Women's Week by Jamaat-e-Islami
Women's Islamic Exhibition
Bangalore: For the first time in the country, a campaign highlighting women’s issues was organised by the Women’s wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka. The success of the campaign can be gauged from the participation of scores of noted women’s activists such as Mrs. Shakun from Vimochana, Mrs. Geeta Menon of Stree Samiti and Mrs. Philomina Raju of the Indian Express were among those who actively participated in the campaign. The campaign drew large number of women swelling the number of participants to thousands in all programmes.
The week-long programme held from 21-28 April, became a platform for the women to voice their protests in different forms against the atrocities committed against them. In the public meeting organised on April 23rd, Moulana Junaidi, Khateeb and Imam of Jama Masjid, Moulana Riazaur Rehman Rashadi, Khateeb and the Imam of City Jamia Masjid spoke at length about the subjugation of women in the society. Moulana Iqbal Mulla, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka & Goa who presided over the meeting stressed that the only solution for today’s problems confronting women lies in upholding the Shariah. The importance of education for women also became a subject of serious concern throughout the campaign. “Only the educated mothers can give rise to an educated Ummah”, said one of the speakers.
A rally was organised on April 24th in the busy Majestic area of the city. A large number of women from different organisations took part in it. The participants displayed placards carrying messages that condemned atrocities against women in the strongest possible words.
An exhibition aimed at educating women on issues ranging from first-aid to dowry-deaths was held. A drama was enacted by women for women audience only. The theme of the drama revolved around dowry and hijab (veil).
A dress show was also organised in which participants wore oriental dresses in order to promote them against the growing influence of western dresses which promote nudity. The rights of women in Islam in the form of a story was displayed through slides for the visitors at the exhibition. In the craft section, craft work done by members of the Girls Islamic Organisation (GIO) were on display. An essay competition on the topic “Rights & Status of Women and Real Situation” was also organised in which about 100 girls participated.
By Shazia Andaleeb
The recently concluded “Women’s Week” organised by the Women’s Wing of the Jamaate Islami Hind, Karnataka included among many other things a remarkable exhibition organised by the GIO -- Girls Islamic Organisation.
The entire operations were supervised and managed by Dr. Asifa Nisar. The exhibition’s theme was ‘Status and Rights of Women in Islam’.
Among the attractive objectives were a series of well-painted posters depicting the rights of women, right to education, right to honour and dignity, right to nikah, right to mahr, right to property and inheritance, right to maintenance, right to criticism and reckoning.
Other posters carried instructions for the proper maintenance of health, first aid for wounds, burning, various kinds of bites and stings, choking and tips for pregnant women
The section on Qur’an and science dealt with the scientific facts found in the Qur’an. This was one of the best sections of the exhibition. It had a lot of posters and models explaining the human anatomy. Charts explaining pre-natal stages coupled with Qur’anic verses and Hadees were impressive.
Other charts included topics like the creation of universe, significance of Hijab, evils of dowry, consequences of avoiding namaz, the Prophet’s family tree, etiquettes of Islam etc., The section on Qur’an and computers had computers displaying Qur’anic software.
The major draw of the exhibition were the drama and fancy dress show. The drama dealt with burning issue of dowry and a girl’s right to choose her husband. The fancy dress show had girls sashaying in Oriental costumes which carried the essence of dressing in Islam.
Another section of the exhibition displayed various handicrafts made by the girls of GIO. They included pottery, beaded jewellery, origami, pieces of embroidery, paintings, knittings and others knick-knacks catering to one’s aesthetic sense.
There was an amazing array of tableaux depicting female foeticide, commercialisation of women, dowry, hijab, importance of following the Qur’an, day of judgement, marital responsibilities and death etc.
The entire exhibition was indeed remarkable and reflected the hard work put in by the dedicated volunteers.
There has been no dearth of movements and organisations working for the rights, upliftment, liberation and emancipation of women. There is a lot of hue and cry about thier status, role and rights. Inspite of all this the women related statistics make a dismal reading.
- 5,000 brides are murdered or commit suicide in relation to dowry every year in India.
- Female foeticide is rampant in India and China. Of 8,000 abortions conducted at a clinic in Mumbai, 7,999 were female fetuses.
- Some 6,00,000 women - one every minute - die each year from pregnancy related causes, most of which are preventable.
- 70% of world illiterates are women.
- 70% of people in abject poverty are women.
- Only 1% of world assets are held by women.
- In Africa for every HIV infected male there are six HIV infected females.
- 50 to 75% women experience domestic voilence.
- Nearly 30% marriages end in divorce in the west.
- Half the population on globe lacks basic sanitation and 1/3 of the world population is without safe drinking water.
- Basic education for all would cost $6 billion and water and sanitation for all would cost $9 billion. Reproductive health service for all women would cost $12 million annually.
- $ 12 billion is spent on perfume in Europe and USA.
- $ 11 billion is spent on ice cream in Europe.
- $ 17 billion spent on pet food.
- $ 50 billion spent on cigarettes.
- $ 400 billion spent on narcotic drugs.
- $ 700 billion spent on world’s militaries