If we forget about these girls it means we are forgetting our own sisters, our own people."- Malala Yousafzai[1]

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) is enraged by the abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok, Borno State of Northeastern Nigeria, whose fate remains unclear. We grieve with the families of the girls and support their call to bring them safely back to their homes where they belong. We urge the Nigerian government to do their utmost power in bringing the girls back to their families and subsequently assuring they receive medical and psychological support, and the international community to assist them.  We are in solidarity with the people and civil society groups in Nigeria who are opposing and resisting the rise of armed political Islamist forces who misuse and abuse the name of Islam to justify their brutal terrorist ploy.

"إذا نسينا امر تلك  الفتيات، فهذا يعني اننا نسينا أخواتنا و اهلنا ." ملالا يوسف زاي[1]

تلقت شبكة التضامن النسوي "نساء يعشن في ظل قوانين المسلمين " نبأ اختطاف اكثر من 200 فتاة في شيبوك، في ولاية بورنو في شمال شرقي نيجيريا ببالغ الحزن والغضب . ما زال مصير الفتيات غير معلوم. نشاطر أهاليهن في Hحزانهم و ندعم طلبهم لإعادة الفتيات سالمات إلى منازلهن . و نطالب الحكومة النيجيرية ببذل اقصي جهودها لإعادتهن إلى ذويهن وكذلك تقديم الدعم الطبي والنفسي لهن. ونطالب المجتمع الدولي بتقديم يد العون في تحقيق ذلك.

If we forget about these girls it means we are forgetting our own sisters, our own people."- Malala Yousafzai[1]

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) is enraged by the abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok, Borno State of Northeastern Nigeria, whose fate remains unclear. We grieve with the families of the girls and support their call to bring them safely back to their homes where they belong. We urge the Nigerian government to do their utmost power in bringing the girls back to their families and subsequently assuring they receive medical and psychological support, and the international community to assist them.  We are in solidarity with the people and civil society groups in Nigeria who are opposing and resisting the rise of armed political Islamist forces who misuse and abuse the name of Islam to justify their brutal terrorist ploy.

In honour of the determination of people like Algerian TV producer, Aziz Smati, who was shot exactly twenty years ago today, we must support all those who wield song against suicide belt, and wage art against fundamentalism, writes Karima Bennoune

 
Tough Sharia Penal Code introduced Tuesday has been in the works for years and is expected to be phased in in upcoming six months

In conversations with Karima Bennoune over the past two months, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami shares her analysis of the political crisis in Tunisia during the rule of the Ennahda party, and the strategies needed to defeat fundamentalism

Coming to the event

  • Date and time: Wednesday 23 October 2013 , 6.30-8pm
  • Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
  • Speakers: Professor Karima Bennoune 
  • Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt 
  • Suggested twitter hashtag: #LSEBennoune

"The baobab connotes spiritual strength . . . and fortitude . . . in distressing times." Ayesha Imam and the women she worked with for years in the Nigerian organization BAOBAB for Women's Human Rightspossess those very traits. The group, founded in 1996, fights to protect women's rights in the maze of the Nigerian legal system, with its overlapping religious, secular and customary laws and courts.

We are very pleased to announce that WLUML Board Member Karima Bennoune's book, "Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism," has just been published in the U.S. by Norton.

WLUML has been shocked to learn that there are two individuals at imminent risk of execution by stoning in Iran. In 2012, Zahra Pour Sai and Ali Sai Bashsiz were tried in Tabriz (Iranian Azerbaijan) court, convicted of Zina (adultery), and sentenced to death by stoning. They appealed their convictions, but the appeal was refused and the verdict was confirmed by Branch 7 of the Supreme Court. It is now feared that they are at imminent risk of death by stoning.

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