Friday Links | December 13, 2013

A young woman who reported rape in Somalia has been sentenced to be confined to her home for six months, and the journalists who reported her story have been sentenced to a time in jail, or to pay a fine. This is the second time this year that a Somali woman has been sentenced for reporting rape, and it exemplifies how dangerous it is to report rape in Somalia.

Last Saturday, the pro-Morsi female supporters were freed in Egypt after a court ruling. Mawada Mohsen Mustafa, one of the teenage supporters, reports that she intends to go back to protesting. Ola Ezzat, another freed protester, says she is already discussing new demonstrations with her friends.

Moroccan women are being trained in a government supported religious program to fight extremism and provide “spiritual security,” though some critics claim that the women will not be encouraged to think independently and will just transmit a very orthodox, traditional and patriarchal message, in line with the ideology of the current government.

An amateur video posted online that documents a bride-kidnapping case in southern Kazakhstan has sparked outrage online.

Workplace discrimination has many Indian Muslims masquerading as Hindus in order to obtain employment.

A young woman holds her baby in an elementary school of the Muslim district of Bangui, Central African Republic. Recent clashes between Muslims and Christians in the country have killed an estimated 1,000 people. Image by Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images.

A  recent rise in so-called honour killings in Palestine has many calling for stricter, more effective laws on violence against women.

Samiyeh Balochzehi has been elected to become the first female Baluchi mayor in Iran.

According to a report on sexual violence in Sudan, Sudanese women who report rape and/or sexual violence are routinely threatened, jailed and at times even forced to go in exile by the authorities.

According to the United Nations, Afghanistan is failing to use a law to protect women from violence, which is one of the reasons why Afghanistan is still ranked among the nations where it is most dangerous to be a woman.

The BBC features a series of pictures on Kashmir’s half-widows.

Domestic violence is a widespread and under-reported problem in Kazakhstan, but finally the topic seems to rise on the Kazakh political agenda.

The French veil ban is once again being challenged in court, in the case of a young woman who was arrested for wearing the face veil earlier this year.

The Telegraph speaks to Maysoon Odeh Gangat, the woman behind the all-female Palestinian radio station Radio Nisaa FM.

Last month an 8-year-old Iraqi school girl was beaten by her religious teacher for not wearing the veil, this case highlights the use of violence as a punishment in the class room in many Iraqi schools.

Indian activist Jazeera V travelled thousands of kilometres to the Delhi to protest against sand mining in her Kerala, India village.

The Edmonton, Canada police force has presented their uniform hijab.

Two Saudi women were arrested for driving earlier this week in the country’s capital, Riyadh, and detained at the police station when they refused to call their male custodians to take them home.

A demand for women-only buses in Istanbul, Turkey has Turkish people talking about the alleged Islamization of public space in Turkey.

The Guardian speaks to new Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto about her new novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon and the role women play in her novel and her country.

A Palestinian entrepreneur has received permission to open yet another porn-free online sex shop.

Three Moroccan teenagers, who were arrested earlier this year for kissing in public and posting a picture of that on social media, have been reprimanded in court, but acquitted of the charges of public indecency and publishing compromising photos.

Pakistan is sending for the first time a women’s kabbadi team to enter in the Kabbadi World Cup in India. Kabbadi is a team wrestling sport, popular mainly in South Asia.

Russian photographer Ivan Dementievskiy had documented a traditional wedding in the village of Balkhar, Dagestan.

The Iraqi government has refused to back plans for women’s shelters, claiming that these would only encourage women to leave their husbands and result in many broken families.

The BBC features an article on Egyptian comic-book superhero Qahera and the artist, Deena Mohamed.

All-female radio station Aman based in Mogadishu, Somalia, aims to give a voice to Somali women and report on social issues that concern women predominantly.

The closing of several women’s state institutions in Turkey, has many worried about the agenda of Turkey’s ruling party AKP.

Police in northern Afghanistan have saved a woman from death by stoning, after she allegedly had an affair while married.

A group of Muslims in Halifax, Canada want to start a unity mosque, where openly gay and transgender Muslims are welcome and women would be invited to lead prayers.

A Palestinian mother of five has been reportedly kidnapped by the Israeli army last Wednesday, when she was seeking medical attention for one of her children in Jerusalem.

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is on the decline in Iraqi Kurdistan; some villages have gone from circumcising all girls to none in a matter of years.

Photographer and artist Ahlam Alnajdi from Saudi Arabia has over a million followers on Instagram, which makes her account one of the biggest Instagram accounts worldwide, despite not being a celebrity.

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