This webinar, titled “Muslim Women Creating New Futures: The Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws,” highlights the voices of Muslim women activists campaigning for egalitarian reform in Muslim family laws across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The speakers discuss discriminatory laws in their political and historical contexts, explore key issues and challenges that inform experiences and advocacy strategies in different Muslim countries, and draw inspiration from the collective mobilisation of Muslim women working together to achieve equality under the law.


  • Zainah Anwar, Executive Director of Musawah and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, Malaysia
  • Marwa Sharafeldin, MENA Region Senior Expert at Musawah; 2021-2022 Visiting Fellow, Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World
  • Hala Al-Karib, Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (Siha)
  • Moderator: Salomé Gómez-Upegui, LLM ’18, Women’s Leadership Consultant

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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 and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. 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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