n South African Journal on Human Rights - Women, Islam and International Law within the Context of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko : book review

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



In Algeria, three feminists were arrested and jailed without trial, then kept incommunicado for seven months. Their crime was having discussed with other women the government's proposal to introduce a new set of laws on the family (Code de la Familie) that severely reduced women's rights in this field. In India, a Muslim woman filed a petition to the Supreme Court arguing that the application of religious minority law denied her rights otherwise guaranteed to all citizens under the Constitution of India. In Abu Dhabi, for the alleged crime of adultery a pregnant woman was sentenced to be stoned to death two months after giving birth.

Due to incidences such as the above, there are a plethora of books and articles dealing with the tension that exists between Islam, women and international law. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko's is a rigorous and relevant contribution to this debate. She focuses on Muslim women's human rights within the context of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Her aim is to engage all the CEDAW role players (women, lawyers, committees and states) to secure women's human rights in countries with reservations to the CEDAW based on Islam.

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