Somalian becomes first Muslim woman to referee a football match in Britain

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Somalia-born Jawahir Roble made history by becoming the first Muslim woman to referee a football match in the UK.The 24-year-old, known as JJ, is a qualified referee at the UK Football Association who is currently finishing off her second season, according to the Daily Mail. Now, she now dreams of refereeing at the Champions LeagueAn immigrant girl, with eight siblings, JJ moved from war-torn Somalia to UK with her family as a child.Though she started studying IT at university, she made the ...

PHOTOS: Women motorcyclists ditch the side-saddle in Pakistan

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Perched proudly on their brand new pink motorcycles, the recruits take to the road, the latest batch of women to demolish boundaries set for them by men in Pakistan.It is not uncommon to see women on motorcycles in Pakistan -- but usually they are seated in the dangerous side-saddle position behind a male driver and, often, several other passengers.A woman straddling a bike to drive it herself is another thing entirely, an image that is still taboo in many parts of the deeply conservative Muslim ...

WATCH: Iranian girls react to teacher’s punishment of student with long hair

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A punishment inflicted by a teacher in a school in the southern Iranian city of Abadan a few days ago against one of the female students has been widely discussed on social media. An Iranian teacher cut a student's hair under claims that it might "provoke the instincts" of the school's headmaster. In a rebellious act, students in a number of Iranian schools shared their pictures featuring their long hair falling free over their shoulders. This comes as part of move to challenge and ...

Saudi Arabia announces date for women to take driver’s seat

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami said on Tuesday. “All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established,” Bassami was quoted as saying in a statement released by the government. ALSO READ: Saudi National Committee for Driving ready for women to take the wheel In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on ...

Saudi Arabia finalizes driving license procedures, training programs for women

Friday, 4 May 2018

All preparations are now complete and in place for women to begin driving, said the director of the Saudi General Department of Traffic. The director, Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Bassami, said that the kingdom has so far launched five driving schools for women in cooperation with local universities in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Medinah and Tabuk. All the programs have been accredited according to international driving and safety standards, he added. Also, 21 offices have been established to ...

First women’s yoga training center opens doors in Gaza

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A small group of Palestinian women in Gaza are stretching their limbs with yoga to help them teach others to cope with the stresses and traumas of living in the embattled territory. The Gaza Strip, which is dominated by the Islamist Hamas faction, has experienced three wars with neighboring Israel in the past 11 years. There are few recreational activities for women in the densely-populated enclave of two million people, which is under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and has the highest ...

UAE rejects three transgender Emirati women’s bid for gender status change

Friday, 23 March 2018

Three Emirati women who underwent hormonal and surgical operations in Europe to alter their gender have been denied a bid to legally change their status in the UAE. The request had been turned down by the UAE’s Federal Appeal Court. It was also rejected by a medical committee appointed by the court. According to the women’s lawyer, Ali al-Mansouri, the basis behind opting for a surgical change was not an ‘elective’ one but a ‘corrective’ decision. According to ...

Photos of Afghan woman taking care of her child during exam get twitter buzzing

Thursday, 22 March 2018

An Afghan woman who was photographed taking her social sciences entrance exam at a private university in Kabul while at the same time attending to her baby, has been praised on social media. Twenty-two-year-old Jahan Thab was spotted calming down the baby, feeding him and then completing the test. According to reports, Jahan passed the exam with good grades. “With gratitude to the young woman in that incredibly powerful picture: Thank you for doing what was simply you being who you are ...

Fit to train: Saudi woman leading the Sweat Army

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

After eight years of private personal training and boot camps, Rawan Zahran has taken her boot camp experience to the next level, officiating the Sweat Army and launching the Sweat Army Movement. The Saudi woman has been providing training sessions in the privacy of her home. As recent changes have taken shape in supporting women’s health, fitness and sport in the Kingdom, Zahran has been able to break ground in opening a fitness center dedicated to Sweat Army’s meticulously designed ...

Finding the courage to live your life, your way

Monday, 19 March 2018

I was ten years old when I looked into the mirror one day after being bullied at school and said to myself “You’re too plain and there’s nothing special about you. You’re not gonna amount to much.” With an incredibly warm family, who has embraced me at my best and at my worst, I now find it difficult to link the source of these poisonous thoughts to some random bullying. It was deeply rooted in my subconscious mind because I remember having this conversation with ...

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