Category: Sisters/Women

What the Koran really says about women

When the Middle East correspondent, Carla Power, began studying the Koran with a conservative Islamic scholar, she wasn’t expecting to learn that it nowhere advocates the oppression of women – or that Islam has a rich history of forgotten…more:

Headscarf Crackdown Inspires Poetic Fightback

media-portrait has-caption full-width lead”>One of the pictures that's been circulating along with pro-headscarf poems online “Don’t let others poke their nose into my business,” one of the poems reads.

“Don’t let those who have no headscarf to speak about mine.” Campaigners against a crackdown on the Muslim headscarf or hijab have taken to verse to protest in Uzbekistan – and several of the poems have hundreds of likes and shares on Facebook…more:  bbc

Reflections on the passing of Aminah Assilmi

I was forced to accept Islam!

By Danielle LoDuca
I never aspired to be a Muslim. I didn’t even want to be a Christian. The whole concept of ‘organized religion’ was distasteful. I sought to use my mind, not resort to some ancient book for assistance in living my life. If…MORE:

Forget French and Mandarin – Arabic is the language to learn, says the British Council

With more than 300 million people speaking it, no wonder the British Council is promoting its teaching in schools.The 10-year-old was looking at the card in front of him which showed an image of a fish. “Samak,” he said decisively..He and his classmates at Horton Park primary school, in Bradford, have been learning Arabic for three years now, courtesy of a drive by the British Council to boost the take-up of the language in state schools.His teacher, Saleh Patel – one of the few Arabic teachers working full-time in a British primary school – had told the class to link the pictures on the cards with the correct word in Arabic to describe them…more:

British Labour Party politician’s Plan Against Sexual Harassment on Public Transport

Labour leadership rivals Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall condemn proposal as an admission of defeat in fight for women’s safety

Yvette Cooper speaks during a women’s event in London. In response to the women-only train carriages idea Cooper tweeted: ‘Why should we have to shut ourselves away to stay safe?’