New Age Islam News Bureau
14 October 2021
• Muslim Foreign Ministers to Make Women’s Rights Plea to Taliban
• Princess Reema Named Member Of IOC Coordination Commission For Brisbane 2032
• Fostering Girls’ Education Will Be Challenging Under A Taliban Regime, But Afghanistan Can Learn A Lot From Indonesia
• United Hatzalah Holds Training Drill for Jewish, Muslim Women
• Pakistan Minister Urges Ulema to Create Awareness about Inheritance Rights of Women
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Turkish woman breaks world-record for being the tallest female at 7ft
14 October 2021
7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, Turkey’s Rumeysa Gelgi
Standing at 7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, Turkey’s Rumeysa Gelgi has claimed the Guinness World Record title for being the world’s tallest living woman.
Gelgi, 24, first achieved a Guinness World Records title back in 2014, aged 17, when she was awarded the title for the Tallest teenager living (female).
Her tall stature is due to a condition called Weaver syndrome, an extremely rare condition which causes accelerated growth amongst other abnormalities including skeletal maturation, Guinness World Record said in a statement.
Since achieving the Guinness World Record back in 2014, Rumeysa has been using her title for advocacy reasons to educate others about rare medical conditions such as her own.
“Every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage for yourself so accept yourself for who you are, be aware of your potential and do your best,” she said, after being asked for her advice for anyone who is tall or who is struggling with feeling different.
Rumeysa mostly uses a wheelchair to move around but can walk using a walker.
She said her height makes people intrigued when they pass by her on the street, but most people are kind and supportive when they meet her for the first time.
In her free time Rumeysa likes to go out to go out to eat with her family. She also finds swimming really helps her to relax.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said it was an honor to have Rumeysa back in the record book.
“Her indomitable spirit and pride at standing out from the crowd is an inspiration,” he was quoted as saying. “The category of tallest living woman is not one that changes hands very often, so I’m excited to share this news with the world.”
Glenday also said the record was “all the more fascinating”; given that the titleholder for the tallest living male is also from Turkey. Sultan Kosen, who measured 251 cm (8 ft 2.8 in), was given the tile on 8 February 2011.
“This a rare occurrence in our 67-year history. The last time the two holders shared the same nationality was in 2009, when China’s Bao Xi Shun (236.1 cm; 7 ft 8.95 in) and Yao Defen (233.3 cm (7 ft 7 in)) held the tallest man and woman records respectively.”
The previous record holder was Yao Defen (China) who recorded an average height of 233.3 cm (7 ft 7 in) when last documented back in 2010.
The tallest woman ever to have lived was Zeng Jinlian (China) who was measured 246.3 cm (8 ft 1 in) when she died on 13 February 1982.
Gelgi also joins other Guinness World Record holders in the region.
In June, Al Arabiya English reported how Darine Barbar, an amputee athlete from Lebanon, made history by breaking a Guinness World Record title 28 years after losing her leg as a teenager to bone cancer.
Barbar smashed the record for the Longest Samson’s chair/static wall sit (female) achieving a total of two minutes, and 8.24 seconds.
Source: Al Arabiya
Muslim Foreign Ministers to Make Women’s Rights Plea to Taliban
By Tammy Waldman
October 14, 2021
Foreign Ministers of various Muslim majorities countries are planning to go to Kabul. To insist on Taliban to acknowledge that the exclusion of women and girls from education is a bias of the Islamic faith.
The proposal has the support of western diplomats, who recognize that calls from them over universal values will gain less traction with the Taliban than when the request of leaders comes of largely Islamic states.
The Taliban have excluded girls from going to high school since she took power in half August, producing a variety of reasons for do, and occasionally suggest that the ban is temporary.
The two foreign ministers die most likely to go to Kabul are the Turkish foreign ones minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, perhaps the most senior Muslim female diplomat in the world.
“We follow the situation in Afghanistan narrow. We are planning to go to Kabul . to go with some other foreign ministers in the coming period,” said Çavuşoğlu at a joint press conference with marsudi.
Çavuşoğlu said he had discussed the plan with Marsudi during their meeting on the sidelines of the UN general gathering in New York. Some other friendly ministers also “I loved the idea,” said Çavuşoğlu, adding: “We will plan for this in the next few days.” The visit would also be an attempt to set the terms for improved humanitarian support for Afghanistan.
At the G20 special conference on Afghanistan on On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proposed permanent functioning of the G20 party to be set up to tackle the humanitarian crisis and move the Taliban towards a more including system of government. Turkey has striven for influence in Afghanistan for months, but her proposal to oversee Kabul international airport eventually failed due to a defect of security guarantees from the Taliban.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world, and prior to the Taliban takeover, the reformist Sunni Indonesian organization Nahdlatul Ulama set up An network cover 22 of 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Indonesian politicians have also been involved in reconciliation talks with the Taliban by many of the past decade, promoting a more centrist Islam.
Within Indonesia, the ministry has of religious affairs, hand in hand with the two of the country leading Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and education and social charity Muhammadiyah, have a nationwide network of madrasa-educated women. Ideological differences aside, both groups have historically welcomed female students in madrasas.
Although there have been disagreements over their quality, indonesian madrasas have achieved gender equality in school enrollment. There are also more girls than boys in the higher secondary.
The Taliban have come up with a variety of excuses for not allowing girls to go back to high school but eventually their conservative Brand of faith breaks women of work of education.
A diplomat die favored an intervention by Muslim leaders said: “The idea is that numbers like Marsudi would go and point out: ‘You say women are not in state and must remain home and here I am the foreigner minister of Indonesia.’ It wouldn’t be a lecture, but the power of example.”
Karim Khan, the newly appointed international criminal Chief Prosecutor of the Court, Speaking at the Global Security Forum in doha, also urged the Taliban to realize that they are a overly hard shape of Islam.
Khan, who is Muslim, said: “The Holy Prophet of Islam very clearly said an individual who teaches that his daughters will go to paradise (Jannah). He told Muslims to learn from Aisha. This is the religion of Islam that’s all against people who say that women should not being educated, who to target of sue women for no other reason than their gender. The Holy Quran says men his garments for women and women his garments for men.”
Princess Reema named member of IOC Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032
October 14, 2021
JEDDAH — Princess Reema Bint Bandar, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032.
The Zimbabwean swimmer Kirsty Coventry has been appointed to chair the Committee for Brisbane 2032.
Twelve IOC members have been named to the Coordination Commission, eight of them women.
Princess Reema was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee in July 2020.
Brisbane was confirmed as the 2032 Games host at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 21.
It was the sole candidate presented to the Session, having already been approved by the IOC Executive Board.
It is the first time that Olympic hosting rights have been awarded under the new system, whereby a traditional bid race has been replaced by the IOC Future Host Commission identifying and proposing hosts to the Executive Board.
Source: Saudi Gazette
Fostering girls’ education will be challenging under a Taliban regime, but Afghanistan can learn a lot from Indonesia
October 11, 2021
Since the return of the Taliban to power, concern has been growing over the “Islamisation” of Afghan society – including the education sector.
Many fear that either schools will be shut down or girls will be excluded. This could reverse 20 years of progress in narrowing the gender gap in school enrolment.
There have been reports, for instance, about Taliban plans to enforce gender segregation, restrict women’s activities outside their homes, impose hijab norms, and replace schools with traditional madrasas (Islamic education institutions).
However, around the world, millions of girls have been schooled under similar conditions, often inspired by strict interpretations of Shariah law.
A case in point is Indonesia, where the government along with non-state religious organisations run the world’s largest network of madrasas. They have made important social contributions to educational development in remote and underdeveloped communities. Despite the many challenges, therefore, Indonesia can serve as an important model for the Taliban of how Muslim nations and faith-based organisations can play a big role in expanding girls’ education.
Islamic law and girls’ schooling are not in conflict
Just like Afghanistan, Indonesia has allowed madrasas to co-exist side by side with secular schools.
However, Indonesian madrasas have responded to societal needs by offering girls’ education long before other Muslim countries like Afghanistan, where most madrasas are still either single-sex, or boys only.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, hand in hand with the country’s two leading Muslim organisations – the reformist Sunni organisation Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), and the education and social charity Muhammadiyah – have created a nationwide network of madrasa-educated women. Setting aside ideological differences, both have historically welcomed female students to madrasas.
Although there has been debate over their quality, Indonesian madrasas have achieved gender parity in school enrolment. There are also more girls than boys at the upper secondary level. Even enrolment in informal or traditional Islamic boarding schools (“pesantrens”) is gender-balanced.
For Afghanistan, following in Indonesa’s footsteps can play a role in plugging the country’s supply gap of schools, particularly in remote regions.
Many parts of Afghanistan remain isolated. Poor digital infrastructure and the lack of state schools mean community-based madrasas remain the only viable option to expand girls’ schooling.
Even after the trillions of dollars invested during the US administration, around two-thirds of secondary school-aged girls in Afghanistan have been left out of school. In other words, even in the absence of Taliban rule, progress in bringing girls to school has been less than satisfactory.
Indonesia’s model can be a low-cost solution for state authorities to create educational opportunities for girls.
Another Muslim country, Bangladesh, for instance, has followed the Indonesian model of partnership with madrasas. Today, girls outnumber boys in secondary education in Bangladesh.
What’s more, even before the Taliban’s recent demands on veiling and purdah (female segregation), the Indonesian government had similarly imposed restrictive dress codes on school girls back in 2014.
So an important lesson for Afghanistan from Indonesia – as the world’s largest Muslim-majority country – is that even a preference for Shariah law is not in conflict with the global agenda to educate girls in school.
Educate to fight another day
Partnership with madrasas does in some ways undermine the full transformative power of education. However, Muslim communities should be left alone to negotiate civic rights with their ruling elites.
Bringing girls to school is the main priority right now – educated women are the best force for future social change.
In Indonesia, a number of women and parents recently spoke out against an earlier government decision to impose hijab norms. These isolated acts of protest are a byproduct of past investments that Indonesia has made in mass schooling since the 1970s. This has resulted in increasing citizen activism, voice, and a sense of empowerment among Indonesian girls and women.
This shows that, over time, a larger and critical mass of educated women can mobilise on common interests and use their literacy to negotiate better rights with state authorities.
Continuous acts of small protests in Indonesia, for instance, eventually led to a landmark decision earlier this year when the Indonesian government banned schools across the country from forcing girls to wear the hijab.
The diversity in the way that Indonesia has expanded educational opportunities for girls – despite intense conservative religious campaigns at the grassroots level – once again reminds us Islamic traditions alone are no barrier to women’s development.
Therefore, in Afghanistan, a country devastated by war and at an early stage of economic development, the world community should demand that the Taliban bring all girls to school.
In fact, the debate should not be about gender segregation and whether or not to mix religion with schooling. Education should be a priority, regardless of the form and type.
Afghanistan today has many more vocal female leaders than before, thanks to their appointment to various leadership positions in the past 20 years. The Taliban acknowledges this change, which is reflected in the regime’s recognition of the importance of girls’ schooling including access to higher education.
If past trends are sustained, schooling will empower Afghan women and help them mobilise further to negotiate more inclusive schooling in the future.
Source: The Conversation
United Hatzalah holds training drill for Jewish, Muslim women
OCTOBER 14, 2021
On Tuesday, United Hatzalah of Israel held a mass casualty incident (MCI) training exercise for its women’s unit.
In response to the numerous MCIs in Israel over the past year, the specialized training drill was organized as a unique opportunity for women to practice providing necessary responses to particularly delicate medical emergencies that are specific to women.
Currently, the Women’s Unit consists of some 150 Jewish and Muslim volunteers, who serve their religious communities throughout Israel where an extra level of sensitivity is requested.
The simulated drill scenario, which was planned in July, was coincidentally similar to a bus accident that took place near Hurfeish just two weeks ago.
The training session simulated a bus of high-school-aged girls falling off of a highway bridge and involved more than 100 simulated patients and more than 60 first responders from the unit, all of whom are trained emergency medical service (EMS) personnel ranging from EMTs to paramedics.
A number of Knesset members and community leaders observed the scenario, including May Golan (Likud), Michal Woldiger (Religious Zionism), and Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum.
Golan spoke about how excited she was to witness the training exercise.
“I’m excited to be here to witness the women’s training drill that United Hatzalah held today. I am proud to see Israeli women from all over the country uniting to save lives. It is empowering, it is beautiful, and it is the actual essence of what Israel is all about," she said.
"I want to congratulate these women for everything they do and support United Hatzalah to keep growing and supporting Israel so that it will be a better society and a better country for the health of everyone.”
The training drill was the fourth MCI drill that United Hatzalah has held this year.
Eli Beer, president and founder of United Hatzalah, noted the importance of these exercises.
“I have no doubt that the emphasis which United Hatzalah places upon constantly training our volunteers, especially MCI training, has resulted in lives being saved in the tragic instances that occurred in Meron, Givat Ze’ev, and Hurfeish," he said.
"This is why we continue to conduct these training exercises. We want to give each and every one of our volunteers the opportunity to participate in these drills and experience the chaos that can occur during an MCI so that they can learn how to make order out of it on every operational level," Beer said. "During an MCI, the speed at which responders can make decisions – the correct decision – can save many lives. This is true for each individual responder as well as for the larger operational decisions made during the incident.
"We need to be ready because as history has shown us, sadly, the next MCI is not a question of if, but when.”
Source: The Jerusalem Post
Pakistan Minister Urges Ulema To Create Awareness About Inheritance Rights Of Women
13th October 2021
ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 13th Oct, 2021 ) :Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sahibzada Noor-ul-Haq Qadri Wednesday urged religious scholars (Ulema) and civil society to help enhancing awareness about providing inheritance rights of women as islam vociferously advocates to protect the right of female heirs.
Speaking in a seminar titled "The Rights of Minorities and Women in light of Seerat-e-Taiba of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)", the minister said Pakistan's state law both entitled women to inherit movable and immovable property.
The seminar was organised by Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) in collaboration with Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and Interfaith Harmony Council.
The minister said females must not be deprived from her rights as provided in Islamic Sharia.
He said Islam protected the rights of women and did not allow forced conversions to Islam. From out of about 53 point of Charter of Madina, half clauses stressed protecting rights to minorities.
He said its is written in Seerat books that the last words of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) before death were "to Protect women rights." Before death the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasized protecting women rights.
During the capturing of Hazrat Umer (RA), responding to the question about rights of minorities, he said the rights and responsibilities of non-Muslims would be same as enjoyed by the Muslims in the Islamic state.
Source: Urdu Point
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