Friday Links — December 25, 2009

  • A woman was elected to the board of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on her first attempt.
  • A leading Cairo university will appeal a court decision allowing female students to don the full face veil on campus dormitories.
  • Malaysia’s High Court fixed January 25th, 2010 as the day when a decision will be made about the book by Sisters in Islam that has been banned.
  • A couple in Ajman, U.A.E., who bought a young Iraqi girl from her parents and prostituted her were each jailed for three years yesterday. Six years total? Really?
  • Access to cheap, ready-baked bread has helped liberate Egyptian women from the kitchen, allowing them to enter the workforce or spend more time with their children.
  • Poorna Shetty discusses honor killings in the wake of Tulay Goren’s murder.
  • A new law will guarantee that any groom who discovers that his bride is not actually a virgin will be eligible for a refund from Egypt’s Consumer Protection Agency. WTF.
  • Women’s political participation in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia is to be enhanced under a new United Nations-backed project launched for an innovative website to provide them access to information, the exchange of experiences, ideas and good practices.

  • Jackie

    The link to the National article that claims Egyptian men are now eligible for a refund if their bride turns out not to be a virgin is actually an article on the satirical website (an Egyptian version of The Onion) known as “Al Koshary Today”.

    http://www.elkoshary.com/

    Another recent headline on the site claimed: Egypt at Copenhagen: “We will reduce our gas emissions by banning foul consumption”

  • http://laura.fo KufiGirl

    The story about the Egyptian brides is (thankfully!) satire.

  • Fatemeh

    Ha! Well, now you know what a thorough reader I am! ;)


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