Friday Links | November 8, 2013

The story of 13-year-old Eva, a Shi’ite girl from Lebanon, who was forced to marry a stranger, highlights the overall plight of some Lebanese women struggling for justice.

Marvel Comics introduces a new female Muslim superhero: Kamala Khan, a teenage girl from Jersey, USA.

Several Egyptian groups are denouncing certain Egyptian movies, some very popular predominantly among adolescents, that are degrading to women.

IPS shares the story of Syrian refugee Amani, who felt she had no other choice than to marry off her 14-year-old sister Amara, in return for money that would sustain her family for at least some time.

Women observing the solar eclipse in Amman, Jordan on November 3rd. Image by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters.

One Saudi activist writes about her experiences surrounding the driving ban protests, and assures readers that Saudi women won’t give up, despite the arrests. Another article suggests that many Saudi women would not welcome a lifting of the driving ban.

The Tunisian case of the woman raped by three policemen last year has been adjourned, because her psychiatric evaluation wasn’t completed.

Thousands of Indonesians, predominantly women, held a sit-in earlier this week in Saudi Arabia, demanding repatriation after they failed to regularize their status as workers in the Kingdom.

Ken Clarke, a British cabinet minister, has spoken out against the use of the face veils in British courts, referring to fully covered women as though they are in “a kind of bag.”

An imam in Iowa, USA, who had been arrested earlier this year after allegedly abusing two women during a religious ceremony, argues that the charges of sexual abuse and exploitation should be dropped, as these violate his religious freedom.

The promise by Turkish PM Erdogan to end mixed-sex student residences, has sparked a storm of debate across the country.

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has met Muslim MPs about allowing Muslim women in the public sector to wear the hijab on the job.

In a training center in Syria’s predominantly Kurdish region, Kurdish women educate and empower their fellow women through courses, support and diverse activities.

A British judge has ruled in the case of a British teenager, who was forced to marry at age 14 in Pakistan and subsequently became pregnant, that the girl, now 17, has to initiate proceedings herself in order to get her marriage nullified.

Amira Osman Hamed, who refuses to wear a headscarf in public, appeared in Sudanese court last Monday, but it is yet unclear how her case will proceed.

Women in Libya are reporting an increase in sexual harassment after the revolution.

Purbalingga, Indonesia is the world’s center of the eyelash-industry, a luxury that most of the predominantly female employees could never afford on their shockingly low wages.

A US Muslim woman says she was turned away from donating blood in Tennesee, because she refused to remove her hijab.

The Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia says it has seen a 300 percent increase in complaints since the charter of Quebec values was proposed and that many Muslim women in Quebec, Canada now fear to go out alone.

Smoking a water pipe is something that Iranian women can enjoy in a mixed-gender environment, but some members of Iranian parliament are now pushing for a ban on smoking the hookah for women, claiming this has larger health hazards for women than for men.

The BBC shares the story of 14-year-old Shafa, one of the survivors of the Niger desert tragedy, which has left at least 87 migrants dead.

Under a new West Australian law, Muslim women can be forced to uncover their faces.

A Muslim women’s school in southern Russia has been closed; the authorities claim that some of the students have turned into “radicals”.

In northwestern Bangladesh an increasing number of women are getting actively involved in (green) agricultural practices, which provides extra income for the women and an increase in agricultural output in the region.

Israa al-Mudallal has been appointed by the Hamas to be the first English-language female spokesperson for the organization.

Policewomen in Malang, Indonesia are now allowed to wear the hijab on the job, but only on Fridays; Indonesia has banned female officers from wearing the hijab on duty.

A Kuwaiti woman has been arrested for driving in Saudi Arabia. The woman was driving her diabetic father for treatment at a hospital just across the Kuwaiti border in Saudi Arabia.

Despite having already the highest birth rate of the region, Azerbaijan is planning to provide free IVF treatments for the poor and promises to fight sex-selective abortions.

Ladies is the first women-only café in Ramallah, Palestine, but some are concerned that such an establishment will only enforce the segregation between the sexes.

And finally, Lila Zaghia, the sister-in-law of our blogger Nicole Zaghia, is being buried in Algeria today. She loved Islam, family and friends. Please think of her and her family in your duas today, wherever you are.


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