Friday Links | October 24, 2014

A woman sorts olives during the annual harvest in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

Iran has arrested four men in connection to the acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Esfahan. Large numbers of Iranians have demonstrated against the attacks, allegedly aimed at women that were not properly veiled, in the cities of Esfahan and Tehran.Last week, Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram, which was broken by the militant group soon after. While negotiations were on the way to return the hundreds of school girls to their families, on Thursday it was said by … [Read more...]

Friday Links | October 17, 2014

A Palestinian woman protests being blocked from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. During the weeklong Jewish celebration of Sukkot, Jews have been given access to the compound. Image by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Last week the intense battle against ISIS in the Syrian town of Kobane made headlines everywhere. Mayssa Abdo, a female Kurdish fighter, is said to lead the battle of the Kurdish troops against the Islamic State. Another Kurdish fighter, Rehana, is said to have killed over a hundred ISIS fighters single handedly in Kobane. Kurdish Shirine had never imagined she would join the Kurdish troops, but the war changed everything for her and now she vows to either be victorious or become a … [Read more...]

Friday Links | October 10, 2014

Indian girl poses, as she attends the Eid prayers in Delhi, India. Image by Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Last weekend marked one of the major holidays on the Islamic calendar, Eid ul-Adha. The Egyptian women's council offered a hotline for females to report sexual assault during the four days of the holiday, during which harassment usually is more prevalent. One teenager was killed defending women from  sexual harassment in Egypt last Sunday. Over 200 incidents were reported.One woman tells CNN why she joined ISIS in Syria and why she defected. Meanwhile, Malaysian authorities have confirmed t … [Read more...]

Friday Links | October 3, 2014

Sales girls are waiting for customers at a cow showroom in Depok, Indonesia. The cows are being sold for the Feast of Sacrifice, and the owners claim that the girls have increased sales dramatically over the last 3 years. Image by Beawiharta/Reuters

This week, the execution of an Iranian woman was postponed for ten days. Reyhaneh Jabbari was scheduled to be hanged last Tuesday for killing the man who tried to sexually abuse her.Online abuse aimed at Pakistani women often turns into violence in the "real" world; activists are calling on social media companies to be more proactive in stopping the online abuse of women, in particularly Pakistan.This week a 15-year-old British girl has gone missing, and she is believed to be on her way … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 26, 2014

The annual cotton harvest is on its way in Uzbekistan. Officials have ordered people of all ages and backgrounds, pensioners and children included, to contribute to the harvest. Image by Elena Urlaeva/ RFE/RL

Another week, and more news on women and ISIS. In Iraq, ISIS has publicly executed women's rights activist Samira Salih al Nuiami, after a "court ruling" which found she was an apostate. Mariam Al Mansouria, UAE's first female pilot, has led air strikes against ISIS in Syria. One Syrian woman has filmed footage of life under ISIS rule in Raqqa, Syria. Strict rules imposed by ISIS in Mosul, Iraq have made it impossible for one young man to contact his fiancée. And while British Muslim women take a … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 19, 2014

A Kashmiri girl arrives at a free medical camp for displaced people, after the worst flood in the region in a century. Image by Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Much of the news involving Muslim women last week was focused on the female involvement in the current wars in Iraq and Syria. The Guardian featured an item on ISIS targeting the predominantly Somali community in the US heartland for female recruitment. Another article focuses on the social media presence of female ISIS supporters. Meanwhile, it has been reported that one of the two Austrian girls, who left to Syria to join the rebels, has been killed. One French Algerian family shares the story … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 12, 2014

Women playing volleyball inside an Afghan prison for women in Herat. The prison was built in cooperation with an Italian NGO and offers skills training to prepare women for a life outside prison. Image by Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

News that Scottish student Aqsa Mahmood has joined ISIS in Syria shocked many, but she isn't the only woman to do so. The Guardian features an article on the reasons why young women choose to go to Syria and what kind of life they are living there.Human Rights Watch reports that African Union peacekeepers in Somalia have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on two bases in the capital Mogadishu. Somalia has said that it will investigate the charges. Sare Davutoglu … [Read more...]


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