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A concise overview of the new legal status of women in Turkey in light of recent legal changes. Women see new gains across many areas ranging from domestic violence to political participation & from sexual rights to women's right to economic independence.
Although this case in particular has received much attention in the Egyptian press and abroad, it is important to note that it is not at all unique. In fact, there are roughly 14,000 similar paternity suits currently being processed by the courts.
A precedent setting ruling by a local court in Zambia has given women married under customary law the right to a share of marital property in the event of a divorce or death of the husband.
Polygamy has been a criminal offence in Canada since 1892, around the time the Americans were chasing after Mormons who married two or more partners.
A new study for the federal Justice Department says Canada should get rid of its law banning polygamy and change other legislation to help women and children living in such multiple-spouse relationships.
The Muslim cleric who conducted the ceremony said it was legal, even though the pair had never met, reports the AP news agency.
Recognizing the Un-Recognized: Inter-Country Cases and Muslim Marriages & Divorces in Britain. A policy research by Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 2005.