Strengthening women’s access to justice and transforming negative and harmful religious and cultural dogma

SIHA in partnership with its member organization, the Muslim Center for Justice and Law organized a reception, Ugandan Muslim women equally recognizing International Women’s Day, Kampala, Uganda

SIHA in partnership with its member organization, the Muslim Center for Justice and Law organized a reception, Ugandan Muslim women equally recognizing International Women’s Day, Kampala, Uganda

Recent history in the Horn has seen religious and cultural dogma used more and more to subjugate women, and traditional and customary justice systems colluding to restrict women’s human rights. Women from the Horn have been caught in a paradoxical situation: while national laws in most countries guarantee human rights and equality for all, parallel yet legitimate systems of customary laws and of Sharia law continue to violate women’s rights, casting men as the undisputed heads in both private and public life. Plural legal systems mean a lack of accountability, and that women suffer arrests on allegations ranging from indecent dress and behavior to being victims of rape and charged with impunity. SIHA promotes women’s access to justice within a broader context of challenging concepts and practices that perpetrate violence and discrimination through application of militant religion and customary/traditional laws.

SIHA in partnership with its member organization, the Muslim Center for Justice and Law organized a reception, Ugandan Muslim women equally recognizing International Women’s Day, Kampala, Uganda[/caption]SIHA will continue to address institutional violence through research and knowledge sharing. Relying on women’s testimonies, SIHA will collect and share knowledge on the impacts of applying concepts within religious militancy and traditional practices that contribute to the subordination of women. SIHA intends to sustain and improve its advocacy and support for women’s access to justice across the Horn of Africa. Continue to carry out research and advocacy work on legal reform in line with CEDAW and international human rights standards. SIHA will carry out research, advocacy, and strategic litigation efforts on women’s experiences with justice and rule of law institutions, asking fundamental questions about the limitation of customary institutions to deliver justice. SIHA will continue to focus on mass incarceration of women in Sudan and South Sudan.

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