Cheers and Jeers

UAE Opens Citizenship; Afghan Must Wed Rapist

Saturday, December 3, 2011



The United Arab Emirates announced that children of Emirati women married to foreigners could apply for citizenship once they turned 18, AFP reported Nov. 30. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan decreed that the "children of women citizens married to foreigners should be treated as citizens." Most Arab countries link nationality to blood relation from the father's side, disenfranchising the children of women who marry non-citizens.

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More News to Cheer This Week:

  • More Afghan women are surviving pregnancy and childbirth, a new survey indicates, BBC News reported Nov. 30. The study reported that the maternal mortality ratio is now below 500 deaths per 100,000 live births. A 2005 U.N. study showed that maternal mortality rates were 1,800 deaths per 100,000 live births.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is suing federal contractor Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary, the government said Dec. 1. In an administrative complaint, the government says the companies systematically discriminated against more than 200 women who applied for entry-level positions at Lund's boat manufacturing plant in New York Mills, Minn.
  • A mob-run ring that lured women from Russia and other Eastern European countries with the promise of waitressing jobs -- only to send them to dance at New York strip clubs -- was shut down Nov. 30 after 20 people were charged, including seven purported members of the Gambino and Bonnano organized crime families, The Washington Post reported.
  • Work in the mobile-phone retail sector offers a good business opportunity for women and benefits for the industry, a study by The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women finds. While the work provides women with scheduling flexibility, women also improve the sales and image of mobile operators.
  • Iranian women are fighting the controversial "Family Protection Bill" that would reduce Iranian women's rights even further, Amnesty International reported Nov. 30. If passed, the bill will allow men to take up to three additional wives without the consent or knowledge of their first spouse.
  • Israel's Defense Ministry has apologized to the New York Times following a complaint filed by a pregnant photographer from the paper, The Jerusalem Post reported Nov. 28. The photojournalist, Lynsey Addario, said that soldiers at the Erez Crossing compelled her to pass through an X-ray machine three times, despite her protests that this was dangerous for her pregnancy.
  • A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Nov. 28 preventing North Carolina from issuing "Choose Life" anti-abortion license plates, The Sacramento Bee reported Nov 28.
  • Women were a large part of the voters in the Egyptian parliamentary elections that kicked off Nov. 28, reported CNN. In Cairo, female voters were favoring liberal candidates.
  • Catholics for Choice called on President Obama to stand up for what women and men want and to ensure that family planning is included on the list of essential preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, in an open letter published on Nov. 28 by The New York Times.
  • Mona el-Gharib, an Egyptian 25-year-old pregnant student at al-Azhar University and the wife of a Syrian dissident, who was reported kidnapped in Cairo last week, was found in a suburb of Cairo, Bikya Masr reported Nov. 28. She was unconscious but alive "in bad medical condition."
  • Women's rugby takes its first major step on the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Dubai this weekend, The New York Times reported Dec. 1. For the first time, women's teams will compete in an International Rugby Board-sanctioned sevens event.

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