Friday Links | April 13, 2012

Somali refugee women fear sexual abuse not only by outsiders, but in the home as well. There is currently an increasing trend in reproductive coercion, where husbands force there wives to have as many pregnancies as possible, even though the future for these children is particularly bleak, according to many women.

Even though former president Saleh has gone, Yemeni women are still fighting, but now for equal rights for women.

The BBC reports that it has been told by doctors that secret sterilisation is part of Uzbek policy, without the consent nor the knowledge of the women in question. In a country where having many children is still considered important, some women will never have (more) children. May Allah ease their suffering.

The Tatarstan Muslim Women’s Union held a special fashion show to celebrate Islamic and ethnic fashion designers in the Russian republic’s capital city, Kazan.

Syrian film director Basil Khatib will return to the big screen with his new film Mariam, which chronicles 100 years of Syrian history by telling the stories of three women, all called Mariam.

Moroccan activists have staged a mock trial to target the “rape marriage law” in the country. The particular article received attention after the apparent suicide of the teenager Amina Filali, just months after she was forced to marry her rapist.  Some recent reports are suggesting that Filali’s death was not actually a suicide, but rather that she was forced to drink poison.

A new wave of well-off young Pakistani women start embracing a more conservative Islam, according to a piece in the Guardian.

Even though Amman, Jordan, has received positive attention for its city planning, the roads are still unsafe and transportation is very unreliable, which keeps many (low educated) women from getting a job, as they would not know how to get there safely.

According to a female member of Kyrgyzstan’s parliament, it would be better if Kyrgyz women under the age of 22 were banned from leaving the country for work. Recently the number of young Kyrgyz women who left the country to work has risen dramatically, but they often work in difficult conditions and in dire situations.

Iraqi religious leader Muqtada al Sadr said forcing gender segregation in Iraqi universities won’t be in the best interest of students.

Survivors of sexual violence in Indonesia face an uphill battle, as an inadequate legal system, police inaction and societal attitudes that generally is suspicious of victims of sexual violence make it hard for them to recover and get justice.

The Daily Mail features the story of a Muslim woman, who was married at age five while living in the UK. A typical Daily Mail coverage, with the stereotypical pictures and wording, but yet, a horrifying story.

Many Kenyan girls miss out on school, because they do not have the means to buy sanitary towels. A Muslim women group based in Nyeri County in Kenya, tries to change that by manufacturing reusable sanitary pads, which are cheap and give the women a means of income.

The Atlantic profiles six Pakistani women, focusing on their experiences of poverty and gender-based violence.

Princess Basma of Saudi Arabia speaks out on the things she would like to see changed in Saudi Arabia, especially related to the position of women.

For urban Muslims in China is having an Islamic wedding, or a wedding with some Islamic traditions on the rise, as it is considered to be fashionable to some and a way to personalize the wedding procedures.

In the Dadaab camp for Somali refugees, only one in twenty girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are enrolled in school; international NGOs try to change that by launching incentives to overcome the cultural obstacles that keep the girls from school.

Wearing bangles is part of a long tradition for women in South Asia, but many women and children suffer making this jewellery, like in the city of Hyderabad, Pakistan, where 90% of the bangles sold in Pakistan originate from.

In rural Lebanon, Muslim girls often start wearing the hijab at a young age, but some take it off when they reach adulthood. Al Akhbar features the stories of three young women who stopped donning the hijab full time, but did not necessarily leave Islam.

A video by Al Arabiya shows the widows of Bin Laden in their place of detention in Pakistan.


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