Policy Paper 1 – Making the Case for Matrimonial Property Rights in Muslim Family Laws
About This Resource
As part of the Campaign for Justice, Musawah worked in collaboration with Legal Aid Society Pakistan on a national level initiative on women’s rights to matrimonial property (WRMP). As part of the collaboration, Musawah developed two policy papers for Pakistani practitioners on this topic.
Paper 1: Making the Case for Matrimonial Property Rights in Muslim Family Laws, explores the concept of matrimonial property regimes and non-financial contributions of spouses within these regimes, including financial rights of women at the time of divorce. It also explores the link between the lack of matrimonial property regimes and discriminatory Muslim family laws, and their compounded impacts on women. Lastly, this paper highlights arguments and evidence in favour of equitable distribution of matrimonial property through socio-economic and Islamic jurisprudential arguments.