Friday Links — February 13, 2009

  • In an attempt to attract more women to use public transportation, Dubai will soon launch pink buses for women. Seriously.
  • The Iranian Women’s Tennis team wins battles large and small in the Australian women’s cup. Of course, the newspaper still had to use the eyerollingly-overplayed phrase, “lifing the veil”. Scoff!
  • Negative attitudes toward women’s participation in sports are rapidly changing in Qatar.
  • Iran’s civil rights movement isn’t about race. According to Vermont Public Radio, it’s about gender.
  • A prominent Kuwaiti women’s group has attacked a draft law to protect women’s rights as “not going far enough.”
  • Al-Nisah, a new online Islamic clothing store based in the U.K., has just opened.
  • Electronic blackmail using images of women from their cell phones or online accounts is increasing in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Telegraph reviews Shades, a British play that feels like a “Muslim Bridget Jones’ Diary.”
  • The Toronto Rape Crisis Center is holding a charity bowl-a-thon (FUN!) at the end of February.
  • Two stories on a recent Saudi campaign against high dowries.
  • While this Daily Mail article is disgustingly biased, the story itself is disgusting enough. May Allah protect this woman and give her justice.
  • The South Asian Times interviewed Dilara Hafiz and her family. You can download the issue here or just expand the pic below:

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  • Broomstick

    pink buses for women in Dubai? I give up, man.

  • Aynur

    Re: the Daily Mail article “Saudi judge sentences pregnant gang-rape victim to 100 lashes for committing adultery” … WTH? She was gang-raped, it’s not her fault! (unless, you blame her for accepting the ride from the man) … I don’t understand the logic in blaming the victim.

  • Muffy

    The story about female genital cutting does not surprise me, unfortunately. I was always weary of the efforts to ban FGM, precisely because I was worried it would drive the practice underground.

  • http://www.muslimahsource.org Roberta

    and another horrid one for the list:

    http://www.buffalonews.com/437/story/578644.html

  • http://low-intensity-conflict-review.blogspot.com/ Agha Amin

    good blog

    agha amin

  • tom hulley

    I know the Daily Mail is biased most of the time but what do you mean by ‘disgustingly biased’ in the article? Yes the first comment is so I did not read any more of them but what is unacceptable in the article precisely? I have no wish to defend the Daily Mail just a wish to recognise what I am missing.
    Surely you do not mean there a two sides to a story about violence against women?

  • Sobia

    The South Asian Times also profiled Zila Khan – Sufi singer.

  • http://muslimahmediawatch.org/ Fatemeh

    @tom: No, I definitely didn’t mean that there are “two sides” to this. My irritation was aimed at the last few sentences, particularly the sentence about the KSA practicing a form of “medieval law,” which is often read as “the Saudis are backward.” The bias is in the language.

    @ Roberta: Thanks for posting this story; it’s dumbfoundingly horrific. May Allah grant this woman peace and justice.

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  • tom hulley

    Thanks Fatemeh, I missed it by assuming it was so. That is what propaganda does to us. Reading Muslimah Media Watch helps me check my assumptions.
    I suspect that intention is also involved as the Daily Mail intended to portray Saudi Arabia negatively and has never been a genuine supporter of women’s rights.
    It is difficult not to fall into the trap as I might use intemperate language when attacking my own government (UK) whose record on human rights is worse than most.
    I wonder how the press in another country might have portrayed this bit of British nastiness -it is truly ‘medieval’ just as ‘waterboarding’ techniques are:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/sep/26/children.law

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