Friday Links | January 18, 2013

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...]

Friday Links | December 21, 2012

This week was the second anniversary of the Arab Spring. Several articles were dedicated to the relationship between women and the Arab Spring movement. One article by the BBC focuses on the fact that women still are waiting for their benefits from the revolution and an article by WeNews mentions the increasing conservative Islamist influence in post-revolutionary countries.Last Tuesday 6 polio vaccination volunteers were killed in Pakistan, 5 of whom were female. On Wednesday another female … [Read more...]

Friday Links | November 16, 2012

After the parents of 6-year-old Bibi Roza in Pakistan's Swat valley protested against the decision of local elders to marry her off in order to end a feud, a local court found the decision by the elders to be illegal, and since then five arrests have been made.As long as victims of domestic violence are not believed and systematically mistreated, Turkey's high profile project to combat domestic violence is doomed to be a failure, activists say.A conservative Muslim cleric in Egypt seeks … [Read more...]

Muslimah Paralympians

For an extra treat this week, we have a second new writer to introduce!  You might recognise Sya from her past MMW guest posts on Ramadan in Singapore and on the Save Maryam campaign, and we are happy to welcome her as a more regular contributor to MMW.Last week I was in London, moonlighting as a cheerleader. My sister, Nurulasyiqah, represented Singapore in boccia for the first time ever, and I was absolutely excited to see her play in the Paralympics.In between matches, a friend rem … [Read more...]

Friday Links | August 31, 2012

Alaa Morely, the Syrian woman who stated in an interview on Syrian television in June this year that she had fabricated news reports for Al-Jazeera, has fled to Turkey, where she tells about her forced confession.A New Zealand museum will ban men from watching a documentary featuring unveiled Muslim women, as per request of the film maker, Qatari Sophia Al-Maria. This restriction has led to several complaints and some claim it is discriminatory towards men.According to a statement by H … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 20, 2012

Last week, Hanifa Safi, an Afghan Women's Affairs official was killed by a car bomb. While she is not the first female Afghan official to be killed, the Afghan government has not done much to prevent these murders, or to bring those responsible to justice. In the same week, a young Afghan girls, Tamana, was killed, which proves, once again, that violence against women is on the rise in Afghanistan.When Najat Vallaud-Belkacem became the French minister of women's rights, Muslims, and in pa … [Read more...]