Friday Links — February 6, 2009

  • Women still get abortions despite the fact that they’re illegal in Indonesia.
  • On Dubai’s TV program Millions Poet, Saudi poet Aydah Al Aarawi Al Jahani  is making history. More from Middle East Online.
  • You can download the Cambridge study of Muslim women in Europe here.
  • Bahraini artists, particularly female ones, face bias against their profession.
  • The Gulf Daily News reports that an American lecturer has been charged in a case of insulting the Prophet. But she didn’t stop at the Prophet; she also insulted a female student who raised objections. Classy.
  • The Netherlands decides to take a tough approach to female genital cutting in an attempt to stop the practice.
  • Progressive Muslima News shares her feelings about an IslamOnline scholar’s declaration on marital rape.
  • Dr. Maha Al-Moneef says that domestic violence in Saudi Arabia is no longer a problem, but a social phenomenon.
  • Women in the Yemeni Women’s Shadow Parliament receive training on advocacy and lobbying skills and means of communication with societies for lobbying women issues.
  • Sania Mirza has withdrawn from the Federation Cup.
  • A suit alleging religious discrimination, filed against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, has been settled: two employees who were not allowed to wear a headscarf at work now have the right to do so.
  • In India, the Uttar Pradesh Board of Madarsa Education has banned coeducation in schools across the state.
  • Fremont, California, has hit the big screen in a documentary which looks at the increasing numbers of Muslims in the area. The documentary features footage from the Alia Ansari murder coverage and “Wear a Hijab Day”.
  • MR Zine interviews Maya Jribi, leader of the Democratic Party of Tunisia.
  • As the trial of a boy accused of killing his sister comes to a close, it appears more likely that the murder was sparked by sibling rivalry rather than honor.
  • If you have some time to kill and are a Muslim woman, you might consider helping a sister out with her thesis project by filling out this survey.
  • Iraq’s minister of women’s affairs resigned in protest at the lack of resources to deal with disenfranchised and impoverished women in the country.
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