Angry, religious conservatives against Afghan women

2014-06-10 02:53:00

Nazila Isgandarova Today's Zaman, May 27, 2013, Monday/ 16:41:00;jsessionid=TxEaeBI1R-uCo9b6FDpBKdtd?newsId=316681&columnistId=0 The status of women in Afghanistan came into the limelight again recently as a result of lawmaking efforts in the Afghan parliament. But this time, the issue is not related to flogging women, women who violated the burqa rule of the hard-line Taliban regime or stoning a woman to death for the crime of being a victim of rape. Religious lawmakers in Afghanistan with a conservative mind set blocked legislation that was introduced in parliament. Their principal argument is that the new legislation is un-Islamic and would make women disobedient by granting them more freedom. Attempts to improve the status of women in Afghanistan have been quite challenging. Twelve years after the official rule of the Taliban, the government of President Hamid Karzai has made a few efforts to release Afghan women from their current life imprisoned in their own homes, including opening Afghanistan's parliament to women by reserving 60 seats for female lawmakers. These efforts were the foundation for the recent piece of legislation; however, it did not move forward when first introduced, and there was even a step back on women's issues. Therefore, Fawzia Koofi, a lawmaker, women's rights activist and a candidate for president next year, decided to bring the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women before parliament again in order to prevent any future president from repealing it to satisfy hardline religious parties. However fierce opposition blocked the bill and prevented it from being endorsed by parliament. They argue that the new legislation has at least eight articles that violate strict Islamic principles. These articles include keeping the legal age to marry at 16 years old for women and 18 years old for men; the establishment of shelters for victims of ... Devamı


2014-02-24 12:28:00

This anthology presented to readers consists of the artistic prose of the last thirty years. As this period coveres the collapse of the Soviet Union and Azerbaijan’s independence, the literature reflects the influence of these momentous changes of that period. The literary process was impacted on by the serious conflicts occurring in the social life of the aforesaid writers, political contradictions and changes of power as well as the mass genocide caused by the Russian Soviet troops in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan on 20 January 1990 and the tense periods of the mountainous Garabagh confrontation. On the whole the social-political and moral-ethical spirit of the period has permeated into the female writers’ works. Such a collection consisting of the Azerbaijani female writers’ works is presented to the readers of the English speaking world. However, it’s noticeable that the presentation of literature of any nation on the plane of female writers has certain conditional specificity, because distinguishing the artistic literature on a gender plane may seem inexpedient. Besides the factor of gender, there is the angle of the exotic which also attracts the readers attention. This book, combining the works of writers representing various literary generations like Aziza Jafarzade, Sara Oghuz, Manzar Nigarli, Afag Masud, Nushaba Mammadli, Mehriban Vazir, Gunel Anargizi, Zumrud Yaghmur, Nazila Isgandarova, Aygun Hasanoghlu, Eluja Atali, Khumar Alakbarli, Khuraman Ismayil, Sevinj Nurugizi, Tarana Vahid, Afag Shikhli, Shalala Abil, Shahnaz Kamal, etc., consists of the best samples of Azerbaijani women’s prose written in the last few years. The works by Aziza Jafarzade, known among female writers as the author of historical novels like My Voice Is all over the World, Return to the Motherland, Baku-1501, Zarrintadj-Tahira, From Land to Land, Tragedy of a Voice, Sultan of Love, etc., deemed as valuable samples of the Azerbaijani artistic prose.... Devamı

Social Assistance in Ontario

2013-07-02 19:52:00

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2013-07-02 19:46:00

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The Turkish battle against domestic: Violence Towards Women

2013-07-02 19:40:00

  Nazila Isgandarova Weekly Zaman, 14 January 2013, Monday  The disequilibrium of power between women and men is the root of domestic violence against women in Turkey. In traditional Turkish families, only a few women are involved in the decision-making processes, but this process still cannot be considered as being on an equal footing with men. Families with lower social and economic statuses make women of all ages a subject of domestic violence.   Domestic violence against women ranges from emotional, spiritual and physical violence such as slaps, punches and kicks to assault with a weapon. The majority of people, however, do not consider “mere” slaps and punches to be acts of domestic violence. Abusive husbands, fathers or brothers will justify their abusive acts towards women with women’s “disobedience”, failure to be a “good” wife or alleged infidelity. It is disturbing when you hear these “men” frequently say the abused women have “asked for it” by the way they behave or dress. My question is: Who supports and maintains values that demand female submission in an abusive relationship? What is the role of the Muslim clergy in maintaining such values in Turkey? Are the religious leaders in Turkey able to identify red flags in a marital relationship or understand and show sincere compassion to women who do not know how to break the cycle of violence? The role of religious leaders The mainstream Muslim organizations in the West, especially in North America, have already realized that religious leaders play a significant role in maintaining the values that support or eradicate domestic violence towards women. An example is the ongoing efforts of the prominent national as well as local Muslim organizations, community leaders and activists, as ... Devamı