WLUML pays tribute to Fatima Mernissi, Moroccan Sociologist, Dead at 75

WLUML owes a lot to Mroroccan sociologist Fatima Mernissi, who passed away yesterday the 30th of November in Rabat, Morocco. A pioneer in the field of Islamic feminism, her loss deeply saddens us. Here are some final words to her. 

From Fatou Sow, International Director of Women Living Under Muslim Laws:

What a terrible and sad news.

Mali: "The struggle for women’s rights is not a straight line" says Mariam Diallo-Dramé, award winning campaigner and AFLED President

Mariam Diallo-Dramé, President of the Association for Women Leaders and Sustainable Development (AFLED) of Mali, and WLUML networker, received the Medal of Merit, awarded by the Government of Mali in January. Here she talks to WLUML about her life and work.

WE are being slaughtered by YOUR secondary enemy!


If you would like to sign on to this letter, please email Fatou Sow at fatou@wluml.org 

Sri Lanka: A Democratic Revolution in the Making?

The election of the New Democratic Front is an opportunity to restore democracy and reshape the constitution, and women should play a key role in the socio-political democratic transformation. We suggest how Sri Lanka might reshape its society and institutions after the brutal Rajapaksa regime was ousted in the January elections.

صور من حياتنا

أيقظني صوت رنين هاتفي الخليوي في وقت مبكر جدا من الصباح، أمسكت بالجهاز وقد أقلقتني جدا المكالمة في هذا الوقت، فغالبا ما تأتي الأخبار السيئة بهذا الشكل.
- ألو، نعم. من؟.
- مدام، قلت لك مرارا أن لا تتدخلي بشؤون لا تخصك، أنت لا تستطيعين تغيير هؤلاء الساقطات.
سباب وشتائم. عرفت من خلال حديثه هوية محدثي الصباحي، كان الضابط المسؤول في مخفر شرطة الشاليهات، في الشاطئ الأزرق. حيث سارت معظم العائلات النازحة من حلب وادلب والرقة باتجاه اللاذقية، نتيجة للدمار الذي سببته الحرب السورية. كون اللاذقية كانت أكثر أمانا.

Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women

Publication Author: 
Homa Hoodfar and Mona Tajali
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The goal of reducing gender inequalities in political representation has been elusive in many different kinds of political systems, even though women have made substantial progress in other areas, such as education, employment and healthcare. This wonderfully accessible book argues that gender quotas are an important strategy to improve women’s political representation in legislatures and political parties and it lays out the history of this approach across the globe.

About WRRC

The international solidarity network Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Institute for Women’s Empowerment (IWE) joint programme “Women Reclaiming and Re-defining Cultures: Asserting rights over body, self and public spaces” was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, under the MDG3 fund for two and half years (October 2008 to June 2011).

The aim of the programme was to enable women to repossess and reconstruct cultural resources (including ‘religion’ and ‘tradition’) in order to claim rights, empowering them vis-à-vis those who use disempowering cultural/religious discourses to dis-empower women and deny.

Sudanese Women's Dress Codes and African Protocols for Women's Rights, projects with Salmmah Women's Resource Centre, Sudan

Salmmah addresses women issues specially violence against women. Salmmah is leading an on-going campaign on the "Rape Law Reform" that aims to reform article 149 in the 1991 Sudanese Criminal Act on rape, and participates in the "Dress Code" campaign focusing on article 152 "indecent acts" in the 1991 Criminal Act, that gives the perpetrator (police officer) all the right to judge the victim women/girl according to his own manners and beliefs and in all cases in an inhumane way.

Regional Workshop on Sexuality and Sexual Rights held in Rabat, Morocco

The Regional Coordination Office for Africa and the Middle East of the Women under Muslim Laws Network (WLUML-RCO/AME) organized a workshop on the topic of sexuality and sexual rights in Rabat, Morocco from May 5-8, 2009.  This regional meeting, which examined the issue of “Sexuality and Sexual Rights”, drew some two dozen participants from a wide range of countries, including Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda, RDC Congo, Lebanon and Pakistan.

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