IISR holds debate contest to promote Urdu language

Updated 14 January 2015
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IISR holds debate contest to promote Urdu language

The International Indian School, Riyadh (IISR) recently conducted a debate competition for girl students which gave them the opportunity to showcase their talent as well as promote the Urdu language as part of the curriculum.
The debate contest was categorized into three levels: Senior secondary, secondary and junior groups.
Huba Hasmi bagged the first prize for the senior secondary level, Aisha Fatima won the second prize and Ismaa Sheikh got the third prize, whereas for the secondary level, the first prize went to Rahma Habeeb, the second prize was won by Tuba Hafeez and the third prize was shared between Zaina Hameed and Raheema Riyaz.
In the Junior category for the sixth and seventh grades, the first prize was won by Aisha Perwaiz, the second prize went to Manal Hasan and the third prize was taken by Rahma Shah.
Speaking at the grand finale held recently, IISR Principal S.M. Shaukat Perwaiz said that the debate competitions were an excellent opportunity to fulfill the commitment for the development of Urdu by the staff and students of the school. Moreover, such competitions help to enhance the skills of repartee and presence of mind playing a key role in the development of their all-round personalities, he added.
“Urdu is part of our rich literary heritage and composite culture and it is therefore our duty to use it as a lingua franca and not occasionally or casually as is generally the case,” Shaukat observed, noting that the debate in Urdu will further promote the rich native language which now has international reach.
The vice principal of the girls’ section Asma Shah in her welcome address earlier said that the school administration was doing all it could to promote the Urdu language. She also described the language as “a symbol of our composite culture” and urged the students, teachers and parents to play their role in the individual and collective capacity for the development of Urdu.
She further emphasized the significance of the power of the Urdu language as a means of communication and termed the IISR Urdu debate competitions as the hallmark of a sound education system for the students.
Faizah Mustafa concluded the event with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an while Kulsum Sayyid read the translation and interpretation and Hina Kausar explained the rules to the participants.


The rights Saudi women did not know of

Updated 25 April 2018
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The rights Saudi women did not know of

  • Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Justice ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles
  • No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father

JEDDAH: Despite the great steps taken by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to give women a freer and more secure life, many Saudi women still do not have enough knowledge of their rights. 

Therefore, the ministry has started a campaign in cities all over the Kingdom to spread awareness among women of their legal rights. A female-only staff runs public exhibitions to enlighten them about how they are protected in different areas so they can lead their lives in a better way.

“We are using every possible channel to communicate with women to enlighten them about their rights, support them in all aspects to assure their ability to enjoy a secure rightful life,” said Majed Alkhamis, head of media and communication at the Ministry of Justice.

Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles. Despite all the obstacles, the ministry has succeeded in several areas.

A wife’s rights

The system not only grants the woman the right to sue her husband or ex-husband for alimony or acknowledgment of paternity, but it also allows any women legally living on Saudi soil, regardless of her citizenship or religion, to prosecute her current or former husband even if he is outside Saudi Arabia at the time of the lawsuit. Moreover, the new systems now support divorced women to a whole new level. For example, the system gives priority to a woman’s alimony over her husband’s personal debts.

Marriage agreements

No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father. This arrangement grants a woman the freedom to accept a marriage proposal without any influence or coercion. In addition, if a woman is not happy with her marriage, she is free to leave the house of marriage and walk out of the agreement with no law to force her to come back. If she chooses to abandon the marriage her right to alimony will be dropped, but she is still entitled to custody of the children.

No delays

The Ministry of Justice has designed a full female service within its courthouses. 

These services include advisory people who provide free consultations on everything. In addition, these departments support women at all stages up until the execution of any court order to avoid delays and procrastination.

Speedy justice

The law emphasizes the speedy execution of justice in women-related cases.