This is an interim narrative report in respect of the advocacy and training activities of the Women Legal Centre in respect of the recognition of Muslim Marriages.
As outlined in our proposal, since the inception of the Court matter, WLC have received much criticism from conservative structures in the Muslim Community. These conservative structures do not represent the broader interests of Muslim women; however, they have been dominating the mainstream discourse relating to this matter. WLC has been accused of attempting to change religious doctrine in the pursuance of the legislative framework protecting and promoting the rights and interests of Muslim Women.
There is need, therefore, to strategically influence the members, structures and stakeholders within the Muslim community and opinion makers within the South African society and co-opt them into campaign advocating to counter the negative perceptions and to highlight the importance of having a legislative framework to protect Muslim women in South Africa married in terms of Muslim law. And it is for this reason that we have embarked on an advocacy campaign to mobilise the support of Muslim women, and to educate and inform the broader public about the matter.