The beauty of a woman is not in a
facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It
is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
women and spotlight
Spotlight in Past Year
Aghdashloo, Nafisi, Dumas, and Ameri
Call it the
dawn of the Iranian woman.
Within the past year, Iranian human rights attorney Shirin
Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize, actress Shohreh Aghdashloo
was nominated for an Oscar and authors Azar Nafisi and
Firoozeh Dumas saw their memoirs climb The New York Times
paperback best-sellers list. In the political arena,
Iranian-American Goli Ameri won the Republican nomination in
Oregon's 1st Congressional District in May, and will face
Democratic incumbent David Wu in the fall.
Learning Partnership News
The last three
months have brought to pass many examples of the courage,
perseverance, and optimism of women under difficult and
harrowing conditions. In Uzbekistan, recent bombings led to
government restrictions on NGO activities, especially those
involving Muslim women and men. The work of our partner
organization, Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC), has
been adversely affected by the curtailment of civil society
activism. In Palestine, violence has made the work of our
partners at the Women's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)
fraught with uncertainty and danger.
moves to grant women vote
The government in the
conservative Gulf Arab state of Kuwait has embarked on a new
effort to grant women full political rights.
A Saudi man who
severely beat his TV presenter wife has been sentenced to six
months in prison and 300 lashes, a Saudi newspaper reports.
Rahmani's husband demanded her execution
destiny of 32000 Iranian women married to refugees from
Amina lawal’s stoning sentence is overruled
The fight to abolish stoning law is continuing
Human rights and women rights defenders, freedom loving people
Our international campaign to save Amina Lawal has finally paid off and her stoning sentence was overruled. This was a tremendous victory for all those involved specially thousands of freedom loving people around the world whom lent their support to this worthy humanitarian cause.
Amnesty - alarming
scale of violence against women
A new Amnesty International study has concluded
that one in three women or up to one billion of the
world's women faced serious violence in their lifetime. This
abuse is at the core of every society, in every country, in
the bedroom and on battlefields, Amnesty says. Its report
highlights female genital mutilation, so-called "honour"
killings and sexual exploitation. Each year two million girls
aged between five and 15 are forced into the commercial sex
market. In some societies, up to 70 percent of murder victims
are women who are killed by their male partners.
province bans women performers on TV, radio
April 17, 2004
Afghanistan, April 17 (Reuters) - An Afghan province has
banned women from performing on television and radio,
declaring female entertainers un-Islamic, a provincial
official said on Saturday.
The ban in Nangahar, a southeastern province heavily patrolled
by U.S.-led troops hunting for Islamic militants, took effect
from Friday and also covers women presenters of news and other
information, the official said.
The decision echoes the strict imposition of sharia Islamic
law imposed during the Taliban's repressive five-year rule of
Afghanistan when television was banned, women were forbidden
from working and girls were kept out of schools.
It also follows a heavily debated decision by Kabul Television
in January to show an old tape of Parasto, a popular woman
singer who now lives in the West, in a move that brought a
controversial end to a long-running ban on women singers.
Moderates have said showing women singers on television was in
line with the new Afghan constitution as it gave equal rights
But some provinces remain deeply conservative and provincial
governors command broad authority over their regions, often in
defiance of the central government.
Nangahar, which borders Pakistan, is one of several regions
where the United States has stepped up a hunt for Osama bin
Laden's al Qaeda network and remnants of the Taliban militia
that U.S.-led forces drove from power in late 2001.
Diplomats said Nangahar's ban would be seen as a setback for
moderates in President Hamid Karzai's government in their
battle with conservatives opposed to liberalisation since the