Friday Links | July 25, 2014

The attack on Gaza continues; among the hundreds of victims and wounded are many women and children. Asmaa el-Helou initially survived the attack on her home, but succumbed to her severe injuries later this week. Her father, mother, brothers and sisters had already died from the attack. One reporter shares her experience being around women in Gaza, and seems surprised that they are “so kind.”

Domestic violence remains a widespread problem in Turkey, but the conservative, patriarchal government has not made the eradication of this issue a priority.

The family of female Pakistani cricketer Haleema Rafiq tells how the teenage girl took her life, after she and other women accused cricket officials of sexual harassment, but instead had a defamation suit filed against them.

Yonghua Zheng (centre) is one of the female imams in China’s Hui community. In this picture she poses with her in-laws, before leaving to the mosque to lead prayers. Image by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images.

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world and also has the highest birthrate of around 8 children per woman, which makes for a bleak future of the country already on the brink of mass hunger.

Domestic violence is on the rise among Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Despite the fact that LGBTQ Muslims in North America are getting more visible in the arts, they are still not accepted as such in mosques and Islamic organizations.

Saado Ali Warsame, a singer and one of the few female MPs in Somalia, has been shot and killed by the islamist group Al Shabaab.

The BBC features the stories of four widows, two Afghan and two British.

For many Syrian refugee women in Turkey, it is hard to find a legal source of income as the refugees are treated as guests, and therefore do not have a work permit.

In a city in Pakistan, some tribal elders have issued a decree that families fleeing the violence in northern Waziristan cannot send women to collect food aid.

Online dating is becoming increasingly popular among young people in Iran, though many of these websites and chat rooms are deemed illegal by the Iranian government.

Saudi women are now allowed to vote and contest in municipal elections.

Charges have been withdrawn in the Canadian sexual assault case that received international attention as it involved a victim wanting to testify in niqab.

Single mothers in Lebanon often find themselves without support, whether this support comes from their families and friends, the general society or is legally based.

Police in Long Beach, USA are investigating a possible hate crime against a visible Muslim woman, after she was attacked in a parking lot earlier this month.

During the month of Ramadan, the djellaba is becoming more popular in Morocco; the making of this traditional dress is an important source of income for many local women.


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