In this first article of a new series of views on "The Role of Women in US-Muslim Relations," published in partnership with the Common Ground News Service – Partners in Humanity and United Press International, Claude Salhani, international editor and political analyst with United Press International in Washington, counters a Western stereotype that all Muslim women are oppressed: “While the cliché of the oppressed woman still holds true in parts of the Muslim world, by and large, Muslim women have come to enjoy greater freedom.” Using examples, he shows how Muslim women may, in the foreseeable future, become the regions ambassadors of peace.
(Source: CGNews-PiH – November 8, 2005)
In this second article of a series of views on "The Role of Women in US-Muslim Relations,” Hiam Nawas, a Jordanian-American expert on political Islam and political analyst with the Rothkopf Group, speaks directly to American women’s groups who are fighting for women’s rights in the Muslim world. Counseling them on the diverse state of women’s affairs and varied needs of women across the region, Nawas urges Western women’s rights groups to work more closer with their Muslim counterparts, to avoid projecting a “what is best for us is best for them” mentality, and to involve more Muslim women in their local organizations.
(Source: CGNews-PiH, November 15, 2005)
In the third in a series of views on "The Role of Women in US-Muslim Relations,” Cyra McFadden, a Bay Area novelist and journalist, looks at how Muslim women participate in peacebuilding efforts. McFadden considers the complex, varied roles of women in Islam and more specifically the part women are playing to counter the idea that gender equality is impossible in Islam and to bring about dialogue and cooperation in their communities.
(Source: CGNews-PiH, November 22, 2005)
In this fourth article in a series of views on "The Role of Women in US-Muslim Relations", Jason Erb and Noha Bakr, International Affairs Representatives for Quaker Service-AFSC in Amman, Jordan, consider the role of women in building cultures of peace. Noting that women bring different issues and dialogue strategies to the peace table - “putting communities and families back together, providing healing and recovery services and organising solidarity networks across ethnic, class and cultural chasms” - they underline their vital role in bringing “civilisations” together.
(Source: CGNews-PiH, November 29, 2005)
In this fifth article in a series on the role of women in US-Muslim relations, Asma Afsaruddin, Associate Professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies at University of Notre Dame, worries that “women’s roles and their attire assume a disproportionate importance in Western-Muslim relations.” She argues that “the challenge then for women in Muslim societies and in the US is to rise above these superficial and divisive depictions and pursue better communication with one another,” and gives examples of how this can be done.
(Source: CGNews-PiH, December 20, 2005)
The women of Tunisia have a decisive role to play in shaping Tunisia's future. Fatma Ben Saïdane reminds women of the power of their vote and the importance of civic engagement.
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