Musawah interventions for the 68th CEDAW Session

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For the upcoming 68th CEDAW Session that will take place from 23 October to 17 November 2017, Musawah has submitted thematic reports on Article 16 (marriage and family) for Singapore, Kenya, Kuwait and Oman.

These reports were submitted in collaboration/consultation with national advocates and groups. In addition to raising country specific issues affecting Muslim women, the reports also highlight positive developments in Muslim family laws, with examples of good and better practices from other Muslim contexts. Musawah also plans to deliver oral statements on these four countries.  

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* Find out more about other State parties and NGO submissions on 68th CEDAW Session webpage.
* Read previous Musawah submissions to the CEDAW Committee on our website
* Download our latest Knowledge Building Brief CEDAW and Muslim Family Laws.

SINGAPORE

 
The report examines the necessity for a comprehensive reform of the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) in order guarantee equality for Singaporean Muslim women. It highlights the issues of male-only positions under AMLA; women’s equal capacity to enter into marriage; child and early marriage; polygamy; divorce; and inheritance rights. 
 
* NGO Oral Statements session: 23/10/2017.
* Constructive Dialogue between State Party and CEDAW Committee: 25/10/2017.
* Live sessions to be watched via: http://webtv.un.org/.
* Live tweets via: @musawah.
* Social Media accounts & hashtags to follow: @IWRAW_AP, @awarenews
#CEDAW68, #Article16, #Singapore.
 

Download: Joint report by Musawah and Abolish Article 153.

DownloadMusawah Oral Statement for Kuwait.

The report examines Kuwaiti Personal Status Act (KPSA) that discriminates against women in the following areas: equality in marriage; women’s consent and capacity to enter into marriage; child and early marriage; polygamy; and divorce rights. The report also specifically highlights issues of gender-based violence in the context of family and discriminatory legislation, including Article 153 of the Kuwaiti Penal Code, which effectively gives men regulatory power over their female kin and justifies the murder of mothers, daughters, sisters and wives on the basis of  ‘honor’.

* NGO Oral Statements session: 30/10/2017.
* Constructive Dialogue between State Party and CEDAW Committee: 1/11/2017.
* Live sessions to be watched via: http://webtv.un.org/.
* Live tweets via: @musawah.
* Social Media accounts & hashtags to follow: @abolish153, @IWRAW_AP, #CEDAW68, #Article16, #Kuwait.

KENYA

DownloadJoint report by Musawah and Advocacy for Women in Peace and Security, Africa (AWAPSA).

DownloadMusawah AWAPSA Joint Oral Statement for Kenya.

The report examines the necessity for codification of the Muslim family law in Kenya, based on equality between men and women, as well as other issues pertaining to access to justice. It also highlights discrimination faced by Kenyan Muslim women in the following areas: male-only positions in the Kadhi Court system; women’s equal capacity to enter into marriage; child and early marriage; polygamy; and divorce.

* NGO Oral Statements session: 30/10/2017.
* Constructive Dialogue between State Party and CEDAW Committee: 2/11/2017.
* Live sessions to be watched via: http://webtv.un.org/.
* Live tweets via: @musawah.

* Social Media accounts & hashtags to follow: @IWRAW_AP, #CEDAW68, #Article16, #Kenya.
 
 
 
The report examines Omani laws and practices that enforce de jure and de facto discrimination against women in the following areas: Muslim family law based on reciprocity of rights; child and forced marriage; women’s consent and capacity to enter marriage; divorce rights; polygamy; custody and guardianship of children; violence against women; and nationality. 
 
* NGO Oral Statements session: 30/10/2017.
* Constructive Dialogue between State Party and CEDAW Committee: 3/11/2017.
* Live sessions to be watched via: http://webtv.un.org/.
* Live tweets via: @musawah.
* Social Media accounts & hashtags to follow: 
@IWRAW_AP, #CEDAW68, #Article16, #Oman.
 

 

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