Family Law Reform

Family law in Muslim-majority societies governs every aspect of a woman's life - from minimum age and conditions of marriage, to divorce, child custody, and the right to work, travel, or decide on a place of residence.

At this time, advocacy work in the area of family law reform is mostly taking place at the national level. WLP is facilitating the exchange of information and awareness-raising among national partners.

Moroccan women’s rights activists launched a campaign to reform family laws in 2000, and they achieved their goal in January 2004 when the government of Morocco adopted a new landmark Family Law supporting women’s equality and granting women new rights in marriage and divorce, among others.

Our resources section provides additional material for the reform of Family Law in Muslim-majority societies.

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March 28, 2016 | Family Law Reform, Human Rights
  Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has undertaken a three-year research/advocacy project leading to a global campaign on reform of discriminatory laws against women in the family. The project will focus on the relationship between articles of the law and perpetration of violence against women and girls. The attached document describes the terms of reference for the eleven country case studies the results of which will contribute to developing strong advocacy methods for our global campaign. Applicants must have a graduate degree in a related field, extensive research experience, and good drafting skills in English. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names of three professional references, and a writing sample in English to wlp@learningpartnership.org by April 28, 2016. Please note: Candidates should also list the country in which they are based and the country or countries where they can carry out a case study from among the 11 countries listed in the terms of reference. The initial phase of the project will include case studies from the following 11 WLP partner countries: Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, Iran, and Brazil, as well as an additional case study from India.
March 14, 2016 | 2016 Events, Family Law Reform, Human Rights
At CSW60 this March, WLP intends to approach the review theme of elimination and prevention of violence against women from an innovative angle.  Around the world, women are impacted by gender-related legislation that determines their right to marry, travel, hold a job, choose their place of residence, or make decisions about their children’s rights. WLP will present the research and solutions of scholars and activists who have witnessed the connection between these laws as practiced in parts of the Global South and violence against women. The session will discuss the cultural, traditional, and religious foundations of these laws and demonstrate that legal reform is directly related to ending violence against women. Panelists will share challenges and best practices in legal reform from their countries and discuss next steps for the 2015-2030 agenda.
February 29, 2016 | 2016, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Croatia, csw, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Kenya, Middle East, new york, Rwanda, Stop Violence Against Women, Brazil, India, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey
On Thursday March 17 at the New School; leaders, government officials, and activists came together for the 60th Session of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Women’s Learning Partnership and the Gender Studies Program at The New School convened a discussion on the relationship between family law reform and combating gender-based violence. This event marked the launch of a new WLP initiative on family law reform supported by the International Development Resource Center.
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