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Woman MP in Egypt Proposes to Ban Niqab in Public Places

An Egyptian parliamentarian proposed a bill to the House of Representatives banning the wearing of Niqab (full-face veils) in public places and imposing a fine of LE 1,000 ($55) for those who disobey.
 
Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday obtained a copy of the proposed bill. MP Ghada Agamy expressed views in October that Egypt’s government should ban the Niqab at government workplaces and follow the steps of the Algerian authorities, which made the same decision a month ago. Agamy didn’t disclose that she was preparing a bill on this.
 

Moroccan girl, 9, wins $136,000 Arab reading prize

A nine-year-old Moroccan girl on Tuesday won $136,000 (120,000 euros) in an Arabic-language reading competition organized by the Dubai government.
 
Maryam Amjoun beat 16 other finalists all aged under 18 from across the Arab world to land the top prize in the third annual Arab Reading Challenge.
 
Organizers said that this years literacy initiative -- in which competitors have to read at least 50 books to qualify -- saw “10.5 million students from the Arab region and worldwide” take part.
 

Two Muslim women expected to be elected to Congress in midterms

Two Muslim women are expected to be elected to Congress in the US midterm election next week, marking a historic first amid increasing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
 
Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, is likely to win a seat in the US House of Representatives in a densely-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she is the party's nominee.
 
 

Sinéad O'Connor converts to Islam

The singer formerly known as Sinéad O’Connor has converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada’.
 
She made the announcement on Twitter, saying her conversion was “the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey. All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.”
 
 

Saudi female student teaches poor children for free

She is a private tutor to many poor children. But she does not charge any tuition fees.
 
Zahra Hashem Al-Moslem, a Saudi female college student at Abdul Rahman Bin Faisal University in Al-Khobar, takes time off from her weekly schedule to teach poor children.
 
She told Al Arabiya English that the idea stared last year at a time when she was ill and being treated at a hospital.
 
 

Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils at work

Algerian authorities on Thursday banned women from wearing full-face veils, or niqabs, at work, citing reasons of identification for the decision.
 
The country has been split between moderate and more radical forms of Islam since it was plunged into years of civil war in 1992, when a military-backed government cancelled elections that an Islamist party was poised to win.
 
Most Algerian women do not wear the niqab, but the decision is likely to criticized by Algeria's Salafists minority.
 

Half of Ethiopia's new cabinet women, including Muslim defense minister

thiopia's new cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country's first woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
 
Five of the 20 cabinet members are Muslim, an underrepresented group that makes up a third of the country. That includes the new Defense Minister Aisha Mohammed Musa from the predominantly Muslim Afar region.
 
 

Danish policewoman investigated for hugging niqab-wearing protester

A Danish policewoman who hugged a protester wearing the niqab is under investigation, the police complaints body has said.
 
The unnamed officer hugged the woman at an August demonstration against Denmark's ban on wearing face veils.
 
Members of the conservative Venstre party made the complaint, arguing the officer should not have been involved.
 
But the policewoman's lawyer said she acted appropriately in her role as a "dialogue officer".
 

37% of Arab women have experienced violence, UN workshop hears

Arab women and their protection took center stage at a regional workshop held by the UN in Beirut this week.
 
Held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the United Nations House in the Lebanese capital, the workshop to support women in the Arab region was organized by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Arab League. 
 
 

Police force reveals uniforms for Muslim women in UK first

A new police uniform has been developed specifically for Muslim women in an attempt to recruit more black and minority ethnic officers. West Yorkshire Police is the first force in the country to launch the new loose fitting uniform ‘designed not to show the female form’, bosses said. It is hoped the uniforms will improve race equality among applicants after police chiefs were told to do more to appeal to BAME recruits.
 
 
 

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