Last week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women crafted an international declaration for combatting violence against women and girls. But the Muslim Brotherhood responded with 10 reasons to oppose it, according to Israel Hayom.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called the document, titled “End Violence against Women,” “un-Islamic,” saying it would lead to the “complete degradation of society.” The UN commission had negotiated a consensus among other Muslim nations that were threating to block the declaration, agreeing to language describing violence against women as unjustified by “any custom, tradition or religious consideration.”
If ratified, the declaration would “certainly be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries, eliminating the moral specificity that helps preserve cohesion of Islamic societies,” the Muslim Brotherhood said.
With that, the group listed on its website “what decadence awaits our world, if we sign this document”:
1. Granting girls full sexual freedom, as well as the freedom to decide their own gender and the gender of their partners (ie, choose to have normal or homo- sexual relationships), while raising the age of marriage.
2. Providing contraceptives for adolescent girls and training them to use those, while legalizing abortion to get rid of unwanted pregnancies, in the name of sexual and reproductive rights.
3. Granting equal rights to adulterous wives and illegitimate sons resulting from adulterous relationships.
4. Granting equal rights to homosexuals, and providing protection and respect for prostitutes.
5. Giving wives full rights to file legal complaints against husbands accusing them of rape or sexual harassment, obliging competent authorities to deal husbands punishments similar to those prescribed for raping or sexually harassing a stranger.
6. Equal inheritance (between men and women).
7. Replacing guardianship with partnership, and full sharing of roles within the family between men and women such as: spending, child care and home chores.
8. Full equality in marriage legislation such as: allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, and abolition of polygamy, dowry, men taking charge of family spending, etc.
9. Removing the authority of divorce from husbands and placing it in the hands of judges, and sharing all property after divorce.
10. Cancelling the need for a husband’s consent in matters like: travel, work, or use of contraception.
More than 130 U.N. member states agreed to provisions of the document which “condemns in the strongest terms the pervasive violence against women and girls, and calls for increased attention and accelerated action for prevention and response,” according to a U.N. report.
“Violence against women is a heinous human rights violation, global menace, a public health threat and a moral outrage,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement released by his spokesperson. “No matter where she lives, no matter what her culture, no matter what her society, every woman and girl is entitled to live free of fear.”
The Israel Hayom report can be read here.
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