طبيبة وجراحة سعودية ناجحة تعمل في الإمارات العربية المتحدة كانت تقطن فيها مع زوجها، العاطل عن العمل، وابنتيها الصغيرتين حتى العام الماضي عندما قام بخداعها وخطف طفلتيها والهرب بهما إلى السعودية ثم طلقها بعد زواج دام أربعة عشر عاماً ومنعها من رؤيتهما منذ ذاك وقام الزوج السابق في المحكمة بتشويه سمعة طليقته وأم ابنتيه بكل ما أوتي من وسع، وبناء على أقواله فقط قررت المحكمة تسليمه حضانة ابنتيهما (تسع وسبع سنوات آنذاك).
A national survey of the political, economic, social and legal status of women in Morocco released today by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows a mixed picture of women’s status in the region.
The picture shows Aqila, aged 18, celebrating her marriage in front of relatives and friends. At the time she dreamt of coming to England for a happy, long life with her new husband and his family. Two years later, the young bride is stranded in her village in Pakistan after, a court has heard, being drugged and forcibly taken back by her husband and father-in-law without her newborn baby. Aqila, 20, was dumped outside her parents' house in March without her passport and British visa, leaving her stranded with little hope of return, the High Court was told last week.
Saudi Arabia’s state human rights body has hired a lawyer to review the case of a girl whose mother sought her divorce from an 80-year-old man, a move activists hope is a first step against child marriage. Saudi Arabia, a patriarchal society that applies an austere version of Sunni Islam, has no minimum legal age for marriage. Fathers are granted guardianship over their daughters, giving them control over who their daughters marry and when.
Suad Fathalla, the victim of a harassment campaign since speaking on Al Hurra television about the experience of ending her abusive marriage, has lost custody of her three young children and the right to remain in the apartment they currently share.
Single mothers in Morocco suffer severe legal and social stigma. To offset those disadvantages, a longtime advocate is pushing to use the country's new DNA paternity law to help women identify the fathers.
It must be appreciated that family law in the majority of Muslim countries is based largely on religious teachings, although the interpretation and application of these teachings can be diverse. Therefore, there is no one Islamic law applicable to all.