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Egypt's Brotherhood slams proposed UN declaration on women's rights

Muslim Brotherhood says UN document – which among other things calls for equal rights for homosexuals – violates Islamic tenets and aims to destroy traditional family values

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Mar 2013
Huda Shaarawy
Egyptian women wave a flag showing Huda Shaarawy and anti-Muslim Brotherhood banners during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing a yet-to-be-ratified UN declaration on women’s rights, asserting that the document contradicts Islamic Law.

Entitled 'End Violence against Women,' the declaration is currently being discussed as part of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, taking place from 4 to 15 March at UN headquarters in New York City.

"This is a misleading title," the Brotherhood said of the document in a statement on its official Facebook page. "The document includes articles that contradict the principles of Islam... and aim to destroy the family."

According to the Brotherhood, the UN document represents "a final step towards achieving the intellectual and cultural invasion" of Islamic society.

The three articles that the Islamist group deems most objectionable are those granting women the "freedom of choice" to decide the gender of their partners; the provision of teenagers with contraception; and the provision of equal rights for homosexuals and the legal protection of prostitutes.

The Islamist group also objects to articles calling for equality between men and women in terms of inheritance; women's right to file legal complaints against husbands in the case of rape; and equality in marital life between men and women.

"The Muslim Brotherhood urges the leaders of Islamic countries and their UN representatives to reject and condemn this document," the group asserted, adding that it would also call on Egypt's Al-Azhar religious institution to express opposition to the UN declaration.

Discomfort with the document has also been voiced in Libya. On Tuesday, the country's Dar Al-Ifta – the official body tasked with issuing religious edicts, or fatwas – called on Muslim women to organise demonstrations against the UN declaration, which it accuses of "aiming to destroy the family and promote moral decadence."

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Jimmy
18-03-2013 12:30am
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from Jimmy to A.O Guest, know your facts
US clerics (priests, deacons, bishops, etc.) accused of abuse from 1950-2002: 4,392. About 4% of the 109,694 serving during those 52 years. Individuals making accusations: 10,667. Victims' ages: 5.8% under 7; 16% ages 8-10; 50.9% ages 11-14; 27.3% ages 15-17. Victims' gender: 81% male, 19% female Duration of abuse: Among victims, 38.4% said all incidents occurred within one year; 21.8% said one to two years; 28%, two to four years; 11.8% longer. Victims per priest: 55.7% with one alleged victim; 26.9% with two or three; 13.9% with four to nine; 3.5% with 10 or more (these 149 priests caused 27% of allegations). Abuse locations: 40.9% at priest's residence; 16.3% in church; 42.8% elsewhere. Known cost to dioceses and religious orders: $572,507,094 (does not include the $85 million Boston settlement and other expenses after research was concluded). (Hartford Courant, 2/27/04)
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Guest
16-03-2013 03:58pm
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in reply to Jimmy:
Clean in front of your own door first before accusing others! What about the Saudi "celebrity" preacher Fayhan al-Ghamdi who raped and tortured his little (5-year old) daughter to death! And he was released from prison and can continue preaching as if nothing had happened.
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Andrew
16-03-2013 10:11am
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The Brotherhood
Did the brotherhood forget that the Prophet's wife, Khadija, was a business woman, who hired the Prophet and proposed marriage to him?
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klaus
13-03-2013 07:49pm
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UN declaration on woman rights
It is time to modernise views as much as in politics as in religion. Even the Church or the Vatican can not just stand still and live according to 2000 years old rules, I understand the concerns but even I had to accept that homosexuals are now like any others, who ever thought 30 years ago that they can get married.... But I totally agree with woman are equal to man!! One day woman will be leaders of the world, Mark my words despite the Brotherhoods Ignorance.
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Jimmy
13-03-2013 09:07pm
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And your evidence is
The priests are molesting young boys. Egypt is an Islamic nation. We need no garbage from your UN.
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