Friday Links November 11

Friday Links November 11 November 11, 2011

During this years hajj, not only did women outnumber men, for the first time there were trained female hajj guides available. On the first day of the Hajj alone, 20 women miscarried and 7 gave birth. The oldest woman to do hajj this year must have been a 110 (or 109) year old Turkish woman. May Allah accept her hajj and that of all the pilgrims!

Oil money is not for men alone: wealthy women investors in the Arab Gulf region are on the rise.

Yasmina Badou, Morocco’s health minister, slept out in the open in order to be the first one to register for the elections.

Slowly but surely things seem to be changing in Saudi Arabia, women can now work as shopkeepers. Woohoo!

In Yemen, the revolution brings together women from all walks of life. A peaceful revolution that will continue, in the words of Tawakkul Karman, the Yemeni Peace prize winner.

Wife of Nigerian state governor, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, addresses the habit of many mothers to send their children to work as a means of income, calling it child abuse.

IRIN reports that rapes in Pakistan are almost never reported, partly due to the stigma of rape.

A senior government official in Kuwait ordered to cover up the sexual assault of a Kuwaiti woman by a government employee.

A mother in Iraq has been arrested for letting her boyfriend (!) take her nine-year-old son to become a suicide killer..

On an Air France plane, one can wear niqab, despite French law against the face veil.

Many Egyptian women candidates go faceless on the campaign ads. Of course, one could also use the picture of one’s husband.

The Independent looks at the increasingly large number of British (female) converts to islam.

In Bangladesh, women speak about how climate change has affected their lives, hoping to be heard at the UN climate change conference later this month.

An article on the women, or rather the woman, of Al-Nahda, focuses the female spokesperson of the party: Souad Abderrahim.

Ibtihaj Muhammad is competing for a spot at the Olympic Games 2012 in sabres, making history as she would be the first American athlete to compete in hijab.

Turkish minister Sahin introduces a plan for fighting domestic violence. And by the way, also nominates a woman as mother of the year.

Tehran to Baku: No Hijab, No Peace!

Report by NGO claims that thousands of Iraqi women have been trafficked for sex since 2003.

Over a years time, thousands of mainly Muslim girls and women in Germany are forced into a marriage.

The female deputy mufti of Istanbul is on a mission to make Istanbul the city with the most women-friendly mosques in the world. (video report)

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