Target: The Muslim Brotherhood
Goal: Denounce the Muslim Brotherhood’s resistance against the United Nations’ “End Violence Against Women” declaration
Recently, the United Nations (UN) approved a blueprint to combat violence against women and girls, setting global standards to end what the document calls “one of the gravest violations of human rights in the world, the violence that is committed against women and girls.” Despite receiving support from even Conservative Muslim and Roman Catholic countries, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has slammed the UN’s plan. The Brotherhood called the plan’s title “deceitful,” and derided the plan for advocating sexual freedoms for women, supporting use of contraception, and extending equal rights to women and homosexuals, among other things. The Muslim Brotherhood worried that extending basic rights to women such as “giving wives full rights to file legal complaints against husbands accusing them of rape or sexual harassment,” “full equality in marriage legislation,” and “cancelling the need for a husband’s consent in matters like: travel, work, or use of contraception,” will undermine the family and their Islamic society as a whole.
It should be noted that, while the Muslim Brotherhood holds majority in Egypt, the head of Egypt’s delegation, Mervat Tallawy, ignored the Brotherhood and announced that Egypt would join the UN consensus. Last week, Egypt proposed an amendment to the text saying that each country is sovereign and can implement the document in accordance with its own laws, but it was strongly opposed and dropped in the final compromise. The final text urges countries “to strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls and to refrain from invoking any custom, tradition and religious consideration to avoid their obligations with respect to its elimination.”
In the end, the Muslim Brotherhood asks leaders of Muslim countries to reject and condemn this document, and calls for women’s organizations “to commit to their religion and morals of their communities and…not be deceived with misleading calls to decadent modernization and paths of subversive immorality.” This resolution does not address Islamic society as a whole, and only asks that women be protected against violence, including that which is carried out in the name of religion. By signing this petition you are condemning the Muslim Brotherhood’s statement, and asking them to put the safety of women worldwide as their highest priority.
Dear Muslim Brotherhood,
I am writing you this letter to ask that you support the UN’s “End Violence Against Women” declaration. I feel that your condemnation of this declaration is misguided. The goal of this resolution by the UN is not to subvert Muslim religion or society, but to protect women from egregious attacks that take place worldwide. These attacks are not inherent to any religion, but far too often happen in religion’s name, and that is the kind of action this declaration is trying to protect against.
Protecting women and girls from violence should not “subvert [your] entire society,” but rather strengthen families by protecting women when they need it. Protecting women and girls from violence is a necessary battle that should be fought in today’s world, and we would welcome you in joining this fight.
[Your Name Here]
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