Muslims Ask City to Use Leverage with Hotel Firm

April 13, 2007

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Source: The Indianapolis Star


A developer planning to build a Convention Center hotel in Downtown Indianapolis has come under fire from local Islamic advocates concerned that the company will discriminate against Muslim women here.

White Lodging Services Corp., one of the two...

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Venerable Yang and the Bright Light

April 10, 2007

Author: Babita Persaud

Source: Orlando Sentinel


Chueh Yang arrived in Orlando in 2001, her two suitcases packed with Buddhist prayer books, robes and a rice bowl.

When her monastery called her home to Taiwan just a few weeks ago, she went as she came, suitcases in tow.

Yang left behind a new temple and a congregation with a new youth group who hold...

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Veil Row Assistant Loses Appeal

March 30, 2007

Source: BBC News


A Muslim classroom assistant sacked for refusing to remove her veil in lessons has lost an appeal against a ruling that she was not discriminated against.

Aishah Azmi, 24, was asked to remove the veil after Headfield Church of England School in Dewsbury, West Yorks, said pupils could not understand her.

Mrs Azmi refused and was sacked after an employment tribunal...

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Women's Interfaith Media Literacy Initiative Launched

March 28, 2007

Source: Independent Catholic News


A major initiative to promote media literacy was launched yesterday when the Women's Interfaith Media Literacy, a network of women from across the major faith communities in England, unveiled its website: http://www.wiml.org

Keynote speaker, the Rt Hon Clare Short, MP, said: " We live in a spin-dominated media culture. Media regulators and producers need to be challenged. Women have to speak up...

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Muslim, Jewish Women Unite to Dispel Myths

March 26, 2007

Author: Lara Mossa

Source: Oakland Press


BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Women of Jewish and Muslim faith broke bread Sunday afternoon for a threehour cultural exchange.

It included presentations about the Muslim religion, a Middle Eastern buffet and a question and answer session.

"I cannot explain the feeling of empowerment as a woman I got from attending an...

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Non-Muslims Wear Scarves in Solidarity

March 23, 2007

Author: Christi Parker

Source: Columbia Missourian


Danielle Campbell, her electric blue hair peeking out from under the scarf wrapped around her head, was happy not to get noticed as much for one day.

“I usually have these punk boys who hang out where I work and every time I walk by they have something to say,” said Campbell, a senior at MU who works at Brady Food Court....

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Hindu Woman Honored with Achievement Award

March 22, 2007

Source: Hinduism Today


COVENTRY, UNITED KINGDOM, March 22, 2007: International Women's Day celebrated in Coventry was of special significance to Hindu Women this year as Muna Chauhan was honored with the "Women of Achievement Awards 2007." The news release explained Muna Chauhan's background and her numerous contributions to her community and abroad, "Although in full-time employment, as a Senior Personal Bank Manager with Lloyds...

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Anger at German Koran Divorce Ban

March 22, 2007

Source: BBC News


The woman, a German citizen of Moroccan descent, had asked for an immediate divorce, saying her husband beat her.

But the female judge ruled that, under the law of the Koran, the woman had not been subject to unacceptable behaviour, the court in Frankfurt said.

The judge had now been removed from the divorce proceedings, it said.

She had argued that the couple's Moroccan cultural...

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Jewish Women Exploring Options

March 22, 2007

Author: Kelsey Volkmann

Source: The Examiner


BALTIMORE (Map, News) - Rabbis should convene and post-nuptial agreements explore in the wake of a failed bill designed to free women from Jewish marriages, a victim advocate said.

“We can pursue rabbis convening to think of some remedies to alleviate the concerns of these women, and we can explore other...

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Schools Allowed to Ban Face Veils

March 20, 2007

Source: BBC News


Schools will be able to ban pupils from wearing full-face veils on security, safety or learning grounds under new uniforms guidance issued by ministers.

It says efforts must be made to accommodate religious clothing, but stresses the importance of teachers and pupils being able to make eye contact.

It comes after a girl failed in a legal bid to overturn her school's niqab ban....

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