Seminar on ‘CEDAW and Islamic laws (sharia)’ at Al Nahdha Women Society

Seminar on ‘CEDAW and Islamic laws (sharia)’ at Al Nahdha Women Society

In continuation of the round table dialogue “Raising the reservations of the Kingdom of Bahrain for CEDAW”, which was organized by the Committee responsible for monitoring on the implementation of the recommendations of the CEDAW in Bahrain Women’s Union  last June, a paper titled (CEDAW and Islamic law) was presented by Dr. Wajeeha Al Baharna at Al Nahdha Women Society in July 7th, 2014. The seminar aimed to discuss and analyze the roots of the current controversy and reservation relating to the terms of CEDAW in accordance to an open religious vision aiming to implement values ​​and emphasizes on human rights.

During the Seminar Albaharna shed light on women’s rights as set forth in the Holy Quran which are in harmony with the rights contained in the CEDAW, for instance the right to housing (Osknuhen..- accommodate them) and (Do not take them out of their houses..), the right to take over public affairs (The believing men and believing women are allies of one another They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong..), the right to political participation, awareness, public election, opposition and partisanship (O Prophet, when the believing women come to you pledging ..), the right to non-contempt and enslavement and traded sexually (do not compel your daughters for prostitution..) as stated in the CEDAW, and there are many other detailed and specific rights which confirms that religious text acknowledges the essence and spirit of  women’s rights before CEDAW.

Albaharna pointed that the legal system relating to women’s Rights in the Holy Quran is clear through the commands and prohibitions and stories thereto which forms the overall Quranic perception of woman that is fully complete due to the completeness of religion, its purpose and vision. Whereas the legislative, legal and judicial systems cannot come as a complete as it should because it is temporal – spatial (ie, circumstantial relative),  interchangeable and developmental depending on the infrastructure of the society, its methods and conditions of consciousness, morals and civilization.

Al Baharna stressed on taking advantage of the mechanisms and international conventions which emphasizes upon the human rights of women and not rejecting those rights claiming their contradiction with the Islamic law, whereas without any doubt, these laws addresses women’s rights fully.

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