New Age Islam News Bureau
27 February 2021
Screengrab via YouTube, from a 2016 NTV Kenya report titled 'Al-Shabaab women: the changing face of terror'
• Isis women languish in dire conditions with nowhere else to go
• Muslim woman targeted in racist attack says call to Edmonton police left her doubly traumatized
• Turkey: Woman Drops Kids from Window to Save them from Fire
• Employer of minor girl booked for ‘torturing’ her in Islamabad
• Over 300 girls missing after gunmen raid dorm in Nigeria
• Saudi envoy meets UN Women’s executive in New York
• An exemplar of Saudi Arabia’s progress in women’s economic inclusion and empowerment
• Pakistan- Compensation cheques distributed among families of slain women aid workers
• Smartphone campaign launched for domestic violence victims
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
The Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab: How gender dynamics, ideology, politics influenced their choices
February 25, 2021
Screengrab via YouTube, from a 2016 NTV Kenya report titled 'Al-Shabaab women: the changing face of terror'
By Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen
The direct involvement of women and girls in terrorism has attracted increased interest as the nature of recruitment tactics has evolved. In Kenya, their involvement in terrorist networks, such as the Al-Shabaab, is an emerging trend. The recruitment of female members is most evident in Kenya’s coastal and North Eastern counties but has also been reported in many other counties.
Women and girls have been identified as recruiters for the terrorist group, logistics planners, financial conduits, spies for terrorist activities and in some cases, masterminds behind terrorist attacks or conveners of terror cells.
The Al-Shabaab, or “the youth”, emerged in the mid-2000s as an offshoot of a Jihadist movement that peaked during Somalia’s civil war in the 1990s. Driven out of Mogadishu in 2006, it continues to pursue its main aim of establishing an Islamic state in Somalia through violent means. It has carried out repeated deadly attacks in Somalia but also in Kenya and Uganda. Both contribute troops to the African Union force in Somalia.
In one of my previous studies, I found that women may participate willingly because the extremist ideology resonates with their religiously inclined cultural values. They may also join due to the financial benefits that come with belonging to or associating with the group. Also, women may be forced or coerced to join through deception or intimidation.
In my most recent study I looked at different ways in which recruitment occurs to analyse the diverse motivations of women and girls to join Al-Shabaab in the coastal region of Kenya. In particular, I sought to establish the “voluntariness” of their decisions – in other words, did they sign up on their own volition?
I interviewed 36 women or girls who had returned home from terrorist camps or defected from the network. I generated 16 case accounts of women and girls who explained ‘voluntariness’ in Al-Shabaab recruitment.
The study revealed that the gender-dynamics of submission and subordination within families and the community contributes to Al-Shabaab recruitment. However, there were political and ideological motivations too.
Volunteering to the Al-Shabaab
But what do we mean by voluntary?
Recruitment was deemed to be voluntary if a woman or girl – without duress – elected to join the Al-Shabaab network. Recruitment was viewed as involuntary if it occurred through deceptive or coercive means.
However, I must caution that voluntary and involuntary are not always mutually exclusive. I found that depending on allegiances, social interactions, ideological resonance, and changing circumstances within and beyond the Al-Shabaab network, recruits may reverse their original views.
Furthermore, there is need to examine different aspects of autonomous decision-making. Some women who join terrorist networks do so to assert themselves within systems of oppression and patriarchy, and to embrace the lure of emancipation within the utopian caliphate.
In my study four main circumstances emerged as the reasons behind decisions to join Al-Shabaab.
Defending the faith
Al-Shabaab thrives on the narrative of Kenya as a Christian state oppressing Muslims in Somalia and Kenya. This resonates with the global marginalisation of Muslims. Political and religious motivations came up during our interviews, as well as the expressed desire to support or defend fellow Muslims.
Two women explained their motivations to be wives of martyrs and to play their role to support the Muslim Ummah, or community. Nine interviewees explained how ideology influenced their decisions to support the Al-Shabaab cause. These decisions belie Kenyan media accounts of naive girls manipulated through romantic notions of Jihadi brides or wives.
Aisha, 25 at the time, an Al-Shabaab returnee who defected after two years said:
I read a lot of materials. I was sad at how Muslims were treated as a second class group. I didn’t want my people to suffer, I needed to do something. I wanted to assist them in Somalia.
Reacting to a personal crisis
Al-Shabaab recruitment thrives on revenge among individuals who see the state as the perpetrator of the injustices suffered in their lives. A crisis event in the life of women and girls – such as the police killing a loved one – was found to be an important tipping point. Some women join extremist networks to avenge the death of a husband, fiancé, or son at the hands of government security actors.
There’s also evidence of recruiters penetrating existing networks of aggrieved women, including relatives of fallen Al-Shabaab members. Peer influence is used to influence or coerce women to follow the relative’s cause.
Close interpersonal relations
Daily interactions with family, friends and peers also shaped the decision to join the network in 9 out of the 16 case studies. A woman’s autonomy in marital relationships may be constrained in ways that push her to follow her husband or other influential male relatives’ lead.
The decision to join is autonomous if it is her choice. Nevertheless, her choice may be coerced within marital and family relationships. This occurs when a woman exhibits excessive deference to the wishes of her family members.
Ideology rubbing off in camps
Some women may have been recruited involuntarily. However, after a prolonged period of time in the terrorist camp or association with terrorist fighters, three of the 16 identified for this study accepted the ideology and subsequently volunteered to join Al-Shabaab.
Mary, a Muslim convert, was recruited by a friend in the guise of a job in Somalia. She was 18 years old when she was recruited in 2015. In camp she was subjected to work and religious indoctrination.
After a few days, I was worn out. I was also learning the religion…I kind of started to accept it. I felt it was right to fight for our [Muslim] freedom. It was like a moral obligation. I wanted to be a part of the Al-Shabaab network.
An examination of the political and ideological motivations behind women joining the Al-Shabaab shows that in some cases, they do make autonomous decisions based on their response to the grievances of the Muslim community.
But other structural and cultural factors were at play such as the patriarchal set-up in families and their communities. Some women’s decision making conformed to subservient attitudes and roles. These women, mainly from the coastal Muslim communities, revealed that they were subject to traditional gender roles, suggesting deference to social norms.
But not all women joining the Al-Shabaab lived lives of subjugation prior joining. Some returnees had good family lives or were happily settled.The Kenyan women and girls who joined AlShabaabHow gender dynamics ideology politics influenced their choices
FathimaAzmiyaBadurdeen, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Technical University of Mombasa
Isis women languish in dire conditions with nowhere else to go
26 Feb 202
Women buying food at a market in al-Hawl camp, Syria, in October 2019. Photograph: Tessa Fox/AAP
When 20-year-old Shamima Begum, heavily pregnant and alone, managed to escape the US-led coalition bombing of Islamic State’s last stronghold two years ago, she left behind a scene resembling hell and entered limbo instead.
Begum was among an astonishing 64,000 women and children who poured out of Baghuz, a tiny oasis town on the Euphrates river, deep in the Syrian desert. Many of their husbands and fathers died defending the last sliver of the so-called caliphate.
Whether by accident or design, there was no plan in place for what to do with these families. Al-Hawl camp, where Begum surfaced, quickly became the focal point of a new humanitarian crisis starring unsympathetic protagonists. Set up in 2016 to house around 10,000 ordinary Syrians and Iraqis who had fled the group, suddenly it had a huge influx of new, and in some cases dangerous, arrivals.
The camp was already a dire place, with little healthcare provision and no educational facilities. The overcrowding meant conditions deteriorated fast: overwhelmed guards from the local Kurdish-led forces have struggled to keep order as the women of Isis have set about recreating the strict rules of the caliphate in their new home.
A total of 12,000 women who were not Syrian or Iraqi and their 27,000 children were separated from the rest of the camp in a gated annex in order to cool some of the pre-existing tensions between the local and foreign Isis women.
Inside the foreign section, a core of Tunisian, Somali and central Asian women began to issue orders to the others. Knives were stolen from kitchen kits handed out by charities and used to stab and kill guards, as well as any women suspected of spying for the guards. Stories such as that of an Azerbaijani woman who smothered her 14-year-old granddaughter to death for refusing to wear the niqab outside her tent have become commonplace.
Begum, who received clamorous media attention after telling the Times she wanted to return home to the UK, was quickly denounced by the hardcore foreign women as a traitor. After her three-week-old baby died of pneumonia – a fate that has befallen hundreds of infants in the camp – she was moved to another camp called Roj for her own safety.
Roj camp, near the Iraqi border, and Ain Issa camp, closer to Raqqa, are also home to women and children with links to the jihadists, although their numbers are much smaller than at al-Hawl. The situation in all three, however, has deteriorated since US-led forces declared victory over Isis in spring 2019. Almost nobody has been able to return home.
In al-Hawl, violence is also rife in the main section where Syrians and Iraqis live. Local researchers reported 20 murders in the last month alone as anger at the badly managed conditions continues to grow.
Cash, mobile phones and guns are smuggled in; occasionally, people are smuggled out. The same problems exist, to a lesser extent, in Roj and Ain Issa.
Hot in summer, freezing in winter and unsanitary the year round, the use of the Kurdish-run camps to detain women with links to Isis has become a rallying cry worldwide for supporters across the jihadists’ networks.
Officials from north-east Syria’s Kurdish administration and international analysts often describe the camps as a timebomb. Every day children spend in al-Hawl is another day of their childhood gone, making it harder to break the twin cycles of radicalisation and deprivation.
A handful of countries have taken back their citizens for investigation, trial or rehabilitation at home, but according to Save the Children just 685 minors were repatriated in 2019, and 200 last year.
Every so often, Kurdish officials announce new plans to break up the camps into more manageable sizes and send Syrian and Iraqi inhabitants home under an amnesty, but little progress has been made so far. For foreigners like Begum there is nowhere else to go.
Muslim woman targeted in racist attack says call to Edmonton police left her doubly traumatized
Feb 26, 2021
A Black Muslim woman who was threatened and subjected to racial slurs at a south Edmonton LRT station says she has been doubly traumatized — by her assailant and city police.
The woman, a student in her 20s who wears a hijab, says she remains terrified after the racially-motivated attack earlier this month.
She said a member of the Edmonton Police Service discouraged her from filing an official report on the attack, a rejection she feels was motivated by her race and religion.
"I'm dealing with two sets of trauma," the woman said Thursday in an interview with CBC News. "I'm dealing with the trauma of the attack and I'm dealing with the trauma of that EPS officer that day that I called, that kindly rejected me."
Due to the woman's concerns for her safety, CBC News has agreed to keep her identity confidential and will only identify her as M.W.
She was waiting for a bus at the Century Park LRT Station on the morning of Feb. 17 when she was approached by a stranger who was flailing his arms. He made a fist and swore at her, threatening to physically assault and kill her, she said.
"I've never, ever seen that type of violence. I was scared for my life," she said. "I had nowhere to run to. I couldn't run away from this person. I couldn't move."
The EPS Hate Crimes and Extremism Unit is investigating. An EPS spokesperson said city police have repeatedly condemned violent racism and are investigating the possible "customer service issues."
CBC News is awaiting an official statement from the hate crimes unit investigators who have been tasked with reviewing the recorded call.
The assault — the fifth such attack in Edmonton on Black women wearing head coverings in a 10-week period — has been denounced by Mayor Don Iveson and the National Council of Muslim Canadians.
The woman said she has no doubt her hijab made her a target.
"This is really sad, you know," she said. "I never thought that my appearance would make me a vulnerable person."
She said no security officers were present but that the assault was witnessed by others.
"This happened in broad daylight," she said. "Nobody offered to give me help.
"The perpetrator had ample opportunity to carry out those threats but by the grace of God, I didn't suffer like some other women have suffered."
The woman got help later from an ETS bus driver and peace officers.
'He laughed at me'
Two hours after the assault — upset, confused and seeking advice — she called the non-emergency EPS line.
She said an officer told her there would be "no point" in filing a report and, as the conversation came to an end, laughed at her.
"He told me in that phone call that I should be satisfied with what the peace officers did. And he didn't want to help me.
"I am just trying to do the right thing and be of the service to the city and report it. You know, that's what we're supposed to do if we can do it. And he laughed at me."
The woman said peace officers at the LRT station told her police would likely investigate her attack as harassment.
She wanted to put her account of the incident on record.
"He did not allow me to file a report," she said of the EPS member she spoke to on the complaint line. "He discouraged me.
"I told him that I wasn't satisfied with just the harassment charge that the peace officers could file," she said. "I told him it was more than harassment. Threats were uttered to me. My safety was put in jeopardy. And that's not OK."
She said the interaction demonstrates a lack of empathy toward people who experience racism, and undermines efforts to root out Islamophobia in Edmonton.
She wants a written apology from the EPS member and is calling on police to publicly condemn the recent string of racist attacks against Muslim women. She is also calling for increased security patrols on transit.
"Islamophobia is at an all-time high and it needs to be addressed," she said.
"That statement made by EPS, it's not going to suffice," she said. "They're going to have to really, really work hard to mend the relationship back with the Muslim community, because it's disintegrating."
The woman said she finally received the support she needed after emailing her city councillor's ward office.
The mayor's office then put her in touch with an EPS official who helped her file a report on Feb. 19. She has since been in contact with investigators and feels her case is being taken seriously.
"I do have compassion for my attacker, but I still want to stand up for myself and I want to stand up for the other women that have gone through this."
Turkey: Woman Drops Kids from Window to Save them from Fire
25 February, 2021
A woman rescued her four children from a burning building in Istanbul by throwing them out of a window, and all of them are doing fine, Turkish media reported.
The mother threw the children from a third-floor window amid black smoke from the fire on Wednesday. Video captured each child falling as volunteers stretched out a blanket to catch them.
Bystanders were heard screaming amid sounds of alarms, The Associated Press reported. Some shouted at the woman not to drop the children.
The children were carried to ambulances, and Turkish media reported they were uninjured. The mother was hospitalized as a precaution and then discharged, according to news reports.
The fire, which began in an electrical panel, was extinguished. Two other children and two older adults were also rescued.
Employer of minor girl booked for ‘torturing’ her in Islamabad
February 27, 2021
ISLAMABAD: On the direction of the Ministry of Human Rights, the Kohsar police have registered a case against a citizen on the charge of torturing her 11-year-old maid.
The police said the girl was working in a house at F-7/4. About a month ago, her woman employer tortured the girl after she broke a glass. The girl also sustained burn injuries on her body.
Later, she managed to reach her native town of Faisalabad. Her family then approached the Child Protection Centre in Faisalabad and lodged a complaint, said the police.
In response, the centre brought the issue in the knowledge of the Ministry of Human Rights.
In a letter to the capital police, Mohammad Yousaf, an assistant director of the ministry, asked for an investigation.
The police said the girl was currently in her native town and police were collecting details about her as well as her employer.
Over 300 girls missing after gunmen raid dorm in Nigeria
26 February 2021
Heavily-armed gunmen have abducted hundreds of schoolchildren in northwestern Nigeria, the second such kidnapping over a span of a week amid a surge in armed militancy in the African country.
The incident took place in Nigeria's Zamfara state in the early hours of Friday, with witnesses saying the armed bandits had raided a school dormitory in the area and abducted over 300 schoolchildren.
"More than 300 girls are unaccounted for after a headcount of remaining students," a teacher at the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.
The teacher said the abduction happened at 1:00 am (midnight GMT) but did not provide further details on the number of students present in the school at the time.
ZailaniBappa, a spokesman for Zamfara's state governor, confirmed the report and said there had been abductions at the Jangebeschool, without further elaboration on the incident.
Nigeria is beset by a dramatic breakdown of security after heavily-armed criminal gangs in the country’s northwest and central regions have stepped up attacks in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, raping and pillaging.
Nigerian armed forces have deployed in the restive regions but attacks and mass kidnappings persist.
In an overnight attack on a boarding school in the north central state of Niger last week, unidentified gunmen killed a student and kidnapped 42 people, including 27 students. The hostages are yet to be released.
In December last year, more than 300 boys were kidnapped from a school in Kankara, President MuhammaduBuhari's home state of Katsina, while he was visiting the region.
The boys were later released but the incident sparked outrage and revived memories of the kidnappings of schoolgirls by Takfiri terrorists in Dapchi and Chibok that shocked the world.
Members of the Boko Haram terrorist group abducted 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno state in April 2014. They were eventually rescued by security forces or escaped.
Saudi envoy meets UN Women’s executive in New York
February 27, 2021
NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, held a virtual meeting with AsaRegner the assistant secretary-general of the UN and deputy executive director of UN Women.
The two sides reviewed the latest preparations for the upcoming session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), in which the Kingdom will take part.
They also discussed a number of topics of common interest, and ways to enhance cooperation in various fields.
Al-Mouallimi also virtually met the newly-appointed permanent representative of Mozambique to the UN, Pedro ComissarioAfonso.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed topics of common interest and ways to enhance cooperation in various fields.
Both meetings were attended by the director of Al-Mouallimi’s bureau, Faisal Al-Haqbani, and the head of public relations and information of the delegation, Taful Al-Aqbi.
An exemplar of Saudi Arabia’s progress in women’s economic inclusion and empowerment
February 26, 2021
DUBAI: Saudi women are playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 transformation strategy, seizing new opportunities in higher education, traditionally male-dominated professions and, perhaps most importantly, in leadership.
Furthermore, it is Saudi nationals themselves who are taking the reins in the Kingdom’s big industries and institutions — in place of the many foreign experts previously relied upon to play these high-powered roles.
As a Saudi citizen and the first woman to be appointed as country director for Saudi Arabia for the international services company Serco, Makkah-born Mona Althagafi embodies this transformative national agenda.
“Saudi Arabia has changed,” Althagafi told Arab News. “In just a few years, the Kingdom has made very significant progress at so many levels, from social and economic to cultural, and what used to be taboo is now the new norm in the Saudi way of life.”
As country director, Althagafi has taken over responsibility for the operational delivery of Serco Middle East’s core offering of data, asset and workforce management and is driving new business growth in 2021 for both Serco Saudi Services and Serco Saudi Arabia.
The British outsourcing firm employs more than 4,500 people in the Middle East across four countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Iraq, covering transport, healthcare, citizen services, defense, justice and immigration. Women are estimated to constitute 40 percent of Serco’s employees in the Middle East.
Althagafi is also playing an important role in establishing and growing the citizen services business in the Kingdom, to support Vision 2030 with a commitment to service excellence and customer experience, strengthened through the company’s ExperienceLab division.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Althagafi previously served at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Riyadh, where she led the planning of the Smart Government Strategy, as well as the planning and execution of the e-government program strategy in line with Vision 2030.
“Mona is a passionate Saudi national and government services expert who we are delighted to have at Serco to lead our Saudi operations,” said Phil Malem, CEO of Serco Middle East, shortly after Althagafi was appointed in November.
“She has a wealth of local knowledge and experience supporting key businesses, ministries and governments, and combined with our international expertise, she will continue her excellent track record with Serco.”
The Saudi government is working directly with companies like Serco to hire more local staff and promote equal opportunities.
“Investing in the leaders of tomorrow will be a big priority, with nationalization continuing to be a priority across UAE and KSA,” Malem said in a company statement last month.
“What will be important in our role as leaders in the private sector, is how we can support this, by creating a localized workforce, but with international expertise.
“By investing in training and development that has an international flavor and focus, we are not only enhancing the skill-sets of our workforce, but we are also helping to create global citizens that have the future skills we need from the leaders of tomorrow.”
Althagafi says she is thrilled to be playing a part in this transformation.
“I’m excited to contribute to this important work and lead some of the best local talent and teams in the region, to help shape the transformation of different sectors,” she said.
“I’m also looking forward to driving new business growth and supporting the delivery of essential services in Saudi Arabia in 2021, which will make a positive difference to the region.
“I am also proud to be part of an organization that works to transform operations while focusing on Saudization of those operations through the many nationalization programs.”
Although she is Saudi by birth, Althagafi spent most of her childhood in the US state of Michigan. But, after graduating from the University of the Pacific in California, she decided to move back to Saudi Arabia, where she spent a year working in the management team of a private hospital in Jeddah.
“At the time, in the 1990s, there were not many opportunities for women to work,” she said. “From there, I pivoted into managing roles in the private sector, semi-government and government institutions and, later on, in some NGOs as well.”
Althagafi always hoped she would return to the Kingdom someday, both for her own personal development and to contribute something meaningful to her country of birth. That contribution came in the form of citizen services.
“Throughout my career, the projects and programs I worked on were mostly around citizen services, whether it be through employment programs, designing and launching government products or supporting NGOs,” she said.
Her most recent work with the Saudi government focused on digitization, another Vision 2030 priority, and the expansion of e-government.
“The challenge with e-government strategy is getting the entire government on board, and this will be done through a governance model across our government, and will be implemented hopefully soon by the e-government program,” she said.
Althagafi believes her work is already making a significant impact on how the Saudi population digitally engages with state and private institutions.
“This will not only enhance their lives but enhance the lives of generations to come,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that journey in terms of improving the lives of citizens, whether it’s the government or even in the private sector.”
One area she has given particular attention is the design and launch of a digital platform for working mothers. She also worked on platforms designed to help women find work during the period before 2018 when Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving.
“There is still a percentage of women who don’t drive and still need that support to go to work, so this facilitated the lives of women in the workforce,” Althagafi said.
Although Serco has only a small-scale presence in the Kingdom, it has ambitions to develop the Saudi digital service sector.
“Our goal is to support Vision 2030 with customer experience and operational optimization,” Althagafi said.
“We are looking to increase the footprint in Saudi Arabia and align our programs with the Kingdom’s vision in different areas, such as general operations, maintenance, data management, workforce management, digital asset management and others.”
With the growth of mega projects like Saudi Arabia’s NEOM smart city, Althagafi expects customer experiences to improve rapidly over the next five years. In the meantime, she plans to hold workshops with government ministries and private sector leaders to identify opportunities.
She is confident the best is yet to come for Saudi Arabia’s transformation. “This is because things are progressing very fast,” she said.
As for young Saudi women exploring their career options, Althagafi’s advice is as clear-cut and logical as the programs she has spent part of her working life designing.
“Planning your future is the first step. Envisage where and what you want to be and put an achievable plan towards it. Break your plan into a short-term monthly plan as well as a long-term annual plan,” she said.
“Keep the plan flexible to accommodate any changes. But your plan should put you on track.”
Pakistan- Compensation cheques distributed among families of slain women aid workers
(MENAFN - Tribal News Network) BANNU: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday distributed compensation cheques among the families of slain aid workers in North Waziristan tribal district.
TNN correspondent reported that Commissioner BannuShaukat Ali Yousafzai provided cheques of Rs500,000 each to the relatives of the slain women aid workers.
District Police Officer (DPO) North Waziristan ShafiullahGandapur said the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has filed a case about the murder of four women. He said a mastermind of the attack has been killed in an operation, while further investigations are underway. He said the investigation process is being carried out with a rapid pace and soon the law enforcement agencies would unfold the elements behind the attack.
On February 22, four women aid workers were killed , while their driver was injured in a firing incident in Mir Ali.
Armed men ambushed four women as they were travelling in a vehicle through a village. DPO ShafiullahGandapur said one woman survived the assault. He said the aid workers were affiliated with a programme run by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sabawon to develop household skills for women. The deceased women and injured driver hailed from Bannu. One of the women, Maryam Bibi, was lucky as she jumped out of the car before the incident occurred and took refuge inside a house in the village.
On the next day of the incident, the security forces killed a terrorist commander involved in killing of the aid workers.
According to ISPR, the security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan upon confirmation of presence of terrorists. During exchange of fire, terrorist commander Hassan alias Sajna of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Hafiz GulBahadur group was killed.
The military's media wing said the terrorist commander was involved in killing of four female aid workers in Mir Ali. The killed terrorist was involved in terrorist activities against the security forces and civilians including improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, kidnapping for ransom, target killings, extortion. He was also involved in recruiting terrorists for sabotage activities.
The civil society, social activist and other people held protests in different areas of KP to condemn the killing of women in North Waziristan and demanded arrest of the culprits.
Smartphone campaign launched for domestic violence victims
February 27 2021
A new social solidarity movement has been launched for women who are subjected to domestic violence and have limited access to technological devices.
The motto of the campaign, initiated by Teknosa, the Sabancı Foundation and the Federation of Women’s Associations (TKDF), is “technology for women, solidarity for all.”
As part of the project, donors will be able to deliver their unused smartphones to the stores of Teknosa, an electronics retailer in Turkey.
Smartphones, which will be maintained and put into operation by Teknosa’s business partners, will be delivered to women who are victims of violence through the support of the Sabancı Foundation and TKDF.
Noting that they have enabled more than 20,000 women to become “digital literate” with the project, Teknosa General Manager BülentGürcan stated that they want to amplify the voice of women who are subject to violence with the smartphone donation campaign.
Sabancı Foundation General Manager NevgülBilselSafkan noted that they observe with concern the increase in domestic violence rates, which became evident during the pandemic.
“We continue to work for a society in which all individuals enjoy their rights equally in this period when the rights acquired over many years are at risk,” Safkan said.
Violence against women and femicides are not uncommon in Turkey.
Some 35 women were killed across Turkey in 2021 so far, according to a report by Kadın CinayetleriniDurduracağızPlatformu (We Will Stop Femicides Platform), a women’s rights organization that monitors violence against women.
Women who want to notify security forces without calling them can lodge a complaint and ask for immediate help through a smartphone application, called Women Immediate Support (KADES), which is monitored by the Interior Ministry and the Turkish police forces.
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