Women

Progressive Filipino Muslim Woman Leader Tours NZ

July 30, 2007

Source: Press Release: Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa / Scoop Independent News

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00358.htm

Amirah Ali Lidasan is the National Vice-Chairperson of the Suara Bangsamoro Party List Organisation, which aims to get representation in Congress for the Philippines’ several million Muslims (known as Moros and heavily concentrated in the southernmost islands). Amirah is a young progressive Muslim woman, with a history of senior...

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Dressed In Hijab: More Muslim Girls Playing Soccer

July 30, 2007

Source: WCCO.com

Wire Service: AP

http://wcco.com/sports/local_story_204133117.html

(AP) For a couple hours every morning, Muna Sanyare steps away from her duties as baby sitter, caretaker and student. On a St. Paul practice field, she becomes a soccer star.

Never mind that Muna, 15, plays in bare feet under a flowery red skirt. She can kick the heck out of that ball.

Organized soccer is luring more Muslim girls like Muna to...

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First Muslim US Congressman Meets with Muslim Women Leaders

July 30, 2007

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-07-30-voa29.cfm

Keith Ellison comes from most diverse district in Minnesota, and he advised the Muslim women to be inclusive in their pursuit of public office. "Do not go to the Muslim community and tell them I am Muslim, vote for me. Do not do that. Figure out what the people need and speak to that and make sure to be universal enough to also appeal to the Christian...

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Jefferson Award Presented to Samina Faheem Sundas

July 29, 2007

Author: Shelah Moody

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/29/LVSHR8GE52.DTL

Samina Faheem Sundas, a community activist and a Sunni Muslim from Pakistan, had been living comfortably in the Bay Area with her family since 1983. But her life, like so many others, changed forever after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I was in Costco when I first learned about...

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Muslim Women from Around the World Join a Leadership Program in Washington

July 23, 2007

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-07-23-voa37.cfm

A group of Muslim women from around the world is participating in a summer leadership program at the U.S Congress and George Washington University. The program is designed to educate the participants about legal issues and conflict resolution techniques with the aim of empowering Muslim women to promote peaceful change in their communities. Mohamed...

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Nepalese 'Goddess' is Reinstated

July 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6907007.stm

A 10-year-old girl who is worshipped as a living goddess in Nepal has had her title reinstated after defying tradition and visiting the US.

Temple authorities at her home town say that she will not be stripped of her title because she is willing shortly to undergo a "cleansing" ceremony.

Sajani Shakya was one of the three most-revered Kumaris,...

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The New Swimsuit Issue

July 19, 2007

Author: LAURA FITZPATRICK

Source: Time

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1645145,00.html

Move over, Tankini. Since the full-coverage swimsuit dubbed the Burqini (as in burqa plus bikini) hit the international market in January, devout Muslim women have been snapping them up. The polyester suits were designed to accord with Islamic laws that require women to dress modestly and to eliminate the risk of drowning when the yards...

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Iran to Intensify Dress Crackdown

July 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6900111.stm

Iran will intensify a crackdown on women flouting Islamic dress laws, a senior policeman has told local media.

Tehran police chief Ahmad Reza Radan said from 23 July twice as many police will tackle "immoral behaviour".

Hundreds of women have already been arrested and some beaten by police since the drive began in April, human rights groups...

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Muslims' Scarves OK in License Pics

July 14, 2007

Author: SHARON COOLIDGE

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070714/NEWS01/707140395/1077/COL02

Two suburban Cincinnati Muslim women were wrongly asked to remove head scarves before their driver's license photos were taken.

When made aware of the gaffe in late May, the Ohio Department of Public Safety sent an e-mail to the state's 216 registrar offices reminding them...

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Diverse Groups Review Valdosta's Court Ban

July 12, 2007

Author: CAROLE HAWKINS

Source: Florida Times-Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/071207/geo_183883789.shtml

Valdosta has examined a rule that prevents people from wearing headgear in courtrooms Wednesday, but has not decided how to update it.

City and court officials met Wednesday with representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, or...

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CSUS Student Sues, Claims Head Scarf Cost Her a Job

July 11, 2007

Author: Susan Ferriss

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/266855.html

A Muslim woman has filed a discrimination suit against a national chain of jewelry stores, alleging that she was "enthusiastically" recruited to return to work at a Fairfield shop in 2006 but then turned away after managers saw she had begun to wear a head scarf.

Shereen Attia, who studies nutrition at California State University, Sacramento, had previously...

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Women Augment the Priestly Ranks

July 6, 2007

Author: Lavina Melwani

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archives/2007/4-6/33-35_woman-pujaries.shtml

The bride was present, as was the groom, but where was the officiating priest? All the guests gathered in a Milwaukee home for the wedding ceremony were wondering aloud why he was so late. Little did they realize that the priest was already there, sitting amongst them. She is Shashi Tandon, an exuberant...

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British PM Appoints Rabbi

July 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/102794.html

Britain's new prime minister appointed Rabbi Dame Julia Neuberger to his Cabinet.

Neuberger will advise Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues relating to the voluntary sector, especially in the arena of public health services, the area on which she speaks for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

The appointment was announced over the...

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Obituary: Javidukht Khadem 1913 - 2007

July 5, 2007

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-khademjul05,0,178184.story?coll=chi-business-hed

Javidukht Khadem stood by her husband as he traveled around the world to spread the message of the Baha'i faith. But believers who encountered the couple said it was Mrs. Khadem's devotion and her intuition that for more than four decades helped shape their spiritual...

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