to emerge. A total of six teams — two teams qualified from each zone — participated in the final phase of the championship that began in Riyadh on Sept. 9.
Source: Saudi Gazette
Female Afghan teachers, health workers ask US to unfreeze assets
28 Sep 2021
A number of female Afghan teachers and health workers gathered in a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday, September 28, and asked the US and its allies to unfreeze billions of dollars and give them back to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
They also asked international banks and other organizations to help them in paying their salaries.
In the press conference, the women said that Afghanistan desperately needs the financial support of the international bank and organization for the continuation of their jobs in Afghanistan.
About the increase in the level of literacy in Afghanistan, the women said that the international community should support the programs to increase the level of literacy and Islamic studies in Afghanistan.
They also said that the people of Afghanistan are living in a critical economic situation, thus they have to be helped.
Source: Khaama Press
Tunisian President Appoints First Woman Prime Minister, Najla Bouden Romdhane
September 29, 2021
TUNIS: Tunisian President Kais Saied has named Najla Bouden Romdhane as prime minister and asked her to quickly form a government, the presidency said in a statement on social media on Wednesday.
Romdhane is a university engineering professor with World Bank experience, the local Mosaique FM reported.
Saied dismissed the previous prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed wide executive powers in July and has been under growing domestic and international pressure to form a new government.
Source: Arab News
Women Held Over 38pc of Decision-Making Positions In Public Sector In 2020, Says Malay Deputy Minister
29 Sep 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — Women hold 38.2 per cent of decision-making posts in the public sector by filling most of the Premier Grade C and above posts in 2020, said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff.
She said this was based on statistics by the Public Service Department (JPA) in 2020.
In the private sector, she said, women held 25 per cent of the decision-making posts based on their membership on the board of directors in the top 100 public listed companies.
“The number of women representatives in the Dewan Rakyat is now almost 15 per cent, which is 33 women out of 220 parliamentary seats (there are two vacant seats in parliament currently).
“The percentage of women in the Dewan Negara (Senate) is also almost 15 per cent, which is eight women out of 53 senators,” she said in response to a question from Nor Azrina Surip (PH-Merbok) during the question and answer session in Parliament today.
She also told the house that efforts to increase women's representation in Parliament was the responsibility of all political parties.
Meanwhile, at a press conference later, Siti Zailah said, the ministry planned to meet with several political leaders to discuss efforts to achieve 30 per cent women female representation in Parliament.
Most political parties use the 'winnable candidate' factor as a benchmark to nominate members as election candidates, she said, adding that efforts should be made to increase women participation in policy making. — Bernama
Source: Malay Mail
Women’s League rejects former Haritha leaders’ gender politics
29th September 2021
KOZHIKODE: In an apparent reply to the gender issues raised by former leaders of Haritha, Women’s League national general secretary Noorbina Rashid asserted that the ideology of the party is minority politics and not gender politics. Speaking at the meeting in memory of C H Muhammad Koya organised by the new Hartiha committee here on Tuesday, she said gender politics does not figure anywhere in the constitution of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).
“Politics of IUML is that of the religious minorities. But recently, there were some talks that the issues of gender were the concern of the party,” Noorbina said. She asserted there is no discrimination between the male and the female in the IUML politics. The only concern is the issue of justice, she said.
She added that those who are born in the Muslim community have a culture, which should be protected. Islam is a code of conduct and the moral principles the religion upholds should be preserved in every sphere, she said. It may be recalled that the former leaders of Haritha had said that the rights they demand are protected in the IUML constitution. But by referring to the party constitution, Noorbina is reminding them that the priorities of the party are different and are driven completely by the framework of the religion.
In the speech, Noorbina also said her role model is Hajira Beevi, wife of Prophet Ibrahim, who is known as the Iron Lady of Islam. (It may be recalled that former Haritha leader Fathima Thahliya had stated that her inspiration was Communist leader KR Gowri). Former Haritha leaders had raised a banner of revolt against a few MSF leaders, who, the girls alleged, verbally insulted them with sexually-coloured remarks. Support had poured in for the girls on the social media after they hit out at patriarchy at a press conference on September 15.
Noorbina’s speech has come at a time when there is a general feeling that the IUML is getting softer towards the girls. Party leaders P K Kunhalikutty and P M A Salam, who initially stated that the issue is a closed chapter, had said that they are ready for talks with the rebel girls. But there is a rethinking among a section of the leaders that the party should not give in before the pressure tactics of the girls. There is also a feeling that certain forces that are antagonistic to the IUML are triggering the issue with ulterior motives.
Source: New Indian Express
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