Milestones in a 10 Year Journey: 2007 to 2016

Contents   About BMMA: Formation, Vision, Objectives and Structures Achievements and Milestones Citizenship and BMMA Education and Child Rights Employment and Livelihoods Health Gender Justice and Law Reform Entitlements Outreach and Networking Public Meetings and Campaigns Community and Government Survey Roping in the youth: Sehr and Udaan Security 4.  Islamic Feminism and BMMA Campaign to…

Women Qazi Training Institute: Darul Uloom Niswaan

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan is happy to announce the formation of Darul Uloom Niswaan [DUN], a centre for Islamic learning and theology. As part of the initiative, DUN has begun the training of women qazis. The initiative began in Jaipur with a group of 30 Muslim women who have embarked on the journey to become…

We support women’s entry to Shani Shingnapur temple

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan through its 70,000 plus muslim women members supports the women group Bhumata Brigade’s step of entering the chabutra or the sanctum sanctorum at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar. We salute the women activists for their democratic protest and assertion of their right to worship in the face of all odds…

Discrimination at Haji Ali Dargah cannot be passed off as Islamic

(Originally published on Firstpost: http://www.firstpost.com/india/discrimination-at-haji-ali-dargah-cannot-be-passed-off-as-islamic-bharatiya-muslim-mahila-andolan-2555176.html) Haji Ali dargah is a landmark in Mumbai city. Scores of women and men visit it daily from Mumbai, from across the country and the world. The Dargah is the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, the patron saint of Mumbai. Many of us have grown up with memories of…

इस्लाम में औरत को तलाक का अधिकार

हमारे समाज में शादी को बहोत महत्व दिया जाता हे. और ख़ास कर लड़कियों की जिंदगी में ज्यादातर माँ-बाप एवं परिवारवाले चाहते हैं की लड़की की जिंदगी या जीवन शैली कुछ इस तरह रहे की उसे शादी में कोई दिक्कत न आये. अच्छे खासे पढ़े लिखे परिवारों की लडकियां भी ये सुनकर बड़ी होतीं हैं:…

Uniform Civil Code: But what about Gender Justice?

(As published in Deccan Chronicle: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/151025/commentary-op-ed/article/uniform-civil-code-what-about-gender-justice) Gender justice in the modern Indian nation was amongst the key concerns for our founders, as was secularism and social justice. These and such other concerns found reflection in our Constitution. The idea of Uniform Civil Code as put forward by Nehru and Ambedkar emanated from this. However, there was…

Muslim Women’s Views on Muslim Personal Law

(As Published on Economic & Political Weekly: http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/51/notes/muslim-womens-views-muslim-personal-law.html) A survey of Muslim women and their views on Muslim personal law reveals that the women feel the rights enshrined in the Quran have not reached them; an overwhelming number of the women want personal law to be reformed. As it exists today, Muslim family law is piecemeal…

Muslim Family Law – Draft sent to the PM

The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 was passed to ensure that customary law does not take the place of Muslim Personal Law. However in the absence of a codified law, customary practices which are divergent from the values and principles of the Quran have emerged. New codes have been introduced globally with the hope that they will introduce the rule of law in family matters and end arbitrariness and variances in judicial decisions. In India there is a need to have a comprehensive codified family law to ensure justice within the family.

This Act, based on the values and principles of the Quran as prescribed in the Quranic verses [Schedule 1], is to consolidate, clarify and codify the provisions of Muslim law and related procedure regarding Muslim marriage, divorce, maintenance during marriage, maintenance after divorce and widowhood, custody and maintenance of children and inheritance.

BMMA Publications: No more "Talaq Talaq Talaq" – Muslim Women Call for a Ban on an UnIslamic Practice

BMMA latest publication is now available: an unprecedented report which carries case studies of 117 Muslim women who have been victims of “triple talaq”. The case studies were gathered from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal and Karnataka. The reports shows essentially that 92.1% Muslim women want this biased system of verbal triple talaq to stop. Click here to access the report

Not in Our Name-Terrorism is Not Accaptable

Not In Our Name, Terrorism Not Acceptable Press Release BMMA strongly condemns the dastardly acts of violence in Paris which have taken over 120 lives and critically wounded several others. We express solidaritywith the victims and their families as well as the French people. We call for strictest punishment to those who aided and abetted…

Summary of the findings-Seeking Justice Within Family

Seeking Justice Within Family National Study on Muslim Women’s Views on Reforms in Muslim Personal Law Summary of the Status of Muslim Women The annual income of 73.1% of the families is below Rs.50,000 55.3% have married before the age of 18. 46.5% of the women surveyed have 1 or 2 children 53.2% of the…

DHARNA TO ‘PROTECT CONSTITUTION’

A dharna was organized in February 2015 along with Ann Hakk Parishad, Kabeera Group and Shramik Muktivadi Sanghatana to condemn the Shiv Sena leader who said that the  Constitution must be amended to do away with the words ‘secular’ and ‘Socialist’. 54 people  participated in the dharna. A submission was done the next day to the Chief Minister…

REMOVE BEEF BAN

REMOVE BEEF BAN Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan along with Ann Hakk Parishad, Kabeera Group, Awami Vikas Party, Bombay Catholic Sabha, Mahila Vikas Kendra, Committee for Right to Housing, Young Social Group, Hukook-e-Niswan Mahila Sanghatana, NEEDs, A-Z Social Service, Idrisi Jamaat, Sailani Education Foundation, Saheli Sanstha, Social Foundation, Centre For Study of Society and Secularism, Shramik…