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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 »

It Will Take 170 Years For Women to Be Paid as Men Are

Author: Baher Kamal Source: The Wire Women across the world are often employed in low pay sectors, face high levels of discrimination in the workplace and take on a disproportionate amount of unpaid care work. While just eight individuals, all of them men, own the same wealth as 3.6 billion people — half of world’s… 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 »

Top 10 moments for women’s rights in 2016: Inspiration for the year ahead

Source: Global Fund for Women When you look back on 2016, what will you remember? It’s been a year filled with extreme highs and lows for women’s rights around the world. There have been rollbacks and new challenges for women and girls in countless countries, from the United States to Turkey and Brazil. As we look back on the past… 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 »

Muhammad Ali, the People’s Champion, honoured at RIS

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 »

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 »