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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 ...

Saudi National Committee for Driving ready for women to take the wheel

Friday, 27 April 2018

In what’s considered a major step towards Saudi Women sitting behind the wheel in two months’ time, the head of the National Committee for Driving, Dr. Makhfour al-Bushr, stated that women will not be a cause for worry on the roads. In an interview with Al Arabiya.net, he emphasized that the road and traffic authority is ready to deal with any hiccups especially that the decision for allowing the Saudi women to drive came following a field study. Meanwhile, many Saudi women are ...

Saudi women learn road safety measures ahead of driving license procedures

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Saudi women in Dammam underwent training programs and attended awareness lectures on traffic safety rules at the “Qiadaty Eradati” forum, which translates to “my driving is my will”. The forum was aimed at raising awareness about the importance of road safety measures in order to reduce traffic accidents. Participants were made aware of the traffic laws and their importance in ensuring safety for all. Women attending the forum not only learned about road safety but also ...

VIDEO: Pink Rickshaws changing lives of working women in Pakistan

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sania Noor is among the brave hearts who have chosen to make a mark in an otherwise male-dominated society. For the first time ever in Pakistan women have been given the opportunity to drive auto rickshaws and they are pink in color. Sania is among the foremost trendsetter pink rickshaw driver who drives in the streets of Lahore. She doesn’t care what people say about her. Despite the hardships Sania has faced since her young age, she never gave up. She is what women empowerment in ...

Iran president criticizes woman’s treatment by morality police in video

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticize the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country’s strict dress code. “Some say the way to promote virtue and prohibit vice is... by going to the street and grabbing people by the neck,” said Rouhani in a wide-ranging speech to government officials carried on state television. “Promoting virtue will not work through violence,” he ...

Has rape and murder of a child in Kashmir widened India’s religious fault line?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kashmir has divided India along religious lines like never before. While the secular fabric of this nation has always been held together very thin, the current low in the political debate, and that includes all political parties, has now dragged the issue to a new low.What makes the incident even more embarrassing is the fact that the brutal rape and murder has seen a parallel conversation pointing to the fact that Asifa was a Muslim and the alleged ...

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