Friday Links | February 17, 2012

Drug abuse among young women and girls in Kashmir is on the rise, but there actually is no addiction treatment program in the Valley that will actually admit female drug users. They are left on their own, often not returning to the consultations that are available to them.

Two days before the one-year anniversary of the protests in Bahrain, activist Zainab al Khawaja was arrested once again. Al Akhbar managed to interview her on this year of protests and her own personal struggles.

Even though thousands of young women are enrolled in religious education in Iran, there aren’t a lot of female religious scholars in the country, which probably means that the religious education available is not aiming at producing female scholars.

In Northern Indonesia, a new salary policy by the local government aims at curbing the extra-marital affairs of its employees by depositing the pay in the account of the wife. Many wives had complained about the lack of transparency in financial matters, and alleged that the husbands were having affairs instead. That would explain the huge rise in HIV infections among housewives in the country.

Kurdish women activists in Iraqi Kurdistan condemn tribal settlement of murder cases, especially those which involve women.

Valentine’s Day is an interesting topic of debate in Muslim and non Muslim countries. In Turkey, women activists called for a stop to domestic violence, instead of flowers.

The Guardian features an article on the Oscar nominated documentary Saving Face ,which features Dr. Jawad, who tries to help to repair the faces of the victims of acid attacks in Pakistan.

In Tunisia, women try to assert independence after the revolution, but remain worried about the future.

Many Lebanese women struggle with a strict upbringing and sexism, which makes it hard for many of them to consult male doctors for example.

UAE “Islamic Love Guru” Widad Lootah encourages women to “embrace love and love making,” but within the Islamic boundaries. A Muslim woman who talks sex behind a niqab: how naughty!

Many (older) Kashmiri men “buy” young brides from outside their communities for a pittance, while many Kashmiri widows are looking for companionship in marriage.

FIFA’s current hijab ban has driven Muslim women away from “the beautiful game” of soccer, according to Jordanian Prince  and FIFA official Ali Bin Al-Hussein. He hopes that the organisation will reverse this decision during an international meeting next month.

Recent study shows that the women of the predominantly Muslim Nuba tribe in Sudan are better equipped to cope with war than men, which was actually pointed out by men themselves.

In Yemen there would not have been an “Arab Spring” without women, and the role they play and their position in the Yemeni revolution so far is not something that can be taken for granted.

Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, a Egyptian presidential candidate, says that, if is to be president, he would force women to wear hijab, or “they should change their ‘creed’.” Whatever that means…

Female Genital Mutilation is, despite the 2008 ban, still rife in Egypt. Dr. Randa Fakhr El Din is worried that more girls have died from undergoing since the ban.

Somali women demand an equal share in the new government, but say that they are denied leadership by their male counterparts.

Yemen Times profiles young Yemeni singer Sahar Dara’an, who hopes to spread Yemeni art and music abroad.

A new study addresses the pressure female athletes from the Middle East face, when they want to participate in sports, especially on a high level. The main question athletes face, according to the article, is whether or not they should wear hijab when competing.

The Australian Islamic Women’s Welfare Association urges the Australian government to give new migrants subsidies to visit their relatives back home.

A Russian court reviews the case of the baby mix-up, where a Russian Orthodox girl was raised by a Tajik Muslim family and their biological daughter was raised by a Russian Orthodox family. The girls are now teenagers and both families have very different ideas about how they should be raised, which is causing tensions between the two families.

Defying death threats, Hassiba Boulmerka became, 20 years ago, the first Olympic athlete from Algeria to win gold at The Games.

The idea of the religious leader of the Indian Bohra community has materialised: several neighbourhoods with a large Bohra population have community kitchens now, so that women can focus more time on more constructive matters in the house, such as religious duties, the education of their children or even start a business from home.

The world’s first Muslim model agency opens in New York, called Underwraps.

Shaimaa Khalil explains on the BBC what we should know about the “women of Tahrir” and how they have fared since.

Afghanistan’s Minister of Culture and Information defends the request that female Afghan presenters should wear a head scarf and less make-up on air.

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