Women

Rape Law Reform Roils Pakistan's Islamists

November 17, 2006

Author: David Montero

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1117/p07s02-wosc.html

Putting an end to a skirmish but not to the longer battle, Pakistan's lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to amend the Hudood Ordinances, the country's religious-based laws that govern rape and vice.

Before, women who reported rape were compelled to produce four male witnesses to the crime or face charges that they had...

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Muslim Women to Form Rights Council

November 17, 2006

Author: Rachel Zoll

Source: The News and Observer

Wire Service: AP

http://dwb.newsobserver.com/24hour/nation/story/3422514p-12566499c.html

NEW YORK (AP) - Muslim women from the United States and around the world are meeting this weekend on forming the first international Islamic advisory council for women. The American Society for Muslim Advancement, the lead organizer of the event, said the goal of...

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Pakistan Votes to Amend Rape Laws

November 15, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/204/story_20433_1.html

Pakistan's parliament approved amendments Wednesday to an Islamic-based law on rape, dropping the death penalty and flogging for those convicted of consensual sex outside marriage, officials said.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf praised lawmakers for passing the bill, which enraged Islamist lawmakers who stormed out of parliament in protest....

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In Solidarity, Many Wear Head Covering

November 14, 2006

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/religion/16004781.htm

Samantha Keller of San Jose wrapped a pink scarf around her face Monday, covering her long, curly brown hair. The church-going Catholic donned a Muslim veil as part of a global social experiment to show that she respects other people's cultures and faiths.

``I didn't get any weird stares or feel...

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Challenges of Womens Space in Masjids

November 13, 2006

Author: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/challenges_of_womens_space_in_masjids1/0011670

One Friday, I was all set to give a Khutba about the need for Muslims to plan ahead on an individual and community level. My notes were ready and I was in full “Khutba mode”. But before sermon time, I decided to change the topic...

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From Tunis to Tehran, the Great Veil Debate

November 8, 2006

Author: Dan Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1108/p01s04-wome.html

CAIRO - When former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw insisted last month that female Muslim constituents show their faces when meeting with him, he set off a fiery debate about whether the face-covering niqab should be allowed in Britain's multicultural society.

But often forgotten amid such controversies in Europe - which tend...

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Muslim Women Leaders Launch Global Movement to Empower Muslim Women

November 8, 2006

Author: Daisy Khan

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_women_leaders_launch_global_movement_to_empower_muslim_women/0011550

Manhattan, New York - Over one hundred Muslim women religious leaders, human rights activists, scholars and artists from around the world will meet in New York City on November 17th to 19th to...

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First International Congress of Buddhist Women’s Role in the Sangha to be held in Hamburg

November 8, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,3385,0,0,1,0

Hamburg, Germany -- The Foundation for Buddhist Studies, Hamburg is holding an International Congress with H. H. XIVth Dalai Lama on July 18/19/20 2007 in Hamburg.

The main theme will be the rights of Buddhists Women within the Sangha and the Re-establishment of full ordination for nuns, as per the tradition of Buddhism in Tibet. This congress will be held in close...

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Italy Government Seeks Veil Ban

November 7, 2006

Author: Christian Fraser

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6125302.stm

Italy is to put forward draft new legislation to ban the Islamic veil that covers the face.

Vice-premier Francesco Rutelli says current laws are insufficient.

The niqab and the burka have aroused concerns, not least because Italy has a law - intended to foil terrorism - against wearing masks in public.

Mr Rutelli has now entered the...

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Hutchison: Wearing Hijab on Nov. 13 Honors Slain Afghan Mother

November 6, 2006

Author: Sue Hutchinson

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/columnists/15940994.htm

Melanie Gadener was at home in Fremont three weeks ago when she began receiving calls about the killing of Alia Ansari, the 38-year-old mother of six who was shot in the head as she walked with her little girl through a quiet Fremont neighborhood to pick up her children at Glenmoor Elementary School.

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Buddhist Center Stupa Called ‘One of a Kind'

November 1, 2006

Author: Paul Boerger

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Mt. Shasta Herald

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3365,0,0,1,0

Tara's Refuge Buddhist Center in Mount Shasta has added a new stupa that Refuge facilitator John Cashman says is one of a kind in the world.

“It is the only female designated stupa in the world,” Cashman said.

A stupa, Cashman explained, is the “representation of the body, mind...

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Clothes Aren't the Issue

November 1, 2006

Author: Asra Q. Nomani

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/11/clothes_arent_t.php#more

When dealing with a "disobedient wife," a Muslim man has a number of options. First, he should remind her of "the importance of following the instructions of the husband in Islam." If that doesn't work, he can "leave the wife's bed." Finally, he may "beat" her, though it must be without "hurting, breaking a...

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UK Hindus Work to Correct Poor Portrayal of Hinduism

October 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/10/28.shtml#1

LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2006: The follwoing report was sent by Jay Lakhani of the Hindu Council UK:

"We participated at the Foreign Press Association meeting where faith members from Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism debated the issue of so-called "honor killing" (usually, the murder of a female for supposed sexual or marital offenses -- see here) with Dr. Gill a lecturer from...

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