Pages Categorized: Around the World

Take a stand against ageism – aging women

Author: Sylvia Perel Levin Source: UN Special Older persons worldwide experience discrimination and the violation of their human rights at family, community, institutional and societal levels. The unprecedented ageing of the global population means that discrimination is likely to increase. We live longer in every region of the world and it is one of the… Read more »

Asma Lamrabet: Morocco’s Muslim feminist polymath

Source: The Guardian Moroccan author Asma Lamrabet is used to multi-tasking — mixing her writing with a career in medicine — but perhaps her most noteworthy balancing act is being both a faithful Muslim and a committed feminist. A tireless advocate for gender equality in a region where women’s rights often lag far behind those… Read more »

1 in 5 college women say they were violated

Author: Nick Anderson,  Scott Clement Source: The Washington Post Twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But the circle of victims on the nation’s campuses is probably even larger. Many others endured attempted attacks, the poll found, or… Read more »

Forced Conversions

Author: Bina Shah Source: Dawn WHEN the Sindh Assembly passed the law against forced conversion, it was hailed as a landmark piece of legislation for the protection of Sindh’s minorities. In rural Sindh, Hindu girls and women are sometimes forced by local landlords and petty thugs to ‘convert’ to Islam and get married (pretty much… Read more »

Muslims discuss challenging times at RIS convention

Source: Iqra The Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention (RIS) got underway on Friday, December 23, in Toronto with thousands of people from North America and beyond streaming into Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the three-day gathering. The challenges facing Muslims in the US and around the world were the central theme of the Friday Khutba… Read more »

Article 16(1) – Repeal it or continue to render Muslim women and girls as unequal citizens

Authors: Hyshyama Hamin and Hasanah Cegu Issadeen Source: MPL Reforms In November, we completed ‘Unequal Citizens: Muslim women’s struggle for justice and equality in Sri Lanka’ – a one-year study that sought answers as to why the reforms to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) was many decades overdue. In light of the constitutional… Read more »

OCDC failing inmates with mental illness, supporters say

Author: Paula Maccooey Source: Ottawa Citizen Supporters of an inmate who took his own life while at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre held a vigil outside the jail Wednesday evening to send a message: that mentally ill inmates should be in treatment centres, not prisons. Justin St. Amour, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, hanged himself in his segregation… Read more »

The Violence of Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

Author:  Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager, Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation News Upon first glance, gender-based violence (GBV) and laws pertaining to citizenship may seem worlds apart. In fact, there are significant links between women’s nationality rights and GBV. During these 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, it is a good time to consider how gender discrimination… Read more »