Global Halal Food and Lifestyle Sectors to Grow 6% by 2021

Growing demand for Muslim-friendly resorts Demand for ethical treatment of animals has resulted in $100 billion organic food market Global Islamic Economy Summit to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the Islamic lifestyle sector DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, September 22, 2015 – The global Halal food and lifestyle sector are expected to grow by 6% by … Read more

Egypt Islamists Say UN Women Text Threat to Society

Governments and NGOs from around the world are to wrap up two weeks of discussions in New York on ways to end violence against women and children with the aim of reaching a consensus by Friday. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has warned that a UN document demanding global standards to prevent violence against women is un-Islamic … Read more

3,000 Saudis Urge Shura Council to Debate Women’s Driving

A note that was placed next to the shattered side-view mirror of a car belonging to the family of Iman al-Nafjan. They say it was put as a warning after she drove in Riyadh on June 22, 2011, amid calls for nationwide action to break what amounts to a driving ban. A petition signed by … Read more

UN Member States Agree to ‘Historic’ Statement on Women

Muslim and western nations overcame deep divisions to agree a historic United Nations declaration setting out a code of conduct for combating violence against women. Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations agreed to language stating that violence against women and girls could not be justified by “any custom, tradition or religious consideration.” Western nations, particularly from … Read more

Bangladesh Miracle Survivor Leaves Hospital for Job in Hotel

SAVAR, June 6, 2013. By Kamrul Khan (AFP) – A seamstress trapped in the rubble for 17 days after Bangladesh’s garment factory disaster in April emerged from hospital Thursday, saying she felt “great” and was looking forward to a new job at a luxury hotel. Reshma, 18, who became a national heroine after the catastrophe that … Read more

Malala’s ‘Education First’ Speech at UN Offers Message of Peace

NEW YORK CITY, July 12, 2013 (AFP) – Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai vowed Friday not to be silenced by terrorists in a powerful speech to the United Nations on her first public appearance since being shot by the Taliban. “They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed,” Malala said on her 16th … Read more

First Pakistani Women Paratroopers Make History

ISLAMABAD, July 14, 2013 (AFP) – Pakistan’s first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a “landmark achievement” for the nation. Captain Kiran Ashraf was declared the best paratrooper of the batch of 24, the military said in a statement, while Captain Sadia, referred to by one … Read more

Hijab Activists Meet with Sweden’s Justice Minister

STOCKHOLM, August 20, 2013 (AFP) – Sweden’s justice minister on Tuesday met with activists who convinced prominent Swedes to wear headscarves this week to protest an alleged attack on a Muslim woman who wore a hijab. “We tried to say that there is structural discrimination …but (Justice Minister Beatrice Ask) kept referring to individual responsibilities,” … Read more

Senegal Appoints Female Prime Minister

DAKAR, September 1, 2013 (AFP) – Senegal’s former justice minister, Aminata Toure, has been appointed to replace the prime minister, Abdoul Mbaye, she announced to the press on Sunday after the former government had been dismissed. Toure said after talks at the presidential palace in Dakar that the Senegalese head of state Macky Sall “did … Read more