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In the search of happiness in the family

  • Ati Nurbaiti,

    The Jakarta Post,

Kuala Lumpur   /   Sun, February 22 2009   /  11:47 am
Part of the campaign material of Sisters in Islam to help women make decisions in real life marriages, based on the Koran and Islamic teachings. The Malaysian nongovernmental organization is among pioneers of the ‘Musawah’ global movement seeking equality and justice in Muslim familie (JP/M. Hadi-Santoso)(JP/M. Hadi-Santoso)

"We love men - men are wonderful; it's just that when they become husbands we're invisible, they're so powerful". Thus stated Indonesia's champion of single moms, widows, and estranged wives, Nani Zulminarni. She drew laughter and applause from the audience of over 200 women from 47 countries gathering in Kuala Lumpur. They sought to answer the question: If Islam is just then how come scores of Muslim women are unhappy and miserable - or dead - because of their marriages? They were part of an evolving global movement: Across continents women are working together, aiming to change something affecting themselves and millions of others - Muslim family law. A short play at the opening of the event from 13 to 18 Feb. included just one real story out of numerous "bride burning" reports from India and Pakistan: One woman said she was going to t...