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 »
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Source: Iqra A moving and inspiring tribute to the late boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, was the highlight of the second day of the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention (RIS) being held in Toronto. “My dad has inspired us and the entire world to be the best version of ourselves,” said Rasheda Ali Walch, the daughter… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Source: Iqra Viola Desmond will be featured on a new $10 Canadian bank note, expected in late 2018. This will mark the first time that a portrait of a Canadian woman will be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada note. Desmond, an icon of the human rights and freedoms movement in Canada, was… Read more »
Author: Sutirtha Sahariah Source: Huffington Post Sparked by a brutal gang rape case in 2012, India has made progress in reducing the rate of violence against women. But Rishi Kant, one of the brothers behind the charity Shakti Vahini, says abuse of women and girls can only end when men and boys are actively involved…. Read more »
A local news report in Stockton, California shows a letter received by a local mosque containing apparently identical language to letters received in Rhode Island and several other states.
Australia’s first female Muslim MP Anne Aly has delivered a powerful speech on feminism, saying men often get credit for women’s work and calling for women to step up into positions of power.
Source: Haaretz “Prayer of the Mothers,” is a song by singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, which mixes in a message from Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, celebrating the “Women Wage Peace” movement. The movement began during the summer of 2014’s Israeli-Gaza conﬂict, Operation Protective Edge, in which 73 Israelis and 2,200 Palestinians… Read more »
Author: Kate Samuelson Source: Time Although the U.S. did not elect its first female president Tuesday night, one woman still made history. Former refugee Ilhan Omar, who proudly wears the hijab, became America’s first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator after she claimed a strong victory in the Minnesota House race.
Author: Noor Javed Source: Toronto Star Two trustees are asking school board officials to clarify if proper policies were followed in the investigation into allegations a principal made anti-Muslim Facebook postings. After weeks of silence from the York Region public school board, two trustees are asking top officials to clarify if proper policies were followed… Read more »
Author: Harriet Sherwood Source: theguardian After 14 years of sexual harassment at work, Idihar Chaieb finally got her day in court. The widow had been repeatedly propositioned and groped by her boss, who was also a local official in her home town of Menzel Bouzelfa, an hour’s drive from Tunis. When he finally got the… Read more »
Source: Al-Jazeera A famous mosque in India has agreed to scrap a ban on women entering its inner sanctum after a bitter legal battle about the restriction. The Haji Ali Dargah trust has barred women from the mausoleum off the coast of Mumbai since 2011, insisting the presence of women near the tomb of… Read more »