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Women Living Under Muslim Laws: women's solidarity

Rodo al Fadel l ahlo

by Fatma Emam

One of my favourite Arab quotes is "Rodo al Fadel l ahlo" or give the credit back to the people who deserve it.

That's why I am writing this post. I am writing this post to celebrate belonging to a great family, which is the international solidarity network:
Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML).

This network is group of women from all over the world whose lives are shaped by laws derived from Islam. WLUML started in 1984, after incidents in many parts of the world in which so-called Islamic laws can be a cause for violating women rights. That’s why different women came along to start WLUML.

The name of the network might lead the readers to think that it is exclusive for Muslim women. On the on contrary. WLUML is a network that consists of women who were born Muslims but do not identify themselves as Muslims, non-Muslim women who live in Muslim countries, Muslims in non-Muslim counties, and Muslims in Diaspora.

I got to know WLUML when I was studying for my MA and searching for the term "Islamic feminism". I came across WLUML in my research which was exploring the question of who are considered to be Islamic feminists? And whether any feminist approaching Islam is an Islamic feminist.
And the answer I found was that being an Islamic feminist means to work within the paradigm, and not every critique to Islam is an Islamic feminism. And I came to recognise the secular nature of WLUML. However, it is still a welcoming place to women who have the same interest and share the same goals, even if they see different ways of achieving these goals.

WLUML works mainly on offering support and knowledge and in connecting and networking.

I have been always held such values - until the Egyptian revolution came, that was my only way out...  WLUML staff kept calling me and publishing what I wrote, until the internet returned back .

And that conveyed my message and voiced the situation of millions of Egyptian, men and women.

I carry a lot of gratitude to WLUML, where I learn the virtue of respecting different opinions and gained power and energy to fight for my cause whatever happens.

Solidarity is our only weapon.

Have a look on the WLUML website and, if you value their contribution to humanity, please show that through spreading the word and consider a donation.


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