About Musawah


Our Key Messages

Musawah ('equality' in Arabic) is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. It was launched in February 2009 at a Global Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia attended by over 250 women and men from some 50 countries from around the globe. Musawah is pluralistic and inclusive, bringing together NGOs, activists, scholars, legal practitioners, policy makers and grassroots women and men from around the world. 

  • We believe that equality and justice in the Muslim family are necessary and possible.
  • Equality in the family is the foundation for equality in the society. Families in all their multiple forms should be safe and happy spaces, equally empowering for all.
  • In the 21st century there cannot be justice without equality. The time for equality and justice is now!
  • Musawah builds on centuries of efforts to promote and protect equalilty and justice in the family and in society.
  • The movement is led by Muslim women who seek to publicly reclaim Islam's spirit of justice for all.
  • Musawah acts together with individuals and groups to grow the movement, build knowledge and advocate for change on multiple levels.
  • We use a holistic framework that integrates Islamic teachings, universal human rights, national constitutional guarantees of equality, and the lived realities of women and men.

Our Vision

A world where equality, non-discrimination, justice, and dignity are the basis of all human relations.

Our Goal

A global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, which advances human rights for women in Muslim contexts, in both their public and private lives.

Our Objectives

1. To build and share knowledge that supports equality and justice in the Muslim family using a holistic approach that combines Islamic principles and jurisprudence, internationational human rights standards, national laws and constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination, and the lived realities of women and men.

2. To build a critical mass of organisations, groups, and individuals that support, use, and promote the Musawah Framework for Action and are empowered to engage in the public discourse on Islam and women's rights.

3. To support the work of human rights mechanisms as well as groups and individuals working with these processes at the international, regional, and national levels to advance equality and justice in the Muslim family. 

Our Key Principles

Families are complex and diverse. Nevertheless, there are  common principles around which people can come together for equality in the family. We urge governments, political leaders, international institutions, religious leaders, and our sisters and brothers to work together to uphold these principles: 

  • Equality, non-discrimination, justice and dignity as the basis of all human relations;
  • Full and equal citizenship for every individual; and
  • Marriage and family relations based on principles of equality and justice.

Realisation of these principles entails laws, policies and practices that ensure:

  • The family as a place of security, harmony, support and personal growth for all its members;
  • Marriage as a partnership of equals, with mutual respect, affection, communication and decision-making between the partners;
  • The equal right to choose a spouse or choose not to marry, and to enter into marriage only with free and full consent; and the equal right to dissolve the marriage, as well as equal rights upon its dissolution;
  • Equal rights and responsibilities with respect to property, including acquisition, ownership, enjoyment, administration, disposition and inheritance, and
  • Equal rights and responsibilities of parents in matters relating to their children.



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