Ilham Omar, a 36-year-old mother of three, a black Somali female refugee, has won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th district congressional seat, the 5th district is inclusive of Minneapolis which has a history of voting Democrats, this means she may well be the one to replace U.S rep Keith Ellison. She is in line to becoming the first, Somali, American Muslim woman, that may be elected to Congress. The leader escaped Somalia and lived in a refugee camp for 4 years, at the tender age of 8, she said in a speech recently, “I still think about her (younger self) and those 8-year-olds around the country and around the world, get from seeing you elect and believe in someone like me.” AJ plus has reported, “she has previously been physically beaten, at a political meeting, attacked in 2014 at a Minnesota party caucus, where she was working as an aide.” She also told the Guardian how much she had to laugh off hateful verbal threats that would get quite personal. She often uses her platform for values she believes in as an intersectional feminist, as well as to promote tuition-free college, abolishing ICE, supporting Medicare for all, and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.”
The victory of Ilham Omar is a victory for all Americans that see USA as a role model for the world. It teaches the world that America is the country where black person can be president and Muslim young lady can be a Congress woman. Congratulations to all peace loving Americans.
— Cav. Mohamed Jimale, VD,PhD (@MohamedJi) August 19, 2018
Ilham Omar the somali American women succed the primary result of Democratic Candidate in Mennisota State state of USA. pic.twitter.com/pZNUaZ5oQy
— Najiib Balaala (@BalaalaNajiib) August 16, 2018
3 Somali win menasota primary election and they are
Ilham omar running Congress
Mohamed noor 62B district Minneapolis
Deqa Hassan 62A district Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/I15EnfyypW
— Abdirashed Shaaluco (@AbdirashedS) August 15, 2018
A human rights activist Israa Al- Ghomgham is now facing the possibility of a death penalty sentence. This will be the first time the death penalty will be used as a measure of punishment for a female. Israa Al- Ghomgham, from Hayy Al Shawikah in Qatif, located in the Eastern province, partook in, “peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations during the Arab spring. Despite being aware of the risks and Saudi authorities suppression of the peaceful protest movement, as part of her activism, she called for fundamental and basic civil and political rights such as peaceful assembly and expression”, she called for the release of prisoners and human rights defenders and expressed her opinions on social media platforms. Her activism has caused her to be a target for Saudi authorities. She was bought to the (SCC) a specialised criminal court in Riyadh, for her first court session. The news only reached others via social media after her father circulated her case via WhatsApp. Before long the case went viral, causing a number of high profile women to call out the brutal punishment. The trial began 32 hours after, ‘arbitrary detention’, Israa currently has not been given legal representation. Israa’ has been arrested previously in 2015 by Saudi authorities.
The #Saudi prosecution calls for the beheading of female human rights defender ISRAA AL-GHOMGHAM, for participating in peaceful protests – she has been imprisoned for 32 months without access to a lawyer. https://t.co/OfnGuqoSTZ
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) August 19, 2018
A little piece of me died reading this. Many of our so called brothers defending muslim women's niqab seem. To be absent here. @aminawadud @Amina_Lone @ayeshaijazkhan @monaeltahawy @sister_hood_mag @Amaliah_Tweets @ShaykhAzhar @SulekhaYH https://t.co/fy5jZMMJk4
— سارة_ر (@BintFessia) August 19, 2018
Fantastic news in politics for Muslim women as Mehreen Faruqi has become the first Muslim female senate in Australia. The Pakistan born politician told the BBC that, Australia’s future would be stronger for our diversity”. This news transpired around the same time another new senator received criticism for racist views surfacing calling for ‘final solution on immigration’. Both senates being appointed has caused a lot of controversies, causing the country to be caught up in bitter race rows. Faruqi has said,” Mr Anning had spat in the face of millions of Australians, spewing hate and racism in his first speech to parliament on Tuesday. I’m a Muslim migrant, I’m about to be a Senator and there’s not a damn thing Fraser Anning can do about it,” she further wrote.
I'm a woman. I'm a migrant. I'm muslim. I'm a mother.
I'm Mehreen Faruqi. This is my story. pic.twitter.com/VvEiIqATOZ
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) August 20, 2018
— Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) August 20, 2018
An honour to be sworn into the @AuSenate just now! Excited to get to work with my brilliant Greens colleagues
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) August 20, 2018
Over 300 people have died in Kerala, after facing its worse flood in over 100 years in India starting last Monday. A total of, “6,33,010 people have been staying in 2,971 relief camps and around 38,000 flood-affected people have been rescued by different agencies so far”. Over 2,500 tonnes of rice has been sent, hundreds of government boats and helicopters, have been sent in aid of the rescue of the people. It has also been reported that the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, will donate one month of his salary towards the relief work in a flood that has hit Kerala. The officer of chief minister has relayed that migrant workers must also receive priority in aid, as he has instructed officials that relief must reach them.
In a review meeting held on Sunday evening, CM Pinarayi Vijayan instructed the officials to ensure that the relief also reaches State’s interstate migrant workers. There are thousands of migrant workers in the affected areas, many of who lack shelter & food.#KeralaFloodRelief
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 20, 2018
CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced that the Government will honour fishing workers who were part of the rescue mission. All boats will be granted ₹3000 for each day of their work. Government will also bear the repairing costs of boats damaged during the mission. #KeralaFloods
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 19, 2018
Attention:Efforts are in progress to save even the last person stranded. Many of the requests coming to helpline numbers are for people who are already rescued. Sending erroneous information can only delay rescue efforts. Kindly forward only messages that are valid #KeralaFloods
— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 19, 2018
A Swedish Muslim woman has won a court case, called after refusing to shake hands with a man during a job interview. The woman’s interview was terminated right after she refused to shake the man’s hand, to which she has now received compensation for after the case went to court. Farah Alhajeh just 24 years old, applied for a job as an interpreter in Uppsala, Sweden, when she refused to shake the man’s hand, and “instead placed her hand over her heart” The Independent reported. The woman won the first case of its kind where Swedish courts ruled in her favour, ruling that the company had discriminated against her. The company has been ordered to pay 40,000 kronor (£3,400) in compensation. Go sis!!
— The Independent (@Independent) August 16, 2018
Excellent: Swedish Muslim woman wins case where she was fined for not shaking a man’s hand
•No man has a “right” to touch a woman against her wishes
•Women’s bodily autonomy must be protected
•Shameless to punish women b/c they don’t want to be touchedhttps://t.co/IlvDVy04Tu
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) August 16, 2018
Sweden Muslim woman, Farah Alhajeh, 24, who refused handshake at job interview wins case ????
The Swedish labour court ruled the company had discriminated against her and ordered it to pay 40,000 kronor ($4,350; £3,420) in compensation. pic.twitter.com/GJmjV5fM8E
— HaqPlus (@haqplus) August 17, 2018
She placed her hand over her heart in greeting instead.
The Swedish labour court ruled the company had discriminated against her…
Sweden Muslim woman who refused handshake at job interview wins case – BBC News https://t.co/PMobm3baNB
— Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar (@DrRafidahHanim) August 16, 2018
10 tonnes of Palestinian mail has finally been revealed as aid workers sort through it, Israel recently revealed the tonnes of Palestinian Mail, that had accumulated over 10 years, after being held by Israel. JERICHO, West Bank postal workers have been sorting through a room filled with packages, letters, and even a wheelchair. Palestinians have said Israel withheld delivery of “post shipments” to Palestinian territories, through the national postal service since 2010. The Palestinians say: Israel has withheld delivery of post shipments to the Palestinian territories through its national postal service since 2010. Postal official, Ramadan Ghazawi, said Israel has failed to honour a 2008 agreement with Palestine, to facilitate the sending and receiving of mail through Jordan. The mail had been delivered via Jordan but was seized and denied entry causing years of backlog.
— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) August 18, 2018
— New York Post (@nypost) August 20, 2018
The indignaties and oppressive acts of the Occupation range from the murderous to the hideously absurd. https://t.co/VtgaAfqNmq
— IfNotNow???? (@IfNotNowOrg) August 17, 2018
Imagine having mail, letters, medicine and even wheelchairs withheld for 8 years and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it..
Depriving Palestinians of most basic rights and services is systematic, deliberate, and continues w/ complete impunity pic.twitter.com/oFDumT24qm
— Asma (@LibyanBentBladi) August 17, 2018
Hanan has a Masters in Media in the Middle East from SOAS University. Trainee of the Muslim Women in Media institute Annual Cohort at UC Davis, California. Her interests lie in ethical fashion, modern-day slavery, and when not making Youtube videos she is somewhere in between Ballet and Kickboxing. King Julian is her spirit animal.
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