Friday Links | March 7, 2014

Saudi women activists are calling on the government to end the “absolute authority” that male guardians have over women in the kingdom. The petition is said to have been sent to a human rights committee.

FIFA, the organisation that governs soccer/football, has authorised the wearing of religious head wear, such as hijabs and turbans, during matches.

Last Saturday, 33 were killed and over a 100 injured in a knife attack by Uyghurs in a Chinese trainstation in the city of Kunming. The attackers counted at least 8, including 2 women. According the a leader within the Communist Party, the attackers were on their way to wage jihad abroad, but Uyghur sources suggest that the attackers might have acted in desperation. Since Saturday the Chinese authorities have arrested at least 45 people for “spreading rumours” online as many details of the attack are still unclear.

Many Tajik women are upset that even though they are now subsidizing Tajik imams through their taxes, they are still not allowed to attend public prayers.

It is reported that more than 80,000 women will run for office during this year’s elections in Indonesia, encouraged by the country’s plan to have more women in positions of power.

Muslim women praying outside Malaysia’s highest court in Putrajaya, where the court postponed the decision whether or not it will hear the bid of the Catholic Church to be allowed to call God “Allah.” Image by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Habiba Sarabi is running to become second vice president in the Afghan elections in April this year; she is therefore the most prominent female candidate.

Many prostitutes in Bangladesh, especially those between the ages of 15 and 35, take cow steriods to appear healthier and attract more clients.

Alyena Mohummadally, founder of Queer Muslims of Australia, speaks about her road to reconcile her faith and her sexual identity.

Ge Caixia is one of the female imams of the Chinese Hui minority and tells about her role and the tradition of female religious leaders in her community.

Women and girls with “controversial” haircuts have been required to wear the hijab even in a gender segregated environment in some Saudi schools, though this is in violation of the Saudi Ministry of Education’s disciplinary code.

A recent poll suggests that the vast majority of non-francophone residents of Quebec, Canada agree that Quebec’s secular charter targets Muslim women and infringes on religious rights.

Iranian court has sentenced student activist Maryam Shafipour to seven years in prison for “peaceful protest;” Amnesty International is calling for her immediate release, as there are serious concerns about her health.

A Gazan woman has been shot and killed by Israeli military for wandering too close to the border fence; locals say that the woman was mentally ill and it is unclear why she would have been in the no-go zone.

Sudan Vision interviews Fatma Mohamed Al-Hassan Fadl-Al-Mawla, the Deputy Speaker of the Regional Darfur Authority on women in Darfur, their role in history and heritage and her current role as a leading figure in the Darfuri society.

Domestic violence is widespread in Kyrgyzstan; the government calls on civil society to help to fight this problem, mainly by educating women about their rights.

US counter-terrorism officials are actively looking for Heda Umarova, a friend of Boston Bomber Dzhozkar Tsarnaev, who has left the US for her native Chechnya last July, but did not return with her family in August. In addition there is concern about her online activities on social media.

Activists in Turkey say that recent changes in law and regulations have not been very effective in curbing violence against women in the country.

A British councillor has been expelled from his party for sharing a “funny” picture on social media, which featured covered Muslim women and garbage bags. profiles Malaysia’s MMA fighter Ann Osman.

Relatively large numbers of women and girls are enrolled in education in Afghanistan’s Khost province; media, initiatives by both the government and civil groups and the influence of former residents now living and working abroad are quoted as the reasons for the relatively large support of female education in the province.

Two women have been given senior positions in the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan by Iranian president.

A group of Saudi lawyers refuses to participate in a project by the Saudi government, which would make it possible for women to check the health, judicial and security records of potential grooms.

One British Muslim woman has been killed by her husband, after she allegedly returned home after having intimate relations with another man.

Kadra Mohamed is the first woman of Somali descent to join the Minnesota, USA police force.

Dutch political party PVV wants to revoke the Dutch passports of several Muslim women upon return from Syria; the women are referred to as “jihad brides.”

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