This Guidebook presents a practical discussion of the useful mechanisms developed by the state and also the civil society to provide redress and remedy, and to protect women human rights defenders.  It is intended to be used by human rights and other organisations to further a gender perspective in the monitoring and documentation of human rights. 

Algerian sociologist and founder of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim laws, Marieme Hélie-Lucas talks to networker, Amal al-Ashtal, about the origins and early years of WLUML.

Samia Allalou, qui vit à Paris, est une journaliste algérienne, présentatrice de télévision et réalisatrice de documentaires. Depuis 2007, elle fait partie du réseau international de solidarité, Femmes sous lois musulmanes.

Homa Hoodfar is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University and has been actively involved in Women Living Under Muslim Laws since the 1980s. Her publications include: “Building Civil Societies: A Guide for Social and Political Participation”.

Fatou Sow est une sociologue sénégalaise. Membre de plusieurs associations scientifiques africaines et internationales, Fatou est membre fondateur du Groupe de recherche sur les Femmes et les lois au Sénégal (GREFELS), Le bureau de coordination régionale du Réseau Femmes sous lois musulmanes.

There are different forms of public participation. In addition to demonstrations and rallies, there are other efficient tools to demand change, such as poster and postcard campaigns, calls for action campaigns, petitions and direct lobbying. This WLUML Tool for Activists focuses on just one form of public participation: the letter writing campaign or solidarity letter.

Farida Shaheed is Director of Research at Shirkat Gah - Women's Resource Centre in Pakistan. In 1986 she met Marieme Hélie-Lucas, the founder of Women Living Under Muslim Laws, who had come to Pakistan for a  program called 'Muslim Women Speak'. Farida Shaheed is a longstanding council member of WLUML. Ms. Shaheed is also the first Independent Expert on cultural rights.

Fatou Sow is a Senegalese Sociologist. A member of a number of African and international associations, Ms. Sow is a founding member of Le Groupe de recherche sur les Femmes et les lois au Sénégal (GREFELS) and is currently the Coordinator of the International Coordination Office of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.

Mme Codou Bop, Sénégalaise, est journaliste et chercheure sur les questions relatives aux droits des femmes. Elle coordonne le Groupe de Recherche sur les Femmes et les Lois au Sénégal (GREFELS), et le bureau de coordination régionale pour le région d'Afrique et le Moyen-Orient du réseau Women Living Under Muslim Laws (Femmes sous lois musulmanes). Elle s’intéresse plus spécifiquement aux droits sexuels et reproductifs des femmes, à l’Islam et droits humains des femmes et au trafic des êtres humains, des femmes notamment.

Codou Bop is a journalist based in Dakar, Senegal and is the Coordinator of the Groupe de Recherche sur les Femmes et les Lois au Senegal (GREFELS) and the Africa-Middle East regional coordination office for Women Living Under Muslim Laws. Ms. Bop's publications include: "Islam and Women's Sexual Health and Rights in Senegal" in Islam and Human Rights: Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts, Global Media Publications, 2006.

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