Friday Links | December 19, 2014

Women mourn the death of 15-year-old Mohammed Ali Khan, one of the over 160 killed during a brutal attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Image by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

In Iraq, ISIL is said to have killed over 150 women and girls for refusing to get married to ISIL fighters. Seven people have been arrested in Spain and Morocco in several raids targeting an alleged network recruiting women to join ISIL, including a woman from Chile. According to a UN expert one of the Austrian teenage girls who left to join ISIL has been killed and the other has disappeared. Last Wednesday, UK police stopped a plane on the runway to prevent a 15-year-old girl to leave the … [Read more...]

Friday Links | December 12, 2014

A girl lines up to enter a bus heading for Nairobi at the Somali-Kenyan border, while police search the bus for weapons. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Videos continue to emerge online of Central Asian migrant workers humiliated by their countrymen for allegedly being prostitutes and a shame for their nation.Militants belonging to Al Shabaab in Somalia have killed two Somali policewomen; in return a policeman has killed five women belonging to the group who were held by Somali police.The capital of China's Xinjiang province, Urumqi has banned the Islamic face veil, in what is said to be an attempt to curb terrorism.The High … [Read more...]

Friday Links | December 5, 2014

A Crimean Tatar bride getting married in traditional attire. The Crimean Tatars have resisted the Russian annexation and say that their community has been harassed and detained by the Russian authorities. Image by Denis Sinyakov/Al Jazeera.

Last Wednesday was the funeral of Tugce Albayrak, a German woman of Turkish descent who died of her injuries after she intervened in the harassment of two girls, and was in turn attacked herself. May God grant her everlasting peace.Indian presenter Gauhar Khan was slapped during a live televised show for wearing revealing clothing, not deemed appropriate for a Muslim woman.Senegal's abortion law is one of the most strict in Africa, resulting in women and girls taking drastic measures to … [Read more...]

Friday Links | November 21, 2014

Finalists of the World Muslimah Competition pose for a selfie in front of the Borobudur temple on Java, Indonesia. Image by Adek Berry/AFP

Women in Iraq's Anbar province have come together to form "Women of Justice," a group aimed to fight ISIL. Meanwhile an article on Global Voices Online suggests that many remain "obsessed" with the Kurdish female fighters. Yet another article tries to explain why women would join ISIL, and the Canadian government called for proposals for a study on the same topic. A Dutch mother travelled to Syria to help her daughter escape from ISIL, after she left the Netherlands to join the group earlier t … [Read more...]

Friday Links | November 14, 2014

Indonesian migrant workers hold a prayer vigil in Hong Kong for the two women brutally murdered, whose bodies were found earlier this month. Image by Philippe Lopez/AFP

The UN peacekeeping mission investigating the reports of rape in northern Darfur, says it hasn't found any evidence of the mass rape, which was reported last week, shocking victims.A Moroccan teen, who was forced to marry her rapist last year, has been attacked by him with razor blades for trying to seek a divorce.Five French Muslim women share their stories of harassment.A female suicide bomber has killed herself and injured three others, when she blew herself up in a government … [Read more...]

Friday Links | November 7, 2014

A Shi'ite girl attends a celebration of Ashura, last Tuesday in Bahrain. Image by Sayedoo BH/Demotix/Corbis

Last week over 200 women and girls, many of them minors, were reportedly raped in North Darfur by Sudanese military men. Later this week, two young women have been gang-raped in Central Darfur, Sudan. Meanwhile, Sudan has denied access to the UN in Darfur to investigate the report of the mass rape.According to a report, ISIL is using women to lure European Muslims (male and female) to join ISIL in their "Islamist utopia." As well, women within ISIL share cooking tips on how to prepare nu … [Read more...]

Friday Links | October 31, 2014

A Kurdish refugee tries to reach her relatives in the town of Kobani by cell phone, while looking on from the Turkish border. Image by Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Despite international condemnation and protest, last weekend Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran for killing her rapist. Later this week an opposition groups shared her powerful last message.French (visible) Muslim women are facing increasingly violent harassment, often connected to the country's attitude towards religious garb, and Muslim head coverings in particular.Palestinian women have taken it upon themselves to prevent Jewish worship in the Al Aqsa compound simply by being … [Read more...]