Women

Faithful Build Bridges with Books

November 30, 2005

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1130/p14s02-lire.html

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Laughter rings out in the salmon-colored living room of the parsonage at First Church in Cambridge, Mass. More than a dozen women - Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - are sharing insights garnered from "Gilead," a 2004 novel about the faith and struggles of a Christian minister in Iowa.

The easy camaraderie as...

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Interfaith Women’s Book Club Nurtures Relationships, Understanding

November 30, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://csmonitor.com/2005/1130/p14s02-lire.html

On November 30, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Laughter rings out in the salmon-colored living room of the parsonage at First Church in Cambridge, Mass. More than a dozen women - Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - are sharing insights garnered from 'Gilead,' a 2004 novel about the faith and struggles of a Christian minister in Iowa. The easy camaraderie as they discuss their...

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Hindu Nationalist Calls for More Hindu Babies, Sparking Outrage

November 28, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051128/india_nm/india225269

On November 28, 2005 Reuters reported, "Leading Hindu hardliner K.S. Sudarshan has angered women and Muslims by pressing Hindus to have as many children as they can to avoid being swamped by Muslims. Sudarshan, who heads the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party which led India until...

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University of Kentucky to Host First Muslim Sorority in America

November 27, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/13266185.htm

On November 27, 2005 the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "Take away the sorority house and alcohol-drenched co-ed parties. Keep elements of sisterhood and community service. Now add the tenets of Islam. The University of Kentucky is slated to become the site of the first campus chapter of Gamma Gamma Chi -- the only Muslim sorority in America... [Boushra Aghil, 20,...

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Imperial College London Bans the Hijab, Clothing that Obscures Wearer’s Face

November 24, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1649358,00.html

On November 24, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Imperial College London has banned staff and students from wearing hijabs or hoodies on its campuses as part of an effort to improve security. The college's management board approved the new dress code at the beginning of the month. 'Clothing that obscures an individual's face is not allowed on any of the college's campuses,' it...

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Opinion: “The Diverse Feminism of 'Living Islam Out Loud'"

November 23, 2005

Source: AltMuslim.com

http://www.altmuslim.com/perm.php?id=1599_0_25_0_C

On November 23, 2005 AltMuslim.com ran an opinion piece by Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari, a journalist who freelances for The Friday Times, Chowk.com, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Naseeb Vibes. "I’d frankly had enough of hyped up ethnic literature from the immigrant East that embellished the shelves of American bookstores describing the 'other.' The women in them were almost hidden behind the glitter...

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Muslim Woman Wins Right Not to Wear Hijab

November 17, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1875359,00.html

On November 17, 2005 The Times reported, "Islamic groups across Europe have campaigned for years for the right of Muslim women to wear the religious headscarf, or hijab. Now a Muslim woman in the Netherlands has won the right not to wear it. Samira Haddad, 32, won her case against the Islamic College of Amsterdam, which insists that all Muslim women wear the hijab. The secondary...

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Baha'is Bring Speaker on Gender Equity to London

November 16, 2005

Source: The London Free Press

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Today/2005/11/16/1308883-sun.html

On November 16, 2005 The London Free Press reported, "The London Baha'i community is bringing prominent gender equality expert Elizabeth Wright to London for four workshops. Wright, the Canadian director of the Baha'i Office for the Advancement of Women, located in Quebec City, kicks off her London seminars with a public meet-and-greet tomorrow afternoon, followed by a...

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International Magazine for Sikh Women Launched

November 15, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051116/punjab1.htm#5

On November 15, 2005 The Tribune reported, "'Each girl born in this world is special — that is the feeling I want to convey through KAURS. Women have a special world of their own that sustains life on this earth and we need to celebrate it'... Roma Kaur [said to] leading figures of the Sikh Community at the Toronto launch of the Sikh women's first international magazine, of which she is the...

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European Court of Human Rights Backs Turkish Headscarf Ban

November 10, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4424776.stm

On November 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "Turkey can ban Islamic headscarves in universities, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The court rejected an appeal by a Turkish woman who argued that the state ban violated her right to an education and discriminated against her. Leyla Sahin had brought the case in 1998 after being excluded from class at Istanbul University. But the judges ruled...

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Participants in Islamic Feminism Conference Launch "Gender Jihad"

October 31, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1605058,00.html

On October 31, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Marching under the banner of a new 'gender jihad', Islamic feminists from around the world this weekend launched what they hope will become a global movement to liberate Muslim women. The meeting, which drew women from as far apart as Malaysia, Mali, Egypt and Iran, set itself the task of squaring Islam with feminism. That meant...

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