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Marriage, Divorce And Inheritance: Unequal Power Structures And Women's Equality Rights

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This chapter addresses how the khul provision departed from the teachings of four schools, and the parliamentary debates surrounding the adoption of the new provision. It seems that article 20 differentiated between two types of khul. The first type occurs through mutual consent, and is dealt with in the first section of article 20 of the new law. The second is a different type of khul that does not require the husband's consent, and which is detailed in the second section of article 20. The debates that took place in the People's Assembly aptly reflect the effect of patriarchal social attitudes on personal status law reform. Although some of these challenges have, and will continue to be addressed by the government, there are others that require the participation of other stakeholders, such as civil society, in a broad and comprehensive strategy to advance the family rights of women.

Keywords:article 20; family rights of women; khul provision; People's Assembly; personal status law reform



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