Nov/Dec 2003


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 in Iran

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.

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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 controversial subject.

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Another 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 "westernized."

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