Legal Training Program

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Legal Training on Women’s Rights

An Islamic and International Legal Perspective

Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (Femin Ijtihad) provides lawyers with information and training on law, litigation and legal awareness programs for lawyers, activists, Mullahs, Nikah Registrars and community mobilizers. We also assist in individual cases.

The program will train participants on how to cite, deconstruct and confidently present women’s Islamic rights during case preparation and litigation in courts, and in lobbying and training activities, on a series of issues such as: maintenance, rape, zina, child custody, right of mahr, divorce and others.

There is a wealth of information on women’s rights in Islamic law and traditions written and discussed by world-renowned scholars of Islamic law. International jurisprudence has also transformed the way women’s rights are defined, and how States can be held accountable for the actions of state and private actors.

These ideas and theories have flourished the re-understanding of women’s rights in law and society. However, often these opinions are elaborated in lengthy and dense scholarly essays or case law reports, and remain inaccessible to many, in conflict and post-conflict jurisdictions.

These ideas are invaluable to the work of legal activists and lawyers, especially in areas where such information is essential yet extremely inaccessible. We hope that through the Program, we can develop activists’ and lawyers’ authority in citing and presenting Shariah arguments for gender equity within the Islamic legal framework and world-view, and in International law, through re-producing and simplifying complex academic and legal reasoning through TOT workshops and creative legal training.

The content for the training manual and program will consist of the following parts:

  1. Islamic legal theory: Sources of Islamic law; Quran, Sunnah and Fiqh; Hadith Methodology
  2. Gender in Islamic Law: Excerpts from scholarship written by Islamic authors, experts and lawyers.
  3. International jurisprudence on women’s rights in the decisions of the Human Rights Committee, Committee of CEDAW and international tribunals like ICTY and ICTR. They will be valuable and relevant in setting standards and benchmarks when competing rights and interests are concerned.
  4. Case Law, Judicial reasoning and Opinionsin India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and other countries.
  5. This includes landmark cases on: child custody, polygamy, talaq, post divorce maintenance, woman’s right of mahr, domestic violence, zina, rape, forced marriage and crimes committed against women in armed conflict.
  6. Delivery methods: how to cite Islamic sources and present them in a manner that respects the sensitivity of the topic addressed and that resonates well in a politicized and conservative environment.

Contact natashalatiff@feminijtihad.org for more details

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