DSG – Sisters In Islam




This week’s Do Something Good series. Hoong Ling speak to Suri Kempe Programme Manager for Sister in Islam and Sheherazade Jafari a volunteer with SIS originating from United States.

The group first assembled in 1987 within the Association of the Women Lawyers (AWL) when several women lawyers and their friends came together under the Association’s Shariah subcommittee to study problems associated with the implementation of new Islamic Family Laws that had been legislated in 1984, and enforced in 1987. 
The group was composed of lawyers, academics, journalists, analysts, and activists, and many women confided in them their marital problems and the difficulties they faced when seeking legal redress from religious authorities. These early meetings focused on problems with the law and its implementation, and the solutions needed to remedy shortcomings within the system.

 

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