Hijab power and song proves fruitful in the UK

Hijab power and song proves fruitful in the UK

Mette Reitzel – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) London, UNITED KINGDOM: A recent parliamentary report in the UK reveals that some Muslim women are removing their headscarves and anglicizing their names to improve their chances in the job market. Two best friends featured in the upcoming documentary film Hip Hop Hijabis did the exact opposite. Born in […]

Saudi Arabia women & human rights – less today than in the past?

Saudi Arabia women & human rights – less today than in the past?

Carli Pierson – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: November 2012 was poised to be a monumental month in the history of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia – female attorneys were supposed to be issued their licenses to practice law in court, even though there was no law specifically prohibiting them from practicing. In October local […]

Breaking the myths of sharia law, women and Islam

Breaking the myths of sharia law, women and Islam

Dr. Julie Macfarlane – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Kingsville, Ontario, CANADA: Recently, Florida’s House of Representatives passed a bill (which later died in the state Senate) to ban the use of “foreign law” in domestic courtrooms. Such a bill may seem innocuous but according to the Miami Herald, flyers have circulated in Senate offices describing sharia […]

Indonesia: Women and radical religious roles

Indonesia: Women and radical religious roles

Inayah Rohmaniyah  – WNN Opinion (WNN) Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Perhaps surprisingly, women’s issues have become a top priority on the major political and theological agendas of the Indonesian Mujahideen Council (MMI). MMI is a radical Muslim umbrella group alleged to have links to Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah, a militant organisation in Southeast Asia which […]

Egypt’s Spinsters Fight Against Society Stereotypes

Egypt’s Spinsters Fight Against Society Stereotypes

Cairo Correspondents MANAR AMMAR and JOSEPH MAYTON –  WNN Features Cairo, Egypt – It is a challenge to be unmarried in Egypt and even more so if the woman is “growing old” according to Egyptian customs. This means any unmarried woman past her mid-twenties is seen negatively through society’s lens, leaving many questions to be answered. However, a […]

60 percent of women harassed on daily basis – Cairo

60 percent of women harassed on daily basis – Cairo

Protective laws unfit for women on streets of Cairo   Correspondents JOSEPH MAYTON and MANAR AMMAR – WNN Features CAIRO: Being an Egyptian woman is to accept sexual harassment as daily routine, according to a recent report from the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR). The study outlines, 60 percent of Egyptian women and 98 […]