17 Nov, 2005
- Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University
- 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC
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.