On International Women’s Day (IWD), Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) kicked off its global campaign against discriminatory family laws with its event, 24 Hours for Equality in the Family. Partners organized screenings of WLP’s new documentary, Equality: It’s All in the Family, and led discussions on reforming family laws in their respective countries.
Family laws, or laws that regulate roles and relations among family members, vary country to country, but almost invariably favor men and boys over women and girls. Some of the most egregious examples include laws that protect perpetrators of domestic violence, prohibit women from the right to divorce, or permit the practice of child marriage. These injustices are among many that Equality: It’s All in the Family addresses. WLP has translated the film into Arabic, French, Kyrgyz, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian so that the activists around the world can educate the public and policymakers about discriminatory family laws.
Hundreds of advocates, reporters, and citizens across the globe took part in ‘24 Hours for Equality in the Family’ activities. Here’s how WLP partners celebrated:
- In Brazil, Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao, e Açao (CEPIA) threw an Equality: It’s All in the Family watch-party over a continental breakfast at the law school, Escola Superior de Advocacia, in Rio de Janeiro.
- In Egypt, Forum for Women in Development (FWID) dedicated the event to FWID’s former vice president, the late Ms. Shahnaz Maqled. FWID screened the film for local women and facilitated a discussion on family laws issues that affect them.