CEDAW and Muslim Family Laws: In Search of Common Ground


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This report documents the trends identified in the Musawah research project on the Convention on the Elimination of All Kinds of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which examined States parties’ justifications for their failure to implement CEDAW with regard to family laws and pratices that discriminate against Muslim women. The research reviewed documents for 44 Muslim majority and minority countries that reported to the CEDAW Committee from 2005-2010.

This report presents Musawah’s responses to these justifications based on our holistic Framework for Action. It includes recommendations to the CEDAW Committee for a deeper engagement and more meaningful dialogue on the connections between Muslim family laws and practices and international human rights standards. Musawah is an active participant at CEDAW meetings and strives to ensure the voices of Muslim women¬†are heard on the international stage.


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