Advancement of Women – May 3, 2017

Israel appoints country’s first female sharia judge

Al Monitor – April 25, 2017: Israel appointed its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system on Tuesday, officials said, a move hailed as historic.

Hana Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by an Israeli justice committee alongside three men to become a religious judge, or qadi, in the cou
rts ruling on personal law for Muslims inside Israel.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, from the far-right Jewish Home party and head of the committee that selected Khatib, said the appointment of a female religious judge “should have happened a long time ago.”


Meet The Muslim Woman Who Inspired Nike To Enter The Hijab Business

Fast Company – April 24, 2016: Pioneering UAE weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and other female athletes help Nike to address the sportswear needs of a massively underserved market.

It was two years ago when Amna Al Haddad, while training for the Rio summer Olympics, got the call: Nike wanted to sponsor her and give her a starring role in its “Inner Strength” series featuring inspiring athletes.

Al Haddad certainly fit the bill: The now 27-year-old Dubai woman is a former journalist who turned a decision to get healthier and go to the gym into a pioneering competitive weightlifting career. She’s also a Muslim who comes from a region that discourages women from becoming athletes and requires them to adhere to the religion’s dictates on modest dress.


May Day rallies for Muslim women’s labor rights

Al Jazeera – May 1, 2017: On International Workers’ Day, marchers in Sweden take to streets to back Muslim women’s right to wear hijabs at work.

May Day marchers have taken to the streets in several cities across Sweden to call for Muslim women’s right to work while wearing the hijab.

The International Worker’s Day event on Monday followed a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which allowed private companies to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols – a ruling Muslims said was a direct attack on women wearing the headscarf in the workplace.


Nurturing the success of women in science

Gulf Times – May 3, 2017: Three Qatar Foundation (QF) graduates, driven by a fascination for science and a passion for helping others, are well on their way to making their mark in the medical field.

Among them is Muneera Fayyad, part of the first cohort of students graduating this week with a Master’s in Biomedical and Biological Science from the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).

“Since I can remember, I have always loved biology and science. I had a fantastic biology teacher in high school who helped nurture my passion for science, and neuroscience in particular. It was then I decided to pursue a career in biomedical science,” she recalled.

It was while doing her MSc at HBKU that Muneera uncovered her true calling.

“When I joined the programme in 2016, I was a fresh undergraduate with no laboratory experience. It was the first time I was given the opportunity to gain practical research experience in a lab. That was when I discovered how much I enjoyed carrying out biomedical research.”


Ivanka Trump releases self-help book for working women

Gulf News – May 3, 2017: New York: US First Daughter Ivanka Trump revived ethics concerns Tuesday by publishing a self-help book for working women, which was immediately criticized for offering little help to millions of Americans living outside the moneyed elite.

“Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” was released simultaneously in hardback, ebook, 497-minute audio download and CD, Donald Trump’s favourite child sitting on the cover in a dark frock.



Mothers in Argentina march to remember, four decades on

Gulf News – May 1, 2017: Buenos Aires: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo marked four decades Sunday of marching for accountability in the abductions of their kin by Argentina’s last dictatorship.

“Stay alert, Stay alert; they’re alive … the ideals of the abducted” and presumed dead, thousands of marchers in Buenos Aires sang in the square they helped make famous.

The four-decade milestone found members increasingly frail but ever determined to see their children’s killers brought to justice.


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