Quotes About Womens Rights


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Somali militants stone woman to death


MOGADISHU, (Reuters) – Somali al Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe on Friday after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery, the militants and witnesses said.

The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has waged an armed campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. Forced out of many areas of the east African country by African Union forces and the Somali army, al Shabaab is keen to show it has authority over areas it still controls.

Hundreds gathered to watch the killing of Safia Ahmed Jimale in an open field. The 33-year old mother was buried up to her shoulders and pelted with stones by masked al Shabaab fighters and local men.

Some in the audience vomited, said resident Ahmed Abdullahi, who was in the crowd. The killing was witnessed by the al Shabaab governor for the region.

Her body was then dug out of the ground and carried away for funeral prayers, Abdullahi said.

A man who presented himself as an al Shabaab judge said Jimale had confessed to having three husbands. He said the three men were not aware they were married to the same woman and had testified against her.

Jimale had admitted her guilt before the court and declared she was ready to be stoned to secure God’s forgiveness, said the unidentified judge.

Courts set up by the militants do not allow legal representation or appeals. Jimale’s family could not be reached for comment.

Islamic practice in many Muslim countries permits a woman to have only one husband but a man can have as many as four wives.

Al Shabaab has banned many aspects of modern life and ordered executions, floggings and amputations for crimes such as theft. Its fighters has been harrying the government in the capital Mogadishu with a series of hit-and-run style gun and grenade attacks in recent years, following huge losses of territory.


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Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia can’t do

22The country failed to include female athletes in its Asia Games team – but that’s just the beginning

The Saudi Arabia government has been criticised by human rights groups for failing to include a single female athlete in its team for next month’s Asian Games, saying it was because women were “not competitive enough”.

Out of 45 competing countries, the conservative Muslim nation is the only one that has not included both genders on their team. Human Rights Watch told Reuters it was “another crisis of women’s participation”.

Saudi Arabia has an abysmal human rights record, particularly with regards to women’s rights. The country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or the religious police, have come under fire for restricting the movement of women as well as numerous other human rights violations.

In a country where a woman cannot open a bank account without her husband’s permission, here are several other things women in Saudi Arabia are unable to do:

Go anywhere without a male chaperone

When leaving the house, Saudi women need to be accompanied by a ‘mahram’ who is usually a male relative. Such practices are rooted in “conservative traditions and religious views that hold giving freedom of movement to women would make them vulnerable to sins,” according to The Guardian.

In one extreme case, a teenager reported that she had been gang-raped, but because she was not with a mahram when it occurred, she was punished by the court. The victim, known as “the Girl of Qatif’ was given more lashes than one of her alleged rapists received, the Washington Post reports.

Drive a car

There is no official law that bans women from driving but deeply held religious beliefs prohibit it, with Saudi clerics arguing that female drivers “undermine social values”.

In 2011 a group of Saudi women organised the “Women2Drive” campaign which encouraged women to disregard the laws and post images and videos of themselves driving on social media to raise awareness of the issue in an attempt to force change. It was not a major success.

Saudi journalist Talal Alharbi says women should be allowed to drive – but only to take their children to school or a family member to hospital. “Women should accept simple things”, he writes for Arab News. “This is a wise thing women could do at this stage. Being stubborn won’t support their cause.”

Vote in elections

Saudi Arabia is the only other country in the world, apart from the Vatican City where women are not allowed to vote, but men are, the Washington Post reports. However, a royal decree will allow women to vote in local elections in 2015.

Go for a swim

Reuters correspondent Arlene Getz describes her experience of trying to use the gym and pool at an upmarket Riyadh hotel: “As a woman, I wasn’t even allowed to look at them (‘there are men in swimsuits there,’ a hotel staffer told me with horror) — let alone use them.”

Try on clothes when shopping

“The mere thought of a disrobed woman behind a dressing-room door is apparently too much for men to handle,” says Vanity Fair writer Maureen Dowd in ‘A Girl’s Guide to Saudi Arabia’.

Other more unusual restrictions include:

  • Entering a cemetery
  • Working in a lingerie shop  (some stores have recently begun hiring female employees, but the majority are still staffed by men)
  • Reading an uncensored fashion magazine
  • Buying a Barbie

However, explains Dowd, everything in Saudi Arabia “operates on a sliding scale, depending on who you are, whom you know, whom you ask, whom you’re with, and where you are”.

But things are slowly beginning to modernise in a country that has historically had some of the most repressive attitudes towards women.  “Women in Saudi Arabia are highly educated and qualified,” says Rothna Begum from Human Right Watch. “They don’t want to be left in the dark.” · 

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I am a Somali woman

I am the sister of the martyr.
I am the aunt of the potato seller at the local market.
I am the daughter of the local sheikh.
I am the injured of the revolution, the protester, the jailed, the detained.
I am the tortured, the exiled, the kidnapped, the raped.
I am the veiled, the non-veiled, I am a beautiful soul.
I am a Somali woman.

My skin is of ebony and ivory, I am young by spirit, old by experience.
I am the pregnant, the wife, the single mother, the widow, the godobtiir and godobreeb tool forcing me into marriage as the compensation payment for another clan’s peace settlement.
I am a Somali woman.

Yet I am not a victim, I am a leader.
Not a woman leader, but a leader who happens to be a woman.
I clean up the streets of my nation, I rise up the past, the present and the future generations.

I brought the Nobel Peace Price to Somalia.

I am a Somali woman.

I speak out for my son at school.
I speak up for my daughter in the madrasa.
I pray for my ancestors and for my older son in jail, for my mother in the hospital.
I speak out for our artists whom they keep bombing in theaters and on the streets.
I am a Somali woman.

I speak out for my mind, I am the pulse of the people.
I live in the city, in the town, in the rural areas, in the suburb, in the mountains, on the borders. I am in Garowe, Mogadihsu, Afgoye, Hargeisa, Galkayo, Bosaaso, Beletweyne, Badhan, Bocame and every corner where there is life and sound
I am a Somali woman.

I boost the economy, I advance the technology, I give life to the community.
Do I deserve to be equal to you?
YES I do because I am a woman.
A Somali woman

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Emma Watson Delivers Stirring Speech at U.N


Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave a powerful speech on gender equality at the U.N. on Saturday, helping to launch her new initiative, HeForShe.

The campaign urges men to take a stand against gender inequality of all types. The Harry Potter and Bling Ring actresses speech was attended by Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker, among many others, E! Online reports.

Also present: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who invoked Watson’s most famous role while praising the star’s efforts to advance the cause of equality. “She’s been using her magic wand in her movie. I hope she will use [her] magic want to stop violence against women,” he said, according to E! Online.

[Related: Emma Watson's Stunning Self Portrait Surfaces]

The speech touched on many issues, including the confusion over the word feminism.

“I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women six months ago and the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

“Feminism,” Watson continued, “is, by definition, the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

Watson also spoke about how women “are choosing not to identify as feminists” and the word’s apparent toxicity. She remarked, “Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, ‘too aggressive,’ isolating and anti-men, unattractive, even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?”

Seeking to include men in her campaign, Watson spoke about how gender inequality can negatively affect men as much as women.

“Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help, for fear it would make them less of a men—or less of a man. In fact, in the U.K., suicide is the biggest killer of men, between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.”

Watson acknowledged that some people hearing her speech may wonder, “Who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the U.N.?”

“It’s a really good question,” Watson said. “I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make it better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something. Statesman Edmund Burke said all that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”

For more information about HeForShe, check out the program’s official site. A full transcript of Watson’s speech can be read here.


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PDRC iyo Wasaarada Shaqada & shaqaalaha oo si wada jira ah u xusay Maalinta Nabada Aduunka


Xarunta Cilmi Baarista PDRC iyo wasaarada shaqada, shaqaalaha, dhalinyarada iyo sportska Puntland ayaa maanta siwada jir ah u dhigey Maalinta Nabada Aduunka oo sanadkasta la xuso 21 September.

Munaasabada xuska oo ka dhacday xarunta PDRC Garoowe ayaa waxaa ka soo qayb galay Wasiirka Shaqada iyo Shaqaalaha, Wasiirada, Warfaafinta iyo Ganacsiga, waxaa sidoo kale  ka qayb galay masuuliyiinka ka socday UNSOM, ururada Bulshada, Haween, dhalinyaro iyo mart kale.


Cali Faarax Farmayeeri oo ah agaasime ku xigeenka hay’ada Cilmi Baarista Puntlad PDRC oo khudbad dhinacyo badan oo nabada ah ka jeediyey goobta isagoo ka hadlay doorka ay PDRC ku leedahay ka shaqaynta Nabada isagoo sheegay beelo ay kala dhexgeleen hadana qayb ka mida u marayso gunaanadka khilaafka.

Gudoomiyaha PUNSAA Nuur Shire Cismaan oo ka mid ahaa masuuliyiinta ka hadlay munaasbada ayaa sheegay in dalka u baahan yahay cadaalad isagoo tilmaamay hadii cadaalad la helo in nabadu ay tahay mid la helayo oo la socota cadaalad isagoo tusaalooyin kala duwan u soo qaatay helida cadaalada, khaasatan waxa uu cadaalad kula dardaarmay dowlada.

Haweenay ka socotay Xafiiska UNSOM ee garoowe ayaa sheegtay in loo baahan yahay in la helo nabad ay tahay mid wanagsan nabduna ay tahay mida lagu nool yahay, waxay balan qaaday in xafiiska QM ee Soomaaliya uu diyaar u yahay in uu taageero nabada Soomaaliya.

Wasiirka wasaarada Shaqada iyo Shaqaalaha Puntland C/raxmaan Axmed Cabdulle ayaa ka hadlay sida waalidiinta iyo bulshada rayidka ay uga qayb qaadan karaan ilaalinta Nabada wuxuu kula dardaarmay ka soo qayb galayaasha ilaalinta nabada iyo dhiiri gelinta ka shaqaynta Nabada.

Wasiirka wasaarada warfaafinta C/wali Xirsi Cabdulle Indhaguran oo xaflada soo xirayayaa sheegay in dowlada Puntland ay diyaar u tahay sidii ay u xalin lahayd khilaafaadka beelaha Puntland, isagoo tilmaamay in dolwada Puntland iyo dadkeeda ay yihiin dad nabada jecel.

Waxa uu ka hadlay wasiirku in khilaafaadka ay ka dhacaan meel umad iskugu yimaadaan balse ay tahay mida la is dheer yahay nabadaynta colaada iyo dhamaynta khilaafaadka.

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Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson calls out to men and boys to join HeForShe campaign -


New York, 20 September—In her new role as UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, British actor Emma Watson will call on men and boys worldwide to join the movement for gender equality today. The actor who built an immense global fan-base through her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series is co-hosting a UN Women special event for the HeForShe campaign from the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event aims to kick-start a global solidarity movement in support of women’s rights and full equality between women and men.

“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves,” Ms. Watson said.

This is Ms. Watson’s first event at the United Nations and comes on the heels of her first visit as a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay. Moderated by renowned CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, the HeForShe event today will put men at the center of activism and dialogue to end persistent inequalities faced by women and girls around the world. Over the next 12 months, the campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality.

“We need boys and men working with us. HeForShe is a global solidarity movement to end gender inequality by 2030. The goal is to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change in the effort to achieve equality. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

A highlight of the event will be the activation of the HeForShe map— a real-time map with a geo locator that captures men’s engagement with the initiative around the world over the next 12 months and provides a tally against the campaign’s one billion target. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to announce the initiative’s first goal, which is to mobilize the first 100,000 world citizens in this way. The top UN official, through his map activation, will be counted as the ‘number one man’.

The event will bring together renowned personalities, including senior UN officials such as UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, along with actor Kiefer Sutherland and civil society representatives to discuss the central role men and boys can play in the achievement of gender equality. At the event, the HeForShe new branding and website will be unveiled, along with a new Public Service Announcement.

Source  UN  women

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