|Gender, Sexuality and the Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa: A Comparative Study|
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Summary: By Dr. Sherifa Zuhur (publishedby Women for Women's Human Rights-New Ways, February 2005). Examinesthe common aspects of criminal laws in the Middle East and North Africarelated to sexuality and provides a historical perspective on theamalgamation of tribal, religious, colonial laws and their impact onmodern codes. Providing a thematic comparative study of constructs ofhonor, adultery, honor crimes, rape, sexual abuse, abortion, maritalrape, homosexuality, sex work, FGM and similar issues, the articleexplores how human rights violations in the domain of sexuality arelegitimized by law in the region and how oppression of sexuality inperpetrated by the existing penal systems. The article is both a uniqueresource and a powerful advocacy tool for ongoing reform initiatives inthe region (76 pages).
Gender, Sexuality and the Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa: A Comparative Study