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Jakarta Post

Equality in Muslim family law on the table

  • Ati Nurbaiti


KUALA LUMPUR   /   Sun, February 15 2009   /  11:48 am

Equality is necessary and possible in Muslim families, and not just so-called modern women demand such equality, women said Saturday at an international gathering in Kuala Lumpur. Equality is necessary because "many aspects of current Muslim laws and practices are unjust", said Zainah Anwar, a leading activist in Malaysia and former head of the NGO Sisters in Islam, which hosted the Global Meeting for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Anwar, also the project director for the musawah (equality) meeting, said equality and justice in the family is made possible by the coming together of Islamic teachings, a human rights framework and constitutional guarantees of those human rights. At a press conference after the event, she said the perception that such demands for justice are not made by "traditional" women in rural areas is "a myth&quo...