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Femin Ijtihad (FI) stands for “critical thinking” of gender notions and laws. It is one of the key projects of a global advocacy network called Strategic Advocacy of Human Rights. We draft legal opinions, defence statements and law reform analyses on women’s human rights under International and Islamic Law. We also conduct workshops for lawyers and activists on how to strategically advocate their positions in community-based programs and courtroom litigation. We aspire to mentor more lawyers and take on controversial and strategic test cases.

Our Priorities

1. Facilitating dialogues amongst lawyers and activists on tackling gender-stereotyping and misinterpretations of law.

2. Providing training on strategic advocacy of women’s rights through a coherent multi-disciplinary approach.

3. Promoting techniques for engaging with men as partners.

4. Writing legal briefs and appeals to address legal issues surrounding a violation or omission by the governments.

5. Providing one-to-one mentorship to lawyers and activists involved in women’s rights cases.

6. Conducting research on gender-equitable applications of both Islamic and international law

Our goal is to bridge the divide between academia and practice, by showing activists how can they utilize academic scholarship to address women’s rights through legal and religious discourse. We do this by a) sharing scholarly ideas and legal arguments on gender equity b) training lawyers how to strategically use legal discourse and, c) providing assistance by drafting legal opinions and analyses.

Over the years, academic ideas and theories have flourished the re-understanding of women’s rights in law and society. These ideas are invaluable to the work of political and grassroots activists, especially in places where such information is essential yet extremely inaccessible. We hope that through our work, the ideas and arguments for gender equity can be accessed and used by the people who really need them.

Sharing Our Research 

We research and share informative tools on the following themes.

F.I. has a library of more than 350 articles and book chapters that academics and activists have written on the themes above. Due to the lengthy and complex nature of academic texts, we strive to simplify them so that their arguments and ideas can be easily read and used by those working at the grassroots.

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