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First Woman in Arab World to Hold Post ZeinaAkar was recently named as defence minister in Lebanon’s new government, making her the first woman in an Arab country to hold the post. Akar, one of six women named to Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s cabinet, was also appointed deputy prime minister.

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Kollam (Kerala): This bookworm bride demanded books as mehr instead of gold or money.Breaking stereotypes, AjnaNazim, who married IjasHakkim, had asked for 100 books as dowry. The list included Quran, Bhagavad Gita, Bible and the Constitution of India.The ‘demand’ was put forth by Ajna when they got betrothed in October. IjasHakkim, a 26-year-old civil engineer, […]

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December’s general election results in the U.K. set a new record for female Muslim lawmakers, in what international media outlets have heralded as the most diverse parliament ever in the country’s history in terms of gender and ethnicity. The British Parliament now welcomes more female Muslim MPs than male Muslim representatives for the first time […]

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Gazelle S Khan and Yasmin Mehtab, two lifelong friends, were full-time homemakers, busy taking care of their family, kids and other responsibilities to make their homes run smoothly. There was something they both aspired for but were unclear about the exact nature of what they wanted till they attended a workshop on self-management. Speaking to […]

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Samima Khatun, the daughter of an imam from West Bengal’s East Burdwan district, has been awarded a travel grant to present her paper at an international conference in London. The conference is being co-organized by Imperial College London and University College London. The grant is worth nearly 200,000 rupees. It was never easy for a […]

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YouGov study shows 59 percent support women holding ministerial roles in the region GCC countries are a prime example of women excelling in every arena, says expert Women’s empowerment in the Arab world has a bright future, if the findings of a YouGov study commissioned by Arab News for the Arab Strategy Forum are any […]

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The Shura Council of the Muslim Association of Britain has elected RaghadAltikriti as its new President. Upon her appointment, Altikriti said: “It is an honour to be elected as the first female President of the Muslim Association of Britain, to represent and serve our members from all across the country. “I look forward to working […]

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Saudi Justice Minister Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani has issued a memorandum to all courts and marriage officials to refrain from concluding any marriage contract for those under the age of 18. The minister instructed the courts and officials to refer all such cases to the competent courts to take necessary legal measures in accordance with […]

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