Time for men in Libya to look for a second wife as the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court in the country abolished an old amendment that required men to have their first wife consent to them marrying a second one, according to AFP.
The previous Qaddafi regime requirement for a second marriage included written consent from the first wife and the man’s financial ability to be able to cater to both wives.
Read the rest: Men in Libya May Now Practice Sharia Polygamy
According to Sharia law, men don’t have to have any consent from anyone to take a second wife. Or a third, or a fourth.
Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: an epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain.
The backlash, which includes self-defense courses for women and even threats of violent retaliation, is fueled by ultraconservative Islamists who suggest that women invite assault by attending anti-government protests where they mix with men.
At marches against sexual harassment in Cairo, women have brandished kitchen knives in the air. Stenciled drawings on building walls depict girls fighting off men with swords. Signs threaten to “cut off the hand” of attackers.
The reaction comes at a particularly heated moment. While the latest wave of demonstrations against President Mohammed Morsi’s rule has cooled in recent days, large protests have grown increasingly violent.
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Harassment has long been a problem in this patriarchal society, and attacks against female demonstrators have occurred under the democratically elected Morsi, the military council that ruled before him and Mubarak, who governed the Arab world’s most populous country for nearly three decades.
The new element, however, is the increasingly sexual nature of the violence.
Sexual assaults at protests, where women have been groped, stripped and even raped, have risen both in number and intensity in the past year, reaching a peak on the uprising’s anniversary.
On that day alone, activists reported two dozen cases of assaults against women at demonstrations in and around Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, one of which involved the rape of a 19-year-old. The United Nations responded by urging the government to take action.
Read the rest: Sexual Assaults of Women Activists in Egypt. (h/t to Atlas Shrugs)
A crowd of 300 young people on Sunday sexually assaulted three women near Tahrir Square, according to a report on the website of Egypt’s flagship paper Al-Ahram.
After the assault, which took place near the Qasr al-Dobara Church that is used as a field hospital in the current protests, the women ran to the nearby Mugamma administrative building in Tahrir Square, the Al-Ahram journalist present wrote about the incident.
Their assaulters followed them there, but the employees of the building closed the doors to block them out. Dozens of other demonstrators, who had been holding a sit-in in the square, then beat the assaulters with sticks and rocks to disperse them, and took the women to their tents in the center of the square.
The report said the Al-Ahram photographer could not take pictures of the women being assaulted, as the assaulters threatened to destroy his camera.
Read more: Egyptian Women Sexually Assaulted by 300 Men in Tahrir Square.
These Muslim male sex maniacs are like dogs who copulate in public in front of everyone.
Surely it’s the beginning of the Arab Winter for Egyptian women.
Egypt‘s national body for women’s issues, the National Council for Women, held a conference on Monday entitled “Egyptian women reject the draft constitution.”
According to the Council’s head, Mervat El-Tellawy, the draft constitution has not taken into consideration various international charters and agreements which Egypt has signed. Furthermore, the Al-Azhar document of suggested principles for all parties to abide by while writing the constitution has not been incorporated into the draft.
Attending the conference was Abdallah Qandeel, head of the administrative prosecutors committee, who criticised the head of the Constituent Assembly Hossam El-Gheriany for being opposed to women holding high ranks in the judiciary, despite the fact that there are 1,158 female administrative prosecutors, who are involved in resolving disputes between individuals and the government.
Prominent writers Farida El-Shobashy and Fatheya El-Asal also criticised members of the Constituent Assembly for being discriminatory against women. El-Asal complained that the assembly only contains seven women, of whom five are Muslim Brotherhood members, a group she alleged defended female circumcision.
The attendees also chanted: “Down with the rule of the [Muslim Brotherhood] Supreme Guide!”
Read the rest: Egypt’s National Council of Women Rejects Proposed Constitution.
My answer is a resounding NO. For as long as the Koran (containing Sura 4:34 that makes sacred the act of husbands beating their wives for disobedience) is considered the eternal, immutable words of Allah and and as long as Mohammed’s words and deeds (the Sunna) are considered the perfect pattern for all Muslim men, sadly, these women are stuck in the mire of the 7th century doctrine of a tribal ideology.
More Arab women are joining a women’s rights movement group to demand change and equality.
While revolutions swept through some Arab countries and toppled dictators in all of Tunisia and Egypt, women were still mistreated by both the revolutionists who promised fundamental change as well as regime supporters.
Four females hailing from different Arab states used Facebook to start the “Uprising of Women in the Arab World” movement on October 1, 2011 to lift oppression and break silence and fear endured by Arab women.
Diala Haidar, one of the founders of the woman movement, further defined the movement’s objective and that’s to bring awareness to the region about women rights violations.
Haidar told Al Arabiya that the movement is on to prove “women’s rights are equal to that of human rights, and human rights violations are not something to be silenced about.”
The movement which started in Lebanon soon spread to other neighboring Arab countries such as Syria, Morocco, Egypt with Palestine having the highest number of women recruits.
Read more: Women’s Rights Movement in Muslim World.
The head of a Tunisian Islamist organization called this week for his country to legalize polygamy as part of a post-revolution initiative to cancel all laws that contradict Islamic principles.
Adel Elmi, head of the Tunisian Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform, formerly known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said in a Wednesday radio statement that marriage laws ought to be modified.
“Sanctioning polygamy is a popular demand now in Tunisia,” Elmi said.
The practice was permitted in Islam and should be legalized if it deemed in the best interest of society, Elmi said, proposing Tunisia’s marriage laws be referred to courts for modification, under certain conditions.
“For example, the first wife has to approve before her husband is allowed to remarry,” he said.
Tunisia has some of the strongest women’s rights laws in the Middle East. The Personal Status Code passed in 1956 by late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba prohibited polygamy, raised the age of marriage for girls to 17 years old, facilitated women’s ability to obtain divorce in court, and banned forced marriages for minor girls.
But since the Islamic al-Nahda Party came to power in October elections last year, Tunisian women’s rights organizations have been apprehensive about the possibility losing some of their rights.
The new Islamist government has pledged to preserve women’s rights, but talk of Tunisian Islamist figures violating the polygamy ban has stirred controversy in the country.
Read the rest: Islamists in Tunisia Demand Return to Polygamy. (h/t to Jihad Watch)
The article below was written by the President of the Egyptian Feminist Union. Will western feminists listen?
This summer, as the dust of the Arab Spring revolutions begins to settle, women – who stood shoulder to shoulder with men in defying tyranny – are finding themselves marginalised and excluded from decision-making.
Despite the new freedoms championed by the revolutionaries, women continue to be regarded as subordinate to men. In Tunisia, a mass protest called for all women to be veiled, which led to unveiled female religion professors being hounded off campuses. Mobs shouted at Tunisian women demonstrators to go back to the kitchen “where they belong.” In Egypt, too, conservative forces are on the rise, demanding policies – particularly reforms of family legislation – that would represent a step backward for women.
Angered and alarmed by these developments, Arab women have been forced to defend their rights. In April 2011, Tunisian women successfully pressed for an electoral-parity law, thanks to which they won 49 of 217 parliamentary seats in last October’s elections. In Egypt, though, the prospects for women seem gloomier, because they failed to retain the pre-revolution quota system that had given them 64 parliamentary seats.
Read the rest: Arab Spring Becomes Winter of Discontent for Muslim Women.
An Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death upon learning that she had not voted for Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, reported the Egyptian daily al-Wafd on Sunday.
According to police reports, the initial argument between the couple who was not named escalated into violence, despite her pleas. Battered and bruised, she was reported to have died at the hospital from injuries sustained.
Read the rest: Pregnant Egyptian Woman Votes Against Muslim Brotherhood, Beaten to Death by Husband.
Will he be prosecuted and punished? Under sharia law, he had the right to beat her when she disobeyed him, but he was not supposed to kill her. I predict he’ll suffer no consequences and that there will be more domestic violence in Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood regime.
The Muslim Brotherhood has won the presidency. Will it bring a new Egypt? I can’t see how it won’t.
This morning a Christian woman I’ve known casually for years came up to me and asked if I could help her seek political asylum in the United States. Many Christians, women and moderate Muslims worry about the Muslim Brotherhood’s promise to bring Islamic Law. It’s not a good sign if the day after elections that people are asking how they can escape the country.
Read the rest: Egypt’s Big Turn Under the Muslim Brotherhood.
You must never forget the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood. No matter what they promise.
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
The Koran is our law.
Jihad is our Way.
Dying in the Way of Allah
is our highest hope.
As Islamist political parties have gained influence across the Middle East since the Arab uprisings, activists and pundits have questioned the role religion will play in new governments, including how religiously influenced law will affect women’s rights.
A Gallup report released Monday found that Arab women are as likely as Arab men to want Islam to play a role in their countries’ laws and that religious Arab men are more likely to support certain women’s rights than men who are less devout.
The report, “After the Arab Uprisings: Women on Rights, Religion, and Rebuilding,” draws upon polls of men and women in six countries that experienced political upheaval in recent years and asked questions about religiously influenced law, women’s rights, quality of life and the economy.
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When asked what role Sharia should play in legislation, men were overall more likely than women to say it should be the only source for laws. But women were overall more likely than men to say Sharia should be “a source, but not the only source” for legislation. Women in Yemen were more likely than men to support strictly Islamic law, while Libyan and Tunisian men were more likely than women to say religion should be “a source, but not the only source” for lawmakers.
Read the rest: Arab Women Support Sharia
More Islam, more sharia. More sharia, the fewer rights for women. That’s the way it has always been and will always be. Islam values women as a commodity, not as a human. Read the Koran, the hadith of Bukharki and the Sira. It’s all there. And remember, Koran: Sura 4:34 that says husbands can beat their wives can never be changed. It is a pronouncement from Allah. And for Muslims, Allah knows best. Sad but true.