Saturday, March 24, 2018
Wardheer News

Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo

Halah Alhamrani runs a women’s gym called FlagBoxing in the Rea Sea city of Jeddah in a country where exercising in public has long been seen as ‘unbecoming’ for women Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, … Continued

Somaliland issues fatwa banning female genital mutilation

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somaliland has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning female genital mutilation (FGM) – and paving the way for the breakaway region to pass legislation against the internationally condemned practice, a senior official said … Continued

Osob Samantar: Making a Difference

By Hassan M. Abukar Special report for WardheerNews Several months ago, at the US. Institute of Peace in Washington, a young Somali attorney spoke about the humanitarian crisis in her native country, Somalia. Confident and poised, she described the plight … Continued

Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

The Somali women that Djesa describes in her PhD thesis on female genital mutilation often feel patronised by Norwegian health personnel. Credit: iStockphoto Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She … Continued

Saudi king decrees women be allowed to drive

Stephen Kalin and Yara Bayoumy FILE PHOTO: A woman drives a car in Saudi Arabia October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser RIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative … Continued

Mama Malyun Names and Shames

By Hassan M. Abukar The arrival of social media in conservative Somalia has prompted the rise of smart, educated, activists who have become champions for the voiceless. However, the medium has also led to the emergence of a different class … Continued