“They’re not burning bras, or burqas. But a bunch of non-conformist Muslim women activists are making an attempt to free the sorority from the clutches of a patriarchial clergy.
Last week, Lucknow-based feminist Shaista Ambar was on television again. This time she was siding with the three daughters-in-law… who had beaten up some maulvis at Sultanul Madaris… The maulvis had given talaqnamas (divorce documents) to the women’s husbands without consulting them when they tried to get justice against the advances of their father-in-law.” [Link]
Islamic feminism is a decade and a half old. In the 1990s Iranian, Egyptian, Turkish, Moroccan, South African, American, feminists and religious scholars, among others, found they were all simultaneously working on reinterpretations of women’s rights under Islam. It is now well on its way to becoming a robust international movement with more and more women pushing for a progressive Islamic discourse to promote gender equality.“
And they aren’t alone, Himanshu Rai (Thanks Himanshu!) sent me this video link.
Click, or watch this video here. I understand what she means though I wish one didn’t have to do it this way, I wish it was possible to ask for human rights for all without having to reassure them you were not challenging their cultural/religious values 😦 But one has to be practical. Whatever works. Saam. Daam. Dand. Bhed.
Coming up next: A post dedicated to the Pinkest of Protesters 🙂 Guess who? Special award in the Blogscars for the correct guesses! 😯