Friday Links — April 25, 2008

Friday Links — April 25, 2008 April 25, 2008
  • A Yemen Times editorial that looks beyond the story of Nujood (the eight year old girl who was forcefully married and successfully took her own case to court to obtain a divorce) to the vulnerability of girls in Yemen.

  • The Independent discusses ways that women’s rights can realistically come about in Saudi Arabia, and Women’s eNews looks at Saudi women’s rights activists who are doing just that.

  • Muslim women in India are given the chance to tell their stories and transform their lives through self-help groups and training for public relations skills.

  • The Egyptian Center of Culture and Art tries to preserve “Zar,” a traditional folkloric musical ritual for women.

  • A fascinating portrait of a revolutionary woman by The Times of India entitled, “A Feminist’s Worst Nightmare.” Are her actions feminist? Islamic? Islamically feminist? Decide for yourself.

  • Muslim women in Kerala, India, assert their rights through awareness brought by literacy and globalization.

  • E-Pao! profiles female Muslim activist Nazima.

  • A Saudi woman who was married too young must return dowry money to her husband if she wants a divorce, rules a Saudi judge.

  • Bilal Randeree for Thought Leader ponders the hejab as the new symbol of a cultural revolution in France.

  • A woman cuts off her lover’s penis because he married someone else. Ouch!

  • Iranian women’s rights activists receive suspended lashing and jail sentences.

  • Shabana Mir writes about American women the way many of them write about Middle Eastern/South Asian/Muslim women. It’s an entertaining read.

  • A woman divorces her husband because he posted nude pictures of himself and chatted with women online.

  • Buchi Okoli Abuja examines the rights of inheritance for Nigerian women, comparing them to that of Indian and Bangladeshi women.

  • A women’s basketball team in Saudi Arabia wishes they could play internationally.

  • Baraka for other/matters talks about childhood visits to Lahore.

  • The Iraqi Basketball Association tries to revive the sport for women.

  • Saudi Arabia’s seventh National Dialogue Forum calls for more job opportunities for Saudi Arabian women.

  • Sign a petition against sexual harassment in Egypt (petition website is in Arabic).

  • Indonesian women form a coalition to petition the government to abolish polygamy.

  • Women in the Arabian Peninsula try to pry open a male-dominated world: banking.

  • The Afghan government considers banning jeans and makeup, following recent bans of Indian soap operas.

  • Egyptian authorities release a girl held in detention for forming a Facebook group to protest price hikes.

  • MidEast Youth’s Rasha examines “Women Shadows” in Saudi Arabia.

  • A government ban on passport pictures with headscarves and beards runs counter to Shari’a law, say Muslim scholars in Algeria.

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