The conference on Women Issues and Contemporary Islamic Diligence, which was held in Bibliotheca Alexandrina over two days, concluded its proceedings on Sunday with the launch of the Alexandria Declaration on “Women’s Rights in Islam” after participants discussed the legitimate rights of women from the Islamic perspective.
The declaration is based on the principles of Islamic Sharia and jurisprudence, and it is the result of discussions held at the Al-Azhar Al-Sharif over the years 2012 and 2013 which included a number of Egyptian feminist icons and representatives of NGOs concerned with women’s rights.
The declaration highlighted the basic and common principles of political, economic, social and cultural rights and stated that they should be applied to all women issues in Muslim communities, rejecting the exploitation of women in political conflicts and emphasizing the moderate values of the Islamic culture.
The Alexandria declaration addressed women’s rights and responsibilities, through several areas including for instance: the human and social value of women, legal personality of women, women and family, women and education, women and work, women and personal security, and women and social work.
The declaration indicates that the status of women in Islam is based on equality with men, as a human being and as a member in the society.
The declaration asserted that women enjoy full legal, political and financial capacity, saying that it is the duty of the government to ensure their access to their rights.
It stressed the importance of the role played by the state and the society to provide support for women’s access to education without discrimination.
The state should play its important role through enacting legislation criminalizing all forms of sexual and physical abuses against women.
A galaxy of religious scholars and researchers in Egypt and the Arab world, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam along with other professors of Al-Azhar University participated in the conference.