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Muslim Brotherhood to UN: 10 reasons we hate women’s rights
by Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Last week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women crafted an international declaration for combatting violence against women and girls. But the Muslim Brotherhood responded with 10 reasons to oppose it, according to Israel Hayom.

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called the document, titled “End Violence against Women,” “un-Islamic,” saying it would lead to the “complete degradation of society.” The UN commission had negotiated a consensus among other Muslim nations that were threating to block the declaration, agreeing to language describing violence against women as unjustified by “any custom, tradition or religious consideration.”

If ratified, the declaration would “certainly be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries, eliminating the moral specificity that helps preserve cohesion of Islamic societies,” the Muslim Brotherhood said.

With that, the group listed on its website “what decadence awaits our world, if we sign this document”:

1. Granting girls full sexual freedom, as well as the freedom to decide their own gender and the gender of their partners (ie, choose to have normal or homo- sexual relationships), while raising the age of marriage.

2. Providing contraceptives for adolescent girls and training them to use those, while legalizing abortion to get rid of unwanted pregnancies, in the name of sexual and reproductive rights.

3. Granting equal rights to adulterous wives and illegitimate sons resulting from adulterous relationships.

4. Granting equal rights to homosexuals, and providing protection and respect for prostitutes.

5. Giving wives full rights to file legal complaints against husbands accusing them of rape or sexual harassment, obliging competent authorities to deal husbands punishments similar to those prescribed for raping or sexually harassing a stranger.

6. Equal inheritance (between men and women).

7. Replacing guardianship with partnership, and full sharing of roles within the family between men and women such as: spending, child care and home chores.

8. Full equality in marriage legislation such as: allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, and abolition of polygamy, dowry, men taking charge of family spending, etc.

9. Removing the authority of divorce from husbands and placing it in the hands of judges, and sharing all property after divorce.

10. Cancelling the need for a husband’s consent in matters like: travel, work, or use of contraception.

More than 130 U.N. member states agreed to provisions of the document which “condemns in the strongest terms the pervasive violence against women and girls, and calls for increased attention and accelerated action for prevention and response,” according to a U.N. report.

“Violence against women is a heinous human rights violation, global menace, a public health threat and a moral outrage,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement released by his spokesperson. “No matter where she lives, no matter what her culture, no matter what her society, every woman and girl is entitled to live free of fear.”

Saudi Stores To Let Women Sell Undergarments


For years, women in Saudi Arabia have had to buy their lingerie from men. Since men and women are segregated in many areas of Saudi society, women generally can’t work in malls and stores — unless the store caters to women only.

As Bloomberg reports, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has said that he intends to make it possible for more women to have jobs, and he has now decreed that “shops selling women’s necessities” should only be staffed by women. The Labor Minister has set an end-of-the-year deadline for stores to comply.

The decree is good news for Saudi women seeking employment, as Saudi Arabia’s female employment rate is currently the lowest of the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

  • In 2008, it is estimated that only 12% of Saudi women were employed
  • Whereas the female employment rate is 25% in Qatar and 28% in the United Arab Emirates
  • In the U.S., the employment rate for women 20 years of age and older is 55%

“It’s a good thing to happen, but it requires planning.” — Ghaith Azzam, brand manager for La Vie En Rose

Store owners planning to make the switch to an all-female sales staff are considering various measures to prevent men from gawking at the saleswomen.

  • “Families Only” signs may be posted
  • Male guards might be stationed at the store entrance
  • Store windows may be covered with heavy curtains, so men can’t peer inside

Not only will more Saudi women be employed due to the new directive, but Saudi shoppers will no longer have to consult men about panties and bra sizes. Women have wanted the change for years, even campaigning for it through Facebook postings and letters to lingerie stores.

A directive similar to this one was issued in 2006 but never carried out, mostly due to the objections of religious conservatives.

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