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Islam, Women and Feminism ( 16 May 2017, NewAgeIslam.Com)

SC To Muslim Board: Can Women Be Given Option of Saying ‘No’ To Triple Talaq

















Fatima Mossavi, 13, trials the new program pool at the Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre. Picture: Carmela Roche.

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Women Can Say Triple Talaq, Muslim Law Board Tells Supreme Court

Auburn Pool Gets Swim Screen for Muslim Women

Swimming Pool Introduces Ladies Only Hours for Muslim Women in Sydney

Three female bombers kill two in Nigeria

Iran UN Ambassador: Women Worst Affected By Middle East Crises

Saudi Women’s National Chess Team Eyed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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SC to Muslim board: Can women be given option of saying ‘no’ to triple talaq

May 17, 2017

New Delhi, May 17

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) whether a woman can be given an option of saying ‘no’ to triple talaq at the time of execution of ‘nikahnama’ (Islamic marriage contract).

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar also said if all ‘qazis’ can be asked to include this condition at the time of marriage.

“Is it possible that Muslim women are given an option to say ‘no’ to triple talaq at the time of execution of nikahnama,” asked the Bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman, UU Lalit and Abdul Nazeer.

Triple talaq practice illegal, says Najma

While seeking response from former Union Minister and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing AIMPLB, the Bench said, “Don’t infer anything from our side.” Today is the fifth day of the hearing on a clutch of petitions challenging triple talaq, polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ which is going on before a Bench comprising members of different religious communities including Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Hindu and Muslim.

On Tuesday, the law board had equated the issue of triple talaq with the belief that Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya, saying these were matters of faith and cannot be tested on grounds of constitutional morality. — PTI

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/sc-to-muslim-board-can-women-be-given-option-of-saying-no-to-triple-talaq/408444.html

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Women can say triple talaq, Muslim law board tells Supreme Court

May 17, 2017

NEW DELHI: Marriage in the Muslim community is a contract and it is open for women to insist on specific clauses in the nikahnama to protect their interests and dignity, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Arguing through Ejaz Maqbool, the board submitted before a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar that a woman had four options before entering into a marital relationship, including insisting on registering the marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

"The woman can also negotiate in the nikahnama and include provisions therein consistent with Islamic law to contractually stipulate that her husband does not resort to triple talaq, she has right to pronounce triple talaq in all forms, and ask for very high 'mehr' amount in case of talaq and impose such other conditions as are available to her in order to protect her dignity," the Muslim law board said.

Interestingly, last September, AIMPLB had filed an affidavit in SC in response to petitions by Shayara Bano and others challenging triple talaq+ and said, "Sharia grants right to divorce to husbands because men have greater power of decision-making."

"A Muslim man can delegate his power of pronouncing talaq to his wife or to any other person+ . However, such delegation does not deprive the husband of his own right to pronounce talaq." Arguing against the court putting triple talaq to a constitutional test+ , advocate Kapil Sibal cited Article 371A to argue that even the Constitution intended to protect matters of practice and customs of communities.

On polygamy, the board had said in September last year, "Quran, Hadith and the consensus view allow Muslim men to have up to four wives."

t had said Islam permitted polygamy but did not encourage it. "However, polygamy meets social and moral needs and the provision for it stems from concern and sympathy for women," it had said.

"Since polygamy is endorsed by primary Islamic sources, it cannot be dubbed as something prohibited," it said. "...polygamy is not for gratifying men's lust, it is a social need.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/women-too-can-say-triple-talaq-muslim-law-board-tells-supreme-court/articleshow/58707428.cms

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Auburn Pool Gets Swim Screen for Muslim Women

May 17, 2017

PRIVACY curtains have been installed at a new public pool in Auburn so Muslim women can swim without being seen by other pool users.

The lightweight curtain runs around the glass walls of the program pool where female-only swimming sessions are held for two hours each Sunday. Pool staff can draw the curtain to block the view into pool when the sessions are held.

Belgravia Leisure, which operates the refurbished council-run facility which was opened in March, says the curtain was installed to overcome cultural barriers and encourage Muslim women to use the pool.

General manager Anthony McIntosh said it was a move to make the pool accessible for all cultural groups.

“There was a lot of research done prior to construction and we identified that they were user groups that we wanted to accommodate,” he said.

“Traditionally that core population group that would use the pool with the blinds closed would have to come after hours or at the earliest or latest possible times.

“Having the blinds means they can use it in the middle of the day and still have full access.”

Traditionally, women wearing the hijab have had to fork out for modesty swimsuits or not swim at all but the privacy of the new pool means they can be comfortable in a female-only setting.

Similar facilities have attracted controversy at other council pools within Sydney and interstate but the operator is within its rights to section off the pool under the anti-discrimination act.

Section 126 states that exemptions to the act can be granted in order: “to provide people of a particular race with equal or improved access to facilities, services or opportunities to meet their special needs”.

Auburn Council general manager Malcolm Ryan supports the move.

“There was a very high demand for female-only classes at the aquatic centre before redevelopment to cater for the differing modesty requirements,” he said.

“These classes were very popular but due to the centre only having one pool before redevelopment, the high demand wasn’t being met.

“With the installation of curtains at the program pool, the Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre is inclusive to the whole community at all times and can cater to any requirement, without it impacting on the rest of the centre.”

The program pool is one of three pools at the complex and is used for rehabilitation or swim classes as well, with the curtain drawn only during prescribed women’s swimming times.

“It is fairly common in the industry to have these types of spaces but they are usually blocked off with black plastic on a window,” Mr McIntosh said.

“We have made conscious effort to make it more open and light.”

Local women are thrilled at the new feature and hope it will encourage more to dive in.

A keen swimmer at Auburn pool when she was younger, Yusra Metwally founded women’s swimming group Swim Sisters last year in a bid to keep young Muslim women in the sport.

“There has been so much discussion about what women can wear in the pool and so many have turned away from swimming for that reason,” she said.

“Having that option just means that there are more opportunities to get women swimming and more women in the pool who may have had barriers to enter a pool under ordinary circumstances.”

While modesty suits, commonly known as ‘burkinis’ are becoming more and more regular, the private space means women can wear whatever they are most comfortable with.

“I was one of those women who didn’t like swimming in a burkini and for a long time I didn’t swim because of it,” she said.

“I remember when I was younger I was told by a lifeguard that my clothes weren’t appropriate for the pool — you feel like you are being policed and that you stand out.

“Some women are worried that what they wear in the pool can expose them to questions, comments or stares.”

Ladies-only memberships are available at the pool, with lessons in water safety offered every week alongside women’s swimming sessions every Sunday afternoon.

Fatima Mossavi, 13, from Old Guildford was one of the first to use the pool in her lessons with the Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association (AAHYA) and she is already excited to share her skills with her five older sisters.

“I have been swimming since I was seven but not all my sisters can — this is good for us because they want to swim in private and now they don’t have to wear anything special,” she said.

The Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre offers ladies only swimming every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at the program pool.

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/auburn-pool-gets-swim-screen-for-muslim-women/news-story/2eba90f4eb237ad20e9ca5add8eb5c9f

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Swimming Pool Introduces Ladies Only Hours for Muslim Women in Sydney

May 17, 2017

'Ladies only' hours have been introduced at a swimming pool in Sydney’s west, and many Muslim women are applauding the decision.

According to the Parramatta Advertiser, a new council-run pool in Auburn has installed lightweight screens to give Muslim women the option of swimming in privacy if they wish.

The screens will be drawn every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at one of the three pools at Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre.

Yusra Metwally, the founder of women’s swimming group Swim Sisters, told the Advertiser the new option would empower many women who may have previously avoided crowded swimming spots.

“There has been so much discussion about what women can wear in the pool and so many have turned away from swimming for that reason,” she said.

“Some women are worried that what they wear in the pool can expose them to questions, comments or stares.

“Having that option just means that there are more opportunities to get women swimming and more women in the pool who may have had barriers to enter a pool under ordinary circumstances.”

The cordoned off space at the pool gives women the option of wearing whatever they feel comfortable in.

The past few years have seen a rise in popularity for ‘burkinis’—a two or three-piece swimming costume—worn by many Muslim women.

Speaking to SBS in 2016, burkini creator Aheda Zanetti revealed she had sold over 700,000 of the swimsuits to women across the world.

"No one needs to judge us on what faith we are if we choose to be modest while enjoying leisure time like swimming,” she said.

https://www.marieclaire.com.au/article/news/auburn-pool-introduces-ladies-only-hours-for-muslim-women

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Three female bombers kill two in Nigeria

KANO - Three female suicide bombers have attacked a herding community in northeast Nigeria, killing two people and injuring seven others, according to a village elder and a civilian militia member. Ali Musa said the trio, believed to have been sent by Boko Haram militants, struck at Shuwari Buri village, 38 kilometres from Maiduguri at around 9:20 pm (2020 GMT) on Monday. "Two of them rushed into a thatched hut and detonated their explosives, killing two brothers who had retired for the night," he added. "The third bomber detonated her explosives among residents who had gathered ... injuring seven."

http://nation.com.pk/international/17-May-2017/three-female-bombers-kill-two-in-nigeria

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Iran UN ambassador: Women worst affected by Middle East crises

May 17, 2017

Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations says that women have suffered the most from the recent crises in the Middle East.

Expressing his sorrow over the continued crises in the region, Gholamali Khoshroo made the remarks on Tuesday, while addressing a UN Security Council meeting held in New York.

“Women in the Middle East region live with a huge fear resulting from the Takfiri ideologies used by extremist and terrorist groups,” he said. “Terrorist groups systematically target women with methods such as slavery, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation."

He added that exposure to sexual violence results in women losing their opportunities for social and economic development.

Iran’s UN envoy went on to note that the Tel Aviv regime’s policies towards the people of Palestine, especially women, are just one example of how women’s rights are being violated.

Israel has waged three wars on Gaza since 2008, including the 2014 offensive, which left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead and over 11,100 others injured.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade has led to a dramatic decline in the standards of living as well as substantial levels of unemployment and poverty.

He also stressed that at least 1600 women have so far been killed since Saudi Arabia began its war on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back to power the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh, and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement. The Riyadh regime has, however, failed to reach its goals despite suffering great expense.

The military aggression has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people, most of them civilians.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back to power the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh, and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement. The Riyadh regime has, however, failed to reach its goals despite suffering great expense.

The military aggression has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people, most of them civilians.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/05/17/522158/un-iran-middle-east-crisis-women

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Saudi women’s national chess team eyed

16 May 2017

JEDDAH: A Saudi national women’s chess team and academy to develop talent in the game is in the works, according to a member of a Saudi sports body.

Al-Jawhara Al-Hasan, a member of the Saudi Mind Sport Committee, said that 15 women have been recruited to be the first professional coaches in chess in the Kingdom.

This first step will then be followed by the creation of a women’s chess team to represent Saudi Arabia. An academy to nurture budding talent will also be established.

A blitz chess event sponsored by the body recently attracted 27 female participants in Jeddah. The amateur tournament, which was running for a second time this year due to popular demand, did not involve professional coaches, but was instead aimed at developing the sport, Al-Hassan said.

Hala Hasan won the competition at Mira Hotel with Haia Jalal and Dalia Al-Sumairi coming in second and third places, respectively. The tournament was a five-round format with a 10-minute time control for each match.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1100471/sports

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