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UN Rejection of Iranian ‘No-Action Motion’ Is Victory for Human Rights, Say Baha’is

November 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/670

The Baha’i International Community praised the United Nations General Assembly for today rejecting a so-called “no-action motion” on human rights in Iran.

Such a motion, if it had passed, would have used procedural rules to set aside a resolution that is sharply critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran over its use of torture, the...

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Sikh Coalition Wins Victory for Sukhbir Kaur

November 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/NWLsettlement.htm

A Sikh woman who suffered racial, religious and sexual harassment on the job has obtained justice by standing up to her employer. In a settlement agreement, National Wholesale Liquidators (NWL), Mrs. Sukhbir Kaur's former employer, agreed to make changes to their employment policies and pay money damages to nine victims of harassment,...

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Film Chronicles Liberian Women’s Faith-Based Peace Movement

November 17, 2008

Author: Jennifer Hahn

Source: Religion News Service

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

For 13 years, Leymah Gbowee watched as her native Liberia devolved into an earthly hell. Violence, rape, and murder had become part of daily life as violent warlords battled the country's equally depraved president over control of a nation once founded in peace by freed American slaves.

Then one night, Gbowee had a dream that she should gather a...

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Threat to Ban Yoga Tests Boundary of Tolerance

November 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Malaysia Today

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/14913/84/

Norien Hassan is used to pushing the limits in her yoga studio. What she did not expect was to test religious as well as physical boundaries.

The 37-year-old began practising yoga in Kuala Lumpur after she heard it could help women conceive.

Three years later, she is a proud married mother of two who now practises yoga up to six days a week as...

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Buddhist Nun Hopes to Revive Ascetic Way of Life That Started During the Buddha's Lifetime

November 7, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,7362,0,0,1,0

It took nearly 60 years for Judy Franklin to figure out that the key to riding the nation's economic roller coaster was to detach from it and observe as if from afar.

Now, as those around her fret about finances, the divorced mother of two rests assured that it is not the end of the world, a perspective she acquired when...

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Michigan Legislature Getting 1st Female Muslim

November 6, 2008

Author: David N. Goodman

Source: The Associated Press

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=16870

Michigan is getting its first female Muslim legislator, thanks in large part to her Jewish boss, the incumbent.

Rashida Tlaib, a lawyer, community activist and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, easily won a House seat in Tuesday's general election after emerging from an eight-way Democratic primary with 44 percent of the vote in August....

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More Muslim American Women Entering Politics

October 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/10/30/america/NA-US-Elections-Muslim-Women.php

Many things have changed for Muslim Americans in the seven years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: Interrogations from FBI and immigration officials. Additional screenings from airport security. The feeling of being targeted by new anti-terrorism laws.

And then there's this:...

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Fighting for Muslim Women's Rights

October 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7689897.stm

Some of the world's leading Islamic feminists have been gathered in Barcelona for the third International Congress on Islamic Feminism, to discuss the issues women face in the Muslim world.

Some of the women taking part in the conference explained the problems in their home countries, and where they hoped to make progress.

ASMA BARLAS, Author,...

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Lama Talks About Her Faith

October 26, 2008

Author: Jeff Brumley

Source: The Florida Times-Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/102708/met_348614148.shtml

When Tibetan Buddhist Michael Turnquist came to Jacksonville in 1984, there was just one Buddhist center in town. And that closed shortly after his arrival.

A lot has changed since then. Jacksonville is now home to at least a half-dozen Buddhist communities, including Zen and ethnic Vietnamese...

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Turkish Prime Minister's Attempt to Lift Ban on Headscarves Ruled Anti-Secular

October 24, 2008

Author: Matthew Weaver

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/24/turkey-islam

Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to lift a ban on wearing headscarves in universities was anti-secular, the country's highest court said today in a ruling that could reignite tensions between the country's secular and pro-Islamic factions.

In July the Guardian reported that the constitutional court stopped short of...

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Met’s Most Senior Muslim Woman ‘Ostracised Even From Coffee Run’

October 19, 2008

Author: Daniel Foggo

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article4969448.ece

A Muslim woman responsible for upholding racial and religious diversity within the Metropolitan police claims she was so marginalised that she was not even allowed to make the coffee.

Yasmin Rehman, 42, the force’s director of partnerships and diversity, is taking her bosses to an employment tribunal claiming...

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Holy Row Over India's First Woman Saint

October 16, 2008

Author: K S Hari Kumar

Source: Asia Times Online

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JJ16Df01.html

Christians, who form 20% of the 32 million people living in the southern Indian state of Kerala, are celebrating Sunday's canonization of their beloved Sister Alphonsa, unaware of the controversies that surround the life of the first Indian woman to be elevated to sainthood.

Alphonsa lived in Bharananganam, a remote village 33...

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Woman to Lead UK Muslim Prayers

October 16, 2008

Author: Natalie Hancock

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/7673845.stm

A woman is to lead a congregation of men and women in an Islamic prayer service for the first time in the UK.

Muslim scholar Professor Amina Wadud is to give the sermon - or khutbah - at the start of a conference on Islam and feminism at Wolfson College in Oxford.

The move has provoked opposition as the...

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Youthful Voice Stirs Challenge to Secular Turks

October 14, 2008

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=16925923

High school hurt for Havva Yilmaz. She tried out several selves. She ran away. Nothing felt right.

"There was no sincerity," she said. "It was shallow."

So at 16, she did something none of her friends had done: She put on an Islamic head scarf.

In most Muslim countries, that would be a nonevent. In...

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Religious Leaders Add Their Voice to UN Drive to End Violence Against Women

September 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UN News Centre

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=28268&Cr=say+no&Cr1=

Religious leaders from Africa, Asia and North America pledged today to help end one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world by signing on to the “Say NO to Violence against Women Campaign,” organized by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Representing such diverse...

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