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First women joining Palestinian commando unit

Source : AP / 09 Apr 2014

Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves rappelled down a six-story tower, fired assault rifles at imaginary terrorists and in a drill straight out of the movies bundled a would-be VIP into a car and sped off after a shooting.


‘We created a monster,’ Arab Spring women activists

Source : Al Arabiya / 08 Apr 2014

Arab Spring women activists spoke dramatically of their role in the Middle Eastern uprising on Friday at a New York panel moderated by top U.S. political satirist Jon Stewart.


Three UAE women hurt in hammer attack at luxury London hotel

Source : AFP / 08 Apr 2014

Three women from the United Arab Emirates were in hospital on Monday after being savagely attacked in their room at a luxury London hotel by a man wielding a hammer, police said.

The women, all in their 30s, sustained serious injuries to their heads and faces during the “unusually violent attack” at the four-star Cumberland Hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Muslim woman's headscarf pulled off by Sweden airport staff

Source : World Bulletin / 04 Apr 2014

A Muslim woman has said that she was attacked by airport staff in Sweden and forced to remove her headscarf in public.

Saama Sarsour was travelling from the Arvidsjaur airport in northern Sweden when she aroused suspicion after she caused a metal detector to beep.


Turkey elects headscarved mayors in local polls

Source : World Bulletin / 01 Apr 2014

AK Party Chairman Mustafa Ulvi Bezirci said Fatma Toru won the 2014 municipal elections in Meram district of Konya. She became the first headscarved mayor according to the initial results announced by Bezirci in a statement.

Toru was born in 1972 in Konya and graduated from the Department of Surveying Engineering of Selcuk Unversity. She worked in Meram Municipality's Caybasi Urban Transformation Project chief. Fatma Toru is married and has 2 children.


First mayor with a headscarf: Ruling AKP

Source : Hurriyet Daily News / 31 Mar 2014

Fatma Toru, the mayoral candidate for the Meram district of Konya from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has been elected, according to a local official of the AKP.

Mustafa Ulvi Bezirci, who chairs the AKP’s district office in Meram, has announced Toru’s victory. If Bezirci’s claim will be confirmed, Toru will become the first mayor in Turkey wearing a headscarf.


No men to sell perfumes, cosmetics to female customers

Source : Saudi Gazette / 31 Mar 2014

The Ministry of Labor started on Sunday the implementation of the third phase of the feminization of shops selling women’s accessories. 

This phase includes shops selling female perfumes, Jalabiyas (traditional dresses), bags, shoes, socks, clothes and fabrics for women as well as shops selling mother-care products (baby stuff are excluded), and pharmacies in malls selling beauty products and accessories. 


Belgium: Moroccan Woman Fired for Praying at Work, Speaking Arabic

Source : Morocco World News / 29 Mar 2014

Habiba Zerouani, a Moroccan living in Belgium, says she was unfairly dismissed for praying at her workplace and speaking Arabic.

After spending fourteen years at the Saint-Josse Public Centre for Social Work (CPAS) in Belgium, 56-year-old Habiba Zerouani was fired after her employer accused her of speaking Arabic and praying during working hours.


Team wears headscarves in support of muslim teammate

By Kali Swenson / Policy Mic / 27 Mar 2014

Earlier this month, FIFA lifted its ban on headscarves, allowing female Muslim players to wear hijabs while playing soccer. But that didn't stop high school soccer referees in Aurora, Colo. from prohibiting Samah Aidah to play with her head covered.


Pakistan's first women-only bus service

Source : BBC / 25 Mar 2014

Authorities in Pakistan have launched a minibus service exclusively for women travelling between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.


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