In conjunction with International Women’s Day, a Meeting in Trento entitled “Educated Women, Protagonists” was organized by the Muslim Women of Trento, the Association of Muslim Women in Italy and The women of GMI Trento. The meeting broadly discussed women in Islam, and the importance of women in the immigrant community of Trento.
A man in Milan is accused of beating his 27 year old Mexican girlfriend over the period of 5-months. According to the national news outlet, he beat her to get her to convert to Islam including to wear the veil. Neighbors frequently called the police to report the domestic violence issue, on March 8, International Women’s Day, she finally allowed charges to be pressed.
Tayyibah Taylor, African-American convert to Islam, women’s rights activist and editor of Azizah Magazine, appeared on The Daily Show to talk about Muslim perspectives on women’s rights and the status of women in Islam in general. Tayyibah Taylor visited Ireland to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2011.
9 February 2011
The Society for Women and Qualification (VFQ) invites speakers every year to speak on International Women’s Day, and this year it will be the Islamic scholar Amira Hafner-Al Jabaji who will speak about the relationship between Islam and feminism.
Hafner-Al Jabaji has been active in the fields of Islam, female Muslims in Switzerland, and interreligious dialogue with a focus on gender issues. She is also a member of numerous political and interreligious groups and associations.
Muslim women’s groups in Italy will commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th by discussing rights issues. An event entitled ‘A free woman in a free society’ will be held in Milan on March 9th, and include a discussion on Italian, Muslim women’s personal experiences of dealing with integration, and feature representation by several Italian-Muslim organizations. Among them will include Young Muslims of Italy, Association of Muslim Women of Italy, and the European Forum of Muslim Women. The event’s organizer, Sumaya al-Barq said: “They are women who want to be active, constructive protagonists… Ours has to be a path for both women and men together, a path of shared growth.”
Sheik Yassir Fazaga regularly uses a standard American calendar to provide inspiration for his weekly Friday sermon. Around Valentine’s Day this year, he talked about how the Koran endorses romantic love within certain ethical parameters. (As opposed to say, clerics in Saudi Arabia, who denounce the banned saint’s day as a Satanic ritual.) On World AIDS Day, he criticized Muslims for making moral judgments about the disease rather than helping the afflicted, and on International Women’s Day he focused on domestic abuse. (…) Prayer leaders, or imams, in the United States have long arrived from overseas, forced to negotiate a foreign culture along with their congregation. Older immigrants usually overlook the fact that it is an uneasy fit, particularly since imported sheiks rarely speak English. They welcome a flavor of home. But as the first generation of American-born Muslims begins graduating from college in significant numbers, with a swelling tide behind them, some congregations are beginning to seek native imams who can talk about religious and social issues that seem relevant to young people (…)