Friday Links | December 28, 2012

An Afghan policewoman has killed a civilian contractor in Kabul, last Monday. Her children say that she was suffering from mental illness.

The BBC features an article on the rise of Arab, predominantly Muslim, fashion models.

A recent public beheading of a young woman by her brother in India, is just an example of the surge in “honor killings” in the country; some localities are hoping that a female cell phone ban will keep women safe.

In her piece in The Independent, Reyhana Patel shares her opinion that the British workplace must become more accommodating to Muslim women.

Senegal is the latest African country to offer free reconstructive surgery to women who were victims of female genital mutilation.

The Saudi labor minister is threatened with “deadly prayers,” if he does not reverse his policy on creating jobs for Saudi women. A group of Saudi clerics say that they will pray he gets cancer, and dies from it, just like his predecessor.

Harsh personal laws in Bangladesh continue to hurt Bangladeshi women, especially after divorce or separation.

A Muslim woman gets into the Christmas spirit with reindeer headgear during a Christmas party in London’s East End. Image via East London Advertiser.

Egyptian lawyer Nihad Abu El Konsam believes that the new constitution will have severe consequences for Egypt’s women. A group of women gathered near Tahrir square in Cairo last Tuesday to protest against the new constitution by cutting their hair.

Australian imam Afroz Ali claims that female circumcision is the divine right of a woman.

Syrian women are outraged by the rise of fundamentalist Islamists in the opposition, who they say are marginalizing women.

A New York Muslim woman claims that she has been kicked off the bus twice because of the way she dresses.

First Post features an interview with Heleena Karkar, the driving force behind’s Afghanistan’s first feminist weekly.

Hundreds of Jordanian women went to the streets to demonstrate against the government decision to rise the price of energy, in particular gas.

Finding love online is still considered to be a taboo in Pakistan, but with more people having access to the internet, it is very likely that more love will be found online as well.

A Saudi literary club has rejected gender segregation, despite the threats of several men that they would leave if women were not removed from the room.

Hanna Yasir, a Muslim girl from Kerala, India, is an accomplished singer of carnatic music, often performing in Hindu temples, but also adept in Muslim and Christian devotionals.

Despite accusations, Iran claims it does not pay fees to Russian female employees at a nuclear plant to adhere to the Iranian dresscode.

Eman Mohammed was very pregnant during the recent Gaza war, but that did not stop her reporting as a photographer on the war. November 27 she has given birth to a healthy baby girl.


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