Zakia Soman and Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz are co-founders of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) in India and co-authors of the recently published “Indian Muslim Women’s Movement: For Gender Justice and Equal Citizenship.” In this eponymous webinar, they discussed their pioneering activism for equal rights and equal citizenship of Muslim women in India, advocacy strategies, challenges of advocating women’s rights in a Muslim minority context, and linkages with Muslim women’s movements across the globe. They also discussed their strategic litigation efforts in the context of India’s constitutional framework and their recent successes, including the 2017 ruling that banned triple talaq, or unilateral instant oral divorce. Alex McCarthy of Musawah moderated the conversation.

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This webinar was co-hosted by Harvard Law School’s Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World and Musawah, and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. You can find out about future events from PLS by signing up for their newsletter at


This webinar is part of Musawah’s Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws, which aims to bring together women’s rights activists, academics and policy makers in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to create a global momentum for the urgent necessity to end discrimination against women in the family.

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