News roundup – with the help of MMW

An image from the Egyptian campaign to promote hijab
"You won't be able to stop them, but you can protect yourself" - Egyptian hijab campaign in which men are flies and women are lollies.

As always, Muslimah Media Watch delivers a comphrehensive list of media about women and Islam in their Friday Links post. This week, I’m sharing with you those stories about Muslim women and men taking action against gender-based injustice.

* Arab news reports on the Saudi debate about women becoming muftis. The Grand Mufti of Syria has already opened some doors for women. The Council of Senior Islamic Scholars’ Sheikh Abdullah Al-Munai says that in Shariah regulations “the woman is like the man”, with “the exact same thinking and brain”. That’s not something we usually hear about Shariah law, now is it? He rejects the idea that women shouldn’t speak in public, and reminds us that during the time of the Prophet (pbuh) there was a “huge group of Muslim women who were considered among the Islamic scholars.”

* Noted Islamic scholars in Bangladesh call on Muslim leadership to work for women’s rights.

* Young Egyptian women and men ages 14-24 fight back against sexual harassment. The basic ideas? Not only should women and girls not be blamed for the harassment and assaults they’re targeted with, but they also need to be able to defend themselves. The campaign also believes that real men – those who don’t harass women – still exist. If you need proof, these guys are demanding that men “stand up to” those who harass women rather than ever letting their behavior slide. Men are literally calling on other men to “chase down” harassers!

* Saudi Arabia considers legislation against child marriage. It’s about time! While some leaders don’t quite seem to get it, others remind people that for a marriage to be valid, the female must express real consent.


3 thoughts on “News roundup – with the help of MMW

  1. Sallam,

    Women are “lollies” that’s an adorable way to phrase it. I dunno how I feel about the ad. It’s cute like the dancing Geckos in the vitamin water adds. Yet i’m a bit offended. This marketing…it’s amusing however.
    Your other stories were great reads, quite important info. Currently trying to decide to feature one or more on my blog. Since I am cranky it’s best to decide after I get some sleep after working all night. At this point I’d be abrasive at best.
    Peace, and thanks for ever thoughtful posts,

  2. Present time, child marriage is a curse in the global society. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. In most cases young girls get married off to significantly older men when they are still children. Child marriages must be viewed within a context of force and coercion, involving pressure and emotional blackmail, and children that lack the choice or capacity to give their full consent. Child marriage must therefore always be considered forced marriage because valid consent is absent – and often considered unnecessary. Child marriage is common practice in India, Niger, Bangladesh, Pakistan Guinea, Burkina Faso, Africa and Nepal,where mostly girls are married below the age of 18.
    Child marriage has its own worse effect on the young girls, society, her children and health. Young girls who get married will most likely be forced into having sexual intercourse with their, usually much older, husbands. This has severe negative health consequences as the girl is often not psychologically, physically and sexually mature. Child brides are likely to become pregnant at an early age and there is a strong correlation between the age of a mother and maternal mortality and morbidity. Girls aged 11-13 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20-24 and girls aged 15-19 are
    twice as likely to die.

    The above is an extract from Arun Kumar essay “Child Marriage as an Human Rights Issue”. This essay was ranked among the top ten essay in Human Rights Defence’s Essay competition 2008. If you would like to read more, visit:

    Yours sincerely,

    Tomas Eric Nordlander

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