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.
day in Iran
sent by : Sadaf Kiani
March 8th, International
Interview with Jamileh
One of the
founders of Zanan Organization of Northern California
fights for women's rights in her native Iran
Azar Nafisi is uncomfortable with conformity.
She was expelled from her teaching job at the University of
Tehran in 1981 for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil.
In 1995, she resigned from a teaching job at Allameh Tabatabaii
in Tehran, where she had been wearing the veil incorrectly,
rather than bow to pressure to change.
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Arab Women Rise
Stepping out of her
gunmetal-gray SUV and striding into the compound of Amman's
Kamalia School for Girls, Rania al Abdullah doesn't fit the
prim, circumspect image of an Arab Queen. For one thing, she's
wearing a snug-fitting metallic gold top, matching pants and
two-inch heels, and her mane of glossy brown hair brushes across
her shoulders as she walks.
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ruling council gets earful from one of its few female delegates
While an online news
story said she caused a controversy that "threatened to overshadow
the work of the council," reporters Bashir Gawkh and Danish
Karokhel, writing for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting
project, filed an Internet report observing that Malalai had
"broken through the wall of silence for ordinary people" and
captivated regular Afghans who had not cared much about the business of
this loya jirga.
A measure of
Islamic fundamentalistsí success in controlling society is the
depth and totality with which they suppress the freedom and
rights of women. In Iran for 25 years, the ruling mullahs have
enforced humiliating and sadistic rules and punishments on women
and girls, enslaving them in a gender apartheid system of
segregation, forced veiling, second-class status, lashing, and
stoning to death.
article on the latest Hejaab regulations in public schools
Iran Deem Rape Laws Unfair
In Iran, if a
woman is raped, she is considered an adulteress and faces death
by stoning. But if a woman fights off a sexual predator and
kills him, she can then be tried for murder and face death by
Vote in Their First Free Election
Some 506 candidates,
including 15 women, were running for seats in the 83-member
council, which has no formal powers but is consulted on new laws
and economic policies. Sultan Qaboos announced universal
suffrage late last year, joining other regional states that are
introducing democratic reforms. Hundreds of voters, including
women, formed long queues in the capital Muscatís polling
stations. Observers noted that the turnout was bigger than in
Shortage of Women in
East Germany Causes Turmoil
By Erik Kirschbaum
(Reuters) - A steady exodus of
educated women is worsening a gender gap among eastern Germany's
young and could be sowing the seeds of social upheaval.
SHIRIN EBADI, this year's winner of the Nobel peace prize,
is the sort of woman?assertive, severe and frighteningly
well-versed in Islamic and western law?that Iran's conservative
establishment cannot stand. A judge under the monarchy, she did
not follow colleagues to overseas refuge after the revolution,
but stayed on as an advocate, fighting cases of political
murder, repression and domestic violence. A defender of Islam,
she wrote learnedly about women's and children's rights under
Islamic law. She lost most of her high-profile cases, but
survived. Overnight, she has become a celebrity.
The Moroccan King,
Mohammed VI, has announced a landmark reform to the law over
women's position in the family.
The changes to the
personal status code would give women greater rights on matters
covering marriage and divorce. The King said the measure,
which is expected to be approved by parliament soon, was
designed to end "the iniquity weighing on women".
But he has had to tread a fine line in what is a very
honor kiling in London
A Muslim Kurdish refugee living in the UK was sentenced to life
in prison today after being convicted of murdering his
16-year-old daughter because she had started a relationship with
a Lebanese Christian boy and had become too