The concept of wilaya (guardianship over women) is key to discrimination against women. Debates over different interpretations of guardianship under Muslim law ultimately fail to address the key premises underlying hegemonic notions of masculinity and femininity and the institutions that propagate them argues Afaf Jabiri.
In the Middle East and North Africa region, there is a large and growing number of stateless individuals, i.e. those who do not possess nationality due to various reasons such as stateless parents, failure to register for citizenship, and gender discriminatory laws. Because these individuals lack documentation linking them to the state in which they live, they are deprived of the rights that a national would enjoy, such as the issuing of birth and marriage certificates as well as schooling and work. The situation worsens when gender discriminatory laws and custom reproduce statelessness in new generations, who are unable to practice their agency and pursue their ambitions. A new report examines the relationship between gender discrimination and statelessness in the Middle East.
Bangladesh has followed India and Pakistan as the third South Asian country to elect a woman as parliament speaker, defying a threat by the Hefajat-e-Islam organisation, which warned the government not to promote women.
Hardline students protested in Afghanistan's capital, demanding the repeal of a presidential decree for women's rights that they say is un-Islamic. The protest came days after conservative politicians' vehement opposition blocked an attempt to cement the decree's provisions in law.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the Egyptian Government to take steps to ensure that the current version of a draft law on civil society organizations is laid open to careful examination by Egyptian and international human rights experts, and, based on their advice, is brought into line with international standards, before it is adopted by the Shura Council.
King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia issued Friday a historic decree allowing women to be members of the kingdom’s previously all-male Shura Council for the first time. The decree amended two article in the council’s statute introducing a 20 percent quota for women in the country’s 150-member Shura Council, and the king appointed 30 women to join the consultative assembly.
قبلت ميساء بأول عريس تقدم لخطبتها، بعدما رأت في الزواج خلاصا من “حياة الذل” التي عاشتها في كنف عمها وزوجته بعد وفاة والديها، لكنها لم تلبث ان اكتشفت انها كانت كمن يستجير من الرمضاء بالنار. فقد تبين لميساء التي لم تتم بعد عقدها الثاني، ان الزوج الذي يكبرها بعشرين عاما كان سكيرا ومدمن قمار وعقيما، وانه ايضا كانت له تجربة زواج سابقة فاشلة. وعلى ما يبدو، فقد كانت توليفته النفسية المجبولة على الغيرة والشك المرضيين، هي السبب في فشل تجربة الزواج تلك، والتي انتهت بعد رميه زوجته السابقة بالخيانة.
"I don't see myself as an Egyptian citizen in this constitution. I don't see my future in this constitution," she said.
Abdallah voted against the proposed constitution and now says it must not be left in its current version. It won't be easy to change, she says, but she hopes to see the text challenged through "legal ways and on the streets."