This paper is intended to better understand the gendered impacts of COVID-19, specifically how COVID-19 interacts with discriminatory Muslim family laws and the challenges faced by Muslim women who are subject to those laws. It is based on a survey undertaken in July 2020 in Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While the survey was limited in scope, the insights gained through the survey and through secondary data collection allow a glimpse into both broad and specific effects of the pandemic in Muslim contexts and have informed Musawah’s advocacy around family law concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic period. In addition, the research has allowed Musawah to propose a number of short-term and medium- to long-term recommendations that governments and civil society can implement to respond to such concerns and ensure more gender equality and justice.
Survey findings on the Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women living under discriminatory Muslim family laws
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South Asia, Middle East-North Africa, Southeast Asia
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore