2017 Justice For Women Lecture

Zainah Anwar

Online registration for this event is now closed. We will, however, be live-streaming the event in an overflow room at the Abromson Community Education Center. Seats in the overflow space will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The 2017 Justice For Women Lecture featuring Zainah Anwar will take place Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Abromson Community Education Center. Ms. Anwar will discuss What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women's Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts.

Zainah Anwar

Ms. Anwar of Malaysia is a founding member of Sisters in Islam and is currently the Director of Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She is at the forefront of the women's movement working towards an end of the use of Islam to justify discrimination against women. Sisters in Islam has successfully created a public voice through which women can demand equality and justice. Musawah has brought together scholars and activists from over 50 countries to produce new feminist scholarship in Islam, to train activists on women's rights in Islam, and to challenge the evasion of human rights standards. Ms. Anwar is a former member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. She writes a column, "Sharing the Nation," for The Star.  Her book, Islamic Revivalism in Malaysia:  Dakwah Among Students, has become a standard reference in the study of Islam in Malaysia.  

What is Islamic Feminism?

  • Islamic feminism aims for the full equality of all Muslims regardless of sex or gender in public and private life.
  • Islamic feminists are critical of the impact of Islamic law on women's rights and status, but deny that Islam is inherently biased towards men. They argue that Islam has historically been interpreted in patriarchal and often misogynistic ways.
  • Islamic feminists' work relies on two main tools: progressive interpretation of the Qu'ran and international human rights standards

Justice For Women Lecture Series

The Justice For Women Lecture Series brings a distinguished speaker to Maine annually to present a public lecture and to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls. Maine Law established the Series in 2011 with the support and leadership of Catherine Lee of Lee International. The Justice For Women Lecture Fund is an endowed fund of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation. It is supported by generous gifts from the Maine Law community and the friends of Justice For Women. 

Contact Information

Maggie Fleming

Date & Location

Date: 3/23/2017
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St, Portland, Maine

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