Advancing Women-Friendly Koran Exegesis

Caricature: Minarett where muezzin calls for gender equality.In Yemen, civil-status law is derived from Islamic Law – the Sharia. The organisation Women's Forum for Research and Training, which GIZ supports, clarifies the legal rights that the Koran establishes for women. Women were trained as multipliers in women-friendly Koran exegesis and religious authorities were educated on women’s rights in Islam. Also lawyers, judges, journalists, members of parliament, and professors participated in the training. This led to a public debate that increased awareness of the positive legal rights that the Koran gives women.



For further information about any of the projects mentioned here, please write to us at gender@giz.de.