One of the most favorite Arab quotes for me 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 the international solidarity network Women Live Under Muslim Laws , herein after WLUML. This network is group of women from all over the world , their lives are shaped by laws driven from Islam. It started in 1984 , after incidents in many parts of the world which proved that 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 that it is exclusive for Muslim women, on contrary WLUML is a network that consist of women who were born Muslims but they do not identify themselves as Muslims, non Muslim women who live in Muslim countries, Muslims in non Muslim counties, and Muslims in Diaspora.
I get to know WLML when I was studying for my MA in my search for the term "Islamic feminism", I came across them in my search for who is consider to be Islamic feminist and whether any feminist approaching Islam is an Islamic feminist. And the answer I found out that being an Islamic feminist means to work within the paradigm , and not every critique to Islam is Islamic feminism. And I came to recognition of the secular nature of WLUML, however it is still a welcoming place to women who have the same interest if they share the same goals , even if they see different ways of achieving the goals .
WLUML works mainly on offering support and knowledge and securing networks for its networkers . I have been always valuing this such, until the Egyptian revolution came and it was my only way out , WLUML staff kept calling me, publishing what I write when the internet return back . and it conveyed my message and voiced that situations of millions of Egyptians , men and women.
I carry a lot of gratitude to WLUML, where I learn the virtue of respecting the different opinions and gained power and energy to fight for my cause whatever happen. the solidarity is our only weapon
Have a look on WLUML website and if you value their contribution to the humanity , show that through spreading the word and donation
Photo : New Volunteers Institute in Penang , Malaysia, 2007