Friday Links — March 20, 2009

  • Female Yemeni journalists demanded better participation in the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate and call for the allocation of 20% of seats to women.
  • AIM Magazine looks at the CineForum event, which aims to help Muslim women get ahead in the media industry. Incidentally, MMW is looking for someone to cover this event. Email us if you’re interested.
  • On the fifth anniversary of the hijab ban, French students protest the law.
  • Sheema Khan tells the Globe and Mail that yes, Muslim women are smart enough to math and anything else we put our minds to.
  • Sabria Jawhar weighs in on the arrest and sentencing of an elderly Syrian woman in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Jeans gives his take, too.
  • An ayatollah’s recommendation to grant amnestyto Ashraf Kalhor, sentenced to stoning for adultery and accesory to murder, was rejected by the Judicial Commission for Amnesty and Clemency. May Allah keep her.
  • More fuckery from the Commission to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice.
  • Laila Paaitae Daoh, a prominent Muslim women’s rights activist and peace advocate in Thailand, has been murdered. May Allah give her peace and justice.
  • Mukhtar Mai is married. But read the article before you get all excited. May Allah give her happiness: her pre-nuptial agreement didn’t even focus on herself, subhanallah.
  • Fahima Vorgetts, a humanitarian who has been working for women’s rights in Afghanistan, will speak in New York today.

  • http://al-jameela.blogspot.com/ Xey

    Salaamu alaykum… Thanks! This link does not work:

    “Lawyers for three men convicted of the kidnap and gang rape of a Sudanese woman yesterday claimed she had tried to extort money from them in return for dropping the case.”

  • http://muslimahmediawatch.org/ Fatemeh

    Thanks! It’s fixed.

  • cyan

    please write more about the mukhtar mai issue–seems complex and confusing.

    to me it seems like she was coerced, pure and simple, though she handled it with intelligence and grace. some critique here which makes valuable points:
    http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/19/women-pakistan-rights-marriage-opinions-columnists-mukhtar-mai.html

    others have said this represents progress, because, well, “how amazing that a man would want to marry a rape victim”

    to my mind, better to have no man at all than to be forced into it–even at the behest of his forst wife, no less!

  • Zahra

    Can’t help but noticed that the New York Times asked Jehan Sadat, the former first lady of Egypt, who is not a scholar of Islam as far as I know, about the laws prohibiting homosexuality Saudi Arabia. I can’t imagine the same interviewer asking Laura Bush about Canadian immigration law, or some such.


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