As the official face of the state-owned Etihad Airways, Botox-queen Nicole Kidman, is filmed for a commercial in a series of sexy and provocative, not to mention ‘un-Islamic’ poses on an in-flight bed in the plane.
Washington Post “This is my second home here,” Nicole Kidman told reporters last month as she visited Abu Dhabi. The Hollywood movie star was in the United Arab Emirates to announce her new role as a brand ambassador for Etihad Airways. According to the National newspaper, she planned to spend more time in the city, the capital of the UAE, in the future.
The 25,000 members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants greatly admire and appreciate your efforts to advance women’s rights around the world as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
Using your profile and stature for such a noble endeavor is commendable. However, we believe those efforts are at odds with your prominent role in an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways.
The United Arab Emirates and their airlines are well-known in our industry for their discriminatory labor practices and deplorable treatment of female employees.
Therefore, the APFA must respectfully ask that you — as a leading advocate for women around the globe — not lend your voice, your image, and your good name to Etihad Airways, the second-largest airline in the UAE.
Glading’s letter criticized not just Etihad, however, but also the entire UAE. In particular, she pointed to a recent report from Human Rights Watch that said that the UAE’s “penal code gives men the legal right to discipline their wives and children, including through the use of physical violence.”
A University of South Dakota professor is refusing calls from radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups to cancel the screening of ‘Honor Diaries,’ an irrefutable fact-based documentary, that depicts the widespread brutality against Muslim women by their own families.
News Times The “Honor Diaries” is to be screened at the university’s annual women and gender conference April 10. Some staff and faculty members want the showing canceled, the Argus Leader.. The film goes against USD’s desire for “inclusive excellence,” said Musheera AnisAbdellatif, a MUSLIM professor in the health sciences department.
Conference coordinator Miglena Sternadori, a media and journalism professor, said she won’t bow to the pressure because the film depicts issues that are relevant to the conference. “It’s just the wrong thing to do to censor a movie,” she said.
“We’re talking the worst form of anti-Muslim bigotry couched in terms of a legitimate issue,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “You don’t have to help promote the agenda of Islam haters. That’s what you do when you promote this film.”
The film features women activists who work in a culture that condones female genital mutilation, forced marriages of young girls and other abuses of women. “Honor Diaries” has been praised for bringing attention to the plight of women in Middle Eastern cultures but is also criticized as anti-Muslim propaganda.
Sternadori said she disagrees with assessments that the film is anti-Muslim. Other Muslim groups support the film, and Muslims helped create it, she said.
Says the fully-veiled Muslim woman dressed in a large black Heftie Bag that makes her look like a mailbox.
Tahani Abu Jazar, lecturer on Islamic law at the Islamic University in Gaza, defended the status of women in Islam, saying: “The woman does not have the same needs as the man.” The man, she said, “uses the left hemisphere of the brain,” whereas the woman “uses both parts of her brain.” According to Abu Jazar, “this proves that the testimony of a man equals that of two women.”
Two Muslim female medical students have filed a case against Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, after a request for an exemption from the physical examination requirement was turned down. The curriculum requires a cross-sex physical exam by male classmates.
It’s what’s in it that’s the problem…a BIG problem
RT News The two Muslim girls filed a case against Erasmus MC at the Board of Appeal for Higher Education in The Hague, De Volkskrant daily reported Tuesday.
All students in the course must go through a physical examination provided by their fellow students. The exam involves looking at the chest, abdomen, and legs, and must be performed both by a male and female student.
The requirement raised concerns among the Muslim students, who did not want to be examined by a male. However, they stressed that in the future they would practice without making such distinctions.(Yeah, sure they would. NOT)
One of them initially applied for an exemption, but her request was denied. Although the other student has already completed the subject, she decided to support her colleague at the Board of Appeals.
David Drexhage from Erasmus MC says the practical experience student gain during such exams is important for their professional skills. “The students also have to experience how an examination feels for a patient. That promotes understanding.”
Students are aware that this part of the studying process is required during enrollment, he added.
Erasmus MC believes that if the Board of Appeals makes a decision in favor of the students, it will have profound implications for the entire course procedure. The Board of Appeals is expected to make a decision in about six weeks.
Muslim female doctors and nurses in the UK have refused to comply with established sanitary requirements, too.
The Muslim Students Association (MSA), an American front group for designated terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, sponsors Islamic Awareness weeks, featuring “Wear a Headbag (hijab) Day” on American college campuses, the perfect cesspool for radical, anti-American ideas.
Lanthorn The Muslim Student Association handed out 100 Laker blue hijabs for the second annual “Wear a Hijab Day” on Thursday, March 19. Students who participated were encouraged to wear the headbag all day in order to see how others react to it.
Funny how Sikhs never feel compelled to hold ‘Turban Days,’ ‘Hindus don’t hold ‘Sari Days,’ and Jews never hold ‘Yamulke Days.’
Besides wearing the headbag throughout the day, students were encouraged to attend an event at the Mary Idema Pew Library where they could discuss their experiences with other students. Members of the MSA also presented some historical information related to religious and non-religious headwear.
Before you judge, wear a bikini for a day, bitch.
Nargilya Gasanova, a GVSU graduate and ex-member of the MSA, led the discussion. She enticed discussion by providing cultural and religious background that encouraged discussion amongst audience members.
Students who participated in wearing a hijab said it increased the amount of negative attention they received. A woman in the audience said most people tried to be sneaky while looking at her, but she definitely noticed she was getting more attention than before.
Another audience member said he did not receive more stares than usual. He said he usually receives looks because of being African American, so wearing the hijab did not increase the attention others gave him.
While most of the discussion centered around attention, other audience members saw some benefits to wearing a hijab. Jenna Williams said the hijab made her feel different about her appearance – hair was no longer covering her face and it felt like she was fully exposing her features.
Gasanova, who doesn’t wear a hijab every day, said the hijab can help women feel more beautiful.
“As you cover your physical features, the accent, the focus stays on you,” Gasanova said. “On your character, on your words, on your actions, on your smile, and your eye contact and your habits and your kindness.”
Amina Mohamed, a member of the MSA, agreed that a hijab can help accentuate a woman’s beauty, but she wanted to make it clear that this doesn’t mean that women who don’t wear a hijab aren’t beautiful.
Growing up, Mohamed said she decided to wear a hijab because she wanted to imitate her mother. She would mimic her mother’s dress, so the hijab was just another piece of the puzzle. “To me, it wasn’t as much of a challenge just because the whole idea of covering my body was already something that I had built into my attire because my mom dressed like that,” Mohamed said. (Nobody cares)
Objectification of men and women was also at the center of the discussion. Gasanova contrasted the objectifying images of half-naked men and women found in advertising with the idea of a hijab being constricting. Williams agreed that it was an interesting comparison. Wearing the hijab was a unique experience, but she was still being surrounded by objectifying images. (If you don’t like the way we do things here, get the hell out)
All of this plays into how our culture sees itself, Williams said. Advertisements have altered the perception of what humans should look like, so when people don’t look like that, it can create a disparity. The MSA plans to make “Wear a Hijab Day” a yearly event.
Maybe not, but a lot of Muslim terrorists wear headbags for suicide bombings
McGill University has rejected two students’ request to establish women-only hours at the on-campus gym. In a news release, the school said it does not believe in segregating its services, and is committed to making sure gym patrons are respectful toward each other, regardless of gender.
Montreal CTV News(h/t Susan K) The original request was made by law students Soumia Allalou and Raymond Grafton.
Allalou said that her initiative to dedicate three weekly one-hour women-only sessions per week was inspired by her religious beliefs as a Muslim but she said that all women would benefit.
“A couple of women messaged me and expressed that they would like to see women’s hours implemented. They feel intimidated using the weights section especially. They’ve been harassed, looked at, watched,” she has previously told CTV Montreal.
Though there are already women-only hours at the swimming pool, the university said the pool is “by its nature a different environment than the gym.”
The statement goes on to explain that part of the goal of a recent renovation was to make the fitness centre “as comfortable as possible for all our clientele.”
“We encourage and will continue to encourage all our patrons to engage respectfully with one another, just as we expect all members of our community to treat each other equitably and respectfully in whatever context,” it says.
Among other ongoing measures, the school says it pledges to educate staff to make sure they “understand the needs and sensitivities of a diverse clientele.”
Not only that, you could have a different new ‘husband’ every week. Women who join ISIS are being passed around, bought and sold, by older jihadists at the rate of one per week in Syria. Girls under 15, with blue eyes and good teeth, are especially popular.
DNA India A former Islamic State (IS) militant has revealed that young Muslim women travelling to Syria to marry jihadists are being passed between men at the rate of one husband a week.
While describing the shocking conditions in which young women lived in war-torn Syria, a 33-year-old former IS fighter named Hamza said that the girls were forced to marry and sleep with older commanders in marriages that lasted for just seven days, before being divorced and partnered with a new husband, reported The Daily Express.
The revelation has raised concerns over the fate of three British schoolgirls who are believed to have travelled to Syria to link-up with the extremists. Shamima Begum, Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew first to Turkey from U K before travelling by land to the Syrian border.
Twenty years after a landmark U.N. conference on promoting gender equality, the head of the agency ‘U.N. Women’ said that a growing “conservative and extremist resistance” to equality between the sexes needs to be understood and confronted.
CNS News Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called the problem “one of the new dangers” in the way of efforts to pursue the goal of global gender equality.
Neither she, nor a major report prepared for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting she was addressing in New York, identified radical Islamic ideology as a leading factor, although surveys have found Muslim nations fare worst in gender equality rankings.
Mlambo-Ngcuka said the phenomenon was evident in ways like “ongoing attacks on girls’ education, women’s public participation and women’s control over their bodies.”
In several areas Ban’s report touched on problems that are common in Islamic contexts, where religious texts, teachings by Muslim clergy, the actions of jihadist groups and implementation of shari’a impact on women’s rights and freedoms. But it stopped short of identifying Islam as a factor:
–In advancing the agenda of women and security, “such emerging threats as the rise of violent extremism,” had limited and even set back progress.
–Many countries have legal systems that include “statutory, customary and/or religious law, which often do not work together to uphold the human rights of women.”
–Women human rights defenders face “stigmatization and ostracism by extremist and conservative groups, community leaders, families and communities who consider them to be challenging traditional notions of family and gender roles in the society and threatening religion, honor or culture through their work.”
Every year the World Economic Forum (WEF) evaluates countries of the world for its “Global Gender Gap” report, which measures gaps between women and men in the areas of political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, and health and survival.
Worst was Yemen, followed in order by Pakistan, Chad, Syria, Mali, Iran, Cote d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Guinea, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Algeria, Turkey, Bahrain and Tunisia. The only non-Muslim state in the bottom 20 was Ethiopia, ranked between Oman and Algeria.
According to 2013 U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) data, FGM rates are highest in Somalia (estimated 98 percent prevalence), Djibouti (93), Egypt (91), Guinea (96), Mali (89), Eritrea (89), Sierra Leone (88) and Sudan (88). With the exception of Eritrea, ALL are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the bloc of Muslim-majority nations.
10 of the 20 countries with the highest rates of marriage under the age of 18 are Muslim majority states, including four of the top five (Niger, Chad, Bangladesh and Mali).
The OIC disputes that there is any link between Islam and practices like FGM and child marriage. In a statement delivered during a CSW session in 2013, the Islamic bloc described FGM as a “cultural” practice that is “disguised as part of religious tradition.” It also said that “child marriage, violence against women as well as other negative acts perpetuated are often misidentified as being part of Islamic tradition.
At that same 2013 CSW session, Egypt – then under a Muslim Brotherhood government – led a push to reject a draft declaration on violence against women, warning that it would “be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries, eliminating the moral specificity that helps preserve cohesion of Islamic societies.”
Second-year law student Soumia Allalou said her Islamic religious beliefs exclude her from exercising in the presence of men, and added that all women would benefit from having the option of working out during exclusive hours. But a majority of women signing a petition are against women-only hours.
An online petition, titled “We oppose women-only hours at the McGill Fitness Centre,” had attracted at least 600 signatures before the link to the petition went down.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have had to put up with men touching me and insulting me in the streets of Kabul. And of course, as I grew up, it became worse. This happens to all women here, all the time.
Observers.France24 I told myself that I should react, fight back and answer their verbal abuse. But how many times a day could I fight this exhausting fight?. So I decided to put on a street performance to show men that their behavior is indecent, and to show society what women have to put up with every day.
I did this a week ago. I went out at about 6pm in Kote Sangi, Kabul’s most populated neighbourhood. I walk through Kote Sangi every day; women are frequently harassed there. Before I started, I prayed that I wouldn’t get chased down and killed by a hostile crowd. Unfortunately, my fears were well-founded – after a few minutes during which men in the street just seemed stunned, they started following me and insulting me. Some even started throwing rocks.
Nobody seemed to understand that what I was doing was an act of protest. I heard one little boy yell, “She’s covered herself in metal so nobody can touch her!” He was angry.
The only people who tried to defend me were a few friends and journalists who had come to see my performance. Men started punching us, kicking us. Some of my female friends told me that they were sexually molested by men in the crowd. I had planned on walking for 10 minutes, but after only 8 minutes, I had to run into a taxi. Young men continued to punch the car; the driver had to speed away.
A common tactic for men is to pinch women in the streets. They pinch us so hard it leaves bruises. These men are from all social classes: there are illiterates, students, rich men, poor men. I think the Taliban’s reign and the 13 years of war that followed have destroyed our values and our culture. The rise of extremism and violence has created a lot of frustration, which leads to this type of deviant behavior.
We live in a patriarchal society, where women are seen as second-class citizens. When we complain about sexual harassment, men often say that if a woman wears a proper veil, nobody will bother her. But this is obviously false, since even women who wear a burqa get harassed in the streets.
The government is not doing anything to stop this, and there’s no help available for the victims. We don’t even have a hotline to call. Families also bear their share of responsibility. A woman who is a victim of this type of abuse won’t dare talk about it to her father or her mother, for fear of disgracing them.
Women have to tear down this wall of silence. We must talk about this problem as much as possible and put pressure on the authorities to do something. If I don’t speak up now, one day my daughter will face this sort of harassment, and her daughter after her. My generation has to break this vicious cycle.
After my performance, angry men showed up at my door. Thankfully, I wasn’t home. I don’t feel safe anymore. I’m now hiding at friends’ homes in the suburbs of Kabul.
Sexual harassment is a major problem in Afghanistan. It has taken on such proportions that in October 2014, president Ashraf Ghani asked his government to come up with a plan to fight it, notably through education in schools. The government’s spokesperson recently stated that every day, about 40 people are arrested for sexual harassment. However, these individuals are often released since laws against harassment do not yet exist in Afghanistan.
The family of a young Canadian Muslim woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State after being radicalized online say losing her was the most shocking thing in the world and the government should have done more to prevent her departure.
The 23-year-old woman made the journey to Syria to join up with ISIS last summer, after taking an online course to study the Qur’an taught by a woman based in Edmonton, says her older sister. When she called home from abroad, she told her family she was never coming home — that Syria was where she was going to die. BUH BYE!
The Islamic State’s (ISIS) established ‘morality’ police reportedly attacked a woman in eastern Syria because too much of her eyes were exposed.
Female ISIS supporters in Syria. The terror group employs an all-female militia to uphold its interpretation of sharia among women and to mete out punishments
Breitbart Women under the caliphate must dress conservatively, following the protocols issued in various ISIS publications concerning the behavior of women. This includes a full face veil. The majority of women shown in pictures and videos are covered from head to toe in all black.
FEMALE ISIS member making the one finger sign of ISIS
In July, the jihadists passed extreme restrictions on women. A full-face veil is required, and the hands and feet must be covered. Females must not wear clothes that“hug the body.”
“The conditions imposed on her clothes and grooming was only to end the pretext of debauchery resulting from grooming and overdressing,” said the ISIS publication. “This is not a restriction on her freedom but to prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theatre for the eyes of those who are looking.”
“Anyone who is not committed to this duty and is motivated by glamour will be subject to accountability and severe punishment to protect society from harm and to maintain the necessities of religion and protect it from debauchery.”
An all-female Islamic State brigade is also known to also enforce Sharia law within the caliphate. In December, they used a bear trap known as a “biter” on women’s breasts who defied the protocols of the terrorist group. The torture device was used on one woman who was arrested in public for breastfeeding and her niqab was transparent.
After the jihadists took over Mosul, Iraq, they demanded all shopowners place a veil on mannequins, even the males, since “the human form is not depicted in statues or artwork.”
ISIS believes that girls can marry adult men when they are only nine years old; that “pure” girls should be married by the time they are 16 or 17; that motherhood is the sole purpose of female existence. The Manifesto was posted in Arabic last month on a Jihadist forum and crafted by ISIS’s female militia Al-Khanssaa Brigade.
Face and body veiling are mandatory for women—which is just as well since beauty parlors and shops selling fashionable clothes are the “instruments of the devil and must not be tolerated.”
Aisha Forsythe, whose face the CBC agreed to conceal, says she may file a human rights complaint after allegedly being harrassed at a government office for wearing a Muslim ‘hijabag’ on her head.
CBC(h/t Susan K) Forsythe said the government told her it has resolved her complaint, but she’s frustrated because the employment ministry is refusing to offer any details about how it plans to address the issue.
When she visited the Emploi-Québec office on St-Jean Boulevard last month to get help looking for work, she alleges a counsellor there instead focused on her hijab.(Who does she think would hire her?)
Forsythe said she was told she had made a choice to “live in a ghetto” and that she would need to go to an “Arab country” to find work. Forsythe said no one apologized, or explained what, if any, discipline the employee in question might face. (Discipline? The employee got a promotion)
She said she was told her complaint was closed and she would not hear from the ministry again. That’s not good enough for Forsythe. “I just think it was a terrible thing that happened and I can’t imagine it didn’t happen to other people as well, so I would just like to see something change, some way of ensuring it doesn’t continue.”