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Constitutionalizing Women’s Rights

When it comes to women’s human rights, constitutions matter and they matter fundamentally. WLUML’s Constitutionalizing Women’s Rights program aims to develop understandings of justice that will improve women’s lived realities and respect their rights. Working with activists and legal scholars, the program seeks to encourage and amplify feminist constitutional reform initiatives in Muslim-majority countries. Read more…

Women and Politics

Most states across the globe, including Muslim majority countries, recognize women’s legal right to participate in politics, or to elect and be elected to political office. Despite this recognition, to date women continue to be underrepresented in political institutions nearly everywhere, with many Muslim-majority countries currently ranking among the lowest countries in the world in women’s political representation. It is only as a result of great struggles by women’s and other movements that democracy in practice has expanded to include their demands and rights. WLUML’s Women and Politics program aims to support feminist activism to democratiize politics through greater political participation and fulfillment of political rights for all, free from harassment and intimidation. Read more…

Women (Re)Claiming Public Spaces

Access to public spaces as a matter of course for women is a significant reflection of gender practices and  the degree of gender equality in a given society. From Algeria to Egypt, Nigeria, Iran and even Indonesia and Malaysia, conservatives and political Islamists claim that religious dictates require the exclusion of women from public space, and the imposition of restrictive dress codes and gender roles. These are all places where women have historically enjoyed significant freedom of movement. WLUML’s Women (Re)Claiming Public Spaces program aims to raise awareness of local efforts to reclaim public spaces in Muslim contexts, and to support feminist organizing for greater autonomy and access for women in varied forms of public space. Read more…

Bodily Autonomy and Integrity

Sexuality is often central to the production of the idea of Islamic ‘difference,’ and an area of hyperfocus both from xenophobic and neocolonialist actors, and fundamentalisms. Feminist and progressive movements across Muslim contexts have long organized to challenge conservative understandings of sexuality and policing of sexual morality. At the same time we see several Muslim majority states becoming increasingly conservative on matters of sexual rights over time. WLUML’s Bodily Autonomy and Integrity program seeks to support, link and visibilize feminist narratives and demands from across Muslim contexts that advocate for rights to bodily autonomy. Read more…