Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

July-27-09

Gaza Judge Rules Female Lawyers Must Wear Headscarves

Gaza Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul-Raouf Halabi released an edict today mandating that female lawyers must wear long dark clothing under their robes and scarves to cover their hair when they appear in court. The Hamas-appointed judge issued the order to keep women compliant with Islamic law. Halabi told the Associated Press that "showing a woman's hair is forbidden [in Islam]" and that "we will not allow people to corrupt morals. This [dress code] will improve work in the courts."

According to Reuters, Hamdi Shaqoura of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said that the decision "violated personal freedoms." Since seizing power in 2007, Hamas has tried to make sure residents comply with the conservative culture of the area.

The headscarf decision will take effect September 1. The Palestinian Lawyers Syndicate, which represents Gaza Strip lawyers, has called for a review of the decision.

Media Resources: The Associated Press 7/26/09; Reuters 7/27/09; Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 7/26/09


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

9/18/2014 UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a "Wake-Up Call" on Ebola Crisis - Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations, says the international community needs a "wake-up call" in the case of the current Ebola outbreak crisis. "This should be a wake-up call for the international community," Power said. . . .
 
9/18/2014 The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board - National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Monday the appointment of a four-person advisory board tasked with leading the organization's reforms in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .
 
9/17/2014 Despite an Overall Decline in the Poverty Rate, the Number of Women in Poverty Hasn't Changed in a Year - Last year, almost 18 million women lived in poverty in the US - and that number hasn't improved for women, despite the overall poverty rate declining. Analysis from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) of recently released US Census Bureau data shows that the poverty rate for women is not only virtually unchanged, but - at 14.5 percent - it's the highest in two decades. . . .