Category Archives: Islam’s war on women

Iran’s first champion female boxer cancels return home after arrest warrant issued

The first Iranian woman to contest an official boxing bout has cancelled plans to return home after an arrest warrant was issued for her in Tehran.

Sadaf Khadem beat a French boxer, Anne Chauvin, in the match, which took place in France on Saturday.

Her representative told Reuters that authorities had issued arrest warrants against her and fight organiser Mahyar Monshipour.


Malaysia investigates women who discussed their ‘dehijabbing’

Three women in Malaysia who held an event discussing their decision to stop wearing the hijab are being investigated by Malaysian Islamic authorities.

The event, hosted over the weekend at the Gerakbudaya bookshop in the Petaling Jaya area, was held to mark the launch of Unveiling Choice, a book documenting the author and activist Maryam Lee’s decision to stop wearing the hijab.

The event, Malay Women and Dehijabbing, featured a three-hour panel discussion between Maryam and two other Malaysian women, Mohani Niza and Dian Sofia, who had also decided to no longer wear the hijab.


Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Burned to death for reporting sexual harassment

Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Less than two weeks earlier, she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster.

Her courage in speaking out against sexual assault, her death five days after being set alight and everything that happened in-between has gripped Bangladesh and brought attention to the vulnerability of sexual harassment victims in this conservative South Asian country.

Nusrat, who was 19, was from Feni, a small town 100 miles (160km) south of Dhaka. She was studying at a madrassa, or Islamic school. On 27 March, she said the headmaster called her into his office and repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate manner. Before things could go any further she ran out.


Future Father In Law: “I kill all your family members, one by one. I’m not going to leave any one of them alive and I kill you here as well”

Dad accused of ‘forced wedding’ of daughter, 15

A jury is deliberating on whether a Melbourne father forced a 22-year-old man to marry his 15-year-old daughter in an Islamic wedding under sharia law.

The County Court heard evidence from the bridegroom that he met the girl online and after meeting in person several times, he went back to the girl’s home.

The groom said soon after he arrived, the girl’s father came at him with a knife and threatened to behead him. Lawyers for the ­father said his account was lies.

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Mother Of Rape Victim Says Her Family Is Being Forced To Undertake Honor Killing

Mother of rape victim Zahra Navidpour says her family have been threatened by the regime’s agents to undertake her daughter’s murder, by posting a video clip on the internet.

Zahra Navidpour was found dead at her mother’s home on Sunday, January 6, 2018. Her death was initially announced as suicide, but there were suspicions that she had been killed by agents of the member of parliament accused of raping her.

Zahra Navidpour, 28, had been repeatedly raped over 4 years by Salman Khodadadi, the so-called representative of East Azerbaijan Province in the mullahs’ parliament.


Inside an honour killing: The father who murdered his daughter simply for being in a lesbian

Lene Wold watched in silent horror as the woman in front of her removed her niqab, the scarf covering her face.

Underneath, the features were destroyed by deep, livid scars, stretching over her nose and cheek and slicing through her eye.

The skin was red and mottled, and parts of her chin were gone.

Her name was Amina.

‘Who did this to you?’ asked Lene, an author and journalist.

‘Baba,’ came the reply. ‘My father.’


Saudi Arabia arrests eight women’s rights activists in fresh crackdown

At least eight writers and activists, including two dual US citizens and a heavily pregnant woman, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, despite recent pressure from western governments to release human rights advocates already in jail.

The latest round of arrests targeting critics of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s 33-year-old de facto ruler, is the first since Washington Post columnist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

Those detained were vocal supporters of women’s rights in the country and had ties to activists already imprisoned. Most were taken from their homes in the capital Riyadh on Thursday.


Women’s rights activists in Algeria threatened with acid attacks

An Algerian man living in the United Kingdom posted a Facebook video on April 3 calling for acid attacks against female activists participating in Friday’s protest. The weekly mass demonstrations, now in their third month, led to the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and protesters are now demanding an overhaul of the entire political system.

In the video, the man, who appears to be in his 30s, said that people would attack the women with “no mercy,” even those standing on street corners away from the center of the protests. “You women calling for freedom and who go out on Fridays to hang posters, who yell at people, and who say you are looking for freedom, freedom for women, I am going to tell you something: you’ll be covered in acid!” the man says.


Iranian women’s rights activist condemns Western feminists for wearing the hijab in ‘solidarity’, saying: ‘Calling the compulsory headscarf my country’s culture is INSULTING’

A women’s rights activist in Iran has said it is ‘insulting’ for Western visitors to wear the hijab in an attempt at solidarity.

Masih Alinejad, who has spearheaded Iranian women’s struggle against the head covering, said female dignitaries from Europe had left her fellow campaigners ‘on their own’ by choosing to wear the hijab when they visited Iran.

Rejecting the argument that visitors should wear the hijab out of ‘respect for the culture of Iran’, she said they were ‘sending a message that men are more equal than women’.


Husband ‘strips his wife, beats her with a pipe and shaves off her hair after she refuses to dance for his friends’ in Pakistan

A Pakistani husband has been arrested for allegedly torturing his wife by stripping her naked, beating her and shaving her head after she refused to dance for his friends.

The disturbing incident came to the attention of the authorities after a woman covered in bruises appeared in a video on social media, identifying herself as Asma Aziz and begging the public for help.

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Muslim campaigners condemn New Zealand women for donning headscarves in solidarity with mosque shooting victims, saying: ‘The hijab is NOT empowering for us’

New Zealand women who wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslim women have faced a backlash from campaigners who say it is not ’empowering’.

Some women including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have covered up in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings which killed 50 people on March 15.

Ardern won widespread praise for putting on a headscarf when she met members of the Muslim community after the terror attack.


Muslim community put pressure on teachers to stop girl pupils from scuba diving at private Islamic school slammed by Ofsted for segregating boys and girls

In a statement to Tes the school said: ‘The entire staff is committed to providing a balanced education for our pupils and we are pleased that our excellent enrichment programme has been recognised along with the pupils’ good conduct and outlook.’

It also noted that after a year-long application with the Department of Education, the school would now split into separate boys and girls schools.


Videos Shed Light On ‘Violent Assaults’ On Iranian Women Over Dress Code

Videos shared on social media recently have demonstrated the “shocking levels of abuse” women in Iran face from morality police and pro-government “thugs” seeking to enforce the country’s strict dress code, Amnesty International says.

“Iran’s forced hijab laws are not only deeply degrading and discriminatory, they are also being used to justify violent assaults on women and girls in the streets,” Philip Luther, the London-based human rights watchdog’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, said in a statement on March 12.

The statement said that women in Iran were “routinely stopped in the street at random by morality police, who insult and threaten them, order them to pull their head scarves forward to hide strands of hair, or give them tissues to wipe off their make-up.”