Archive for the Women’s Rights and Gender Apartheid Category

Women Go to the “Back of the Bus” at NYC Mosque

Women segregated at New York Mosque“ . . . As soon as we began heading upstairs where we had normally prayed in the past, a man called after us, redirecting us back to pray in a dark corner on the first floor instead. We followed his gestures towards the area and quickly realized it had no air conditioning. We finished our first prayer and found ourselves wiping away beads of sweat from the extreme humidity and heat.

“Let’s go to the third floor,” Shazia suggested. “It’s empty and has air conditioning.” The other two ladies sitting with us overheard and told us that women were actually told to pray in the basement next to the bathroom. However, because of the recent unbearable heat, they were given the current space on the first floor, which was just barely more tolerable. Shazia was determined though, and to her credit, it was really hard to focus with drops of perspiration rolling down our backs.

We attempted to make our way back up and this time, another gentleman in a white thobe shot up, wagging his finger. “No! Women are not allowed up there,” he said in an all too condescending tone that made everyone around look our way.

Shazia tried to explain to him that it was too hot where we were…and then came the cherry on top: “Sisters, your place is here,” he said pointing to the first floor oven, “or the basement–not anywhere else.” And just like that, he killed my Ramadan spirit.

Read the rest: Women in New York Mosque Forced to Pray Away from Men.

Saudi Religious Police:  No Women Allowed

Saudi Police Following a WomanPlans by Saudi Arabia’s religious police to recruit women for the first time has failed because of opposition by some parties in the Muslim Gulf Kingdom, the police chief was quoted on Friday as saying.

Read the rest: Saudi Religious Police Abandon Recruitment of Women.

What a shocker!  Not.

Pakistani Men Force Girls from School

Girls sitting in school in PakistanOver the past few weeks, girls and their supporters have been holding protests in remote areas of Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, where dozens of schools have been forced to close due to threats from extremists.

Threatening girls to stop them from going to school is nothing new in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai’s case is just the most infamous example – but it now seems to be spreading to parts of the country that had previously been spared.

Two weeks ago, all private schools in Balochistan’s districts of Panjgur and Turbat were forced to close after being threatened by a hitherto unknown group called “Tenzeem Islami Al-Furqan” (“the Organisation of Islam for the Koran”). These shadowy extremists, much like the Taliban or Boko Haram in Nigeria, say they are against “Western education” for girls.

Read the rest: Islamists in Pakistan Force Girls from School.

Cake Decorations Denigrate Pathetic Saudi Men!

Cake from Saudi baker decorated with morality police chasing a car driven by a woman.A pastry shop in Saudi Arabia has offered its apologies after one of its employees made a cake that reportedly denigrated the moral police for tailing an open truck driven by a woman and transporting women.

Social media in Saudi Arabia, where women are banned from driving, promptly decried the cake and users said that “it was making fun of the highly respected members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice who were depicted as using a van to chase the all women truck.”

However, Sa’adeddine Sweets board member Omar Sa’adeddine said that they deplored the incident and that they fired the employee who conceptualised and made the controversial cake.

“It was an individual act by an employee who prepared the cake as requested by a female client,” he said in remarks carried by local news site Sabq on Tuesday.

“The company was not involved and we conducted a probe that resulted in firing the man who made it and the employee who took a picture. We do condemn this act even though he explained that he had acted in good faith and with good intentions.”

Read the rest: Saudi Employee Fired for Cake Decorations Showing Women Drivers.  (h/t to thereligionofpeace.com)

The Saudi men are such pathetic, patriarchal tribal primitives that a cake decoration showing women driving themselves and others around “drives” them up a wall.  LOL.

Islam – the Elephant in the Living Room

Islam is the elephant in the livingroomBBC News
29 May 2014
Why do families kill their daughters?
By Gerry Holt

(excerpt)
Pressure group Human Rights Watch says the most common reasons are that the victim:

refused to enter into an arranged marriage
was the victim of a sexual assault or rape
had sexual relations outside marriage, even if only alleged
But killings can be carried out for more trivial reasons, like dressing in a way deemed inappropriate or displaying behaviour seen as disobedient…

…Last year, three women were killed in Pakistan after being captured on video “smiling and laughing in the rain outside their family home”.

Read the rest here: Discussion on Honor Killing at Democratic Underground forum.

The BBC and the democratic underground are willingly ignorant about a subject that can easily be researched in open sources on the web.  Islam codified 7th century tribal beliefs that a man’s honor lies between the legs of the woman and by gender discrimination in the Koran,  which dehumanizes the woman as an inferior object, sanctifies wife beating and makes the rape victim provide 4 witnesses in order for the rape to be considered a crime.

Read about sex and misogyny in the Islamic doctrine.

Islamic Texts Justify the Stoning of Farzana Praveen

Stoning Victim

On May 27, the world witnessed a brutal honour killing in my home city of Lahore, Pakistan — ironically right before the Lahore High Court, an institution that should bestow justice.

Farzana Praveen, 25, was stoned to death by people who should have bestowed love: 20 members of her own family. The crowd merely watched in silence as the poor woman and her husband were brutalized. Their crime? Marrying for love.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram still holds hostage the more than 200 Christian girls abducted in April. Rescuing them will be a tough task.

In Sudan, a Christian woman who recently gave birth to a baby girl in her prison cell awaits execution for apostasy and adultery. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, will be allowed to nurse her child for two years before her murder. Magnanimously, authorities have extended her the option of “reverting” to Islam and staying alive. Ibrahim chooses to cling determinedly to her Christian faith and may die for her beliefs.

These are only a few compelling cases that seize the media’s attention.

However, women and minorities continue to suffer unreported barbarities across the Islamic world with barely a word from much of the Muslim leadership. Its token condemnation only confirms that many Muslims do little to eradicate the ills that plague their own community.

Many Muslim leaders make no effort to tackle the issues at their source: doctrinal interpretation. And why would they?

The Hadith, or reports of the utterances of the prophet Mohammad, is often shamefully misogynistic.

It asserts that headstrong women who follow their hearts ought to be stoned to death, and that heretics must be killed for apostasy.

The Hadith lends validity to such atrocities. 

Read the rest: Islam Justifies Misogyny and Abuse of Women

And for a more in-depth analysis, see: Why Islam is Bad for Women.

Persian Actress Infuriates Islamists Who Demand Prison Term, Flogging

Leila Haitami KissAn Iranian actress has infuriated ultra conservatives in her home country after kissing the president of the Cannes film festival’s on the cheek.

Leila Hatami’s peck has been seen by fanatics as an affront to the ‘chastity’ of the Islamic republic’s women. A photograph carried by Iranian media shows Hatami pecking 83-year-old Gilles Jacob at the opening of this year’s festival.

Now Hizbullah Students, a group of university students with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have filed a complaint with Iran’s judiciary for Hatami’s prosecution.

We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leyla Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence,’ the petition read.

 ‘Furthermore, the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.’

Read the rest: Iranian Islamists Demand Prison, Flogging for Muslim Actress Who Kissed Man on Cheek 

Actually the Iranian Islamists are right.  She has violated Islamic sharia law and is due a prison sentence.  Sad, isn’t it?

Iran Elected to U.N. Women’s Commission – Why?

women-rights-activists-IranThe Obama administration on Wednesday criticized Iran’s election to the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – but neither the U.S. nor any other delegation objected when given the opportunity to do so, thus allowing Iran to get the seat “by acclamation.”  More here: U.S. Fails to Object to Iran Seat on U.N. Women’s Commission

Here is a Muslim woman’s place in Iran:

“. . .  the  hijab—or proper Islamic dress—is still compulsory for women in Iran’s streets and public places and failure to cover accordingly can result in imprisonment or a hefty fine.”

“. . .  in today’s Iran divorce is a husband’s unilateral right but if a woman seeks to divorce her husband she must prove he has either abandoned her or is mentally ill, abusive, or a drug addict.”

“ . . . the Islamic Republic’s child custody laws favour the father, inheritance and ownership laws overwhelmingly favor men over women heirs, and since 1979 women have been barred from being judges.”

“ . . . a husband is allowed to kill his wife and her lover if he catches them in the heat of passion, whereas no such exemption from a murder charge exists for a wife should she catch her husband in a similarly compromised position.”

“ . . .  convictions and punishments for sex crimes such as adultery are applied disproportionately to women in Iran’s criminal courts.”

“. . .  despite the propensity of Iran’s courts to hold women accountable for sex crimes and other moral offenses, when it comes to the evidence that will be used against them to secure such convictions, the testimony of a woman is worth half of that of a man’s.”

Read the rest: Oppression of Women in Iran (h/t to Jihad Watch)

Brandeis Disses Hirsi Ali

ayaan-hirsi-aliAyaan Hirsi Ali, an advocate for women’s rights and outspoken critic of Islam, sharply criticized Brandeis University today for abruptly withdrawing its offer of an honorary degree.

Facing public [Muslim] pressure, the Waltham university announced late Tuesday it would not honor the Somali-born activist, a week after announcing she would receive a degree at next month’s graduation ceremony.

[ . . . ]

A former member of the Dutch parliament who has spoken out against female genital mutilation and honor killings, she said she was “completely shocked” when Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence told her the university was rescinding its offer, just a few hours before issuing a public statement.

 “I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin,” she wrote. “For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called “honor killings,” and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices.”

Read the rest: Brandeis Caves to Islam and Uninvites Hirsi Ali

This is dhimmitude, bowing to Islam and its sharia law.

Has Brandeis no shame?  It certainly has no honor or courage.

No Gender Equality in the Mosque

segregated-worship-for-women-in-islamWhen Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.

“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.

Matea didn’t want her full name published.

“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”

Read the rest: Woman Converts to Islam and Faces Discrimination in Worship.

There won’t be any Muslim woman like Rosa Parks to change the mosque apartheid.  The discrimination of women is built into Islamic doctrine and is the pivot of the tribal Islamic culture of honor/shame. In fact, if the ideology is taken to the extreme, this is what the society looks like.