Uthema

Uthema is a Maldivian NGO registered in 2016 with the Ministry of Home Affairs to advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment in the Maldives. Uthema seeks to understand the lived experiences of women in the Maldives and use that knowledge to advocate for positive change to improve the lives of women. We have a particular interest in research, knowledge building and sharing as well as creating constructive conversations on the status of women in the Maldives. Connect with us on : Twitter @Uthema_MV Instagram Uthema_MV Let's start a conversation!
Uthema
UthemaJanuary 22, 2020 at 4:48am
ޖިންސީ ގޯނާގެ ވާހަކަ ނުދައްކާ ސަބަބު އޮތީ ރާއްޖޭގައި ފެއިލްވެފައިވާ ނިޒާމާ ގުޅި، މަސްހުނިވެފަ އެވެ.

ޖިންސީ އަނިޔާގެ ޝިކާރައަށްވާ ކުދިންގެ ތެރޭގައި ގިނައީ އަންހެނުން ކަމަށްވާއިރު، އެ ވާހަކަ ސިއްރު ކުރަން މަޖުބޫރު ވަނީ މުޖުތަމައުގެ ތެރޭގައި އޮތް އަންހެނުން "ފިތިފައި" ތިބެންޖެހުމުގެ ސަގާފަތުގެ ސަބަބުންނެވެ.

https://avas.mv/76735
Uthema
UthemaDecember 31, 2019 at 2:55pm
2020

މީލާދީ އާއަހަރުގެ ހެޔޮ އެެދުންތައް ހެޔޮހިތުން އަރިސްކުރަން

#HappyNewYear2020
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Uthema shared a post.December 19, 2019 at 2:32pm
Spiritual abuse exists within and outside of Muslim communities, yet what exactly is it?

Click through the images to learn more about spiritual abuse, and visit the link below to learn more through our Power and Control Wheel resource!

[Image description: A series of 10 images, with a mustard yellow background and white rectangle in the middle of each image, with black text and the heart logo in black on the bottom right hand corner of each image. The cover page reads: Spiritual abuse in Muslim communities with three clipart images of a mosque, person, and an open book. The text on the following nine images are as follows: The term "spiritual abuse" is commonly used by advocates and educators, but what does this term actually mean? Spiritual abuse is the MISUSE of religious doctrine, religious authority and (most of the time) male privilege to gain power and control over an individual. Spiritual abuse rarely exists in isolation, and is often linked to emotional abuse, as well as physical abuse and/or sexual violence.
It also exists within a complex framework of power and control, and needs to be seen as one of the MANY ways in which someone who harms gains power, trust, and authority over an individual. Examples of spiritual abuse may include someone stating: “I know more about Islam and its teachings, don't you trust me?” "God commands that wives obey their husbands. Why would you displease God by disobeying me?" They may provide justification for their actions such as: “Secret marriages are lawful." “Within Islam, men have a degree of rights over women. I have a right to know where you're going, why, and when you'll be back." Hadith and Quranic verses may be misused to coerce someone into unlawful marriage or sex. And/or the person who harms may control what the victim wears, who they speak with, and who they're allowed to see under the guise of "appropriate Islamic behaviors." Spiritual abuse, like other forms of abuse, creates an unequal distribution of power. This renders a victim helpless and paralyzed, and often dependent on the person who harms because of the fear that spiritual abuse creates. It is therefore unfair to expect a victim (who has less power) to protect themselves from the abuse. The toll that spiritual abuse takes on an individual, and the resulting trauma, may result in a neurological freeze (i.e. paralyzed) or fawn (i.e. extreme obedience to keep things calm and safe) response, rendering the victim helpless. While education about spiritual abuse is necessary, if we want to address the root causes of spiritual and other forms of abuse to end them, we must also work to change the conditions that allow spiritual abuse to exists and continue - unchecked - in the first place. And this means working to dismantle power structures; to create accountability measures for those who harm; and to believe and support victims swiftly, with RAHMA, when they bravely disclose their experiences.
To learn more about spiritual abuse in the context of power and control, visit the link in our caption!]

#abuse #power #spiritualabuse #victim #survivor #sexeducation #education #accountability #justice #respondwithRAHMA #disclosure #support #counseling #healing #islam #muslim #poc #woc #relationships #marriage

Link: http://heartwomenandgirls.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Power-and-Control-Wheel_final.pdf
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Uthema shared a photo.December 19, 2019 at 12:01pm
In The Quran, Marriageable Age is Limited To “Sound Judgement” & “Maturity Of Mind” (An-nisa:6) Puberty Alone Is Insufficient. #ChildMarriage
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Uthema shared a post.December 18, 2019 at 4:32pm
Forty years ago, on 18 December 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Convention outlines "that discrimination against women violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity, is an obstacle to the participation of women, on equal terms with men, in the political, social, economic and cultural life of their countries, hampers the growth of the prosperity of society and the family and makes more difficult the full development of the potentialities of women in the service of their countries and of humanity."

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of CEDAW, Musawah Executive Director Zainah Anwar shared the following statement:

"For many women's groups that Musawah engages with, the CEDAW Convention is the most important international treaty used to hold their governments accountable to their obligations to advance the rights of women in their national contexts. For many, Geneva is one location where they actually finally get a chance to engage with their governments in critical ways. It is an important platform as activists get the space to meet directly with CEDAW Committee members, raise their key issues of concern, and are able to hold their governments accountable to their treaty obligations.

"For this, Musawah is grateful to the openness of the OHCHR, the CEDAW Secretariat and, not least, the CEDAW Committee members. These experts respect and welcome the knowledge and experience from the ground that civil society activists bring to their attention to enable them to undertake their responsibilities as treaty body members to advance the rights of women. For many activists who are denied the opportunity for frank and constructive discussions with their officials back home, the close confines of the meeting room in Palais des Nations is where their voices are heard, through the questions and issues raised by the CEDAW Committee members.

"It's eight years now since Musawah decided to engage with the CEDAW reporting process. Since then, we have seen increasing numbers of CEDAW Committee members taking on States parties critically and constructively to challenge the ways Islam is used to justify continued discrimination against women and resist the demands for law reform. It is gratifying for us to see the CEDAW experts use Musawah reports and good practices tables to point out the new feminist scholarship and activism in the Muslim world and progress in law reform that governments can engage with and use as models to move forward to reform discriminatory family laws justified in the name of religion.

"I want to send my heartfelt congratulations to the CEDAW Committee members and the Secretariat staff, past and present, on reaching this milestone, even as we build towards the next 40 years of securing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women everywhere."

https://www.musawah.org/press/cedaws-40-years-of-prioritising-womens-lived-realities-of-discriminatory-family-laws/
Uthema
UthemaDecember 17, 2019 at 5:10am
އަންހެނުންނާއި ފިރިހެނުން އުފެއްދެވީ އެއްނަފްސުން.
ދެބައިވެރިން އެކުގައި މަސައްކަތް ކޮށްގެންނޫނީ އިންސާފެއްނުލިބޭނެ.
http://bit.ly/2haVX1n

#DidYouKnow that more than 1 million STI’s are acquired every day worldwide?

To reduce this number and prevent your worries, make sure to use condoms

Let’s talk about #SRH!

Talking openly on the subject doesn’t only avoid unwanted and unplanned pregnancies but it also empowers the youth as well!

Download #Siththaa to learn more about your Sexual and Reproductive Health and keep the conversation going.

The Decade of Action is en route and persistently aims to reach the #GlobalGoals

Do your part and make this a decade for unstoppable change. #ForPeopleForPlanet

Read More: http://bit.ly/SDG-Decade

.@SistersinIslam represents the strength and courage we all need to defend justice. Congratulations to you for winning the appeal to stay the execution for the fatwa against you. We stand in solidarity and support your right to freedom of expression! 🙌

Report: Ekakuves roane kameh neh hus fake!
ޖިންސީ އަނިޔާގެ ޝިކާރައަށްވާ ކުދިން ތެރޭގައި ގިނައީ އަންހެނުން ކަމަށްވާއިރު، އެ ވާހަކަ ސިއްރު ކުރަން މަޖުބޫރު ވަނީ މުޖުތަމައުގެ ތެރޭގައި އޮތް އަންހެނުން "ފިތިފައި" ތިބެންޖެހުމުގެ ސަގާފަތުގެ ސަބަބުންނެވެ https://avas.mv/76735

Root causes of violence includes gender discrimination, inequality, abuse of power & lack of respect for human rights. Impunity with which societies treat violence propagates of this menace.

1 in 3 women & 1 in 8 experienced the violence as kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bGSpTyO178

Educating yourself about #SRH would reduce:

✔ Unplanned pregnancies
✔ Spread of STI’s
✔ Increase of abortions

These subjects shouldn’t be taboo. Learn more through #Siththaa

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Women can be career-oriented and have a family.

Let's build communities where we share the care work and empower each other to reach career goals. #WednesdayWisdom

👶Childcare
🍳Cooking
🚰Cleaning
👩‍🌾Farming
Women do the majority of unpaid work that is essential for households & economies to function, and yet is under-valued. #FamiliesOfToday

|40th #Anniversary of #CEDAW|

Restoring Rights to Women, our primer on CEDAW and it's key concepts, contextualizing its standards in diverse scenarios, has found readers across India as well as globally.

What’s more, it is also available in 3 regional languages of India.

“What is galling is the fact that for non-Muslim women, law reforms have moved forward to recognise equality. But for Muslim women, in the name of Islam, you can be discriminated against.” Zainah Anwar on #Malaysia’s Muslim family laws.
#FreeOurFamilyLaws
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/01/11/malaysias-islamic-family-laws-have-gone-from-best-to-worst-says-activist

2020

މީލާދީ އާއަހަރުގެ ހެޔޮ އެެދުންތައް ހެޔޮހިތުން އަރިސްކުރަން

#HappyNewYear2020

Voluntary family planning is a human right. FP is central to GEWE & in reducing poverty. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the no of abortions, & lower the incidence of death & disability related to complications of pregnancy & childbirth.

In The Quran, Marriageable Age is Limited To “Sound Judgement” & “Maturity Of Mind” (An-nisa:6) Puberty Alone Is Insufficient! #ChildMarriage

(via @SistersinIslam)

Today is the 40th anniversary of #CEDAW

What is it? What does it mean for #womensrights? What did States sign up to? Learn more about #CEDAW & what it means for #WomensRights

>>> https://www.equalitynow.org/cedaw_40 <<<

@IWRAW_AP Since 2011 Musawah has intervened in 21 #CEDAW Sessions for 30 countries: 12 MENA, 9 Sub-Saharan Africa, 6 Southeast Asia + 3 South Asia. We submitted 31 thematic reports on Article 16 (marriage & family matters) incl 4 joint reports w/ women’s groups.

#40YearsOfCEDAW

To celebrate four decades of #CEDAW, we’ve been gathering testimonies from women’s rights activists around the globe. They reflect on the gains made through CEDAW, articulate hopes for the future and identify threats to the actualisation of women’s human rights. #40YearsOfCEDAW

In #CEDAW Oman, Cmte member challenged State party:

“Other countries have changed part of their Muslim family laws and exercise best practices in favor of women within their own territories. It’s a matter of fiqh/jurisprudence & written laws, which are human made & changeable”

In seminar on 'Religion and Rights: Strengthening Common Ground' Zainah Anwar said: "Governments cannot continue to hide behind the shield that these discriminatory laws are God’s laws, and therefore infallible and unchangeable."

https://www.facebook.com/musawahmovement/videos/1664377240285711/

In #CEDAWMalaysia #CEDAW Cmte member used eg of inheritance law.

"Women are now co-providers, even sometimes the sole provider & protector of the family. Yet the law has not changed to recognise this reality & ensure that justice remains the objective of Islamic law & practice"

For many #WomensRights activists who were denied the chance for frank, constructive talks w/ their governments back home, #CEDAW Cmte experts give space for their voices, knowledge & experiences to be heard — and to hold govts accountable for discriminatory laws.

Zainah Anwar: "My heartfelt congratulations to #CEDAW Cmte members & Secretariat staff, past and present, on reaching this 40th milestone, even as we build towards the next 40 years of securing the #HumanRights & fundamental freedoms of women everywhere."

https://www.musawah.org/press/cedaws-40-years-of-prioritising-womens-lived-realities-of-discriminatory-family-laws

Many countries in Southeast Asia & the Pacific rely on migrant workers for the functioning of their economies. But discrimination based on gender puts women migrant workers further at risk of violence, harassment & exploitation. #InternationalMigrantsDay
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3042453/what-do-asians-really-think-migrant-workers-you-might-be-shocked

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