Video: Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry at UN Human Rights Council – 6/23/14. Also read: ‘What Made Saudi Arabia Panic at the UN Human Rights Council?’

  Published on 23 Jun 2014 Saudi Arabia tries, three times, to stop Center For Inquiry representative Josephine Macintosh from delivering a statement critical of their repeated assaults on freedom of religion, belief, and expression at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on June 23, 2014. More information and background about the incident:…

What is happening in Saudi Arabia? — Reset Doc Org article by Liisa Liimatainen explained on her book ‘The other side of Saudi Arabia: brave women and cyber-youth’, published in Finnish

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, founded in 1932, does not have a constitution, a parliament or even written legislation. Religious and very conservative jurist-theologians decide on the destiny of the kingdom’s citizens based on their interpretation of the Koran and Islamic tradition. They represent the Hanbali school (madhhab) of religious law within Sunni Islam, linked…

India’s 60 million women that never were: that’s nearly the entire population of the United Kingdom – are missing in India. Why?— by Sunny Hundal on Al Jazeera com

Sunny Hundal The phenomenon of this gross demographic imbalance is nothing short of a genocide, says Sunny Hundal [Getty] It has been nearly seven months since a young student was gang-raped in the New Delhi, India, and died from her horrific injuries 13 days later on December 29, 2012. The fast-track trial of the accused…

In Saudi Arabia, Science and Religion Collide Against Women — Al Monitor com

Female driver Azza Al Shmasani displays a note, which according to her, was placed on her car by an unknown person, in Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2011. (photo by REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed ) By: Ahmad Dohman Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon). اقرا المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية The Saudis are on the go to prove two things: first,…

Muslim Women Redefine Feminism — Al-Monitor com

Women watch a whirling dervish perform a traditional dance on the famous Al-Moez Street, considered the largest open museum of historical Islamic monuments in Egypt, in Cairo, March 16, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)   More and more Muslim women have recently been making their voices heard, demanding more rights and putting forward a new…

Can a woman pray beside a man? Read the article on such issues which confronted north American Muslims at Dawn com under ‘The Washington Diary’ by Anwar Iqbal

 Muslims in North America often have to confront issues that those in the Islamic world do not, such as: Can a woman pray beside a man? John L. Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Georgetown University, however, links this to a general debate over the role of an individual Muslim in…

Women Fight Religious Segregation in Israel – Real News video

Secular vs religious tensions rise as women fight segregation in Jewish Halacha law     ***** Precis On New Year’s Eve, thousands of Ultra Orthodox men came out in protest of what they called religious prosecution. In recent weeks, tensions in Israel between religious and secular Jews escalated after Israel’s main TV news, Channel 2…

Young Pakistani girls learn to speak up for their rights – DW World de news

The Leadership for Environment and Development Pakistan has organized a workshop to promote gender equality and say that the involvement of men in gender discourse is crucial to end violence against women in Pakistan.      For many Pakistani women, talking about gender issues is not easy   Noor Bano, a 16-year-old resident of Malangabad,…

These Gujarat women fight for their sisters – By Kinjal Desai at DNA India com

From dumping old, rudimentary practices to adopting new ones, from helping widows get their rights to becoming leaders, they have done it all and continue to inspire others to follow suit. Inspirational women leaders representing nearly 40,000 groups across India were present at Sayala village in Surendranagar district for the Rural Women Leadership Convention. The…

Why I Believe in Islam (via Plainnews’s Blog)

Translated from the Urdu (From The Review of Religions, March 1940 Edition) Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Rahim (In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful) I have been asked to state why I believe in Islam. When I put the question to myself, the reply I received was, for the same reason for which I believe…

Watch video and read the story on US Woman’s Afghan Experience Inspires Novel – at VOA News Com

US Woman’s Afghan Experience Inspires Novel Patricia McArdle incorporates real-life occurrences into fictional tale By:Faiza Elmasry | Washington, D.C ***** “Farishta” means ‘angel’ in Dari, the widely spoken language in northern Afghanistan. It’s also the title of a novel by Patricia McArdle, a retired American diplomat who spent a year in Afghanistan. ‘Farishta’ is a…