Tag: Muslim Family Law and Legal Systems

High price to pay for lack of political will

The fact that child marriage continues to happen in Malaysia underscores the reality that the price that girls have to pay for our government’s lack of political will with regards to this issue is a devastating one. Highlighting two recent cases in Tumpat, Kelantan, both involving 15-year-old girls who married men far older than them,…

Walk the Talk to End Child Marriage

Over 200 students and members of the public turned up for a rally today in a roaring show of support to end child marriage in Bandar Sunway. The event, jointly organised by The Body Shop Malaysia, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Sisters in Islam (SIS), and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), marked the launch of…

Child Bride Falls Between The Cracks For Lack of Political Will

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is outraged that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Women, Family and Community Development Minister, still insists that further investigation is needed to gather evidence in order to charge the 41-year-old Kelantanese man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl.…

JAG Calls for new Muslim Family Law and Public Hearings

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) calls for a new model Muslim Family Law based on the principles of justice and equality to deal with the realities of changing times and circumstances affecting Muslim men, women and the family institution in Malaysia today. JAG therefore calls on Parliament to establish a Parliamentary Select…

Do Not Use Islam to Justify Child Marriage

Sisters in Islam (SIS) upholds that there can be no acceptable circumstance which can allow child marriage to take place in our country today, given our ambitions for comprehensive and inclusive socio-economic progress and modernity. It is therefore imperative that the government is seen to lead a cultural and social mind shift in order to ensure…

End Child Marriage Now!

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the marriage of an 11-year-old girl as the third wife to a 41-year-old Malaysian man that went viral on social media yesterday and strongly calls for the authorities to investigate this matter. Child marriage is not an obligation (not wajib) nor encouraged by Islam (not…

Kenyataan Akhbar Bersama Berkenaan Perkahwinan Kanak-kanak

Dalam beberapa hari lagi, Girls Not Brides, sebuah kerjasama antara beratus-ratus organisasi masyarakat sivil (OMS) yang komited untuk menghapuskan perkahwinan kanak-kanak, akan mengadakan mesyuarat global keduanya di Kuala Lumpur. Ini merupakan peluang yang unik bagi Malaysia untuk menghantar sebuah mesej yang jelas: undang-undang harus dipinda agar had umur minimum untuk berkahwin ditetapkan pada umur 18 tahun…

Gross Violation of Children’s Rights in Kelantan

The Joint Action Group on Gender Equality (JAG) is appalled and disgusted to learn that indecent photos and videos of a Malay school girl and boy allegedly from Kelantan are currently being circulated via social media. JAG strongly objects to the way the school children were raided and made to display themselves in the nude…

Move to Ban Child Marriage in Malaysia

Sisters in Islam (SIS) welcomes with great earnest the efforts of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to sign a decree that would ban child marriage in the country, and strongly urges the Malaysian government to make positive steps to move in the same direction. According to Widodo, two ministries, the Coordinating Ministry for Human development and…