Rabat – Following in the footsteps of Iman Oubou who won the title of Miss New York, another model of Moroccan origin has been selected to take part in a beauty contest in Italy. 20-year-old Ahlam El Brinis, who was born in Padua, Italy to Moroccan parents, has recently been selected for the semi-final of the Miss Italy beauty pageant, which is scheduled to take place in the coastal town of Jesolo on September 20th.However, the young Moroccan model from Montebelluna in northerneast Italy has been threatened on social media for taking part in the Italian beauty pageant, The Local reported. El Brinis, who said was born Muslim but is a non-practicing Muslim, has been the target of threats on Facebook for her scantily clad photographs and for ‘dishonoring Islam.’“Miss Italy is a beauty contest, religion doesn’t enter into it and I don’t want everything focused on that,” El Brinis told Italian media.“Everyone is free to choose and follow their religion in their own way,” she said. “I am aware that there are more conservative people who might think that I am mistaken about what I do.Media headlines in Italy have also described her as “the miss who challenges Islam”.“Insults and threats don’t hurt me,” she added. “But honestly that doesn’t interest me because I have my family’s support and that is enough for me”.“I will follow my own path. “Whoever is attacking me has an old-fashioned attitude. They are writing about me on Facebook, they are offending me. What I am doing wrong by modeling?”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
In a press release today, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) welcomed the announcement that Soco now joins Shell, Total and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in pledges not to undertake extraction activities within the agencies’ World Heritage Sites.“The World Heritage Committee has always taken a very clear position that oil and mining exploration and exploitation are incompatible with the World Heritage status of natural sites on the World Heritage List,” said UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre Director Kishore Rao.“It is encouraging that this position is now more and more accepted in the oil and mining industry and is also used as a criterion for several large investment banks.“We hope that the Government of DRC will follow up on this commitment by SOCO and cancel all the oil exploration permits granted within the Virunga National Park, as requested also by the World Heritage Committee.”Soco, in a joint statement with the World Wildlife Fund agreed “not to undertake or commission any exploratory or other drilling within the legendary park unless UNESCO and the DRC Government agree that such activities are not incompatible with its World Heritage Status.”Soco further announced it would not conduct any operations in any other World Heritage site and would ensure that any current of future operations in buffer zones adjacent to World Heritage sites do not jeopardize the Outstanding Universal Value for which these sites are listed, UNESCO said. Famous as a home for the rare mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979 for its exceptional diversity of ecosystems, ranging from snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains to the wetlands of Lake Edward.The site was seriously impacted by the past years of conflict in the DRC. The site has also been on the List of World Heritage in Danger since 1994 due to the impact of the conflict in the Great Lakes region, and UNESCO recently condemned violence against wardens there, some 150 of whom have been attacked since 1996.