Friday Links | June 28, 2013

A family in Chittagong, Bangladesh sitting helplessly in their home submerged by flood water. Photograph: Jashim Salam/Demotix/Corbis

A court in Burma/Myanmar has found two Muslim women guilty of sparking sectarian violence; both are sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor. One of the women bumped into a monk earlier this year, which resulted in Buddhist monks raiding shops and homes in the region.Many Tajik marriages are arranged, but the country now has its first professional matchmaking services too; most of the clientele are divorced men and women.According to the British government about 20,000 girls in … [Read more...]

On Corrupt Bureaucrats, Nikah Siri Marriages, and Indonesian Women

Late last year, Aceng Fikri, a district chief in the West Java province, ignited public uproar when news leaked that he had divorced a 17-year-old teenager, Fany Octora, via text message. Aceng had married Fany for only four days in an unregistered ceremony as a second wife. According to his lawyer, Aceng complained that Fany was not a virgin as she had said she had been. Aceng also complained that he had spent 250 million rupiah ($26,000) on their wedding and additional expenses to enrol Fany … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 24, 2013

Two girls take part in a Muslim prayer during a rally to mourn the victims of the Crimean Tatar deportation 69 years ago in the Crimean city of Simferopol, Ukraine. Image by Volodymyr Prytula/

The Afghan parliament has failed to pass an important women's law which would ban violence against women, as many members of parliament deem this particular law to be "un-Islamic."Two women made the news this week conquering Mount Everest: Samina Baig is the first Pakistani woman to do so and Saudi Raha Moharrak was the first female from her country to accomplish this.Last week the report Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Female Perspectives was launched by Centre of Islamic S … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 10, 2013

Mothers in Somalia's capital Mogadishu are waiting for their children to be vaccinated. Somalia has one of the lowest child immunisation rates in the world, and an estimated one in five children dies from a curable disease before their fifth birthday. Image by Kate Holt/BBC

Pakistan will vote on May 11, and women, both as voters and as candidates, are the subject of many articles in the news last week. First there is the question of women voters: IPS speaks with several Pakistani women and asks them what women voters really want. But not all women get a chance to vote in Pakistan: in the tribal areas leaflets have been spread urging men to not allow women to cast votes or to be influenced by any candidate and one village, Meetala, made the news when its men d … [Read more...]

Friday Links | January 25, 2013

Malian women attend a news conference in the capital Bamako. Image by REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Syrian regime under leadership of Bashar al Assad is actively recruiting female soldiers to be deployed in checkpoints etc., so that more male soldiers can be deployed at the front lines.The statement by the Indonesian Ulema Council that female circumcision is a constitutional right has sparked a huge debate in the country. Women's rights groups on the other hand push for a ban, calling the practice gender discrimination.Bassima Hakkaoui, Morocco's only female minister, says that the … [Read more...]

Friday Links | January 18, 2013

Extreme weather has caused flooding in several parts of the world. This week the Indonesian capital Jakarta was hit by torrential rain. This woman stands in front of her store in downtown Jakarta. Image by Al-Jazeera.

A report by the International Rescue Committee tells of the sexual violence many Syrian women and girls cite as the main reason for fleeing the country.The ethnic Hazara community in Pakistan, who are predominantly Shi'a, have been attacked for over two decades, but last week's attack killed over a hundred Hazaras, leaving behind many women and families in desperate conditions.Indonesia has reacted in outrage on the "joke" by high court judge Daming Sunusi, who stated that both victim … [Read more...]

MMW Highlights from 2012: Part 2

As 2012 draws to a close, we’ll be posting some highlights from this year’s posts.  We published way too much to be able to go back through all of it in detail (that’s what the archives are for!), but these highlight posts will include some posts that stood out from each of our writers over the past year.  See Part 1 here."Maryam Talks Back" by Sya "But why is Maryam, even as a symbol of an “entire generation of Indonesians,” yet another Muslim woman who needs to be saved by the West?Ju … [Read more...]