Mita enjoys more flexible working and studying hours; she says she is allowed to study any time she likes. Today her employers pay part of her study fees and her phone bills. The degrees that they are working towards points to their career goals. Ati plans to return in to her hometown and start a catering business.
Mita wants to work in mass communications, and laughs when she says she wants to be a deejay. Their peers, who work and study like them have ambitions to be English teachers or businesswomen. Even though more Singapore women are working outside the home, the inflow of women from neighbouring countries means that women of a different class and ethnicity remain responsible for the home — keeping state-endorsed patriarchy intact. Labels: domestic work , indonesia , migration , publications , school , singapore. This article was first published in Aquila Style.
Labels: gender , hijab , holland , Islam , social movements , visibility. This post was originally published at Muslimah Media Watch. Labels: development , gender , Islam , publications , social movements , visibility. Friday, May 17, What is awra? This word comes from fiqh or jurisprudence; it does not appear in the Quran. This word is then used as a guideline for how women should dress, in addition to indications from hadith and you all know how I feel about them by now: guidance, not law. Labels: hijab , Islam , quran. What is zeena? The root z-y-n zai-ya-nun appears 46 times.
For example, the earth has been adorned and made beautiful , with the sky and stars for example , often translated as beauty, decoration or adornment.
Examples are gold , horses , wealth and children , , and festivals We are encouraged to look moderately nice at the masjid But we shouldn't be excessive, as Pharaoh , and lead ourselves astray with it , Disbelievers will be attracted to worldly life , , , and just like every other community, be pleased with their wrongdoings , , , , , , It only becomes harmful when taken to excess. And turn to Allah altogether believers, so that you may succeed. Some say it's what you cannot control when it rains, the wind blows, etc.
It comes from the root meaning beauty, adornment, ornamentation and attractiveness. It can be revealed in front of certain groups of men. That older women who are relaxing their dress code around men should still not reveal breasts makes total sense.
As for 'what is apparent', this could refer to whatever is out of the women's control. I certainly wouldn't!! But then it wouldn't make sense that hair causes desire in only certain men, or that you are allowed to show your hair to children because hair causes desire in sexually mature people?? However, you could walk in a way that shows off your hair. Perhaps it has been left vague, perhaps because it is culturally constructed. What is suitable for women to reveal in front of these men differs in each social context.
Taking everything into account, it seems to be referring to a collection of behaviours that are aesthetic and can cause desire in sexually mature people.
Perhaps in some other I'll read something else and understand it better, inshallah. Labels: gender , hijab , Islam , quran , sexuality. Sunday, May 12, Why I don't sing in a choir. One morning, the Dutchman and I tried to sing a song about love, taking turns with each word.
DM: Love, love, love Me: Love, love, love, love, love Me: Love, love DM: There's nothing you can do that can't be done Makes the world go round. Labels: dutchman. This article was originally published at Aquila Style on 10 May Wati not her real name is a year-old Indonesian Muslim woman from Java who has been working as a live-in domestic worker for a Chinese employer — who is Christian — for almost 13 years now. If she had protested, she might have been blacklisted, terminated and sent back to her homeland of Indonesia — just like the stories she had heard in the Jakarta holding centre before flying to Singapore.
This increasing demand over the last decade means that more and more Indonesian women are migrating for work, with their movement being made easier by offers of capital in the form of debt. Why did Singapore allow the influx of migrant domestic workers in the s? Why do Singaporeans today hire domestic workers?
Economic necessity is the most popular answer to both questions. During the post-independence manufacturing boom of the s, more women started working outside the home. The existing pattern of migrant work in Singapore is characterised by the Foreign Maid Scheme of , where women from mostly Indonesia and the Philippines were allowed to migrate to Singapore to work as live-in domestic workers.
Most of the women from Indonesia are Muslim, while those from the Philippines are mostly Catholic. However, greater numbers of Indonesian workers were hired in , after the hanging of Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino domestic worker, for murder.
The execution strained relations between Singapore and the Philippines and resulted in a temporary ban on the deployment of Filipina workers to Singapore. In this article I speak to the two of them again to find out how they expressed their Muslim identities while working. I had to accompany their children to church, and almost every day I had to handle and cook pork, which was clearly forbidden in Islam.
That was perhaps my fault that I agreed and wanted to work in such conditions. Even though she was receiving a salary far beyond what she could earn back in Indonesia, without being able to fulfil her religious obligations, her life felt dark, as if she had no religion at all. For example, my family not only encouraged our domestic workers to pray and fast, but they also expected them to, regardless of how the women themselves related to their faith. My family expected that a pious worker would not cause any problems such as running away, having a boyfriend, or expecting too much freedom.
If I have to cook pork, every day I wash my hands with earth. Alhamdulilah, with this one, they let me pray, but no time to pray. Unfortunately for a domestic worker, work always comes first. Live-in domestic workers are often expected to be on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even though they are now entitled to a day off, by Singapore law.
The finer details of how much privacy and day-to-day rest time are usually left to the goodwill of the employer. For Sinta, even though her employers had agreed to give her Sundays off, when they had to attend an event like a wedding, this usually meant that she had to stay at home to take care of the younger children.
When life gives you lemons… Despite these gloomy accounts, these women also show us how to make the best of such a situation. During her first Ramadhan, Wati longed to fast and decided to do so in secret. She managed to do this for two weeks until she was caught having sahur by her employer, who reported her to the labour agency.
Rebukes and tears ensued. When her contract came to an end after two years, she wanted to go home. But when her employers wanted her to renew her contract by offering a salary increase, she took the opportunity to negotiate. Eventually her employer agreed, as long as she did not neglect her work and did not influence the children by praying or fasting in front of them. As for Sinta, even though she does not get a consistent salary, she is able to bank on the common religion and cultural background of her employers to understand her religious and academic pursuits. She first asked to take an English class and a sewing course at a nearby mosque.
Even when I used to work three days three nights because of Hari Raya Puasa [Eid ul-Fitr], we always work more, making cookies and whatnot, but the ang pow [cash gift] is only ten dollars. But grateful, alhamdulilah! At least got ang pow.alyonabondar.com/components/map13.php
Sinta shows gratitude and relief for the ease of working with a Malay Muslim employer. Even though she could earn more elsewhere, she thinks she might not be able to practise her religion as freely as she could with her current employers. For Sinta, being able to be a Muslim without fear was the most important factor. Having an employer of a common cultural or religious background is no guarantee of their attitudes, which can also change over time. In fact, it depends on how an individual handles it, because from my own experience and patience, I managed to carry out my duties to my employer and to God.
While Wati and Sinta have shown extraordinary patience and tenacity in handling their circumstances, employers also have to go beyond the idea of treating their workers as subordinates and more as co-workers in managing a household. Treating workers with the dignity and respect they deserve is likely to result in cooperation and a more productive and pleasant working relationship. Labels: domestic work , gender , indonesia , Islam , migration , publications , singapore. Friday, May 10, "Lift your skirt?
Source: Singapore Cancer Society I previously blogged about how campaigns on breast cancer and promoting regular check-ups are framed here and here. This recent ad campaign by Singapore Cancer Society promoting free Pap smears for women in Singapore is just another example to add to my list.
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It was covered by The Stream Al-Jazeera , which collected a variety of responses from social media. Source: Stomp In short, the idea behind the sexualised women was catering to the male gaze, suggesting voyeurism and sexual availability of women. This copywriter thinks that puns hardly work in ads, while others thought that it's not a good idea to sexualise ads which carry an important message.
What word would trigger the Singaporean mindset to pay attention to this ad?
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