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Saudi Arabia to build new industrial city for women

Source : NY Daily News / 11 Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia is planning to develop a women-only industrial city aimed at giving females greater independence while still abiding by Sharia law.

The development, which will be built in the Eastern Province city of Hofuf, is set to open next year, according to The Guardian.


12,813 women killed in Syria in three years

Source : AA / 10 Mar 2014

At least 12,813 women were killed by attacks carried out by the Syrian regime during the civil war in Syria in the last three years, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The organization issued a report, entitled "Syrian women, truth and pain" to commemorate International Women's Day.


Palestinian women join West Bank anti-riot police

Source : AFP / 10 Mar 2014

Instructors bark orders to a column of Palestinian women recruited to an anti-riot unit, part of an effort to tackle problems caused by conservative attitudes in the West Bank force, AFP reported.


St. Paul police now allow employees to wear hijab

Source : AP / 07 Mar 2014

The St. Paul Police Department is now allowing employees to wear a police-issued hijab headscarf, according to an announcement Saturday.

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith said he knows of only one other department in Washington, D.C., that allows the hijab in the United States, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Female Shariah grads willing to work as BIP investigators

Source : Okaz with Saudi Gazette / 05 Mar 2014

Female lawyers and specialists in law and Shariah said they supported the suggestion of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) to appoint them as investigators in the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP).

They told Okaz/Saudi Gazette that some of them graduated from university with excellent grades.


NY Students Don Hijab for a Day

Source : OnIslam / 01 Mar 2014

Non-Muslim students at New York’s Union College have participated in the second annual hijab for a day, sharing the experience of Muslim women donning the Islamic headscarf.

''I had a few people that I am friends with ask me about the hijab,'' Julie Fishman '16, who participated in Hijab for a Day, told Concordiensis, the students' newspaper of Union College, reported on Thursday, February 27.


First for a woman environmentalist

By  Fouzia Khan / Arab news / 01 Mar 2014

Hiba Hisham Al-Habboubi, the first Saudi woman to participate in the Environment and Petroleum Forum 2014 has set a record in the history of the industry representing Saudi women who aim to protect the environment through engineering projects.


Unveiled women banned from entering girls’ schools

Source : Saudi Gazette / 24 Feb 2014

Education departments in a number of regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have banned female employees and visitors, who do not wear the veil, from entering girls’ schools.

According to a circular sent by education departments to school principals, a copy of which Makkah daily obtained, the education departments have made it mandatory for the male and female school guards to abide by Islamic rules, regulations and directives and moral principles. They should avoid anything that violates the honor of the profession.


Meet Egypt’s first female political party leader

Source : Al Arabiya / 22 Feb 2014

A flicker of hope for women across Egypt may have been sparked on Friday, after the first female to head a political party in the country was elected.

Breaking through Egypt's political glass ceiling, Hala Shukrallah succeeded former Egyptian Vice President Mohammad ElBaradei to become the Constitution Party’s president.


Moroccan Chahida Sekkafi, first veiled football referee in Italy

By Cheikh Lioussi / Morocco World News / 20 Feb 2014

For the first time in the history of Italian football, a female referee conducted a football match while wearing the Islamic head covering, known as hijab.

Chahida Chekkafi, a young Italian of Moroccan origin, was the referee of a football match between two male teams, San Luigi and Karimou Stradevar, in the north of Italy.


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