Tag: Impact of Extremism on Women

The Obsession to Control What Women Wear Needs to Stop

In reference to this article https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/05/488020/39-women-slapped-notices-wearing-sexy-attire-during-ramadan published in NST today. Sisters in Islam (SIS) demands that Kelantan’s Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (JAHEAIK) stops its operations to police and summon women for their clothing, and expunge those whom have been issued notices from attending counselling sessions. The obsession to control what women wear needs to…

SIS Fatwa Trial Postponed to 17th June

Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) legal challenge against a fatwa by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), which was scheduled to take place today, has been unfortunately postponed again. Prior to the date of the hearing, both sides had already forwarded to the court all necessary documents and submissions. Nevertheless, the hearing was unable to proceed…

Uphold Democratic Space for All

Yesterday, more than a thousand people joined #WomensMarchMY, a peaceful rally organised by Malaysians in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The rally’s demands were: (1) end all violence based on gender and sexual orientation; (2) ban all child marriages; (3) ensure our rights and freedom to make choices over our own bodies and lives; (4)…

Sending Love to Georgetown City

Sisters in Islam (SIS) stands in solidarity with Penangpac, Big Nose Productions and playwright, Fa Abdul, on the staging of their two-hour comedy play, Love in Georgetown City. Based on simply the performance poster, Muslim groups had lodged police reports against the play claiming that it was screening “pornographic films that promoted free sex and…

SIS Outraged on Caning sentence handed to 45-year old Widow

We refer to this article published yesterday: https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/10/419777/otai-prostitute-receive-four-strokes-rotan-undergo-rehabilitation Sisters in Islam (SIS) is outraged at the sentence that has been handed to the 45-year old widow who has pleaded guilty to the charge of preparation for the act of prostitution in Kuala Terengganu yesterday. The Terengganu Syariah High Court had ordered the woman to undergo…

Diversity and Unity are Blessings to be Celebrated

Looking back, the lead up to GE14 had been one of the most unifying moments in our country’s history. From fresh faces of hope emerging amongst those who have always walked shoulder to shoulder us, to campaign speeches of ambitions that bravely went into the night – it did not matter what background we came…

Don’t Judge Women for Their Clothing

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is extremely concerned about the recent crackdown conducted by the Kelantan Islamic Affairs Department (JAHEAIK) and the Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) on women wearing ‘tight,’ ‘sexy’ or ‘indecent’ attire. To date, over 20 notices and summonses have been issued against women for the way they were dressed in an operation…

SIS Challenges Fatwa on Liberalism and Pluralism

Sisters in Islam (SIS) has filed a judicial review on a gazetted fatwa in Selangor declaring SIS as subscribing to “religious liberalism and pluralism”, and therefore deviating from the teachings of Islam. The fatwa allows for any publications deemed “liberal and plural” to be banned and seized. In addition, it calls for any form of…

Ceasing Restaurants during Ramadan, Not a Solution

On 23 May 2017, the Terengganu state government has ordered that food premises should cease operation during fasting hours. Ghazali Taib, the State Exco for Communication, Multimedia and Special Function said that State government has issued directive to religious department to monitor entrepreneurs at Ramadan bazaars and restaurants by allowing business owners to start operating…

Why RUU355 is not a law with feminist ideals

Contrary to what Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki claims, feminists should not and will not support the proposed amendments to Act 355 or better known by it’s Malay abbreviation, RUU355. Feminism does not aim to achieve justice and equality through imposing higher punishments. It instead, aims to achieve substantive equality…

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