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May-13-96

Muslim Women Discuss Equal Rights

Two hundred people from 20 nations attended "Beijing and Beyond," a weekend conference called to discuss rights denied to Muslim women and to urge Muslim communities to pursue the goals for the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held last September in Beijing, China. The Sisterhood is Global Institute sponsored the conference and issued a background dispelling the notion that male domination of Muslim societies is mandated by the Koran. Asma Khader, president of the Jordanian Women's Union said, "We show that violence against women is against the law, and try to show that our religion does not give this right to men." Commenting that problems confronting Muslim women are shared by non-Muslim women, Yasmeen Murshed of the Bengali Center for Analysis and Choice said, "What confronts us are issues of basic human rights."




Media Resources: The Nando Net and Associated Press - May 12, 1996