Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective

In Indonesia the religious courts adjudicate divorce cases for Muslim people. The legal rights of Muslim women as enshrined in marriage and divorce law are hotly debated among Islamic moderates, conservatives, and feminists. Within these groups there is a diversity of positions and opinions with each faction actively seeking to influence government, legislation, and judicial practices. In this context can the formal legal sector expand the reach and efficacy of State law to protect the rights of women? Recent reforms in the religious courts suggest it can following a sharp increase in the number of cases being brought to court, twice as many which are instigated by women than men. Elaborated below, these reforms directly address two key aspects of the WPSAC agenda, the prevention of violence and derogation of rights and protection from violence.

The Indonesian State’s blueprint of gender relations casts Indonesian women in a supporting role…

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