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Women Living Under Muslim Law Gazette - What's been happening in the network?

WLUML Gazette Edition #12 May 2014

WLUML Gazette

Welcome to the 12th Edition!
Laughter and Learning in the Sun: Feminist Leadership Workshops in West Africa                 
The last two months at WLUML have been a busy time! Two feminist leadership workshops took place in West Africa under the Women's Empowerment and Leadership for Development and Democratisation Program (WELDD).  Banjul, Gambia was the setting for the Anglophone Africa training in March, and the following month saw the Francophone Africa workshop take place in Dakar, Senegal.  These workshops brought grassroots women activists from six African countries together to share experience and strategies for change.
Photo credit: Ina Thiam

 WLUML Highlights 


Historical Tuning Point as Mothers of Khavaran win International Award

After more than a quarter of a century of struggle to raise awareness about the plight of their loved ones, Mothers of Khavaran have received the 2014 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.  The group seek justice for those killed in mass executions in Iran's prisons.

Karima Bennoune speaks at TedX Exeter
WLUML Board member, Karima Bennoune recently captivated at TEDx Exeter, where she related stories of individual Muslims struggling against fundamentalism and terrorism.  Her talks opens with her recalling the day she found herself wondering whether she could protect her father with a paring knife...

Voices of our Networkers

A Revolution Asks Questions

By Doaa Abdelaal

In Tahrir Square in 2011, I was surrounded by waves of smiling people shaking hands, singing, and dancing. Suddenly a question rose in my head that has haunted me ever since. On the way back home that day, when my father asked me why I was silent, I asked him, "What is next?" 


WLUML networkers across continents joined the global campaign to bring back the missing schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria.

فاطمه إمام ساكوري
النزاع القبلي في أسوان

كان نهار الجمعة دامياً في أسوان وأعقبه ليل شديد العتامة، حيث تصاعدت أبخرة البارود والنيران، وذلك في إطار نزاع قبلي عنيف بين النوبيين وقبيلة الهلايل في منطقة السيل الريفي،

Events and Activities

Conference: 'Arab Countries in Transition: Gender Rights and Consitutional Reforms' @ LAU Beirut
June 23-25 
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Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and Summit Fringe @ ExCel London
June 10-13 

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Webinar: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict @ Online
June 5, 6PM CEST 

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News and Resources

JFI Report: Disposable Victims: Laws and Practices on Gender-related Killings of Women and Girls in Iran
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Sudan: UN rights experts condemn death sentence against pregnant mother for apostasy and adultery
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Yemen: Law on child brides and FGM offers hope of wider progress
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Senegal: Law bans abortion for raped 10 year old girl pregnant with twins
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