Women’s Rights Work Gets a Boost from Charity Concert

Sisters in Islam’s work on Muslim women’s rights in Malaysia will get substantial boost when over RM500000 was raised from a charity concert featuring songstress Sheila Majid at the KLCC Plenary Theatre tonight.

“We are overwhelmed by the support from many corporations and individuals for our work, and we are also thankful to Sheila Majid for helping in this effort.” said Chair of Sisters in Islam’s Fundraising Committee, Dato Puan Sri Jamilah Ibrahim. “Thanks also go to the KLCC Convention Centre for its generosity in support of this concert.”

The proceeds of the benefit concert will help fund services that SIS provides to the public for free. The SIS Legal Clinic also known as ‘TeleNisa’ provides gender-sensitive legal advisory services to Muslim women and men on their legal rights under the Islamic Family Law and the Syari’ah Criminal Offences Law.

Since its inception in 2003, SIS has assisted close to 7,000 clients, providing advice on cases that included polygamy, divorce, child and wife maintenance, syariah criminal law, domestic violence and apostasy.

Another service SIS provides is free workshops to raise women’s’ awareness on their rights under the Islamic laws of Malaysia, and advising them on the options available to resolve the problems they face. Muslim women face multiple problems in accessing their rights under the law. Many remain ignorant of their rights; others know their rights but face challenges because of obstacles and opposition from their husbands to their legal demands for redress or from gender biased judges and court officials.

SIS also helps its clients by accompanying them to courts and recommending lawyers to represent them. Clients may call, email or arrange face-to-face meetings with our Legal Officers with the help of Chambering students on attachment to SIS before they are called to the Bar.

The concert will have a full house attendance including several VIPs, most notably Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

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About Sisters in Islam (SIS):
SIS is an organisation that is committed to promoting the rights of women within the framework of Islam. Efforts to promote the rights of Muslim women are based on the principles of equality, justice and freedom enjoined by the Qur’an. For more information,please visit www.sistersinislam.org.my.

Media contact:
Suri Kempe
SIS Programme Manager
Communications, Research & Publications

07 June 2014

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