4th Issue Brief: CEDAW and Muslim Family Laws

Authors/editor(s): Musawah - a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family

Musawah submits that full implementation of CEDAW is possible in Muslim-majority countries, as core principles and values of Islam and CEDAW – including equality, fairness, and justice – are fully compatible. Laws and practices in Muslim-majority countries and pertaining to Muslim-minority communities can and are being reformed to reflect these values. The reform of laws and practices for the benefit of society and the public interest has always been a part of Muslim legal tradition.

This knowledge brief was produced under the UN Women  Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, Arab States Regional Office, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Arab States/North Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; OECD DAC Donors and Other Countries

Subject area(s): Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Publication year: 2017