This is a dark day for Malaysia, says Sisters in Islam executive director Rozana Isa (photo, below) in response to a High Court decision which has upheld the fatwa against the organisation.
The judgement represents a dark day not only for SIS but also for Muslim women in Malaysia. For over three decades, SIS has been carrying the voices of women from the ground to decision-makers and policymakers. Despite the fatwa, SIS remain instrumental in informing laws and conducting programs that continue to improve the lives of millions of women in Malaysia.
SIS has helped over 10,000 women and men through our Telenisa service – a free legal helpline which remains the only non-judgemental and rights-based advisory service for Islamic Family and Syariah Laws in Malaysia today.
Among other issues championed by SIS include ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), promoting gender equality in Muslim marriages and Islamic Family Laws, and taking a stance against gender-based violence and moral policing.
Source: A dark day for Malaysia