A growing group of Muslim women from 47 countries recently came together to discuss the imperative of female equality in Muslim society. A Feb. 16 article by the New York Times recounts how in Indonesia and throughout the Middle East, women are using the Koran as a tool of progress, not suppression.
On Feb. 16, the Pakistani government announced an agreement with the Taliban to observe strict Islamic sharia law in the North West Frontier Province in an effort to bring stability to the region. Sharia Islamic law is interpreted differently by Muslim sects, but the Taliban have consistently used it as their basis for limiting the rights of women.
Amidst the resurgence of the Taliban and continued violence in Afghanistan, women are slowly but surely moving away from the confining roles assigned to them.
The Pakistani government, which recently set up a deadline to register all Afghan citizens in Pakistan who identified themselves as refugees, has since declared all unregistered Afghans as illegal immigrants.