Friday, March 15, 2013

U.N. text on women’s rights un-Islamic: Muslim Brotherhood

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Date: Mar 16, 2013 6:14 AM
Subject: U.N. text on women's rights un-Islamic: Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood opposes UN declaration on violence against women
Egyptian rulers reject idea of equality as undermining family values

Muslim Brotherhood has held up finalisation and promulgation of a UN
document dealing with violence against women, claiming it violates
Islamic law, principles and
traditions and undermines family values.

The draft text, due to be issued by the UN Commission on the Status of
Women today, calls for the "elimination and prevention of all forms of
violence against women and girls".

The Brotherhood contests provisions on sexual abuse, sexual rights, sexual
health and the right of women to control their sexuality. Specifically, it
opposes provisions calling for equal inheritance rights, equality within
the family, raising the legal age for marriage and granting permission for
Muslim women to marry non-Muslims.

The movement also objects to permitting Muslim women to travel, work and
use contraception without the approval of male relatives. It argues the
document is "deceitful" because it would give women the choice of abortion
"under the guise of sexual and reproductive rights".

Adoption of the document would "lead to social disintegration", the
Brotherhood claims. It said in a statement: "The Muslim Brotherhood calls
on leaders of Islamic countries, their foreign ministers and
representatives in the United Nations to reject and condemn this document."

Influence Since it rules Egypt, the most populous Arab country, the
Brotherhood wields considerable influence with Muslim governments. On
the issue of women's rights, it has also secured the backing of
Russia, Poland and the Vatican.

On the issues of sexual freedom, abortion and homosexuality, conservative
Muslims and Christians have made common cause for years.

Sexual harassment, rape and assaults against women have increased in Egypt
since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak two years ago, prompting
criticism of president Mohamed Morsi and his government for failing to
tackle the phenomenon.

Women's groups contend attacks during demonstrations against Brotherhood
policies are being carried out with the aim of ending women's
participation. At least 29 assaults by gangs of men were reported on
January 25th, during a rally in Cairo marking the anniversary of the 2011

A World Bank report said that up to 70 per cent of women suffer
violence in their lifetime, and that women aged 15-44 are "more at
risk from domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and

The most common form of violence committed against women is physical abuse
including beatings and rape by a partner.

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