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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 »

‘Prayer of the Mothers’ Honors Thousands of Jewish and Arab Women Marching for Peace

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 »

Minnesota Elects First Somali-American Female Legislator

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.

York school trustees demand ‘transparency’ on principal investigation

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 »