SAUDI ARABIA: Continued restrictions on women show double standards

SAUDI ARABIA: Continued restrictions on women show double standards

Christoph Wilcke – WNN Breaking (WNN/HRW) Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA: Two Saudi women made Olympic history at the London Games, becoming the first female athletes from that country to participate. Back in Saudi Arabia, though, the sports ministry effectively bans girls and women from practicing sports. The government refused to approve a privately organized women’s Ramadan sporting competition, […]

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

News Consortium – Catholic Online – Friday, 24 August 2012 (originally published 22 Aug) LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – When tens of thousands of women were prominent among the demonstrations, Yemen’s president at the time, Ali Abdullah Saleh accused the women of “un-Islamic” behavior. Saleh has since turned over power to Vice President Abd […]

College women Tunisia have diverse opinions on Islamic dress

College women Tunisia have diverse opinions on Islamic dress

Lotfi Radhouane Chebil – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Tunis, TUNISIA: Recently at a university in Tunis, a female student approached her professor after class and told him that she had decided to wear the niqab, which covers the female body, face and head, to class. After some discussion on the topic, the professor said that he […]

Restrictions on Islamic dress for women continue to tighten in Iran

Restrictions on Islamic dress for women continue to tighten in Iran

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: With an increased crackdown on regulations for conservative Islamic dress codes for women in Iran, female security officers, known as the ‘morality police’ have been told to step up their efforts to enforce what Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia says is “bad headscarves, bad dress, and model-type women in vulgar dress.” […]

Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

Immigrants Flee Families to Find Themselves

Antje Windmann – Spiegel Online – Friday, 13 April 2012 (originally published 11 Apr) Bahar ran away early on a winter morning, one-and-a-half years after her mother was murdered. She helped her younger siblings get ready for school, and then she gave them a goodbye kiss on the forehead. Her uncle and her brothers were […]

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 […]

US must understand the constructive role of faith in Egypt

US must understand the constructive role of faith in Egypt

WNN Opinion – Commentary by Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies – Dalia Mogahed (WNN) Abu Dhabi: During my visit to Cairo last month, I witnessed an incident that today seems almost prophetic. At one of Cairo’s posh coffee shops, I saw a customer screaming at the young man serving him, claiming […]

For Turkish women, hijabs are strictly personal

For Turkish women, hijabs are strictly personal

Benjamin Peim – Kuwait Times – Thursday, 23 December (originally published 21 Dec) In October, Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s Republic Day reception was boycotted by the army and opposition politicians because the first lady wore a headscarf to the event. Indeed, Ms Gul’s headscarf nearly cost her husband his bid for the presidency three years […]