New Age Islam News Bureau
03 December 2022
• Women Join Protests In Iran’s Restive Southeast In ‘Rare’ Move: Rights Group
• Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Alba Among Glamorous Guests At Film Festival In Jeddah
• 'Israeli Women And Their Gulf Sisters Are So Similar'
• 18th Nat’l Quran Memorization Contest for Women to Kick Off in Jordan on Sunday
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Woman In Afghanistan Brutally Flogged In Public For Going To Shop Without Male Guardian
Afghanistan: The woman can be seen being whipped.(Twitter)
02 DEC 2022
A woman in Afghanistan was seen being brutally flogged in public for allegedly flouting the Taliban's conservative rule that prohibits women from going to shops without a male guardian.
In an almost two-minute video clip, posted on Twitter by a user named Shabnam Nasimi, reportedly from the Takhar province, the woman can be seen being whipped.
"The women of Afghanistan are experiencing hell on earth under Taliban regime. We mustn't turn a blind eye," Shabnam Nasimi wrote along with the video.
Last week, three women and 11 men were flogged following the orders of an Afghan court after they were found guilty of theft and "moral crimes", it was reported.
Those being punished received between 21 and 39 lashes each, after being convicted in a local court of theft and adultery, reports said adding that hundreds of people attended the lashings and a ban was imposed on taking photos and video.
The resumption of the practice underscored the Taliban's intention of sticking to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia. Supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada also ordered judges last month to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law that include public executions and floggings.
The Taliban carried out punishments in public during their first rule that ended in late 2001.
Source: Outlook India
Women join protests in Iran’s restive southeast in ‘rare’ move: Rights group
This screengrab of a video posted by the activist group 1500tasvir shows protesters taking to the streets in Iran’s city of Zahedan in Sistan-Baluchestan province on December 2, 2022. (Screengrab/Twitter)
02 December ,2022
Women in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan on Friday joined nationwide protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death, in what a rights group called a “rare” move for women in the staunchly conservative Sunni Muslim province.
Online videos showed dozens of women on the streets of the provincial capital Zahedan holding banners that declared “Woman, life, freedom” -- one of the main slogans of the protest movement that erupted in mid-September.
“Whether with hijab, whether without it, onwards to revolution,” women clad in black, body-covering chadors chanted in videos posted on Twitter and verified by AFP.
Iran has been rocked by protests that flared after Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died following her arrest in Tehran for an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic’s strict hijab dress code for women.
Security forces have killed at least 448 protesters, most of them in Sistan-Baluchestan on Iran’s southeastern border with Pakistan, says Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights.
“It is indeed rare,” IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said of the latest protests by women in Zahedan, which has seen men take to the streets after Friday prayers for the past two months.
“The ongoing protests in Iran are the beginning of a revolution of dignity,” he told AFP.
“Women and minorities, who have (for) more than four decades been treated as second class citizens, are empowered through these protests to come out to streets and demand their fundamental human rights,” he added.
Mainly Sunni Sistan-Baluchestan is Iran’s poorest region whose ethnic Baluch inhabitants feel discriminated against.
At least 128 people in Sistan-Baluchestan have been killed in the crackdown, according to IHR, by far its biggest toll for deaths recorded in 26 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
Second on its list is Kurdistan, Amini’s home province on Iran’s western border with Iraq, another epicenter of the protests with a Sunni majority, where 53 people died.
Iran accuses its arch enemy the United States and its allies Britain and Israel of fomenting what it calls “riots.”
An Iranian general said this week that “more than 300 martyrs and people” have been killed in the unrest.
of Iranians and around 40 foreigners have been arrested over the unrest and
more than 2,000 people have been charged, according to judicial authorities.
Source: Al Arabiya
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Alba Among Glamorous Guests At Film Festival In Jeddah
December 03, 2022
DUBAI: International movie and TV star Priyanka Chopra Jonas made a glittering entrance at the Women in Cinema gala at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah on Friday night. Other glamorous guests included the likes of Jessica Alba, Frieda Pinto, Tara Emad, Lucy Hale, Sharon Stone, Gurinder Chadha, Salma Abu Deif, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and more.
“Quantico” star Chopra Jonas looked resplendent in a lavish gold gown by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran. Hollywood actress Alba — famously seen in movies like “Sin City” and “Fantastic Four” — also supported Middle East labels by opting for an elegant, embellished gown from Lebanese couturier Elie Saab.
Meanwhile, on the opening night of the film festival, stars took to the red carpet and shone a light on Saudi designers. While stars like Sharon Stone, Shah Rukh Khan, Oliver Stone, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and many more graced the red carpet in striking fashion looks, Saudi designers also had their moment to shine at the event.
Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio dazzled in a blue jumpsuit from Jeddah-based designer Yousef Akbar. She completed the look with a gold bangle and matching stud earrings. The model has often sported creations from Arab designers. Last month, she wore a lime gown by Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad to a holiday brunch in Mexico.
Jomana Al-Rashed, the first Saudi woman to be appointed CEO of the Saudi Research and Media Group, was spotted posing alongside Hollywood star Sharon Stone, wearing Saudi label Loodyana.
British actress Jacqui Ainsley, known for her role in the 2017 film “King Arthur: legend of the Sword,” took to the red carpet wearing US-based label Dazluq, founded by Saudi designer Salma Zahran. Ashley is married to British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who was also in attendance.
Honayda Serafi, founder of the Saudi label Honayda, represented her own brand in a striking green ensemble. “Delighted to be attending the opening ceremony of the second edition of the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah, surrounded by successful talents from around the world and celebrating Arab artists. A grand event bridging cultures from West to East, bursting (with) creativity and beauty,” she posted on Instagram, along with shots of her outfit.
Lebanese influencer Nathalie Fanj was seen wearing an ethereal mermaid black gown from designer Tima Abed. She completed the look with dangling, heart-shaped earrings from Chopard.
Source: Arab News
'Israeli women and their Gulf sisters are so similar'
By Natalie Lisbona
December 03, 2022
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum describes the first meeting of the forum she co-founded as "how the sisterhood started".
Ms Hassan-Nahoum, the Israeli deputy mayor of Jerusalem, is referring to the Gulf-Israel Women's Forum.
It was set up back in the autumn of 2020, immediately following the signing of the historic, US-brokered Abraham Accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.
Those agreements saw them become the first Gulf states to normalise relations with Israel and end a decades-old boycott of the Jewish state.
The agreements were signed at the White House in September 2020, and a month later Ms Hassan-Nahoum hosted the first meeting of the women's forum, which was held in Dubai.
The idea behind the organisation is that Israeli and Gulf businesswomen and other female leaders can regularly meet to develop trade ties and friendships. Ms Hassan-Nahoum, who is also the boss of a PR company and a qualified lawyer, says "the underlying belief is that women are natural leaders and industry stalwarts".
She admits that she was apprehensive before the first meeting, but that all went well. "I was very nervous about it, but it was apparent that we all want the same things - peace and prosperity in the region.
"Contrary to what others want us to believe, we are not enemies. If anything, Israelis and their sisters in the Gulf are so similar. We all came out of the first meeting giddy."
The forum now has hundreds of members from a wide range of professions, and includes women from non Abraham Accords countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Saudi Arabia still doesn't have diplomatic relations with Israel, while Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, but is not a Gulf state.
The women meet up to eight times a year, either in person or via video conferencing.
Bahraini political commentator and former president of the Bahrain Journalists Association, Ahdeya Ahmed Al-Sayed, is a fellow member of the forum. She says that the while the organisation is helping to build "new alliances", she admits that there is still much prejudice against Israel in the Gulf region.
"Whether they are political, military, security or economic cooperation and investments, in a changing world with a lot of economic and security challenges, and food security issues, we all need new alliances that help us face these issues," she says. "And that's what the Israeli-Bahraini relations is about."
Yet she adds when she first voiced her backing for the Abraham Accords "the amount of hate, threats and online harassment was unbelievable". "It shows that women will always be viewed as vulnerable, and anyone opposing them will attempt to break us with different opinions. But in my case it made me stronger."
For UAE-based, US-expat Leah Tedrow, one key benefit of the forum is helping Israeli businesswomen learn the intricacies of working and securing deals in that Gulf country.
"Having local knowledge on the ground to guide you is incredibly important here, to ensure you don't make any missteps that can have larger ramification," says Ms Tedrow, who is boss of Dubai-based PR firm Evoke International.
"While the Western mindset is very transactional when it comes to business, here in the UAE it is about building and developing relationships."
Ms Tedrow adds that if you are new to doing business in the UAE you have to take the time to build trust, and on a deep level. "Anyone who believes that they can just walk into the UAE and sign several contracts in as many days, is in for a rude awakening."
Ms Tedrow was in fact involved in the first communications between Israeli and UAE political and business leaders ahead of the Abraham Accords. She describes listening into the first direct phone calls as "incredibly moving and exciting".
"Then it was about addressing the rudimentary business challenges of creating banking channels to allow direct wire transfers between Israeli and UAE banking systems, and accepting Israeli bank and credit cards in the UAE and vice versa.
"That was all resolved fairly quickly between the two, but it seemed the biggest challenge was letting the rest of the world know the two countries had even signed the Abraham Accords," adds Ms Tedrow.
"We heard many instances where airlines in mainland Europe wouldn't let Israeli passengers travel on direct flights to the UAE in the beginning because they had no idea the Accords had been signed and that travel was now allowed!"
As the Gulf-Israel Women's Forum continues to meet, one study predicts that trade between Israel and the UAE will reach $2.5bn (£2bn) this year, rising to $5bn by 2027. The two nations signed a free-trade agreement back in March.
Israel and Bahrain are continuing talks to establish a similar deal between their two countries.
Yet while Israeli and Gulf businesswomen develop ties, Palestinian entrepreneur Maha AbuShusheh says that she and her compatriots are missing out.
"I feel like we are in a bubble and isolated from other Arab countries when it comes to business," says the chief executive of Ramallah-based construction company AbuShusheh.
"It's so hard doing business with them because we do not really have an open market with the world, our economy is suffering due to many things, such as uncertainty and no control of borders and resources.
"Yes we are sisters and friends with Arab nations... but it's hard to have business relations with them, with or without the Abraham Accords. It didn't make our life easier that's for sure and I can't even tell you of any positives for us."
18th Nat’l Quran Memorization Contest for Women to Kick Off in Jordan on Sunday
December 02, 2022
The preliminary round will be held in different cities of the Arab country, starting from Zarqa on Sunday, Al-Ray daily reported.
Other cities planned to host the first stage include Aqaba, Tafilah, Ma’an, Irbid, Ajloun and At-Taybeh.
The competition’s first round will conclude in the cities of Jerash and Kufranjah on January 21.
The women affairs deputy of the Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places Ministry organizes the Quranic event,
Winners of the top 30 ranks in final round will receive cash awards ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 Jordanian dinars.
Jordan is a Muslim-majority country in the Middle East. Followers of Islam make up around 95 percent of its population.
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