Currently there is a strong drive by Turkey's capitalist government and Western states and insitutions such as the World Bank to push more women in Turkey into employment under the narrative that this is the path to their financial empowerment as well as to address poverty, and increase economic growth and prosperity. However, this news report analyses this capitalist free-market agenda and exposes that it is the free-market system itself which has been the primary cause of the poverty affecting millions of women in the country, and that rather than being the road to the empowerment of Turkey's women, it promises only further exploitation.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
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The Capitalist, Free-Market Agenda for Women in Turkey Promises to Bring yet Further Economic Hardship and Exploitation
The United Nations, the World Bank (WB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have declared the employment of women as a major factor in securing high economic growth, alleviating poverty, creating economic prosperity, and empowering women in various countries across the world. Therefore, under the banner of “women as economic drivers”, these institutions and a number of other Western organisations are pushing forward this idea as a major project internationally, by planning and financing them in developing countries, especially in South East Asia and Turkey. According to the World Bank, “The challenge for Turkey is to improve the access of women to economic opportunities and jobs, as this will increase total productive employment in Turkey. Increasing female employment could significantly boost economic growth and reduce poverty in Turkey: World Bank estimates suggest that increasing the share of women who work full-time by just 6 percentage points could increase income by 7 percent and reduce poverty by 15 percent”.
Economists have stated that Turkey faces a large gender gap in labour force participation. Only 29 percent of Turkish women (defined as being between the ages of 15-64 years) in Turkey are active in the labour market, which is the lowest rate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and female labour force participation in the country has declined since 1988. According to the World Bank this decline in female labour force participation is a result of the migration of families from rural to urban areas, and the occupational changes associated with this internal migration, as women in rural areas tend to work on family land and other traditional sectors, contributing to family income and welfare. When they move to the cities however, women who have only a basic primary education struggle to compete for urban jobs and, in the absence of adequate child care facilities, often stay at home to look after their children and family. According to some economists, this leads to further de-skilling and thus may explain the long lasting downward trend in labour force participation.
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News & Comment
Absolute Internet Freedom in Malaysia is Destructing the Behavior of Many of Malaysia’s Youth
On the 18th of November, the news website, Malaysiandigest.com reported on a story about an unhealthy trend among the youths in Malaysia to mimic the liberal Western way of life propagated through billions of internet sites, including many pornography sites. The report addresses the worrying fall out on the youth of absolute freedom of the internet, associating it with the rise of rape cases. It is estimated that 10 women are raped every day in the country, with many more going unreported. At least half of the victims are said to be children and teenage girls below 16 years old. Some pornography sites even deliberately target the young by registering website names that mimic children’s TV shows. Former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad also stated recently that he thinks the internet should be censored.
According to a study conducted by the National University of Malaysia, 60% of internet users in the country utilize it for entertainment and pleasure such as watching videos on YouTube and playing games. Thus, unhealthy cultures have spread within the society and influenced people, especially teenagers and children. It has caused many teenagers to become obsessed with games, watching videos, and chatting on the internet, affecting their education and causing them to become lazy in other spheres of their life or in fulfilling their Islamic or family responsibilities.
Further exacerbating the situation, pornography videos which are very easily accessible on the internet have influenced teenagers and even children. Although pornography magazines and other similar material have been prohibited to enter Malaysia, the advent of 'absolute freedom' provided under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the Bill of Guarantees MSC related to the internet, has facilitated the speedy online spread of pornographic videos within the society and without censorship. This absolute internet freedom that has been endorsed by the Malaysian government and that is based on Western liberal values, allows internet companies and sites to function with few limits and also encourages individuals to pursue and fulfil their desires in any way they wish, carrying with it therefore the high possibility of causing an increase in acts that violate the dignity of women and girls within the society. Many cases of rape involve teenagers who initially met and socialized through social networking sites like facebook and twitter.
You Imprison the Honorable Girls and Women of Alexandria?!
How Do You Pass Judgment?
The Misdemeanor Court of Sidi Gaber sentenced the adult female defendants to 11 years in actual prison in Case No. 25790 of 2013 and the placement of 7 juvenile females at a juvenile detention center until reaching the legal age, and sentenced six agitators in absentia to 15 years imprisonment. The prejudicial rules that have been issued against the girls were based on flimsy charges. The public prosecutor charged the girls of joining a terrorist group, illegal gathering, the use of force, vandalizing shops and property, disturbing public peace, and disrupting the interests of citizens while protesting. The police had arrested the girls for organizing a human chain on the Corniche in Alexandria, on Thursday, 31 of October under the name of the movement, the 7am movement. Everyone who followed the case noted the quick speed by which the case was decided, while the cases of the corrupt Mubarak regime taking a long give and take!
The imprisonment of Muslim girls in Alexandria is a violation of the sanctities and it terrorizes and intimidates people, it is absolutely unacceptable to deal with honorable girls and women in this way.
Dear noble sisters...
The Muslim woman has been deprived the right to exercise her "real" political rights throughout the years that followed the demolition of the Khilafah! This also remained the same after the Arab Spring revolutions as they did not translate into a radical change that is consistent with the doctrine of Islam, the Aqeedah of this Ummah. The aspired political right for women is not the mock participation through seats in Parliament and representation through quotas or their involvement in committee sessions, while at the same time they are prevented from expressing their opinion and even arrested and tried for many years in prison!
Monday, December 2, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
On the 12th October 2013, Natalya Voytenkova, mother of 3 young children, was sentenced to 5 years in prison by the criminal Kazakstan regime. Her crime was to speak out against the unjust imprisonment and brutal torture of her husband and other political prisoners by the oppressive Kazak authorities. Her husband was incarcerated simply for being a member of Hizb ut Tahrir, a non-violent Islamic political party, and for standing against the brutal repression of his government. Three young children have now been left motherless and fatherless due to the criminal actions of a tyrant regime. Pls raise awareness about the plight of Natalya and other political prisoners of Kazakstan.
US Politicians Exploit Afghan Women’s Rights Yet Again as a Tool to Justify Continued Occupation of the Country
On the 18th November 2013 media outlets such as Associated Press and ABC News reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, stated that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point that will be critical to maintaining advances made by its women over the last decade. Clinton mentioned, “the hard-fought gains that women and children have been able to enjoy” while Kerry commented that Afghan women and girls had made great progress since 2001, enjoying greater access to education and healthcare. Ironically this news was covered on the same day that seven schoolchildren were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan’s Paktika province. They also argued that the US should remain engaged in the fight for women’s rights in the country, warning about the dangers following withdrawal of US troops in 2014. These statements from US politicians come predictably at a time when the US is attempting to convince the Afghan public of the need for some combat forces to remain in the country after the withdrawal.
The issue of women’s rights was used in part to justify the invasion of the country in 2001 and now it is being cynically exploited yet again through fear-mongering to continue US colonial policies in the region. However, the true reality facing women and children in Afghanistan today is ample proof that 12 years of Western occupation has brought nothing to their lives but death, destruction, extreme poverty, and insecurity. Since 2001, tens of thousands of Afghan women and children have been killed, injured, or displaced from homes. The UN has stated that deaths and injuries to women and children caused by improvised explosive devises alone increased by 38% in the first half of 2013. In addition, 1 woman dies every 2 hours in the country due to maternal deaths resulting from a pitiful healthcare system, and there is only a 14% female literacy rate. Afghan women also face a society of lawlessness and spiraling levels of abductions, violence, and rape. All this, accompanied by crippling levels of poverty as well as non-Islamic practices such as forced marriages that have been allowed to flourish under this Western-backed agent Karzai government has resulted in a significant rise in depression and suicide attempts amongst women and girls. Is this the progress, hard-fought gains and women’s empowerment Clinton and Kerry talk about!!?