Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb

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Women's Learning Partnership Translation Series

Author: Collectif 95 Maghreb-Egalité

The first in WLP's Translation Series, Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb is an innovative advocacy tool for reform of the family law in Muslim-majority societies. The Guide outlines a process that relates meaningful social change to women's capability to make deliberate and thoughtful choices. In each thematic module, the Guide presents the current state of the law, then proposes religious, human rights, sociological, and domestic legal arguments for reform, well-supported by relevant data.

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. The reform of family law is therefore crucial to women's ability to participate on equal terms in both family life and public life.

In 2005, WLP published the English edition of the Guide to increase the availability of feminist works produced in the Global South. In 2007, WLP published the Persian edition for use by Afghan women’s rights activists and by Iranian women’s rights activists in the One Million Signatures campaign for equal legal rights for women.

Alerts & Updates
January 9, 2012 | constitutional reforms, Family Law Reform, Middle East, Morocco, Morocco, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, women's rights, Political Participation, Guide to Equality
To Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane Head of GovernmentWe are pleased to address you, after your appointment by King Mohammed VI, as Head of the Government, wishing you every success in your mission.
May 19, 2011 | Middle East, Morocco, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, Political Participation, Guide to Equality
Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) presented the following memorandum to the Consultative Commission for Constitutional Reform in Morocco to advocate for constitutional reforms in support of women's full equality in society.                      
May 13, 2011 | Claiming Equal Citizenship, Egypt, Human Rights, Lebanon, Middle East, nationality, nationality campaign, Guide to Equality
  After tireless efforts, women's rights activists have reached another milestone with Egyptian women married to Palestinian men gaining the right to pass their nationality to their children. WLP is pleased to share the following statement on behalf of the Arab Women's Right to Nationality Campaign in Lebanon, part of WLP's regional Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign.
May 10, 2011 | Family Law Reform, Guide to Equality
One Hundred Measures and Provisions for an Egalitarian Codification of the Personal Status Codes Source: Collectif 95 Maghreb-Egalité. 2005. Guide to Equality in the Family in the Maghreb. Bethesda, MD: Women's Learning Partnership, pp. 169-203. GENERAL PROVISIONS Article 1: Personal status and family relationships shall be governed by the provisions of this Code.
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