The Middle East
The rest of the family men envy him, as their poor illiterate wives are “so ugly that they will be used on judgment day to scare the infidels.”
The scene from the TV show “Our Master, Sayed” is among many offensive ones in this year’s Ramadan TV dramas, where women are constantly portrayed as sex objects and polygamous men shown as attractive.
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Read more about women's images in this year's ramadan tv at patheos.com
Three Arabs have been named to Forbes magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
Unsurprisingly, the three women who made the list all hail from the resource-rich Gulf region: Shaikha al-Bahar, chief executive officer of the National Bank of Kuwait, Shaikha Lubna al-Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade, and Shaikha Mayassa al-Thani, chair of Qatar Museums Authority.
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استضافت العاصمة المغربية، بين الخامس والثاني عشر من الشهر الحالي، الدورة التاسعة للمهرجان الدولي للحكاية، وذلك بمشاركة باحثين من شمال وجنوب المتوسط، بحثوا وضع المرأة في الحكاية الشعبية، وخلصوا إلى وجود نقط تشابه وتماثل كبيرة بين حكايات الشعوب المتوسطية في استحضار أدوار النساء وتحديد سمات شخصياتهن وخصائصهن الذهنية والسلوكية.
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"The confluence of positive events for women included the historic decisions of Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar, the final three male-only holdouts in the Olympic world, to each bring at least one female athlete to these Games," it says in an article in USA Today.
Eman Al Nafjan from The Guardian emphasizes Saudi Arabian women's participation in the Olympics at calls their inclusion in an Olympic team 'a victory in itself.'
In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize last year, Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman thanked women of the Arab world for her medal. Without their struggle to win equal rights, she would not be there, she said. The greatest challenge in that quest is not religion but the lack of economic and social development and a dearth of perceived security, said a Gallup Poll released Monday.
"The idea that coming in with a secular liberal social program as the solution to fixing how societies view women isn't supported by the evidence," said Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.
Download the full report at gallup.com
How many women are represented in the Tunisian parliament? Do women in Iraq have the right to seek divorce? And in which countries is abortion legal? Find the answers to these and many more questions in this country overview that offers information on women’s rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Denmark. For each country you will find facts on women and education, women’s legal and civil rights, women’s status on the labour market and other relevant information.
The delegates at the International Conference on Border Security, that was recently held in the Saudi capital Riyadh, unanimously agreed that there is an urgent need for the employment of women in the security services, in view of what they could achieve in dealing with issues relating to female defendants in prisons.
A field study prepared by Dr. Ghada al-Tarif, professor of criminal sociology at Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, reported that despite the need for Saudi women to work in the field of security, women are currently limited to a selection of security posts.
Read more at asharq-e.com
A woman now ranks third in the world’s 500 most influential Arabs published by Arabian Business.
Finance lecturer Reem Asaad, known for her campaign to get women working in lingerie shops in Saudi Arabia, is now ranked third among the most influential Arabs in the world.
Arab women are now emerging even in those charts in which gender doesn't matter and they are “virtually competing” directly with men. Women and men, intellectuals and bankers, political activists and businessmen from over 20 Arab countries were taken into consideration in the Arabian Business world’s most influential Arabs.
Read more at thepeninsulaqatar.com and about the record that 105 women make list of most powerful Arabs at arabianbusiness.com
The wife of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri praised Muslim women for their role in the Arab Spring uprisings and said the unrest would soon lead to an "Islamic Spring", according to a rare message posted online on Friday.
The letter, signed by Omaima Hassan, singled out women beaten during Egypt's unrest and lauded mothers for bringing up the revolutionaries who went on to topple four heads of state it described as "tyrant criminals".
It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the undated message, posted on a website used by Islamist militants.