ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Impact of Religion on Women s Rights in Asia

In recent times most Asian countries have experienced some form of religious revivalism/fundamentalism. This has had an impact on family laws which in turn has often eroded women's rights. How have women responded to these changes? A report on the Asian Conference on Women, Religion and Family Laws held in Bombay recently THE Asian Conference on Women, Religion and Family Laws held in Bombay from December 16-20, 1987 by the Women's Centre brought together around 40 participants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singa pore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Laos, Philippines and an observer from Algeria to build "a network of women's groups, democratic rights groups, and sensitive lawyers who will work towards evolving non-sexist secular family laws in Asia taking into consideration cultural and ethnic specificities". It combined the seminar and workshop methods of paper presentations and delegate participation in small groups to initiate discussions on four themes: the rise of fundamentalism in Asia and its impact on women, colonisation and family laws, contemporary family laws, and lastly the role of women's groups

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