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BADRIYAH FAYUMI: Protecting children

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 1 2013   /  12:09 pm

JP/Nani AfridaIf you want to know about how Islam accommodates women, then Badriyah Fayumi is the person. She can explain that Islam never looks down on women and, she has many arguments based on Prophet Muhammad’s hadith.

That is not surprising, for Badriyah, who is now the chair of the Indonesian Commission on Child Protection (KPAI), graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo majoring in commentary on the hadith.

“Although gender issues in Indonesia are slightly progressive compared to children’s issues, we still face many obstacles,” she told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview.

According to Badriyah, the obstacles are social tradition and understanding Islam.

For instance, Badriyah is one of the women who rails against the idea that husbands do not need permission from wives to marry again.She said that Surrah An-Nisa of the Koran mentions wom...