July 27, 2012
The official opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics take place Friday in London, but the Games have already made history: This is the first Olympics in which all of the more than 200 participating countries have sent female athletes to compete. The U.S. team has more women than men for the first time - 269 female athletes to 261 men. The countries of Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are fielding female athletes, something they have never done. In a dramatic last-minute turnaround, Saudi Arabia is permitting two women to compete - one in judo and another as an 800-meter runner.
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October 30, 1995 |
Two Cal State Northridge faculty members who attended last month's World Conference on Women will discuss their experiences on campus tonight, the university has announced. Political science professor Jane Bayes will speak about the official United Nations conference in Beijing, China, as well as an unofficial forum held in protest of a government ban. Mary Beth Welch-Orozco, the interim chairwoman of the CSUN women's studies department, will discuss human rights with a focus on lesbians.
June 7, 2010 |
As an intellectual, a feminist, an ex-Muslim and a political activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has lived a life worthy of a book. Born in Somalia, raised in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, Hirsi Ali fled to the Netherlands at age 21 rather than submit to a forced marriage. She denounced Islam after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and was deemed a traitor by her family. She soon was elected to the Dutch parliament, vowing to fight for Muslim women in Europe. Her screenplay for Theo van Gogh's film "Submission," about the abuse and oppression of Muslim women, led to death threats.
May 24, 2010
France, which gave the English language the word "nuance," is offering a nuanced justification for a bill that would outlaw "concealment of the face in public." According to President Nicolas Sarkozy, the proposed measure should not be seen as an act of hostility toward Muslim women, only a small fraction of whom wear the full-face veil. Rather, the bill is designed to protect "personal dignity, particularly women's dignity," and the openness required of citizens in a republic. This rationalization, however, needlessly complicates a simple reality.
April 8, 2000 |
The city has agreed to pay $100,000 each to two Muslim women who were arrested for wearing religious veils in public. Najla E. Doran and Sherma D. Humphrey were charged with violating a state law prohibiting the wearing of masks in public. But people who wear masks for religious reasons are exempt under the law, which was aimed at Ku Klux Klan marchers. "We wish it had never happened," City Atty. Timothy Oksman said Thursday.
November 22, 2002 |
A conservative Australian politician has sparked outrage with a call to ban Muslim women from wearing the chador in public because they could be used to conceal weapons. In New South Wales' state parliament Wednesday, the Rev. Fred Nile said the chador was "a perfect disguise for terrorists, as it conceals both weapons and explosives." The Christian Democrat politician fueled the furor further today, telling local television: "It's only extremists who wear the chador."
September 25, 2001 |
It was intended as a simple gesture of solidarity with Muslim women who have become an easy target for our nation's anger these days: What if women from every race, religion and nationality went about their daily routines with their heads covered in the traditional scarves that many Muslim women wear? But when Washington, D.C., student Jennifer Schock posted her idea on the message board of a women's media group, she was stunned by the firestorm of controversy it generated.
November 17, 2002 |
Ratna Damayanti considers herself a modern Muslim. Like many of her peers in this wealthy island nation, she counts coffee shops and jazz bars among her favorite haunts and watches "Friends" every week. Damayanti also thinks of herself as more modern than her more conservative Muslim girlfriends who wear the Islamic headscarf. But the extroverted college student does have one thing in common with them. They were all circumcised when they were a few days old.
April 16, 2009 |
The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of a hard-line cleric who was detained as soldiers stormed his radical Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid, in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country's Islamist insurgency. Maulana Abdul Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad, dressed in an all-covering burka, which is worn by some Muslim women. Security forces stormed the mosque days later after scores of heavily armed militants inside refused to surrender.