Pamela Cross
Legal Director, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)
Pamela Cross is a long time feminist political activist with a focus on women’s equality-rights issues.

Pascale Fournier
SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School

An action-oriented publication, this booklet examines some of the central themes which are integral to the status of women in Muslim societies: the multiple sources and forms of law; family, patriarchy, and laws; women and the culture of violence; nationalism, identity, and women; political and social dynamics of power. It also details a number of strategies, both successful and less successful, which have been used by women in Muslim societies to meet the challenges they face.

The Unholy Alliance between some progressives and the fundamentalists has sought to take advantage of state policies of multiculturalism and the painful realities of continuing racial discrimination to demand special rights for the ‘Muslim community ’. But these special rights inevitably involve anti-women practices and highly regressive interpretations of Islam. They also unquestioningly presume that all migrants from Muslim contexts identify as Muslim.

There are various models of Constitutions in the world. This write-up is not looking at the technicalities of different models or offering a comparative analysis of those. It is an attempt to facilitate the reading of a Constitution, in search of Fundamental Rights, no matter what particular system of democratic governance, presidential or parliamentary, it has adopted.

In much of the Muslim world, women's lack of knowledge about statutory provisions and about the sources of customs and practices applied in their immediate community obstructs their ability to change their circumstances. This understanding was the basis for the Women & Law in the Muslim World Programme of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML).

This kit provides information on the existing processes and how NGOs can intervene/participate in the review - whether they choose to stay at home, participate in the UN processes or engage exclusively in the NGO events and forums.

En octobre 1997, 35 participantes actives du réseau (issues de 18 pays différents) se sont rencontrées à Dhaka dans le but de développer le troisième Plan d’Action du WLUML. Nous avons ré-examiné d’anciens problèmes et aussi identifié certaines difficultés qui émergent. Nous avons débattu de la meilleure stratégie pour répondre, en tant que réseau, à ces besoins tout en sachant que nous devons agir dans des circonstances qui apparaissent parfois insurmontables dans nos contextes spécifiques.

The Dossier explores and synthesizes a broad range of feelings, interpretations and strategies of women on issues of feminism, nationalism, internationalism, and religion.

Papers from the 'teach-in' organised by Act Together, Southall Black Sisters, Women Against Fundamentalisms, Women in Black (London), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and WLUML, held on 8 September 2002 at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.

Friends at Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) have issued the following alert for action.
Syndicate content