Fundamentalisms

There has been much furore over the formation of the Obedient Wives’ Club by a fringe Islamic group causing heated debate among women and men, alike. Ipoh Echo sought the views of two Malay Muslim women who helm a women’s rights movement here in Ipoh. Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar and Puan Halida Mohd Ali are from the Perak Women for Women Society. 

This is one of those cases where the authorities seem to be blaming the victim for the crime of the perpetrators. Almost 3 weeks ago, a private party in Khomeini Shahr, in Central Iran was attacked by gang members. The gang put all the men in a room, locked them in, and then raped the 12 female attendees in the party. The story quickly became a national scandal and now the authorities say they have set up a "special court"  and a "police task force" to expedite the trial of 14 men who are arrested in relation to this heinous crime.

The ASEAN Progressive Muslim Movement (APMM), a network of twenty one (21) non-governmental organizations working for the protection and promotion of women’s rights in the ASEAN region, jointly with Women Living Under Muslim Laws and the Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women in the name of "Culture" (Violence is not our Culture Campaign), view the recent formation of The Obedient Wives’ Club (OWC) in Malaysia as disturbing and offensive. The Syarie Lawyers Association (PGSM) in Malaysia has attacked the Club for encouraging women to fulfill their husbands' needs by being "good prostitutes". See attached APMM's statement of concern.

اخبار الاردن - قال مجلس الشورى السعودي الاثنين انه يجب السماح للنساء بالتصويت والترشح في الانتخابات البلدية في المستقبل.

وأعلنت السلطات السعودية في مارس اذار ان نصف المقاعد في المجالس البلدية ستكون في المستقبل بالانتخاب فيما يمثل خطوة كبيرة في المملكة.

Le Conseil consultatif saoudien s'est prononcé pour le droit de vote des femmes lors des municipales qui devraient avoir lieu dans quatre ans, a indiqué mardi à l'AFP un membre de cette instance. Le Conseil, une instance désignée par le roi et purement consultative, "a recommandé que les femmes votent lors du prochain scrutin", a déclaré sous couvert d'anonymat le membre de cette instance. Cette décision doit être entérinée par le roi Abdallah pour être appliquée.

Saudi Arabia's consultative Shura council has recommended allowing women to vote in the next local polls, in at least four years, without being permitted to run for office, a member said Tuesday. Saudi men in the ultra-conservative kingdom will vote in September to elect half the members of municipal councils across the country, but Saudi women who are deprived of many basic rights, remain banned from voting.

Les autorités saoudiennes ont décidé lundi de libérer sous caution Manal al-Charif, la jeune Saoudienne détenue depuis une dizaine de jours pour avoir bravé l’interdiction de conduire une voiture. «Nous avons été informés aujourd’hui de la décision de libérer Manal sous caution. Des démarches de procédure sont en cours pour sa libération», a déclaré à l’AFP Me Adnane al-Saleh. Il a émis l’espoir que l’affaire soit «classée». La jeune femme avait appelé le roi Abdallah à la libérer, avait indiqué dimanche à l’AFP Me Saleh après avoir rencontré sa cliente en prison.

Saudi authorities on Monday freed a woman jailed nine days ago for her role in promoting the right to drive for Saudi women. Manal Al Sharif, a 32-year-old computer security specialist employed by the oil giant ARAMCO, was detained May 22 after she defied the kingdom's ban on female drivers and posted a video of her action on YouTube, as part of a national campaign. 

Faced with an avalanche of indignation at home and abroad, Saudi authorities on Monday freed a woman jailed nine days ago for her role in promoting the right to drive for Saudi women. Manal Al Sharif, a 32-year-old computer security specialist employed by the oil giant ARAMCO, was detained May 22 after she defied the kingdom's ban on female drivers and posted a video of her action on YouTube, as part of a national campaign. The divorced mother of a 5-year-old son was charged with “inciting women to drive” and “rallying public opinion.” It is not clear if those charges have been formally dropped. Her lawyer, Adnan Al Saleh, declined to discuss the conditions of her release. 

الرياض: في أول تصرح لأحد أعضاء الحكومة السعودية حول موضوع الساعة في المملكة، قال وزير الإعلام السعودي عبدالعزيز الخوجة عبر موقع تويتر الإجتماعي إن قيادة المرأة السيارة"حق مشروع" ولا يوجد ما يحرّمه. وأكد خوجه، الذي حمل ناشطون سعوديون بعضاً من المسؤولية على الهجوم الذي تعرضت له منال الشريف  من الإعلام السعودي، "أن القيادة مشروعة إن التزمت المرأة بالآداب والأخلاق الاسلامية". وكانت الشريف هددت بأنها ستقاضي كل من يتقول عنها أو ينشر صورة من دون إذنها.

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