24 March 2015

Baroness Cox: How discriminatory Sharia law principles affect Muslim women in Britain today

.... More specifically, there are growing concerns about the application of established Sharia law principles, which threaten to destabilise even the most basic freedoms of women in our country today.

The kind of discrimination I am referring to can take many forms, such as inequality in access to divorce (for men often so easy it is effectively free and unconditional); polygamy (practiced by men who have multiple ‘wives’ and numerous children); discriminatory child custody policies and inheritance laws; and the sanctioning of domestic violence.

I have had the opportunity to sit with oppressed and abused women from communities which foster this kind of discrimination, here in Britain, and wept with them as they told their stories. [ConservativeHome] Read more