Pages Categorized: Around the World

Letter to the Editor of the Canadian Jewish News: Why are Jewish Groups Not Speaking Up for Muslims?

Authors: Dr. Barbara Landau and Shahid Akhtar Source: Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims As Co-Chairs of the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, we are deeply saddened by the competition for victimhood unleashed by the response to M-103. Standing up for each other – and against all forms of racism and hatred has been our mandate… Read more »

India’s Dark Secret

Author: Harinder Baweja Source: Hindustan Times Imagine being taken to a room in a dark decrepit building. Imagine being pinned down on the floor. Imagine your underwear being taken off. Imagine seeing a knife being heated on the gas stove. Imagine the same hot knife slicing your clitoris. Imagine young girls shrieking in pain.  The… Read more »

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Source: UN Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be… Read more »

5 ways you can take a stand against hate right now

Author: Sarah Boesveld Source: Chatelaine This week has exposed the depth of Islamophobia that exists in North America. Six men are dead and several more injured after a gunman entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night and opened fire during evening prayer. It happened just days after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning residents of… Read more »

As Canada Transforms, an Anti-Immigrant Fringe Stirs

Author: Craig Smith and Dan Levin Source: NY Times TORONTO — François Deschamps stepped out of his apartment building in the Limoilou neighborhood of Quebec City recently and stopped when he saw a sticker wrapped around a light pole. “Burn Your Local Mosque,” it read, around a silhouette of a Turkish-style mosque against an orange… Read more »

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 »

«L’humanité derrière l’inhumanité»

Author: Marilyne Demers Source: Metro Pancartes et lampions à la main, une centaine de personnes  de Dorval, voire tout l’Ouest-de-l’Île, ont voulu offrir leur sympathie et leur soutien envers les musulmans de la province, touchés par la fusillade au Centre culturel islamique de Québec qui a fait six morts et plusieurs blessés, dimanche. La vigile… Read more »

Enabling a Global Human Rights Movement for Women and Girls with Disabilities: Global Disabled Women’s Rights Advocacy Group

Source: Women Enabled International Women Enabled International (WEI) received generous funding from an anonymous donor for a Survey and Mapping Project with a goal to foster a greater understanding of human rights advocates, both from within and outside the women’s rights and disability rights movements, on the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Through… 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 »

Muslim Peel students can write own sermons, but prayers will continue to be supervised

Author: Mike Smee Source: CBC The Peel District School Board is stepping back from a new policy that forced Muslim students to choose from a bank of stock sermons during Friday prayers, rather than writing their own. In a revised policy released Friday, board staff recommend that students be given a choice between delivering sermons… 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 »

The Muslim gender gap in educational attainment is shrinking

Author: Caryle Murphy Source: PEW Research Centre On average, Muslim men around the world have more formal schooling than women, a fact well-known by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai and other Muslim activists for female education. But while the Muslim gender gap in education remains large, relative to most other major religious groups, it has… Read more »