Ending Polygamy in Muslim Marriages

Authors/editor(s): Musawah

This publication is produced by Musawah with support from UN Women within the framework of the ‘Men and Women for Gender Equality’ regional programme funded by Sweden.

Background:
The policy brief outlines the importance of ending polygamy in Muslim marriages, and advocates for monogamy as laid out in the Qur’an. Evidence shows that polygamy can be harmful to husbands, wives, and children who are involved in such relationships, as they strain individuals, families, and households, and can contribute to violence within the home and in society. This policy brief shows why monogamy is the preferred form of marriage, why the laws can be changed, where reform has occurred, and how we can ensure equality and justice.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Arab States/North Africa

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

Resource type: Briefs

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 6