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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 »

Dorval Mosque filled to overflowing with community support

Author: Kathryn Greenway Source: Montreal Gazette Monday evening, over 200 people crammed into the Association Musulmane Turque de Montréal, commonly called the Dorval Mosque, to show their support in the wake of the Quebec City attack on a mosque which left six people dead. Imam Mehmet Deger and his wife Nour Deger greeted each man, woman… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »