The War on Women

(Wall Street Journal) LaShawn R. Jefferson - After the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. government threw its full energies into combating terrorism emerging from militants in the Islamic world. But it has done little to expose and condemn the ways some states are using radical interpretations of Islamic law, or Shariah, to subordinate and exclude women. The restoration of women's basic rights must be a goal in those parts of the world where the growing power of certain interpretations of Shariah is a pernicious and chronic threat to women's very existence. [The author is executive director of Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division.]

2002-08-23 00:00:00

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