Thursday, 24 May 2012


Prime Minister John Howard accused of stifling the voice of Australian Muslim Women

Earlier, PM John Howard had claimed that the Muslims in Australia is an inferior community as they cannot speak English properly and therefore is not fully accepting the ‘Australian Values’. Of late, Howard has yet again hit the headlines with his statement that the Australian Muslim men should treat their women in a decent way if they are to be fully accepted as a part of the Australian community. However, this words of the Mr. PM has caught him in a soup as Dr Christina Ho, an academic from the Sydney’s University of Technology has accused Howard of making it even more difficult for the Muslim women to voice their complaints. In Dr Ho’s words: How can Muslim women freely speak out then about issues like domestic violence without further fuelling the racism that has been generated by the close linking-up of women’s rights with an anti-Muslim agenda? Those women who dare to speak are often tagged as anti-Muslims, and now with the PM’s declaration, Dr. Ho fears that the Australian Muslim Women will hardly speak about their woes. Via: ABC

Iraqi girl’s rapists may get death sentence

That day of March was indeed a black day for the 14-year-old Iraqi girl, who was mercilessly raped and then killed by four soldiers from the US Army. The sexual predators did not just remain satisfied with their brutal rape act. None of the family members were spared. However, justice is in place, though too late. According to an official report given by special army investigator, Col Dwight Warren, ‘reasonable grounds exist to believe that each accused committed the offence for which he is charged’. If this is to be believed, the criminals will be sentenced to death for the sadist act that they committed, under the special law incorporated in the rulebook of ‘military law’. Via: INDEPENDENT

The Arab Strategy Forum discussed the issues related to women empowerment

Recent convention of the Arab Strategy Forum discussed the issues related to the development of the native women and their empowerment under the banner of ‘Women as Agents of Change’. The convention was attended by Her Highness Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa, President of the UN General Assembly, United Nations; Her Excellency Mary Robinson, President of the Ethical Globalization Initiative and former President of Ireland, and Aicha Belarbi, founder of Morocco’s Human Rights Association. The panelists explained that in order to change the social mind set towards women, realization of gender equality and empowerment would be required along with quality education. Belarbi asserted that the biggest challenge that women face in the 21st century is a struggle between the forces of progress and change and the forces of tradition and culture. Other issues that were discussed at the meeting were health benefits, unbiased distribution of roles in households, also eradication of gender discrimination in the workplace. Read

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