Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Activism within an Islamic Framework

sm_6zainahPlease join us for a Skype discussion over coffee and bagels with leading Malaysian activist and Muslim feminist Zainah Anwar on the topic of women’s rights activism in Muslim contexts and her work currently leading the Musawah global movement for equality in the Muslim family.

Zainah Anwar is co-founder and director of Musawah, a movement founded by activists from 47 different Muslim majority countries to push for equality and justice within an Islamic framework.  Musawah works to promote a rights-based understanding of Islam and to generate momentum for law reform in Muslim countries through both grassroots activism and engagement with international human rights mechanisms – including CEDAW.  Zainah is also a founding member and former executive director of Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian NGO that has been working for the past twenty-five years to advocate for Muslim women’s rights.  A scholar of Islamic law, Zainah’s writings focus on feminist alternative interpretations of the Qur’an.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on November 7th.

Co-organized by the International Human Rights Clinic and the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change at Harvard Law School.