Musawah was initiated in March 2007 by Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian non-governmental organization that is committed to promoting the rights of women within the framework of Islam, and a 12-member international planning committee of activists and scholars from 11 countries. The committee came together to consolidate information, experiences, and ideas that have been used by NGOs and activists in countries around the world to advance equality in the family. Women’s groups have been conducting these advocacy efforts for decades (see the background papers for more information).
Musawah’s principles, outlined in its Framework for Action, are:
• The universal and Islamic values of equality, non-discrimination, justice and dignity as the basis of all human relations;
• Full and equal citizenship, including full participation in all aspects of society, as the right of every individual; and
• Marriage and family relations based on equality and justice, with men and women sharing equal rights and responsibilities.
Individuals and NGOs from 48 countries around the world are involved with or supporting Musawah by participating in the Musawah 2009 Global Meeting, holding national consultations on equality in the family, contributing to the conceptual framework that guides Musawah’s work, and sharing information with organisations in other countries. National Profiles on why and how equality and justice are necessary and possible in the local context are available for many of these countries.
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