Friday Links | November 2, 2012

Last week Muslims around the world celebrated Eid ul Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, which is as well the end of the pilgrimage. Especially for this celebration, The National featured the story of Lady Evelyn Cobbolds, who might have been the first British woman to have gone on hajj. Some women in Saudi Arabia have been doing the ritual slaughtering themselves, which is generally done by men. And despite an anti-harassment campaign, for many young boys in Egypt, harassment is their Eid activity, according to activists.

Some brave women in Australia have opened up about Female Genital Mutilation and how this has affected their lives.

The BBC profiles first Afghan female rapper Soosan Firooz.

A video made by students of the University of Jordan, addressing sexual harassment, has led to the removal of their Professor and Dean Rula Quawas.

Detained Hazara women stand by an Indonesian policeman. Around 120 ethnic Hazaras were detained by Indonesian police, when they tried to reach Australia by wooden boat. Hazaras are a predominantly Shi’ite minority from Pakistan, where they face extreme harassment and death threats. Image by REUTERS/Beawiharta

A Bangladeshi charity trains women to become drivers in a country where there are, at the moment, less than 300 registered professional female drivers against approx. 2.4 million male drivers.

A new study confirms a virtual epidemic of children born with rare birth defects in cities that were hit by US bombings in Iraq.

An increasing number of young girls in Indonesia are being abducted by people they have befriended on Facebook.

At least nine female prisoners in Iran have gone on a hunger strike to protest snap body searches and abuse by prison guards. All the prisoners in question are located at Tehran’s Evin prison.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood trains women to prepare them for parliament, but critics say that this is just done to improve the Brotherhood’s image.

The mountain village of Ain Leuh in Morocco, used to be known as a place where you go for sex, but recently a group of men have started a campaign to drive the prostitutes out of town.

Uganda’s Daily Monitor remembers the late Sugra Visram, one of the first female MPs of the country and an outspoken activist.

A Saudi Arabian wedding ended in a disaster, when power lines came down (allegedly because of celebratory illegal gunfire) and electrocuted 24 people, mainly women, when they tried to escape through an electrified door.

A campaign to advocate exclusive breastfeeding for infants by the Bangladeshi government and NGOs has paid off; now 64% of the infants under 6 months are only breastfed, against 43% 5 years ago.

A traditional form of swap marriage in Yemen, shehgar, where two men marry each other’s sisters, is still very popular in Yemen, mainly because there is no dowry involved. The main problem, though, is that if one of the two couples divorces, the other couple has to divorce as well, even though their union might be a happy one.

A study looking at the perception of the hijab among South Asian women in the USA and UAE shows that many UAE-based women think that women who do not wear the hijab are less attractive, less intelligent and less employable.

The Daily Mail features yet another sensational story about burqa clad women (?) training to fight in what is thought to be Chechnya.

Two roadside bombs in southern Afghanistan have killed eleven civilians last Wednesday, among which were seven women and three children.

The International Business Times features an article on the position of women in Algerian society.

Somali policewoman Asha Hassan Hussein has been in the police force for over 30 years and is passionate about creating equal opportunities within the police force.

According to Faith Matters, last year 5,200 Britons became Muslim and approx. 75% of these new Muslims are women.  Both Heather Matthews and Amy Sall are, how original, labeled as former party girls, who chose to become Muslim.


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