Tudung or Not Tudung?: Hijabis in Singaporean Workplaces

In Singapore, the hijab is more commonly referred to with the Malay word ‘tudung’, which simply means a covering. In October this year, a petition was started on Avaaz.org by a "Syafiqah K." to allow Muslim women in Singapore to wear tudung (hijab) in the workplace. It aimed to reach 20,000 signatures, but was closed down recently with about 7600 signatures short of its goal. It was originally planned to be sent to several figures in the government.As of today, the Singapore government has wh … [Read more...]

Saudi women bridge the gender gap

A U.A.E.-based newspaper, The National, published a story yesterday about increasing numbers of Saudi women entering the workplace (read here). While this isn't the first story written about Saudi women in the workforce, it is one of the best written ones I've seen. There is no presumption of Western superiority in regards to women in the workplace, something seen far too often in stories about women in the Muslim world, and cultural attitudes aren't confused with Islamic norms, something also … [Read more...]