Monday, August 24, 2009

Thousands protest against women's rights in Mali  

In Mali, thousands are protesting against a proposed law that would give women more marriage rights, including granting inheritance rights to children born without married parents, changing the legal age for marriage to 18, and replacing "paternal power" with "parental authority" in family law.

According to protesters, this new law is against Islam and is based on the values of Western civilization. Hadja Sapiato Dembele of the National Union of Muslim Women's Associations told BBC:

We have to stick to the Koran... A man must protect his wife, a wife must obey her husband.

Of course I'm in favor of women having rights that they deserve, but it's an extremely tough situation when religion is involved. About 90% of the Mali population is Muslim, so the chance of this law passing doesn't look too good.

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