Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA Foundation)

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Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA Foundation)

Egypt
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Azza is advocating for a new religious discourse with a special focus on issues pertaining to women’s rights. Through the creation of a multi- sector forum, controversial fatwas on women’s issues are revised and reinterpreted to reflect the changes in society, needs and demands as well as various legal, social and religious aspects, identified by the women themselves through the engagement of different women’s civil society organizations in the forum. Azza is creating new readings and interpretations in Islamic Shari’a that are compatible with the current social, economic, cultural and political situation.

About Project

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Azza Soliman, a lawyer and women rights activist is changing how religious edicts (fatwas) are made and produced; from exclusively depending on the opinion of a religious leader and his understanding of the religion to a participatory and multidisciplinary approach whereby fatwas will be based on a keen understanding of the modern socio-economic and legal context within the flexible and wide framework of religion.