A Shared Vision for Change: Women and Legislative Reform in Muslim-Majority Societies

In collaboration with the Dialogue Project at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies

Event Details

  • Time

    12:00pm

  • Date

    17 Nov, 2005

  • Location

    • Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University
    • 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC
  • Contact

    WLP

Azar Nafisi

Author of the best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, visiting scholar at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, Director of the SAIS Dialogue Project at Johns Hopkins University

Mahnaz Afkhami

Founder and President of Women's Learning Partnership, Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, former Minister of State for Women's Affairs in Iran.

Zainah Anwar

Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, formerly a member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

Asma Khader

Member of the Permanent Arab Court as Counsel on violence against women, General Coordinator of Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan and former Minister of Culture

Rabéa Naciri

Board member and former President of Collectif 95 Maghreb-Egalité, a network of women’s associations and women researchers from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia committed to preventing violence against women

WLP, in collaboration with the Dialogue Project at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, will convene women leaders from Muslim-majority societies to discuss strategies for the creation of egalitarian communities and reform of family law based on women’s capability to choose. 

Watch discussions from A Shared Vision for Change: Women and Legislative Reform in Muslim-Majority Societies

Speakers will reflect on the growing impact of women’s activism and positive effects of exchanging strategies across national, ethnic, and regional boundaries.  They will focus on family laws based on the Sharia code, which often severely restricts women’s autonomy in crucial areas such as marriage, divorce, child custody, and inheritance, and will discuss the lack of adequate legal protections against domestic violence and honor killings, factors which undermine women’s position within the family and in society.  Lastly, the panel will discuss resistance to the reform of laws governing women’s roles in the family, and opposition voiced by the state, religious and educational institutions, and the media.

This event also marks the launch of Women's Learning Partnership's English translation of the Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb

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