Free Nagla Wafa

Egyptian rights organisations are requesting an investigation and assistance in the case of Egyptian Nagla Wafa who is incarcerated in Saudi Arabia serving a sentence of 5 years and 500 lashes to be carried on her. By: Alexandra Kinias Saudi Arabia, the land that had given birth to Wahabism, the rigorous creed of Islam, had evolved over the last century to become one the harshest, inhuman society in the world. Behind the dunes of the Arabian Desert, life had been confined for decades, but with the discovery of oil and with the need for development, this closed nomadic community invited … Continue reading Free Nagla Wafa

Iran bans women from universities

Copied from The Telegraph Anger as Iran bans women from universities Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women’s rights. By Robert Tait In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation by Iran’s most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be “single gender” and effectively exclusive to men. It follows years in which … Continue reading Iran bans women from universities

11-year-old girl married to 40-year-old man

Copied from Christian Amanpour Blog on CNN By Samuel Burke Before their wedding ceremony begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11-year-old bride. The girl tells the photographer that she is sad to be engaged because she had hoped to become a teacher. Her favorite class was Dari, the local language, before she had to leave her studies to get married. She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. And it’s not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions. Photographer Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world taking … Continue reading 11-year-old girl married to 40-year-old man