Women

Mosque's 1st Female Leader Tackles Stereotypes

June 9, 2009

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090609/NEWS10/906090363/-1/OPINION04

Toledo mosque Masjid Saad has elected a female president, the first woman to hold the leadership position at the 30-year-old mosque.

Salmenna Sediqe, a businesswoman and mother of five, was elected last month and will serve a one-year term as president of the mosque on...

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U.S. Justice Department: N.J. Woman Fired for Wearing Muslim Head Scarf

June 8, 2009

Author: Joe Ryan

Source: The Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/06/us_justice_department_nj_woman.html

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit today accusing Essex County officials of illegally firing a Muslim corrections officer for refusing to remove her head scarf.

The suit, filed in federal court in Newark on behalf of Yvette Beshier, asks for a court order forcing the county to accommodate...

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Officers Can Order Removal Of Veils

June 6, 2009

Author: Lisa Rein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503430.html

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has issued a legal opinion allowing security officers to require Muslim women and other people who cover their faces for religious reasons to remove their veils when entering courthouses. Gansler said law enforcement officers could require...

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Challenging Sex Taboos, With Help From the Koran

June 5, 2009

Author: Robert F. Worth

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/06/world/middleeast/06dubai.html

Wedad Lootah does not look like a sexual activist. A Muslim and a native Emirati, she wears a full-length black niqab — with only her brown eyes showing through narrow slits — and sprinkles her conversation with quotes from the Koran.

Yet she is also the author of what for the Middle East is an amazingly...

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First Black Woman Rabbi Set to Be Ordained

May 28, 2009

Author: Merlene Davis

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6445992.html

Alysa Stanton says she would have converted to Judaism and submitted to the rigors of becoming a rabbi even if she had been the 50,000th African-American woman to do so — instead of the history-making first.

And now, as she is preparing for her ordination on June 6 and her transition to her new job with a...

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Moroccan Women Religious Leaders Find Common Ground With US Jewish & Muslim Women Leaders On Advancing Equality, Tolerance, & Families

May 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://sev.prnewswire.com/publishing-information-services/20090520/DC2073920052009-1.html

This morning, Moroccan women religious counselors visiting the US shared personal experiences and perspectives with American Muslim and Jewish women leaders at an interfaith forum in Washington, DC, to discuss how advancing women's rights is building stronger families and...

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Mother's Day Celebrated As Sikh Women Day At Fremont

May 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WSN Network

http://worldsikhnews.com/13%20May%202009/Mother%20s%20Day%20celebrated%20as%20Sikh%20Women%20Day%20at%20Fremont.htm

Celebrating the Mother Day marked with much enthusiasm in the United States as Sikh Women's Day, the Gurdwara Sahib at Fremont initiated a new tradition, thanks to the efforts of dedicated community activist Bibi Sarabjit Kaur Cheema...

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"Interfaith Art Exhibit Encourages Dialogue, Reflection," a Commentary by Maria Wiering

May 19, 2009

Author: Maria Wiering

Source: The Catholic Spirit

http://thecatholicspirit.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1807&Itemid=50

It’s decidedly out-of-place. A bundle of twigs, tree trunks and roots, the 6-foot-tall natural material sculpture leans against a wall in the Basilica of St. Mary’s gallery space. Tree roots reach out in all directions, their delicate fibers starkly juxtaposed with the...

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Christian Women Face Unknown World In Pakistan

May 18, 2009

Author: Lys Anzia

Source: Women News Network

http://womennewsnetwork.net/2009/05/18/pcw812/

During the recent days of battle in the northwest region of the Swat Valley, minority groups are leaving as quickly as possible. Although the majority of religious minorities in the Swat Valley are ethnic Pushtuns, with Sunni religious beliefs, Christian minority women and their families are also part of the fleeing force of refugees.

As violence...

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Mothers Honored With Buddha In Central Square

May 12, 2009

Author: George P. Hassett

Source: Wicked Local Cambridge

http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x1194168204/Mothers-honored-with-Buddha-in-Central-Square

Tibetan monks and Cambridge mothers walked side by side through Central Square on Sunday to celebrate motherhood and Buddha's birthday. It was the first time the Greater Boston Buddhist Cultural Center, based in Cambridge, celebrated the birth of...

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