Women

Editorial: "Wise Decision on Right to Wear Hijab" in Quebec

June 16, 2005

Source: The Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=0bf72f18-d003-42b2-b63e-6dc79a83b2e0

On June 16, 2005 The Gazette ran an editorial that commented, "It took a little longer than it should have, but the Quebec Human Rights Commission has finally done right by Irene Waseem and, indeed, by all devout young Muslim girls who go to private schools. The commission...

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Justice Minister Urges that Women Wearing Burkas Should Be Fined

June 6, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1500012,00.html

On June 6, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Women wearing burkas in Italy should be reported to the police and fined, Silvio Berlusconi's justice minister said at the weekend. Roberto Castelli said the garment was at odds with an Italian law that forbids masks.

The burka is rare, though not unknown, in Italy. But commentators yesterday noted that the minister's ruling...

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Profile of Asra Nomani, Leader of Muslim Women’s Freedom Tour

June 5, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/04/AR2005060401646.html?sub=AR

On June 5, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "it was two days after she appeared on 'Nightline' talking about her fight to change her mosque that the death threats began. The first call came on her cell phone. The caller left a message, in Urdu: 'If you want to stay alive, keep your mouth shut.' Otherwise, he...

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Christian Mother, Muslim Daughter Create Another Kind of Interfaith Family

June 3, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/3210512

On June 3, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "the history of disagreement between mothers and daughters can be chronicled in volumes covering topics such as nose rings, career choices and the proper method for potty training a toddler. For Patricia and Alana Raybon, their central disagreement is about nothing less than eternal salvation... Alana Raybon, a 24-year-old elementary...

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Seven Muslim Women Part of Iranian Everest Team

May 31, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=593912005

On May 31, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "Two Iranians yesterday became the first Muslim women to conquer Mount Everest as the early season expedition took advantage of a rare weather window to reach the world's highest summit. Farkhondeh Sadegh, 36, a graphic designer, and Loleh Keshavarz, 26, a dentist, hoisted their country's tricoloured flag on the summit together with six Iranian men at...

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Hindu Human Rights Organization Protests BBC Portrayal of Hindu Women

May 30, 2005

Source: PressEsc

http://unspun.mithuro.com/content/view/156/

On May 30, 2005 PressEsc reported, "The portrayal of Hindus, and Hindu women in particular, in the British and Western media recently offended thousands of adherents of the religion, a rights group claimed today. Hindu Human Rights claimed that it has recently been flooded with verbal, written and electronic complaints regarding the matter. 'While complaints are quite common, what makes the current sense of outrage...

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Appeals Court Defends Woman's Right to Choose Mecca Pilgrimage Over Work

May 27, 2005

Source: Duluth News Tribune

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/local/11751898.htm

On May 27, 2005 the Duluth News Tribune reported, "an appeals court ordered state labor officials Thursday to reconsider forcing a Muslim woman to repay unemployment benefits after she turned down work so she could make a pilgrimage to Mecca. The 4th District Court of Appeals reversed a finding by the state Labor and Industry Review Commission,...

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Update: Wisconsin Prisons Change Policy to Accommodate Religious Headscarf

May 27, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5034795,00.html

On May 27, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the state Department of Corrections will change its policy to allow visitors to Wisconsin prisons to wear religious headwear, an official said Thursday. Secretary Matt Frank's announcement came a day after a lawsuit accused the department and two male prison guards of violating a Muslim woman's right to...

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Muslim Woman Sues After Being Ordered to Remove Headscarf During Prison Visit

May 25, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/politics/11737472.htm

On May 25, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "to Cynthia Rhouni, the black scarf that always covers her head and shoulders in the presence of men shows she's a devout Muslim woman... Rhouni claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that male prison guards ordered her to take off her scarf, or hijab, in order to visit an inmate at the...

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Schoolgirl Punished for Muslim Dress

May 14, 2005

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Schoolgirl-punished-for-Muslim-dress/2005/05/13/1115843374379.html?oneclick=true

On May 14, 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "When Yasamin Alttahir started wearing her mantoo to school more than two years ago, fellow Muslims congratulated her on the strength of her faith. But the body-length religious tunic has since landed the...

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Hindu Woman Claims Religious and Sexual Bias in Tenure Denial

May 7, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1351611,00050001.htm

On May 7, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "a former Albright College religion Professor who is a practicing Hindu has filed a federal lawsuit accusing administrators of denying her tenure because of sexual and religious discrimination. Roxanne Gupta said Provost David Stinebeck departed from standard procedure when he recommended that she be denied tenure during the 2002-03...

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Women, Faith and Activism Usher New Movement

May 5, 2005

Source: Womens eNews

http://www.womensenews.com/article.cfm/dyn/aid/2283

On May 5, 2005 Womens eNews reported, "organizers of the Harvard University-based Pluralism Project, which documents this country's changing religious landscape, believe Al-Marayati represents a growing, grass-roots activism led by women who seek to enact social change and who carry their deep faith into every aspect of their lives. Although there is no way to quantify the increased involvement,...

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Divorce Code Set Out for Muslims

May 2, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4504889.stm

On May 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "Muslim men are being urged against instant divorce of their wives, in a new marriage code from an authoritative body of Muslim clerics in India. But the code stops short of banning the controversial 'triple talaq' pronouncement which allows a man to divorce his wife with immediate effect. Instead, it recommends that Muslims approach a religious body if they wish to...

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Pope Benedict XVI's Right Hand Woman

May 2, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/165/story_16598_1.html

On May 2, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Ingrid Stampa...[has] long [been] known in Rome as the new pope’s trusted friend, collaborator and 'right-hand woman'...Benedict XVI has tapped Stampa, a 55-year-old German laywoman and academic who has served as his live-in personal assistant since 1991, to bring her counsel, support, and 'brain trust' role to Catholicism’s most hallowed corridor of...

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Jewish Women Activists Visit Temple Mount

April 28, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1114654778795&p=1078027574097

On April 28, 2005 The Jerusalem Post reported, "While thousands of people flocked to Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday to visit the various museums and holy sites, one group stood out among the sea of visitors not because of its size but rather due to its predominant gender –...

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