Women

Woman's Right to Testify In Veil a Religious Freedom?

March 2, 2009

Author: Shannon Kari

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1343205

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is arguing that a provincial court judge failed to recognize the religious freedoms of a Muslim woman when he ordered her to testify at a sexual assault trial without a veil known as a niqab.

The government agency is asking for special permission to be allowed to intervene at a Superior Court proceeding...

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2 Palestinian Women Become Judges In Islamic Court

February 27, 2009

Author: Nasser Shiyoukhi and Diaa Hadid

Source: Press Democrat

http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20090224/API/902241719?Title=2-Palestinian-women-become-judges-in-Islamic-court

The Islamic courts were among the last male-only bastions in Palestinian society, where women have been presidential candidates, police officers and even suicide bombers.

Now two stern-looking...

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Interfaith Gets First Sikh Woman Chief

February 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Global Sikh News

http://sikhsangat.org/1469/2009/02/interfaith-gets-first-sikh-woman-chief/

Interfaith Conference (IFC), a Washington-based organisation that represents 11 religions, has elected former Chandigarh resident Amrit Kaur, as its first Sikh woman president.

Created in 1978, Interfaith aims to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among people of diverse faith...

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Religion: Covering Gives Testimony to Muslim Faith

February 24, 2009

Author: Carla Hinton

Source: NewsOK

http://newsok.com/scarf-exposes-norman-womans-beliefs/article/3348046

Lobna Hewedi welcomes questions about her hijab, a traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women.

The hijab serves as a symbol of her Muslim faith and an entry point for interfaith dialogue when people at fuel stations and grocery store checkout lines stare at the Norman woman’s apparel.

"My feeling is...

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Gruesome Killing Poses Another Test for US Muslims

February 21, 2009

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29321257/

The crime was so brutal, shocking and rife with the worst possible stereotypes about their faith that some U.S. Muslims thought the initial reports were a hoax.

The harsh reality of what happened in an affluent suburb of Buffalo, New York — the beheading of 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan and arrest of her estranged husband in the...

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American Muslims Call to Action to End Domestic Violence

February 20, 2009

Author: Fedwa Wazwaz

Source: The Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/yourvoices/39903162.html?elr=KArks:DCiUMEaPc:UiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

On Thursday February 12, 2009 - Aasiya Zubair Hassan, a 37 year old mother of four, was found decapitated in Buffalo, New York by her husband.

Today is the national event: American Muslims Call to Action to End Domestic Violence.

American Muslims are making a...

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Pennsylvania High School Rescinds Ban On Muslim Scarves

February 18, 2009

Author: Diane Macedo

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,495804,00.html

A Pennsylvania high school is permitting Muslim students to wear scarves known as kaffiyehs in school just a day after ordering two students to remove them for class.

Gateway High School officials met with parents Wednesday after seniors Mohammad Al-Abbasi, 18, and Ahmad Al-Sadr, 17, left school Tuesday after refusing to take off the checkered scarves,...

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For These Jewish Girls, It’s Never Too Late to Come Of Age

February 17, 2009

Author: Michael O'Malley

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/for_these_jewish_girls_its_never_too_late_to_come_of_age/

One by one, some with walkers, some on oxygen, they approached the podium to recite Jewish prayers usually reserved for 12-year-old girls.

Ten women—ages 89 to 96—are rehearsing for their upcoming bat mitzvah, a coming-...

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Muslim Women Face Serious Crisis, UN Official Says

February 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2009/02/16/2003436221

Muslim women around the world are facing a “growing crisis” as Islamic governments fail to honor commitments to end inequality and violence against them, a senior UN official said.

Yakin Erturk, the UN’s rapporteur on violence against women, said at a weekend conference that women must demand their...

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Saudi Arabia Appoints First Female Minister

February 16, 2009

Author: Julian Borger

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/16/saudi-cabinet-woman-minister

An expert on girls' education became Saudi Arabia's first woman minister on Saturday as part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle by King Abdullah that swept aside several bastions of ultra-conservatism.

Nora bint Abdullah al-Fayez, a US-educated former teacher, was made deputy education minister in charge...

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Islamic Women Seek Recognition Of Their Rights

February 15, 2009

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/15/asia/women.php

The religious order banning women from dressing like tomboys was bad enough. But the fatwa by Malaysia's leading clerics against yoga was the last straw.

"They have never even done yoga!" said Zainah Anwar, head of a Malaysian women's rights group called Sisters in Islam.

Anwar argues that the edict, issued late...

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Authors Will Visit Boise to Discuss Path to Religious Reconciliation

February 14, 2009

Author: Stephanie Eddy

Source: Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/life/story/667844.html

What happens when three mothers from different faiths -Islam, Christianity and Judaism - get together to write a children's book aimed at exploring the connections between their religions?

Initially, their differences led to misunderstandings and the project came close to falling apart.

Overcoming those obstacles, the women...

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Starting At Home, Iran’s Women Fight for Rights

February 12, 2009

Author: Nazila Fathi

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/world/middleeast/13iran.html?_r=1&hp

In a year of marriage, Razieh Qassemi, 19, says she was beaten repeatedly by her husband and his father. Her husband, she says, is addicted to methamphetamine and has threatened to marry another woman to “torture” her.

Rather than endure the abuse, Ms. Qassemi took a step that might never have...

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Methodists Seek to Break 'Stained-Glass Ceiling'

February 6, 2009

Author: Rose French

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_11637034

The United Methodist Church, which boasts a history of ordaining women clergy, is seeking to shatter the so-called "stained-glass ceiling" blocking female pastors from its largest pulpits.

The nation's second largest Protestant denomination has launched a new initiative, the Lead Women Pastor Project, to examine barriers to women being appointed pastors to...

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